Lake Monona, Dane County

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TODAY @ 2:47 PM
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wi river rat
wi river rat
USER since 4/2/02

MOON PHASE (23%)
Waning Crescent

Had to get out of the house. Fished 12:15 to 2:15. Missed a bass on my first cast. Gave up bass fishing ten minutes later. Went to pannies. Caught some gills and to my surprise three non-keeper crappie. One gill at 8" everything else smaller.

Can't believe how clear the water is given how much rain we've had and it's  it's August. Lakes running about foot above summer maximum. Actually only one big rain storm away from no-wake. Wouldn't be surprised to see a major algae bloom in September. Rat.

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TODAY @ 12:50 PM
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watspan
watspan
USER since 8/3/12

MOON PHASE (23%)
Waning Crescent

real slow--drifted for 3 hrs late friday afternoon--6 'gills.  nice size though.

Edited on 8/27/16 12:56 PM
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8/25/16 @ 1:51 PM
rk_diver
rk_diver
USER since 8/18/03

Four days ago it was 77@3' and 55@45'.

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8/25/16 @ 1:16 PM
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2feetsinH2O
2feetsinH2O
USER since 3/24/08

MOON PHASE (44%)
Waning Crescent

Water temp?

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8/21/16 @ 3:29 PM
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wi river rat
wi river rat
USER since 4/2/02

MOON PHASE (86%)
Waning Gibbous

Should of stayed in bed. Fished 5am to 6:45am. No bass. Two aquarium sized gills. Bait fish every where.

The good news. Only two more full weeks of ski team. Last show and year end is 9/4/16.  Happy days are here again.

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8/20/16 @ 5:44 PM
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wi river rat
wi river rat
USER since 4/2/02

MOON PHASE (93%)
Waning Gibbous

Been out just fishing gills lately.  Slow to good at times. Small ones biting but that's typical of August. Tremendous amount of forage right now. Minnows everywhere. At night water surface is alive and moving. See many schools during daylight hours.  Gills do key on minnows this time of year. Hit it right with small crappie minnows and you'll have a blast. The only problem is with the warm water temps the crappie minnows usually die when they contact it. Hasn't been a problem since 2012. Rat.

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8/8/16 @ 10:22 PM
printmaker
printmaker
USER since 6/6/07

Just to comment on wi river rat's "Terror on the Terrace". Partner and I had been watching a blue black cloud hanging to the north of Madison while on Upper Mud last summer. Didn't seem to be moving our way so we kept fishing for about an hour or so. Suddenly, and I do mean suddenly, it shifted coming out of the northwest. It came in on our 14 1/2' Lund with horizontal rain and winds that had to be 50-60 mph. We never got the chance to get the 20lb anchor in but the force  of that wind dragged the anchor right through the weed beds from almost one end of Mud to the other end. Couldn't do a damn thing but put our backs to it with rain gear on. Rain was moving so fast it actually stung. Combo of high winds and torrential rain caused a complete white out so you couldn't see more than five feet around the boat. This squall line lasted about five minutes but it was the most violent taste of mother nature I've ever sat in. I think for just a moment we both felt our immediate futures were questionable. By the time we noticed the wind shift and saw the rain moving in from the distance it was too late to do anything but sit it out. Thank God there was no lightning. One other bass boat out there with us took off in the near white out and I have NO idea how they could see where they were going but they were gone when it ended.This all occurred around late morning by the way. We had some pretty good swells but being on Upper Mud saved us I'm sure given its smaller size. Won't forget that day ever.

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8/8/16 @ 9:58 AM
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Tsquare86
Tsquare86
USER since 5/10/10

MOON PHASE (31%)
Waxing Crescent

Fished the last 3 hours of day Saturday and Sunday dragging two lines with cranks effectively all over the lake in my tin can jon boat. No particular depth or structure was targeted. I ran baits high, deep, and probably somewhere in between. Once I noticed the water clarity was kind of poor in areas, I did bring baits higher in the water column. 

Saturday was a bust or I mean a relaxing boat ride.

Sunday ended with a pike ~37-38". PR for me but was surprised at the fish's low weight :-/ it was an easy one handed grab from the water without a net. 

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8/8/16 @ 6:57 AM
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Fishin_time2302
Fishin_time2302
USER since 1/25/16

MOON PHASE (31%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Went out 6AUG from 6-11am. Caught a nice 2.5 lb largy in 6 fow on a Texas rig. Moved spots. Caught a few smallies all short on same thing. Moved again and finished the day with another short largy. Not a bad day

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8/7/16 @ 8:49 PM
basscaster
basscaster
USER since 6/21/01

Great Story Wi River Rat,

Edited on 8/7/16 8:50 PM
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