Lake Mendota, Dane County

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TODAY @ 4:53 PM
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jeff57
jeff57
USER since 9/11/14

MOON PHASE (20%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Fished Mendota for the first time in forever. (I fished it years ago with my dad)  I trolled both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Tried shallow and deep using crankbaits that run shallow or deep according to the area I was fishing. This was a learning exp. for me so I didn't really have any expectations. 

Ended up catching a couple of walleyes under 18" and several white bass. And because this was an "experiment weeekend" for me I ran around to several different areas and never really got a pattern going. I will say that most of the fish I caught came in 16' of water or less and all before 8:30am. I liked fishing this lake and will do it again, even if it is next season. But I will watch this thread and hope to pick up a few pointers from those of you who fish this body of water regularly and have more success.   

The surface weeds did drive me crazy, but I'd be willing to put up with them if I had a little more success. I'm also curious if there's this much floating vegetation earlier in the season. 


Tightines!

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TODAY @ 12:21 AM
Teamonefishin
Teamonefishin
USER since 11/11/16

Wow, nice pike man, missing the girth a little, but a dandy. Did you get a quick measure ment? That water wolf looks to be about 44 inches? Good catch.

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9/23/17 @ 9:46 PM
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jerryb
jerryb
USER since 8/7/01

MOON PHASE (13%)
Waxing Crescent

I fished with one of my boys today  which was fun but our expectations exceeded our catching today, we worked hard for 3 pike and a few misc. wb, & sm, no walleye, tough day.

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9/23/17 @ 6:33 PM
SmackinBass
SmackinBass
USER since 8/24/12

Anyone had any luck fishing from shore off Governor's Island? 

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9/20/17 @ 12:30 PM
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sweeperq
sweeperq
USER since 7/21/08

MOON PHASE
New Moon

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

Went out Tuesday morning from 8am-noon. Barely any wind and only a few boats on the water. Managed to catch a dozen small mouth and a couple walleye fishing in depths ranging from 7-22' around Maple Bluff. Only one smallmouth had any size, the rest were 8-12" range.

Something big was messing with me where the bluffs transition to boulders at the water's edge. Took my plastic, sliced my line, sliced another plastic in half, and took me for a brief ride before losing it. Was an aggressive fish, would have loved to see it.

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9/18/17 @ 1:18 PM
fishingfool76
fishingfool76
USER since 4/10/15

Hey Jerry, Vince R.(spoonplugging with Terry O.) . See your hitting Mendota !! Send me your contact info so I can get a hold of you. I'd like to catch up with you.

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9/18/17 @ 9:35 AM
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jerryb
jerryb
USER since 8/7/01

MOON PHASE (3%)
Waning Crescent

Sunday was a much better day. With the cloudy conditions most of the day the walleyes responded, unfortunately the pike are and have been in a funk all season. I landed 17 walleye, 3 small pike and about 8 white bass.

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9/16/17 @ 9:01 PM
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jerryb
jerryb
USER since 8/7/01

MOON PHASE (15%)
Waning Crescent

Thank you Jess,

The lake is extremely clear this year, I trolled deep water today and caught 6-7 walleyes a few whites and one small pike.

Edited on 9/16/17 9:03 PM
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9/12/17 @ 12:53 PM
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Jess0622
Jess0622
MEMBER since 10/21/16

MOON PHASE (57%)
Waning Gibbous

Nice Pike Jerry, 

I got out fishing with Jory a couple of weekends ago. We targeted Gills, only I think we caught more small mouth than gills, the largest being right at 18 inches, "released". I was fishing the same spots the weekend prior with no luck, is the reason I called Jory. We met at Warner and left the launch, heading right to the area. My technique was off coarse, I was slip bobbering above the weeds at the drop-off and Jory showed us the gills are on the bottom. We ended the day with 2 legit at or over 10 inches and 7-8 nice ones for supper. 



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9/12/17 @ 11:48 AM
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jerryb
jerryb
USER since 8/7/01

MOON PHASE (57%)
Waning Gibbous

Caught a couple pike 43"&42"

Lake Mendota, Dane County Photo
Lake Mendota, Dane County Photo
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