Lake Mendota, Dane County

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9/20/17 @ 12:30 PM
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sweeperq
sweeperq
USER since 7/21/08

MOON PHASE
New Moon

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

Went out Tuesday morning from 8am-noon. Barely any wind and only a few boats on the water. Managed to catch a dozen small mouth and a couple walleye fishing in depths ranging from 7-22' around Maple Bluff. Only one smallmouth had any size, the rest were 8-12" range.

Something big was messing with me where the bluffs transition to boulders at the water's edge. Took my plastic, sliced my line, sliced another plastic in half, and took me for a brief ride before losing it. Was an aggressive fish, would have loved to see it.

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9/18/17 @ 1:18 PM
fishingfool76
fishingfool76
USER since 4/10/15

Hey Jerry, Vince R.(spoonplugging with Terry O.) . See your hitting Mendota !! Send me your contact info so I can get a hold of you. I'd like to catch up with you.

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9/18/17 @ 9:35 AM
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jerryb
jerryb
USER since 8/7/01

MOON PHASE (3%)
Waning Crescent

Sunday was a much better day. With the cloudy conditions most of the day the walleyes responded, unfortunately the pike are and have been in a funk all season. I landed 17 walleye, 3 small pike and about 8 white bass.

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9/16/17 @ 9:01 PM
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jerryb
jerryb
USER since 8/7/01

MOON PHASE (15%)
Waning Crescent

Thank you Jess,

The lake is extremely clear this year, I trolled deep water today and caught 6-7 walleyes a few whites and one small pike.

Edited on 9/16/17 9:03 PM
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9/12/17 @ 12:53 PM
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Jess0622
Jess0622
MEMBER since 10/21/16

MOON PHASE (57%)
Waning Gibbous

Nice Pike Jerry, 

I got out fishing with Jory a couple of weekends ago. We targeted Gills, only I think we caught more small mouth than gills, the largest being right at 18 inches, "released". I was fishing the same spots the weekend prior with no luck, is the reason I called Jory. We met at Warner and left the launch, heading right to the area. My technique was off coarse, I was slip bobbering above the weeds at the drop-off and Jory showed us the gills are on the bottom. We ended the day with 2 legit at or over 10 inches and 7-8 nice ones for supper. 



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9/12/17 @ 11:48 AM
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jerryb
jerryb
USER since 8/7/01

MOON PHASE (57%)
Waning Gibbous

Caught a couple pike 43"&42"

Lake Mendota, Dane County Photo
Lake Mendota, Dane County Photo
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9/11/17 @ 2:43 PM
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Mr.Jiggers
Mr.Jiggers
USER since 1/3/10

MOON PHASE (68%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

Kayak fished for the first time ever on 9/10/17.  I was only out for a couple hours, but ended up with 6 keeper blue gills (larger than a hand), and 2 10" perch.

Due to wind direction I fished the south side of the lake dragging slip bobbers with red worms over 5-10 feet of water.

The fish are out there, patience and some common sense will provide the bite.


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9/9/17 @ 2:03 PM
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Scott Hill
fishthrills
MEMBER since 6/30/03

MOON PHASE (86%)
Waning Gibbous

Todd thought he hooked the Locke nest monster, to our surprise this ole car pulled the Warrior around before hitting the net, along with fifteen smallmouth bass, a few walleye, and keeper bluegills. Walleye fishing is improving by the day. As the water cools, walleye action just keeps getting better. Currently I’m catching them on lindy, split shot, and drop shot rigged leech or nightcrawlers . I have tried jigging but without much success yet. Casting the biggest on a 5/8th oz. Live Target Rattle Bait has been doing quite a bit of catching the walleye bite seems to be best the first hour of light and again at dusk. The best locations have been right on outside edge weed lines around points, or mid lake humps with scattered deep weeds. The best depth is about 13 & 20 ft of water.

Largemouth bass and Smallmouth fishing has been good. The large numbers of fish have subsided, I’m averaging 9-15 fish each trip out. The best depth is 15-16 ft of water. I’m either drop shot or split shot plastics, Berkley 3" & 4" Leeches or using nightcrawlers fished on a split shot rig. The best locations have been around outside turns in the weed lines.

Edited on 9/9/17 2:09 PM
Lake Mendota, Dane County Photo
Lake Mendota, Dane County Photo
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9/9/17 @ 8:19 AM
rmburt
rmburt
USER since 3/9/12

Hi all. I've been here for a while but just bought my first boat and have just started fishing Mendota! Would anyone be willing to help a mendota newbie out with a few tips or tricks to learning/fishing the lake. I'd really like to learn how to walleye fish  (never have before) but don't have any idea where to start on such a big lake. Any willingness to help would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to PM me, I'd really to get involved on this great resource.

Thanks!

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9/6/17 @ 9:30 AM
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Schimmel
Schimmel
USER since 12/12/11

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

Was on Mendota last Friday and Saturday for about 3 hours each morning.  Found big bluegill in 20-23ft. of water over structure.  Caught a handfull of little smallies and a few whitebass as well.  Biggest gill was around 10" - very good overall size.  Anybody know what type of area the bigger smallies or walleye are relating to this time of year?

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