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mendota
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8/20/14 9:33 AM CST
Conditions: Night Time Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
LOL, landed a 34" cat last night, best fight I think I have ever had from a non-salmon. Took an honest 10+ minutes to land. Piggy!

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8/19/14 8:48 AM CST
Couple of comments on Mendota this year:

Its been a few years since I have seen weeds at such a minimum. Many of the weedbeds that were pretty solid out to 12' are now almost non-existent; I have been seeing decent weeds in the 7-8' range, but not much beyond.

Consequently, that lack of weeds has made sonar imaging of these areas possible. I'm seeing objects in that 7-12' range that were always obscured by dense weeds, even in the early spring.

It will be interesting to see what effect this has on fish location this fall and winter.

Catfish fans will be happy to know that another successful year class was apparently pulled off a couple years back. There are good numbers of 14-17" cats out here; we have been getting about 1 an evening, fishing a couple hours around dusk. (No, we are not targeting cats)

Had not caught any of the big cats this year until this last weekend; my brother managed one Sunday am on a spinnerbait, then we got one Sunday night, live bait, both ~25-28". They really seem to start getting aggressive as Fall approaches.

hunt&fish19
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8/17/14 11:16 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Anyone have any luck from shore for panfish or anything really? Lookin to take my kid down there any advice would be great!

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8/14/14 10:46 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F
Fished this past Saturday and Sunday. Fished weed edges between 10 to 15 feet. Wife picked up this good sized smallie on Saturday on plastic. On Sunday morning fished alone while it was still somewhat overcast and picked up 2 smallies on pop r, hooked and lost good size northern at the boat, and caught 6 or 7 smallmouth and 1 good sized largemouth on plastics. Also tossed rattle trap and husky jerk but no takers. All released. Hope to get out again this weekend. Good fishing!

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8/14/14 5:14 PM CST
Sorry for the non report but I am looking for some info on perch. I am thinking about taking my kayak out to do some perch fishing this weekend and was wondering if anyone could tell me what depth they are holding at this time of year and also some good areas to try. Any info that can be provided would be greatly appreciated. Tight lines.

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8/14/14 3:24 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Got on the water @ Marshall at 9:40 and was fishing near Warner by 10:10. I normally don't go to the east side of the lake but biggill34 was kind enough to point me in the direction of some smallies.

Had some senko action in the first location but no hookups, nothing on rat l traps or buzzbaits in 10 FOW, casting mainly to shore but fanned out from there. At times I was in 20 FOW, and appeared to be a rock bottom, little evidence of weeds.

Went around Maple Bluff and fished the point for a while, similar FOW but drifting, no action and little on the FF.

Continued on south and hit some docks for LMB. Nothing at the first area though I could clearly see minnows as well as weed structure and shade from docks/boats. Moved down to the next one and pow, 18" smallie where it shouldn't have been, out in the open in 3-5 FOW halfway between docks in the bright noon sun.

Hit a few more places on the way in, had another good sized bass short strike in a mooring area, senko follow up as well as recanvassing the area with the buzzbait didn't produce another hit.

The smallie was the fish I have been waiting for all summer. Nice to find one of that size when I least expected it.

Thanks biggill34...it wasn't one of your areas per se but I wouldn't have come to the east side if not for you.

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8/14/14 7:51 AM CST
Sorry for the non report guys. Going to be in the Madison area for the weekend and am wondering how bad the weeds are. I would only be able to get out at night for some trolling. If the weeds are bad then it's not worth the effort to bring the boat. Thanks

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8/11/14 10:26 AM CST
A buddy and I decided to go do a little perch jerkin' this morning. Caught enough for a meal for him, schools coming in were mixed age classes. Some very little guys then a couple decent sized ones. Had a good battle with an old, ugly 32" catfish (to clarify, in the photo the catfish is the one on the left!) Small jigs tipped with Hellgrammites. Another calm, beautiful morning on Mendota! Rick

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8/11/14 8:31 AM CST
I decided to increase my chances in catching a fish in my fishing kayak for the first time. I knew if I could get to the shallows past Skipper Bud's in the Cherokee Marsh area, I could get a fish. I put in at the Yahara Heights County Park canoe/paddle boat launch and made my way down the river fishing a few spots here and there with no luck. The lake was nice and calm and I knew this was my chance. I got out and threw a crawler out on one and a couple gill pieces on another. With my anchor line set I stowed my paddle, donned my gloves, and waited. My light setup with the crawler was the one to get hit, twice. The second time I had the fish. I've never done this in a kayak before and having caught several big catfish in the lake I knew what I was in for. I frantically reeled in my second line, stowed the rod, cleared the deck, and after the fish did a 180 on my pulled my anchor. Of course by then the line was tangled in my kayak trolley and the rear handle of the boat. Luckily the fish made a run and pulled the line free. I fought it for a while and was able to bring it up by the boat. I wasn't using a slip bobber so I was limited as to how far I could lift the fish to the surface. I had my net ready and all I could ever see was tail. I had quite an adrenaline rush going and was afraid of doing anything for fear of tipping over or losing the fish, not to mention the steady stream of boats going through the channel watching me. In my panicked state I decided to grab the line against everything I knew. As soon as I did, it snapped. I even saw the fish swim away with my hook and swivel. I would guess it was at least 10 pounds. I still don't know how I was going to unhook it unless it was near death from exhaustion. I really didn't want to pull it into my lap.

In the end, I was glad I finally hooked up on the yak. I used the frustration to paddle back. I can't wait to get back out there and do it right. If anyone would like to go with me and give me some pointers as to dealing with fish in a kayak, I need some guidance.

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8/11/14 7:11 AM CST
Oldbee-turn on your messenger so people can respond to you without clogging up the fish reports page.

When and if the perch turn on this summer(have not been out myself for a week), you will find many boats anchored on top of each other near Spring Harbor in 15-25 fow. Other well known spots are along the north east weedline and off Governor's Island.

Call D&S Bait for reports.

Use Willie Worms, waxies or spikes, chunk of crawler or red worms..helgramites....right on the bottom. Dead stick ultralight rod with heavier line, load it up with a barrel weight above a swivel to a one foot leader of 2 or 4 lb line to the hook or 1/64 oz jig with or without plastic tail.

Fish on or just off bottom. Good luck

They hit quick and are gone as fast at times. I try to jig 2 rods but usually fail to hook the 2nd bite and lose my bait. I will keep that 2nd rod ready to drop down there as soon as I get the first one in the boat. Slip bobber may help the granddaughter....

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spoonplugger2
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8/10/14 12:14 PM CST
I agree with migr8r, i.e. it's a Logperch(procina caprodes).

Identification: The Logperch is a long, slim darter that reaches a length of four or five inches. It has distinctive “tiger stripes” along its sides. The thin stripes are dark-olive or black on the pale-yellow or greenish-yellow body, crossing the fish’s back and extending toward its belly. The first dorsal fin is spiny, the second, soft-rayed. The soft dorsal fin and the caudal fin have dark markings on their rays. During the breeding season, the yellowish color of the males becomes more intense, and they also develop small, fleshy projections, called tubercles, on the belly and the underside of the fleshy part of the tail. The Logperch’s head is conical and pointed and its mouth is thick-lipped, suited to its rooting way of feeding.

You can find more than you will ever want to know about them about half way down the page at http://fishandboat.com/pafish/fishhtms/chap23.htm

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oldbee
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8/10/14 8:30 AM CST
As a newbee to fishing at age 72 I am interested in doing some perch fishing on Mendota. Any suggestions as to preferable locations and bait choices. Planning on going out with my 10 year old granddaughter on Wednesday. Thanks for any help. Smile

huntthe40
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8/10/14 12:49 AM CST
Definatly not a mud Minow. I'm pretty sure that it is a log perch. Not 100% sure though

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8/10/14 12:32 AM CST
Possibly a mud minnow. Kinda goby lookin. Weird. What did you get it on? How deep we're you?

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