On Monona for a bit this afternoon. Clarity has definitely improved, was hoping to see some fish at the MG&E hot water outlet but they weren't running the current so only saw two carp. Lake is starting to stratify, at 3' it was 44.7°F, at 15' it was 41.5°F and at 60' it was 39.5°F. Could actually see with the camera until I got too deep, then it was terrible. But it should only keep getting better (until it finally explodes with algae blooms). Rick
MOON PHASE (1%)
Fished last Thursday. Although with this weather it seems like a couple of weeks ago. Did catch some gills. Found them where you would expect them to be. Location was key. People were catching and others were not in virtually the same areas. I do like this weather for one reason only. Less panfish being caught and kept when they are at their most vulnerable. Practice catch and release. You can fish longer and not have to worry about leaving to clean fish. Rat.
Scanned Monona for a while. Put in at Olbrich, all launch spots had lots of floating crap. The yearly island is floating there by the first pier (closest to the lake itself). Water temp at 38.9°F, all the way down to 50'. Marked fish out in deeper water, hugging the bottom. Clarity is poor and with having to use the lights with all the particulates suspended in the water column I wasn't able to see any of them. Did see one fish, shaped like a Crappie, but just for an instant and it took off. Noticed yesterday that MG&E was running the current, so I stopped over to the wall. Just like last year at this time there's a bunch of Musky tight to the wall. Counted 24, but with the poor water clarity I can't say how accurate the count was. I shot some video of them again, but most of it is hard to see too much. I tried zooming in to identify individual fish (fungus or something on some of them). The line is below, 90 seconds worth. Wish the water would have been clearer...Last year it was a lot clearer and the fish spooked as I got close to them. This year I was right up close, kept the finger on the trolling motor off button in case any got too close. But they totally ignored me (hey, I'm used to it!)
MOON PHASE (94%)
Been out three times since ice out. Last Monday, Tuesday, and tonight. Caught gills. Last Monday was best. Tuesday was terrible. Tonight was a bust but averted the skunk with half a dozen caught between 7:10 and 7:40 pm. Wax worms worked the best. Tried spikes last Tuesday for the heck of it and caught only one bluegill. Looks to be cold the next 10 to 14 days. Might try again on Saturday. Good luck. Rat.
Spent some time scanning Squaw Bay this afternoon. Surface temp and the temp at 8' was 40°F. Water clarity very poor, but did drop the camera down to try and identify a target and the camera landed right alongside a Northern. Lined up just right as the camera ran the full length of the fish. Marked other larger fish but didn't try to see what they were since it was so difficult to see. Some pretty shallow areas in the Wide Spreads just before the Broadway Bridge. Rick
MOON PHASE (39%)
herb, many years ago i remember catching medium size carp from the tenney lagoons right after ice out. i don't remember the date but it was snowing and we caught several carp that day on corn. it is about the only time of the year that you can get through the weeds in the lagoons.