Lake Mendota, Dane County

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9/25/16 @ 2:45 PM
fishboy04
fishboy04
USER since 9/5/15

That guy might a bin a dik.

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9/20/16 @ 4:30 PM
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wi river rat
wi river rat
USER since 4/2/02

MOON PHASE (79%)
Waning Gibbous

Gave cat's a try again last night between rainstorms. Lot's of false alarms until I caught the culprit. A 30" big headed skinny bodied slimer (Pike). It was not a healthy fish but it averted the skunk.

Did have a bit of thievery last night. Threw out two lines on Rocket Bobber's TM. My buddy and I were just sitting there when the culprit showed up. An over weight BassMaster started pitching his jig within a couple feet of my line. No big deal. Like 95 percent of shore BassMasters I knew he wouldn't catch anything and leave soon. That's when I think he hatched his plan. After his fourth cast and retrieve I noticed that he had snagged my line. No big deal happens all the time when shore fishing. Being preoccupied by the pending storm I didn't watch him real close figuring he'll untangle the mess and throw it back in the water. He does this. Then he makes a bee line back to the parking lot. My buddy reels in the line and says "Rat where's your bobber'? It's gone and the line's been cut. What? We walk to the scene of the crime. No bobber floating. No bobber in the garbage can. No bobber on the ground. Really? Sum Bick stole my bobber. It was one I had found about a week ago. Maybe he had inserted a bobber cam and finally found me. Rat.

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9/17/16 @ 11:35 PM
eyelooking
eyelooking
USER since 2/28/05

Sweet...On big fish you need to lift the fish out of the water with the handle vertical (straight up). Keeps from tearing up your net.

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9/17/16 @ 9:44 PM
Dunn44
Dunn44
USER since 9/16/14
Lent my net to a guy today by the locks who had a big musky on while i was launching the boat. He got it in, a 46 incher, and let it go to fight another day. Good guy. My net cracked by the base of the neck but worth it - some kids were watching and wanted to take it home but he showed them you don't need to take home every fish.

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9/14/16 @ 6:17 AM
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lilman119
lilman119
USER since 6/10/02

MOON PHASE (94%)
Waxing Gibbous

Late report from Sunday, September 11th:

We were out from 7-11 a.m. near Second Point and found some largemouth and smallmouth bass in 10-13 FOW near the weedlines. All bass were caught on plastics with 1 bonus little walleye on a crankbait. 

While we didn't catch a ton of fish, the sizes were pretty solid. A couple of 16" SMB, with an 18" and 19" LMB as well. 

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9/11/16 @ 6:17 PM
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snagger54
snagger54
USER since 2/9/14

MOON PHASE (71%)
Waxing Gibbous

Fish 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday we targeted perch we  caught over a hundred perch 4 Keepers, the rest are little cigars 4 inches long. I'm a little worried about this winter if these guys get caught then .They will all be dead  coming from the deep the guys will try to shove them back down through the hole they will not live. This winter when you run into the small guys they're usually on the bottom move to another area ,this class will be great in two to three years. The larger fish are usually on top of the schools or suspended. All fish released good luck Keep Fishin .Snagger .

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9/10/16 @ 10:45 AM
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JigOrNot
JigOrNot
USER since 1/15/15

MOON PHASE (62%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

A late report, sorry.  Went out about 11 am last Sunday, 9/04/2016.  A little breezy, winds from the SW at 12 mph, sunny and warm.  First time in ages that we went through 36 warms.  Night crawlers and red worms. Caught a fish on every worm, it was great.  The majority of the fish were small mouth.  Started out hooking only the small ones.  Moved to 29 FOW and found the bigger guys.  All were very  healthy but just under the legal limit, 15 and 16 inches.

Out of the blue comes this monster Gill.  Gonna be tough beating this outing for action.

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9/10/16 @ 8:48 AM
cat ranger
cat ranger
USER since 5/14/07
Triple B,, what part of the lake have you been pester by  them old  wiskerd critters,, fished Mendota some but not alot, what launch area would be the best ??  Thanks 

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9/9/16 @ 6:52 AM
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billy baru bgame
billy baru bgame
USER since 1/21/14

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First Quarter

Rat, I have been out panfishing several times the past few weeks.  The catfish are thick as theives on the outside weedline in 14-15 fow.  It's not spot specific either because we've caught them in about 5 different locations.  My guess is your to shallow at Tenney.  We have been getting or breaking off 2-3 daily with panfish gear.  I can imagine after dark you could smash them using shrimp or cut bait.

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9/8/16 @ 11:50 PM
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wi river rat
wi river rat
USER since 4/2/02

MOON PHASE (43%)
Waxing Crescent

Out last night for cats. Nothing. Did see one good sign though. A walleye in shallow chasing minnows. Water very high for this time of year. Could make for a great fall of fishing. Still oodles and oodles of minnows. Populations very high in both Monona and Mendota. On one hand I wonder why there aren't fish every where feeding on them and on the other it's "duh" their full.  I have caught a few catfish the last six weeks but it's becoming more of a lesson in futility than a fulfilling experience. Like the "bad tattoo" say's "Never don't give up". Rat.

Edited on 9/8/16 11:51 PM
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