Saw few of them at the union yesterday, pretty big ones too.
Use to fish this water 4 times a week. If you want fast action fish the locks down stream with a yellow 1/4 jig head with a white twister tail. Drift/troll down steam bass/whitebass/eyes ect then come back up steam go thru the locks run over to Warner park and troll same rig and troll the 40 fow area lots of whites and mixed in big big big eyes only 10 ft down chasing the whites. Cove by Governors mansion has produced some monster panfish over the yrs!!! For big cats hit the mash and old train tressel by the old naughty gal with cut bait. Many channels have hit the grease from that area. Also don't forget the elks discharge on monona put 4 bass over 8 lbs in the net from there. And Muskie guys a twin blade black and orange buck tail!! Good luck guys
FISHING TRIP IN JUNE: We are looking for one gentleman to joint 5 or 7 others to Leech Lake , mn June 13-20th. 6 days of fishing walleyes, bass, and tons of perch. Your partner has a 17'lund w/ optimax 115hp. 3 yrs old and brand new Chev Suburban this week. lodging in a beautiful cabin is $40 per person per nite, and we cook our meals, thus total trip under $500 including gas. We have a lot of fun & of course BS. Our group just returned from a week in Kentucky Lake in april & we do Leech lake again in September, so might become a regular thing if you want. We are all from the Dane County area. call me (Doug) at 608 then 695- and 4108. We stay n a lovely cabin at Andersons Cove Resort, near Walker, Mn.
Anyone know why the Bruce's Legacy (http://www.bruceslegacy.com) search and recovery boat was on Mendota on Sunday? They were in the northwest area of the lake with scuba gear presumably searching for something. It's quite a setup they have.
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Fished yesterday from 7 am until 5 pm. Tried a couple of the bars drifting, only caught two rock bass. Talked to a guy that anchored near the buoy I threw out and he caught a few smallest so I think I was fishing too deep. Tried 12 to 22 fow off the one bar and 10 fow on the other bar. Went for cats and tried shallow and up to 16 fow and not one bite! Saw a few in the shallow water but couldn't get them to bite. Tried cut up rock bass, suckers cut up and shrimp. Oh well maybe next time!
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New to Wisconsin first time fishing Mendota, still learning. Pulled plugs from 5pm to 8 pm near capital and East side. Slow just a few white bass. If you see a guy with Kansas boat letters in a Red Lund who looks clueless that is me but I will figure it out in time. Bandits out fished flickers 4 to 1 last night. Be safe.
Caught a 30", 14lb channel catfish at Tenney, otherwise a very quiet night out. This poor fellow had a chunk bitten off on its head, must've been a larger pike or musky that did it.. Saw 5-6 walleyes of about 10+", tried throwing twister tail at them but they didn't seem to care. Anyhow, shrimp beat cut sucker once again in catching those channel cats, surprisingly there wasn't any bullhead at all.
Mendota, like Monona is starting to stratify, thermoclines will follow. Keep in mind that the dissolved oxygen will then start to diminish at depth. When it gets down too low the Walleyes won't be able to be down deep for any period of time. So consider Mendota to be a 30 to 40' deep lake at that point. Still a massive area to cover looking for fish, but while diving or scouting with the camera I see they like to rest along rocks at that 30 to 40' depth range. But also keep in mind that jerking them out of that cooler water later in the summer can be fatal for the fish. I popped two off the rocks in 35 FOW some years back, both in the upper 20 inch range. Tried to release them but the damage was done. Neighbors were happy to have a Walleye dinner, but I wasn't pleased about it, and stopped fishing that way late in the summer. Rick
They definitely bite better in early morning and at night but I've definitely caught them during the day, just usually deeper like 20-30 fow. If you're catching smallies but not walleyes you're probably a little too shallow. That's been my experience at least.