Lake Mendota, Dane County

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5/21/18 @ 8:28 PM
PictureRelease
PictureRelease
USER since 5/21/18

Head to Warner park if you want to shoot carp.  I was there just last week and there were carp spawning by the thousands.  It's only 1-2 feet deep max so water clarity doesn't matter.

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5/21/18 @ 7:53 PM
TightLine81
TightLine81
USER since 3/25/18

It’s all the rain. Every time we get a substantial rain the lake clouds up for a few days. Last week after a stretch of sunny days, I could see right down to the bottom in 4-5 FOW. The fishing also picked up with that clarity too. 

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5/21/18 @ 7:45 PM
serious fisherman
serious fisherman
USER since 6/28/08

Are there any parts of the lake that are remotely clear? Seems weird that it’s so dirty this year. 

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5/21/18 @ 7:15 PM
Mike 04
Mike 04
USER since 5/19/16

Northern for Iowa person, I fished Monona last Saturday. Caught a few lg mouth and then moved to Monona Bay for some gills. I had around a 30in Northern attack my little jig with waxie on it. I played him for 15 min and almost netted him and he took off again. I was working him back to boat and line broke. 4lb pan fish line could not hold up. The bay is pretty weedy but if you use weed less or fish weed edge I think you will have some luck. 

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5/21/18 @ 12:28 PM
Keeping it Reel
Keeping it Reel
USER since 4/8/16
I don't doubt carp are rolling where you say - but I can't shoot carp in really stained water because I can't see them. 

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5/21/18 @ 12:13 PM
choclateman
choclateman
USER since 12/20/11

exactly why I don't usually post anything here.  There's always a know it all.

Water temps in the channel by Skipper Buds was 67 degrees on Thursday.

Carp were tearing up my shoreline.  Today, of course not.

But of course someone knows better than I do.

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5/21/18 @ 12:12 PM
Keeping it Reel
Keeping it Reel
USER since 4/8/16

Mendota's clarity is awful currently - so if your going to shoot during daytime (which I do) I wouldn't bother with Mendota til it clears. Carp are getting active on Waubesa, Monona and other Yahara chain waters and those waters are very clear. 

For the Jerry coming from Iowa: I have not heard how the Northern bite has been. Call D & S Bait 608-241-4225 they should be able to give you some info. I fished it last week ( walleye/smallmouth/panfish) and it was the worst outing I have had on Mendota and I believe its due to the water clarity and cold temps. 

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5/21/18 @ 11:00 AM
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crappiefest22
crappiefest22
USER since 8/1/09

MOON PHASE
First Quarter

CONDITIONS
Raining

AIR TEMP
51° - 55° F

If you really think carp are spawning in 52 degree F air temps and rain you must be nuts lol There is no carp spawn on the entire chain right now. In fact there might not even be a spawn this year with this crazy weather. "Obviously joking" but it's not looking good.

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5/21/18 @ 9:50 AM
choclateman
choclateman
USER since 12/20/11

carp are rolling in the channel by Skipper Buds.  Take every one you can find. PLEASE!!

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5/21/18 @ 6:29 AM
Crappienator
Crappienator
USER since 7/19/17

You might get different opinions but i catch alot of nice northern on Mendota.

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