Lake Mendota, Dane County

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2/20/17 @ 9:23 AM
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.Long Barrels
.Long Barrels
USER since 12/9/14

MOON PHASE (32%)
Waning Crescent
Madison is warmer than where I live.  two weeks ago when we had cold weather,  there was 12-14 inches.  Saturday there was  about the same or a bit less but the top 4 inches was mush.  I will know later in the day if they got out today w o getting wet.  But the DBag that posted 18 inches is on e'fn crack.  UBay NEVER had 18 all year...or any madison area lake for that matter.

Edited on 2/20/17 9:23 AM
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2/20/17 @ 8:55 AM
mybass555
mybass555
USER since 12/7/16

hell i havent fished mendota this year and i knew there wasnt 18 in. morons like that should have to walk out on the crap ice til he falls thru

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2/20/17 @ 8:53 AM
thebearsstillsuck
thebearsstillsuck
USER since 5/18/11

I saw that FB post as well. I call BS on that. I don't get why somebody would post such nonsense. 

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2/20/17 @ 7:40 AM
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.Long Barrels
.Long Barrels
USER since 12/9/14

MOON PHASE (32%)
Waning Crescent

I was on Ubay saturday and fell through by shore coming off.  I HIGHLY doubt you will even get on or off today w o getting wet.  there was only 12 inch on the bay...not sure where 18 came from.  it's done,  i'm not there today because I didn't want to waste a 2 hour drive to not get on.  

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2/19/17 @ 11:07 PM
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A DRIFTER
A DRIFTER
USER since 8/26/09

MOON PHASE (41%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
10 inches

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

I just want to clarify something,  the ice is GARBAGE. I just saw a Facebook post by some guy out of Illinois claiming to have been on 18 inches of solid ice in university bay this weekend,  this is not even close to accurate.  The entire main basin is dark and the shallows are honeycombed. Saturday afternoon I drilled a couple dozen holes and it was garbage top to bottom, all coming up in cubes, no shavings. Today was even worse in that the edges of the holes were jagged as fu@K,  it's  already bad only going to get worse, save yourself the wet britches and stay off. When we left tonight it was wavering pretty good about twenty yards from shore. I'm done for the season.

As for the fishing,  it was ok at times but slow on the whole, some crappies, some gills, nothing too spectacular but enough to ice and clean tomorrow.          -Matt.

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2/15/17 @ 6:19 PM
Uluaukea
Uluaukea
USER since 4/19/16
Horrible pic from my phone of the computer screen but where is the "north" shore of second point????? All shores are SW or SE. 

Lake Mendota, Dane County Photo
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2/15/17 @ 5:31 PM
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Ablewis007
Ablewis007
USER since 1/9/17

MOON PHASE (78%)
Waning Gibbous

According to this DNR report, the largest walleye spawning areas are along the U.W. campus and the North shore of Second Point:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/documents/reports/FishMngmtPamphlet.pdf&ved=0ahUKEwiYp9nHoJPSAhVG2mMKHTDBDC8QFggaMAA&usg=AFQjCNFSz-NvXvcviUq88cWKvbHMoG7foQ&sig2=b4RMQvjgqBrpFWpCcdFkgQ

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2/15/17 @ 5:21 PM
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Ablewis007
Ablewis007
USER since 1/9/17

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Waning Gibbous

The biggest reason for stocking a large number of predator fish in Mendota (walleye and pike) along with restrictive size limits was to improve water quality. Huh? Not to over simplify this but the theory is to have predators eating small fish, that eat the zooplankton, that eat the algae. It's pretty technical, but some might enjoy reading this report: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.d.umn.edu/~thrabik/Lathrop%2520et%2520al.%25202002.pdf&ved=0ahUKEwi24eTfnpPSAhUI42MKHUowCEYQFghAMAc&usg=AFQjCNGTgWKrq4SDry2-7YBRvcA0cvm2sw&sig2=L89KlCkUkTWqSXLS-qEY5w

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2/15/17 @ 2:32 PM
springbobatwork
springbobatwork
USER since 9/11/03

Not sure about natural reproduction but according to DNR stocking data, there have been over 800,000 fingerling walleye stocked in this lake over the past 10 years.

Stocking data is available on-line at this link:

https://cida.usgs.gov/wdnr/apex/f?p=220:1:0::NO::P1_COUNTY_NAME:DANE

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2/15/17 @ 10:28 AM
herbsuperb
herbsuperb
USER since 6/27/06

I agree with Uluaukea. I think natural reproduction among Walleye in Mendota is sparse to none. The reason so many shorts are caught is the relentless stocking that takes place. They don't stock (many) legal fish. They stock shorts, fingerlings, fry and the like, and many of them are eaten by pike, bass, or cats before they reach keeper size.

Mendota is very much a 'put and take' walleye fishery, which is why I tend to disagree with the 'slot limit' that many anglers seem to favor. I don't think that would help anything, because the large breeding fish that a slot limit is meant to protect, probably aren't breeding much anyway.

Waubesa is heavily stocked too. Monona is I think the only lake on the chain with a good degree of natural walleye spawning. It's rarely stocked with walleye, and there is an abundance of large predators (Muskies).

Mendota is clearly NOT a natural walleye habitat. It's an artifical walleye fishery. Those walleye are there to be caught and harvested.

I may be wrong. I'm not an expert. Feel free to dispute my opinion to your heart's content. I'll not be offended.

Warming up out there. Keep safe on the last of the ice. High of 60+ this weekend. May be an early Spring. Maybe not. Looking forward to the OW season though, as always.


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