Lake Mendota, Dane County

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8/28/16 @ 3:57 PM
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EsoxFisherman21
EsoxFisherman21
USER since 11/25/15

MOON PHASE (14%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Foggy

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

So today I decided I would try to learn a little more about mendota with the lighter wind in the forecast, as this is the lake I've probably fished the least over the last 4 years. Fished from 7 until 1, with very dense fog holding on until around 10. Mainly fished humps coming out of deeper water and ended up with quite a variety of fish. Probably caught a dozen gills, a dozen smallies, 10 rock bass, 2 catfish, and a goat. Always fun to catch multiple different species in one spot. Ended up keeping half a dozen gills and a few rock bass for dinner. Overall a fun day. Also was kind of neat being out there in the fog. The fish seemed to slow down a bit after the fog blew off - not sure if that was the cause or not.

Esox

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8/28/16 @ 8:41 AM
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lilman119
lilman119
USER since 6/10/02

MOON PHASE (14%)
Waning Crescent

There was a 20 minute window where the topwater bite was on fire. I caught this fish and a clone within 10 minutes of each other, but I also have to admit to missing 3 times as many fish as I caught ??.

Things slowed down a lot after that, but I ended up with another miss and a break off closer to dusk. All fish caught on a topwater popper near Maple Bluff. 



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8/23/16 @ 9:29 AM
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HERO547
HERO547
USER since 8/22/08

MOON PHASE (66%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

Yesterday: on at 7:30 off at 1. 52 in the morning and a cold front did not help. Flat water to begin and then white caps the rest of the day. I got my wish. I found some one to fish with me on Mendota. I got the HUMILITY I was looking for too. The fresh meat in the boat turkey I was with caught 5 fish to my one, all day long. Came for gills and crappies, but only caught a few of each. But the bass we could not get away from. We would have 2 and 3 on at the same time. They hit every thing we put in the water. As long as we were in 12 feet of water, we had fish on. A lot of nice small mouth, most between 12 and 17 inches. Best of luck to all.

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8/22/16 @ 12:03 PM
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jeffreyb
jeffreyb
USER since 8/21/16

MOON PHASE (77%)
Waning Gibbous

Anyone want to help a 57 year old accomplished disabled male fisherman catch multi species fish on northside lake medonta ? Email me at jjbalzer@charter.net hope to hear from you soon!

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8/18/16 @ 1:29 PM
eyelooking
eyelooking
USER since 2/28/05

I also have been debating on having (tournament director) a catfish tournament on this water. I also contacted Cabella's King Kat Tournament Trail to host a tournament here. What do you think about this?

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8/18/16 @ 1:24 PM
eyelooking
eyelooking
USER since 2/28/05

I totally agree with you WI River Rat

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8/18/16 @ 1:08 PM
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wi river rat
wi river rat
USER since 4/2/02

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

Let the cat's go. By far the best fighting fish of Mendota. I've read in previous post's this year that a lot of catfish left Mendota this past winter. That's too bad. Catfish are very vulnerable to predation and over harvest in the winter because they tend to over-winter in Iarge schools. And we also know from the past with the perch situation that ice fisherman will exploit easy catches.

If you have ever fished Sauk dam and read the regulations that are posted there you'll see that the catfish season is closed from November 30th until the first Saturday in May from the dam to the bridge at highway 60. The DNR knows that catfish overwinter where the holes are deep and the current slow. i.e. The water/cut below the flood gates. There would be no big catfish left if they allowed them to be harvested during the winter

Also if you are removing catfish just to remove them that is unethical. Besides why in God's name would you ever eat any of those big ones at the top of the food chain. I guess mercury and PCB's are tasteless. 

Did catch a pike catfishing Monday night. Rat.

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8/16/16 @ 8:58 PM
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CDobber
CDobber
MEMBER since 9/30/12

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waxing Gibbous

ksimpress:  Usually 18-24" for my leader....VMC spinshot dropshot hook and 1/2 oz (or 3/8) egg drop sinker weight at the bottom.  

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8/15/16 @ 11:03 PM
eyelooking
eyelooking
USER since 2/28/05

Where are the cats at out there? I like catfish dinners!

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8/15/16 @ 10:16 PM
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returnfishreturnsfish
returnfishreturnsfish
USER since 1/14/16

MOON PHASE (92%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Snowing

AIR TEMP
Above 95° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

2 caught on Wildeyed Storms.  Hope this helps to get as many cats out of here as possible.  Eat them all!!

 

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