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10/26/14 12:14 AM CST
Conditions: Night Time Air Temp: 51° - 55° F
Only one tonight, but she was a doozy. 33". Very solid. Gave a heck of a battle. Of course she had to hit my lightest line. Took me about 10 minutes to get her in it seemed. Threw a suspending Rapala around a bit. No hits. Saw a few walleye around, but not many.

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10/18/14 6:58 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 56° - 60° F Water Temp: 56° - 60° F
Got the new kayak out and trolled cranks from the east of Governors island to the west. Caught a couple of white bass and released them back. Curious if anyone has any tips to target different species as I'm new to Madison. Thanks.

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10/18/14 5:14 AM CST
There's another not on that list that has them since the late 70's at the very least. That's when we saw them. We told the WDNR back then, but they basically said we're nuts. I found out through another warden that they were native to N. A. …. so, who really knows?

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10/18/14 12:38 AM CST
Just saw a news article about freshwater jellyfish in Wisconsin. I'd never heard of that before. Asian import apparently. 90 some lakes and rivers in Wisconsin have them. DNR lists Lake Mendota among them. Anybody ever see them out there?

http://dnr.wi.gov/lakes/invasives/AISLists.aspx?species=FRESHWATER_JELLYFISH

This reminds me of when I was 18 and I learned that walruses in fact weren't mythical. Sometimes life just throws one right by you.

Anyway. Might head out tomorrow night for one last cat trip if the weather holds. Anybody catching any lately?

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10/16/14 1:37 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 56° - 60° F
Sorry late report on Sat. went out just west of Governs Island in search of perch. Tried everywhere from 65 to 35 foot of water. Marked a few two and threes that came through, but the big schools aren't to be found yet.

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10/14/14 8:19 AM CST
thanks for the response rk diver, interesting photos as well! always interesting to see your pictures and whats down there!

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10/14/14 8:01 AM CST
UW weather buoy is pulled for the winter. County is pulling out their marker buoys also...

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10/11/14 10:56 AM CST
Conditions: Night Time
Cat bite pretty sparse at Tenney, but they are there. Helped a fella land a beautiful mid-40's muskie off the end of the breakwater. Stressed my Frabill to the limit, but it was good to test it on a large fish like that. Released in good order. Good girth, very healthy looking.

As we were unhooking her, fella called over from the first platform that one of my cat lines got hit. Haven't done that much sprinting in about 10 years. 29.5" cat. Same fella got a 28" a while later.

Fun night. Even if I'm not the one to catch it, it's always a blast to see a big ski.

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10/11/14 6:43 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 56° - 60° F Water Temp: 51° - 55° F
My college roommate came up to fish yesterday (University of Illinois '67) and fished Mendota. Here is a photo of his 18" smallie - the biggest fish he ever caught. If he ever learns how to use my camera phone there would also be a photo of my 22" largemouth. The band was practicing for todays game, and they were even playing the Illinois fight song for us.

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10/10/14 7:24 PM CST
For what it's worth I've seen a couple smaller schools in 40 FOW with the camera. But you can't see very far...

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10/10/14 7:10 PM CST
Sorry not a report but I was wondering if anyone could tell me if the perch would start moving out to deeper water yet or if they would be in shallow water still. Any info on this would be greatly appreciated.

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10/10/14 4:26 PM CST
Mendota, your definition of turnover is only 50% correct. I used to think the same thing but spoke with a DNR scientist about it. He's told me that a lake hasn't rolled over until the upper layer mixes with the bottom layer, replenishing the DO. If you think about the terms used to describe this, "turned over" and "rolled over". This enforces his statement, the upper layer "turning" or "rolling" over, reversing it's location basically. Temperature is the first half of the equation, the other half is the replenishing of the DO. If it was strictly temperature based the deeper water would always be a dead zone with no DO. In a "normal" year the temp below the thermocline is typically 57°F. This year I measured as low as 49°F in 65 FOW. It's also interesting to note that a lake can have multiple "thermocline" layers. During a dive off Lincoln School Bar, before the lake had stratified completely, I felt four different thermocline layers, each 10' deeper then the next. When I checked into this (I thought I was crazy) I was told that this is normal as the lake is unstable as it gets into fully stratifying. Water does a lot of weird things!

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10/10/14 3:25 PM CST
Modeled data buoy? LOL, I can assure you it is real. You would not want to hit that sucker after dark, I can assure you.

I used be able to download the O2 data at 5m intervals from this site, but the sensors have probably died over time. They are expensive and fragile, unlike the temperature sensors.

Turnover is defined by uniform temperatures from top to bottom. O2 is just along for the ride.

A lake can turnover at any temperature, or not stratify at all, depending on the lake morphology. Yes, Mendota typically turns in the 54-56 range - but it turned at 60 this year.

Why? Because it simply never got as warm, and thoroughly stratified, as it normally would. The thermocline never got above 40-45' this year; most years it ends up at the 30-35' level. Which means there was a LOT less water trapped below, and 7-8 degrees less difference in water temperature separating them. I expected an early turn as a result.

My buoy app is also not working. I expect it will be back up soon, they do not take it offline til November in the past.

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10/10/14 3:23 PM CST
For those that don't already know, there is an Android app for the Lake Mendota Buoy that has the main information from the web site. No history, though. I use it quite a bit, especially on days I plan to go fishing to see what the actual wind speed and direction is. If I see gusts of 27-30mph, I'm not going on Mendota. :-)

The app isn't getting any data either right now.

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10/10/14 2:40 PM CST
The buoy does use sensors, you can actually see some of the cables with side scan. I asked at one point about adding additional sensors to measure the dissolved oxygen at various depths, right now they only measure it close to the surface. That would be very helpful. Temperature itself does not constitute lake turnover, it's the change in the amount of dissolved oxygen at the bottom (from basically nothing to high enough to support fish) that matters. I measured water temp at 50' (and throughout the water column) yesterday and it was 56°F. With the wind we've had it may have rolled over, but I don't have a way to measure DO so I can't say for sure. The UW does do some modeling for their projects (like wind current projections) but not for the buoy readings (at least that's my understanding after corresponding with them about the buoy over the years). It looks like the buoy is offline right now, can't get any readings from their site. Hopefully they haven't pulled it out already. Rick

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