Lake Mendota, Dane County

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7/21/16 @ 5:58 AM
eckes
eckes
USER since 1/28/07

I would think the fun of water skiing or tubing is jumping over the wakes and stuff like that.  Not the end of the world, just annoying.   I guess I would rather fall off and not have my feet tangled in weeds, but I understand ya.  Well, if I ever take up water skiing fellas, I will brave the middle of the lake!  :)  or I'll just go fish somewhere else!

Good luck all

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7/20/16 @ 5:00 PM
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Fillet Show
Fillet Show
USER since 7/14/08

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Waning Gibbous

I was out last night, which is when I think Eckes was referring to...not a breeze to be had.  I had to drive around to cool off, even at 8 pm.  Water skiers were doing the same then.  I fished near shore weed edge, and when I kept getting skiers between me and shore, I moved out to deep edge, and guess what?  They zipped within 50 feet from me there too, even without other boats impeding them.  By the smiles and waving they do, I just think they don't get it.  I guess I realize that comes with the territory on a metro lake, but would love to see the sheriff pull someone over for driving too close sometime.  

Fishing was slow, but managed some deep water goats that surprised me.  I like it when they talk to me though.

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7/20/16 @ 9:43 AM
Nordicron
Nordicron
USER since 10/1/01

Eckes- Typically water skiers always look for the calmest, flattest parts on the lake, usually the wind protected side.  Middle of the lake is never a preferred water skiing location due to all the boat rollers as well as wind and waves. 

and fisherman can certainly make water skiing a lot of fun too. :)

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7/20/16 @ 6:46 AM
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eckes
eckes
USER since 1/28/07

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Waning Gibbous

Got kayak out at Capt Bills for about hour and a half before volleyball.  Water skiers make fishing a lot of fun don't they- with all the room on the lake, not sure why they feel like the best spot to drive is the weedline?  Anyway only one fish - about 30" catfish - lots of fun in a kayak!  Used med shiners - cast out and slow retrieve:  hammered it- he was waiting for it.  Good time- good luck all!


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7/19/16 @ 10:12 PM
rk_diver
rk_diver
USER since 8/18/03

TT, yes I have. The water clarity in the shallows is dropping, but better below the thermocline. Going from memory I think the camera switches from color to B&W around 40' now (switches to B&W when there isn't enough light available for decent color.) It'll only get worse now until late fall (can't wait!). Rick

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7/19/16 @ 9:44 PM
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Tsquare86
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RK, have you been out on Mendota with your camera as of late? I'm coming in to spend the weekend with the GF and am simply curious. TT

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7/19/16 @ 8:27 AM
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I agree the issues aren't so black and white as us laypeople would like to think.  Besides being multi factorial with environmental conditions such as invasives, cyclical patterns, and runoff, there is a political side to it with AG and big business playing a part through lobby groups, etc., which has a huge effect on policy making.

For example, stocking walleyes year after year, and setting size limits which don't allow fish to mature and reproduce naturally, ensures the stocking program and those who are employed by it to continue.

But what do I know...I'm a bus driver ;-)

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7/19/16 @ 8:20 AM
barryr
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USER since 6/20/01

Thanks for the info, bone bender. Most of what you said agrees with what I recalled about the changes being discussed and implemented decades ago (main goal was to keep the water clearer, but in the years since other factors like attempts to control phosphorus-laden runoff and invasives have become bigger factors).

BTW, JigIsUp is absolutely correct about the critics, whether it's about fish regulations, hunting regulations or CWD. People seem to think that they are 100% correct even when there's plenty of evidence to the contrary and other views/opinions that are just as "correct". These critics must be the best fish managers, game managers and weather forecasters on earth. :-)

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7/19/16 @ 7:39 AM
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JigIsUp
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USER since 1/12/06

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and enter the spiny water flea...which loves to feed on daphnia.

http://wisconsinwatch.org/2014/05/water-cleaning-crustacean-devoured-by-new-predator-in-lake-mendota/

it always amazes me how so many can be so critical, and there is no ability to think, "maybe i don't know what the heck i'm talking about."  i realize i don't have a clue as to the full cause of the perch demise, the algae growth, etc..., so i refrain from getting on a public forum to bash people that spend their life trying to fix/figure it out. 

so next time you want to bash someone for not doing their job...post your profession so we can do the same to you.  

it's hilarious...the same group of "sportsmen" that are anti-regulation anything, then get on message boards and blame the regulations for not being set correctly.  

Edited on 7/19/16 7:46 AM
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7/19/16 @ 5:55 AM
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They built a pike spawning habitat area on the pheasant branch, but continue to draw the lake down so low in the winter that pike can't make it to regular spawning areas.  Thanks for drawing the lake down after freeze up this year, making for some unsafe conditions with heaves.  How come the stories I hear from MN about their DNR are success stories, but I only hear about blunders in our state?  Maybe it's just the bad stories that are publicized, but it seems like slot limits and stocking programs in MN are much more successful.

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