Sad to say this, but with zebra mussels, spiny water fleas, and thousands of ice fishermen catching/killing dinks all winter long in 60 FOW there will never be another great perch fishing year on Mendota.
Pan fish in general are in serious decline on the whole Madison chain. Walker, Kathy Stepp, and DNR doing nothing.
MOON PHASE (72%)
I had one morning where we hooked numerous very large gar. They school up big time, have seen hundreds of them together on side imaging in past. The cats took a big hit during ice fishing season, tons of them left the lake off of Governors island.
Finally got a decent cat out ot Tenney, but had to put in some work for it. They do not seem abundant, and a good bite seems hard to come by. Maybe it's just me, but most I talk to say it's slow out there. Decent fish at near 32" and perhaps 12-13 pounds. Not much fight though. Fished Friday and Saturday nights. Picked up a Smallie, a Pike, and a hefty Yellow Bullhead (3 pounds plus I figure).
Friday night I got a fierce hit from something I figure was very large under a float. In four years now, I've never seen a fish move that fast. Ripping out line like crazy. Set the hook and whatever it was spit it right into a snag, or a rock or something. Wedged solid. Probably huge cat, but maybe Pike/Muskie judging from speed.
Hope others are doing better than me. I swear it's like fishing in early May, not mid June.
We spent the weekend in town with our rig and it turned out to be pretty entertaining aside from the pleasure boaters with questionable awareness of what they were doing... Trolling was our primary focus and we split time between cranks and crawler harnesses. Each night near sundown we pulled harnesses and found a number of walleye, all of which were undersized. In the mornings and during the day we found some smallies, whites, drum, crappie, AND a token gar!
MOON PHASE (80%)
Out Monday night for cat's. Skunked again. Had one bite but it was a "pecker". Peck, peck, peck as you pick up the line and then it drops the bait. Had a lot of those last year too. Both on the bottom and bobber. Maybe this rain will get them going. Give it another shot next week. Rat.