Lake Mendota, Dane County

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7/18/17 @ 6:56 AM
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Wiggs87
Wiggs87
USER since 4/16/16

MOON PHASE (29%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

Was out for a few hours lastnight caught some Smalls and a few eyes all in 16-20 fow. White bass were out lastnight as well all eyes were released back 6 in total smallest 12 inch biggest 16.5 inch. And I gotta ask anyone who is out fishing please do your best to recover you hook we had one bass come up lastnight with 3 feet of line out its mouth we cut it as for down in the mouth we could and released it same thing with eyes we had one come up with a hook and line in it gullet same thing we cut it as far down as we could. We both know it wasn't our lines color didn't match our line. 

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7/16/17 @ 9:30 PM
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Jory Simmons
monasark
MEMBER since 11/3/02

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Multi-specie Day with Hero....well what can I say...I  wouldnt say I Out-fished Him ( Ok I did) We Pounded Gills on Break-lines ( same type of Structure you would find on a Lake like...oh lets say...Delavan) We caught Walleyes, Gills Crappies,  & Smallmouth all in same spot..and dealt with Rude Boaters...Just Like Walworth Co!!!!!  One Legal eye out of 5 boated....Big Crappies ( one was 14") and Big Gills. Its a good thing Big D got shut down...makin the trip to Mendota was a great Idea! Its really only an hour drive from Elkhorn..and I will be Guiding Multi-specie here for the rest of the open water season...and October is awesome on this lake.

Lake Mendota, Dane County Photo
Lake Mendota, Dane County Photo
Lake Mendota, Dane County Photo
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7/16/17 @ 8:24 PM
SkiLLz4GiLLz
SkiLLz4GiLLz
USER since 2/4/09

Lol Hero you are a riot!!! Do you fish Madison chain alot?

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7/16/17 @ 7:58 PM
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HERO547
HERO547
USER since 8/22/08

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

On at 9, Off at 4:30. Slow start. Did not find active fish till 12. Then it got better and better. Fished the 12 foot break lines next to heavy weeds. Went for gills. Caught more walleyes and bass then gills to start with. Ended up with 1 legal walleye and around 50 gills and crappies. No gills over 9 today. But 8 out of 10 were keepers. The crappies were nice size. All fish caught on bluegill and crappie tackle. I hate to say it. But JORY out fished me today. That is the first time ever. Probably because GOD is always nice to some one just before he takes them. Best of luck to all.

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7/16/17 @ 6:29 AM
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pladz
pladz
MEMBER since 3/3/03

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

I fished Mendota, Thursday. Started out looking for perch, only caught one.   Caught a couple of small smallmouth and switched over to my bass stuff quicker than Bill Dance can say "Son". Ended up catching and releasing seven between 14 and 17 along with two short eyes. 

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7/15/17 @ 7:41 PM
Sheephead rule
Sheephead rule
USER since 7/14/17

Thanks for the update and pics.

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7/15/17 @ 2:22 PM
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lilman119
lilman119
USER since 6/10/02

MOON PHASE (62%)
Waning Gibbous

For those of you interested in getting back to fishing reports:

A beautiful morning on the water today yielded about a dozen bass with a mixed bag of smallmouth and largemouth. All fish were caught on inside weed edges (not much doing on the deep weed edge this morning).

I was happy with the quality of fish too. A couple 19s, 17s, and 18s. The only outliers were a 15" LMB and a 13" SMB. Topwater Poppers and Senkos for all of the fish.


Pardon the selfie - I was alone for the first hour. 



Lake Mendota, Dane County Photo
Lake Mendota, Dane County Photo
Lake Mendota, Dane County Photo
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7/8/17 @ 11:43 AM
panfish1jg
panfish1jg
USER since 4/10/12

just moved to the area, i have two young boys that would like to catch a few walleyes, live close to lake Mendota. Can anyone give me an idea of where to fish?

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7/7/17 @ 10:28 PM
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bone bender
bone bender
USER since 9/22/14

MOON PHASE (98%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

Wednesday family went out with Lindy rigs and crawlers. Caught 15 walleye and 15 small mouth bass, few whites and rock bass. Two of the walleye we're 18.5+21 inches. Released all fish. 15 ft of water with mix of rock and weeds. 


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7/7/17 @ 10:44 AM
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mendota
mendota
MEMBER since 12/19/01

MOON PHASE (98%)
Waxing Gibbous

2 things to report.  There is a nice webcam from the Limnology pier here:

Limnology Blog

Also, although I have yet to notice them, apparently the zebra mussels have really taken off, to scary levels:

Zebra Mussels in Mendota

The researchers comment about Mendota not having a lot of hard substrate too far from shore is absolutely incorrect.  There are hard bottom areas in this lake with exposed gravel/rock in over 70' of water; heck, nearly all of the Second Point bar consists of rock and boulders in over 30' of water.

The lakeshore is going to look like a seashore, coated in mussels, when they remove 2' of water for the fall draw down......

Big changes are about to occur to this lake's fishing.  An era is going bye-bye.


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