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efishinski
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3/3/15 8:04 PM CST
if you're catching small ones, the big ones are probably down there. You've gotta use sight fishing tactics, looking down the hole watching for the light bite.playing keep away, from the small ones. Watching for what appeals to them. Watched a lot of people around me get frustrated with small fish and no fish. Portable shanty,$5 garage sale tent or some way of blocking out the light and looking down the hole, will put some fish in the pan.

Cheef Kief
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3/3/15 9:38 AM CST
Hey guys. I'm new to fishing in Madison. Hoping to get some advice on locations to fish for perch and bluegills through the ice. Went out on Wingra a few weekends ago and caught a bunch of small ones. Looking to find a spot where there are keepers to eat. I live on the West Side but am willing to travel to any of the area spots. No need to get too specific but if you could point me in the right direction, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks and good luck.

snagger54
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3/2/15 1:24 PM CST
I've been using the same jig for over 4 years now they're my favorite the only place I can find them is D&S baits.The company that makes these has went out of business the fish seem to like this jig, bluegill and perch and crappie.I have caught thousands of fish on this jig.If I was going to have one jig in my tackle box it would be these.There called easy prey ice jigs I use the glow, non glow work well too. With plastic or spikes and a double su rgeon knot learn to tie this knot.Pick up a couple before they're gone forever.Once at governor Dodge Twin Valley my buddies six of us and I we're fishing together out of two boats I was catching 15 fish to there one I caught 75 gills all released.I also did well on the gills this week and never made it to the perch so this weekend my buddy i are going to target the perch looks like another good weekend coming up. Good luck and be safe.Snagger!!!

fisshy
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3/1/15 12:43 PM CST
I know this is a long shot but about a week and a half ago I went out off governor Nelson on the atv went out to the crack. On the way out I lost a rod and a jig box. If anyone found please PM me or leave a comment here. Thanks $$$$$&

Mr.Jiggers
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3/1/15 8:33 AM CST
Ice Depth: 26" Conditions: Partly Sunny
A buddy and I went out for our last pike outing of the season yesterday, and it ended with a bang! We caught 6 pike ranging from 22" to 42".

2014-2015 northern pike ice fishing recap: I didnt manage to land the 44" wall hanger that i was shooting for, but had a fantastic time with all the different guys that i fished with. This season was a fruitful one with flags flying, false flag fake outs, cribbage hands won/lost, a hot grill, and of course some cold beverages. Almost every outing produced 5-10 fish, and healthy mid to upper thirties pike. I had a great time seeing a few guys land their biggest Northerns ever. The average size caught ranged between 34"-38". I fished many different spots throughout the lake this year for pike, and this season produced over 60 pike. All fish were released in healthy condition. Overall seeing the physical conditions and size ranges of the pike caught this year, I would say that the general population on Mendota is quite healthy. Nearly every fish caught was in 5-20 feet of water. Some of the best presentations included mono leaders with bare silver or red treble hooks, and pike were also caught on the same presentation with the addition of a chartreuse flasher with red beads.

Take care of those bigger fish that you land. They are the best of breed, they produce the best fry for the future, and they are older than you think. The estimated age of a 42" northern pike is 22 years. We are very spoiled to have a lake like Mendota that is treated as, and is very much so a trophy lake. There are not many places in Wisconsin or even in the Midwest that has northern action like this.

I wanted to give a big thank you to Harley's Bait and Liquor for always having the right bait for what I needed when targeting Northerns this year. They are the only bait shop that I found who allowed me to dip my own. Honesty is always the best policy when dipping your own bait, just remember that.

Now its time to go back to the panfish spots. I see a neighborhood fish fry in the near future!

Here are some of the bigger pike caught this year.

Cheers and stay safe!

[This post was last edited on 3/1/15 at 1:16 PM]
Mixed Bag
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2/28/15 7:52 PM CST
I stand corrected

eyefan79
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2/28/15 7:47 PM CST
Yes it open till midnight. Season closes on the first sunday of march at midnight.

Mixed Bag
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2/28/15 7:26 PM CST
No

thebearsstillsuck
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2/28/15 7:08 PM CST
Is tomorrow still open for pike and walleye?

snagger54
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2/27/15 6:20 PM CST
Looks like a great morning for fishing tomorrow. I'll probably target the gills first then go after the perch. Fishing should be best in the morning same for Sunday.Good luck be safe.Snagger

Pan Man13
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2/26/15 7:57 AM CST
probably going to head out this weekend wondering if anyone can give me some tips or locations to get a good batch of panfish. Thanks and good luck fishing

Salmon King
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2/25/15 10:25 AM CST
Oh I think it cost him...

http://www.channel3000.com/news/man-charged-with-owi-after-getting-car-stuck-on-lake-mendota/31468542

rk_diver
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2/24/15 10:06 PM CST
Spent some time in Warner Bay tonight, checking some cribs for any gills. The two I found were barren. Went into the weeds and never saw a fish on the camera. Pretty windy out there. Saw someone drove a vehicle out onto the lake and didn't make it back to the landing before getting stuck. Couple tow trucks got him out, would imagine one of the city Police Officers there made the mistake even more costly. Was disappointed in the water clarity, wasn't much better then Monona...Rick

ice-it
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2/23/15 12:33 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 16° - 20° F
Went out from The State park Saturday. No one else within 0.5 miles of me. Had to move several times but finally found consistently markings on the bottom. Perch bit lightly until 10:00 and then they decided to sit tight and get ready for the Badger game. Diver Rick, if you find a kitchen sink down there, please contact me since I threw everything I had at them. Had spikes and mouses and they preferred the spikes.

Fillet Show
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2/23/15 9:06 AM CST
Good post snagger. I actually just thought I could produce where others had a tough time. I experienced exactly what everyone else has said. No suspended schools Sunday, with 2-3 coming off bottom at times. They were more willing to bite early, and got more picky toward noon. Caught fish on all different types of baits, but each one wanted a different type of lure/action. Sometimes taking it away from them worked. Sometimes a dead stick approach was key. Other times a little tapping jiggle is what triggered them. Mixed sizes, nothing huge. Ended up with 15 between me and a buddy. 4 hours in the wind.

FS

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