thanks so mcuh!
Try the limnology building - memorial union area. It is a little deeper, but there are usually perch and crappie hanging around. The shoreline around Porter boathouse is great too - better if you get to fish from the pier without getting yelled by the boathouse people.
From my personal experience, university bay is not easy to fish from shore, it is too shallow for the most part. As far as I know there is only one decent spot near Walnut St, but who knows, you might be able to find a sweet spot for yourself... The creek by the Natatorium usually holds some predatory fish, though there is still a while to go before you get to target them. I have caught bass, walleye, northern and carp, and I have seen someone caught a catfish too, but never any panfish.
You can also join the UW fishing team, I know they go around a lot. And feel free to drop me a message, I am happy to show you around.
This time of year the gills and crappie are looking for warm water. Usually that means shallow, and if possible slightly turbid. The area of University bay near the boat ramp by lot 60 may be a possibility. Also there is a ditch near the Natatorium that holds gills and crappie at times. You could easily access these spots on campus, as they are along the bike path. The fish are finicky when they are shallow, so use light line, 4lb or less, small lures or hooks, tipped with waxies or spikes. Also use a sensitive bobber which just barely floats, when loaded with your bait and lure. If you have polarized glasses they help you spot them and cover they might hide in.
I am a UW Madison student who is looking to wet a couple lines in this nice weather coming up in the next week, but have no idea where to fish from shore on the campus side of the lake. Only have a couple weeks until the grind of finals begins. Anyone willing to help a fellow fisherman out with some info on good shore spots on the campus side of the lake?
Ha, good point on the wording. Definitely not intentional; he was right up by shore amongst a school of Bluegill we were targeting. Water was a bit warmer there.
Yes, doubtful any boats will be out this weekend. Weather looks awful. Even the 10 day forecast has no significant warm up in sight. Frustrating.
MOON PHASE (12%)
56° - 60° F
Below 40° F
Made it out for a couple hours yesterday afternoon. Water temps were at 39° in main body but close to shore in shallow areas it was in the mid-40’s in a few spots and that’s the only place fish seemed to be biting (though not much). Inticed a nice Bass to bite on a small plastic bait, otherwise the Bluegills are hungry if you can actually find them close to shore. Very spotty bite. Saw lots of people fishing from shore. This weekend’s rain should help warm up the water a bit.
Scanned a while around University Bay, Picnic Point and 2nd Point. A bit breezy for a while, got nicer as I was leaving. Water temp from surface to 50' was just under 40°F. Clarity about the same as the other day, poor but better then the other lakes right now. Tried to see what kind of fish were hanging tight to the bottom in 40 FOW, but gave up because of the short distance I could see. Fish had been there, saw on the camera where they kicked up the bottom when they took off, but never saw a fish. Like the new piers at Tenney, old ones could be tough on the boat with a stiff West wind coming in. New ones offer a lot better protection! Rick
MOON PHASE (20%)
46° - 50° F
Below 40° F
Got on the water today around 5pm, marked some nice schools in 25 - 30 ft., suspended 10 ft. off the bottom just outside the bays. My goal was only to put the boat in the water and run it around for the first time this year, but after seeing the fish, thought Id' give it a try. Fished for about half an hour before it was getting dark, but they didn't like what I was offering. Thinking they were gills or crappie, but not sure. The Hummingbird said the water temp was 32 degrees, I was hoping it was warmer. The piers are Not in at Warner Park. We launched anyway, but... tomorrow I think I'll go over to the other launch.
Come on Springtime.