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rk_diver
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7/29/14 11:35 AM CST
On Mendota the last couple mornings. Surface temp at 72°F, thermocline is between 35' (63°F) and 40'. Water clarity crappy above the thermocline, much better below. Saw a few gills off the weedlines, some carp and a couple smallies around 40'. Cool and windy yesterday, warmer and not as windy today. Rick

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7/29/14 10:31 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
I fished from 9AM to 2PM yesterday. Tried trolling in several places with no success. Anchored up and caught 8 smallmouth from 12 to 16 inches long, two rock bass, and a short walleye. I used a half a crawler on a 1/32 oz jig for bait, with enough weight to balance the bobber. Never hooked any large fish.

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7/28/14 4:17 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 76° - 80º F
Late report from Saturday...very slow fishing middle of the day but marked a ton of fish from 2nd point to Spring Harbor and finally got off the 2 yr schneid on smallies, caught a decent one on drop shot over Commodore. Was somewhat surprised it wasn't busier out there....lot at Marshall was only 3/4 full by 1030 and only a couple in overflow by 2.

Mummy, I 2nd what you've been told for launches. Marshall is probably my favorite launch in all of Madison area for ease, convenience, parking and such but it is also one of the busiest. Spring Harbor is much smaller and tucked away, and it would put you out in the SW corner of the lake. Drifting the dropoffs might be your best bet though I too don't fish crappie.

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7/28/14 7:26 AM CST
Mummy, you're correct there are lots of launches. Typically Marshal Park is one of the nicer launches, it can get somewhat busy if it's a nice weekend day but generally there is enough docks and parking so it's not a big deal. You'll get waves from pleasure boats but its a big enough lake there's never too much of an issue. If it's too crowded try Spring harbor, just a mile away.

edit: I don't focus on crappie much so i can't give you any good spots. From what i've seen Monona holds more crappie than mendota

If the perch were really on fire, it'd be a different story as the launches would be crowded early morning. With that said, i've had little luck on perch so far. Seems to be (hopefully) picking up little by little. Stayed out friday night for walleye on the weed edges (jigs and leech) and no keepers, only pulled out one 15", plus a couple of decent bass.

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7/28/14 7:13 AM CST
Good morning; My daughter and her husband have recently moved to Madison and I have offered to trail my boat up there from the Lake Geneva area for us to do some Crappie fishing. Lake Mendota looks promising. I noticed there are numerous launch sites around the lake. Could someone suggest which would be the best to use, staying away from crowds? This will have to be a weekend excursion unfortunately, so I would imagine a flotilla of pleasure boats will be out giving my Sylvan quite a rough ride. I would appreciate any information that would help me. Thanks. Mummy

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7/27/14 6:47 PM CST
Fished the weed edges in todays HIGH winds. The majority of fish were caught over the side of the boat on a crawler chunk on a bare hook with a split shot. We tried to stay around 9' but was hard to do. Ended up with 25 between 2 of us that were between 9" and 10". Had a few smallies mixed in with them to keep it interesting.

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7/27/14 2:06 PM CST
BAITS MOTEL/Beaver Dam Argo ATV We are having an awful lot of our local Beaver Dam residents heading down to Mendota for the perch. Everyone is saying that there is a hellgrammite shortage down there. We can get all the hellgrammites and rock flies (Thunder Bugs) you may need. Normally, your local shop to get them is D@S down there, but if they run short, we can get em. All ways, all ways, all ways support your local guy, but, in this case, we are just trying to help out. Baits Motel Bait and Tackle Beaver Dam, WI 920 219 9677

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7/26/14 2:22 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
For a night in which I did not land a single cat, it sure was a fun night of catfishing. Started off with a hit from something huge on a dead sucker under a float. Hit like a freight train and took me for a ride. Dragged me halfway across the estuary with the drag as tight as I dare set it before she stopped. After 5-6 minutes of pump-and-wind the line gave. Probably a real big cat, but could have been a big pike.

Got a bite on one of my bottom lines (cut sucker) a while later. Ended up being a 19.5" LMB. My first Mendota keeper (released). Absolutely no color. Good fight.

While I was reading I caught some movement out of the corner of my eye. Looked up and about 3 feet away was an adorable little Mink trying to get into my bait cooler. Spotted a big Otter later on swimming around the end of the breakwater. Didn't stick around long, headed up towards Warner. Also saw a Mallard bite a muskrat that swam to close to her ducklings. Brand new batch. Pretty late in the season for that.

What's the deal with the bullheads lately? In two years I've had very few bullhead hits on my cut baits, now in the last two weeks I've lost 8 good baits to bullheads. Wretched fish. Caught 4 tonight, all yellows. One was over 2 LB though. But still.....stinkin bullheads.

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7/25/14 8:54 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Slow day today. Out from 10 am to 7:30 pm. Windy. Highlight of the day was seeing my fishing partner get bit off at the boat by a northern that looked just under 40". Ridin' dirty, for years and he learned his lesson today. Lol. Few northerns mixed in with some bass. Nothing huge. Hopefully tomorrow's winds will be the weekends game-changer. Will be hitting water at 4am.

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7/25/14 1:17 AM CST
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7/25/14 1:16 AM CST
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7/25/14 1:15 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Great day. Boated a northern in just 5 minutes. 30 minutes later landed a nice 21" smally. Couple other smallys here n there mixed with striperz. Stayed out til 1 am trying for kitties. Missed a couple and net two. Biggest was 32". Pics to follow. Gonna b out next two days will keep posting.

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7/24/14 12:40 PM CST
Macman, the picture is actually rotated on your phone. If you were to copy it to a non mobile device you would see that it is rotated. Lake-Link isn't doing anything to it. Your phone is just being helpful by displaying it in the orientation you expect. The solution is that you need to rotate it yourself before uploading it. Or just always take pictures landscape.

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7/24/14 11:24 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
I fished from 8AM to 2PM yesterday. Started out with slip bobbers and leeches and caught a mixture of Rock Bass and Smallies. Most of the small mouth were under 12 ". I did catch and release a 17"', a 18", and a 19 incher. Lost a short walleye at the boat. Tried trolling a flicker shad for an hour and also anchored up on a couple of other spots with little luck. On the way back to Marshall it trolled along a weed line line in 13 fow and immediately caught a 16" eye on a flicker shad. Went back to the spot and tried jigging with a half crawler and hooked into a big Largemouth. The jig fell out when I netted it. It was just under 23" long. My personal largest bass. Released all fish at the spots they were caught.

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7/24/14 10:20 AM CST
Macman, that also has been happening to me. Not sure how to fix it. In other news, here is a fish we caught last night.

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