Can we still walk on from Warner beach area for gills and such? I've got 10' 2x8 that I can use if need be. Or I'll just wear my waders :) Just wanna get out one more weekend then tuck everything away till next year.
If I remember correctly what herb mentioned a while ago, Mendota = trophy northern, Monona/Wingra = trophy musky. It makes sense to focus on stocking a single trophy species in each lake, probably for better survival rate, reproductive rate, etc...
I caught my first musky here few years ago, that was fun. :)
I have also seen muskies in Lake Mendota. I saw mid-40s fish on the east side of picnic point about a year ago. I can’t understand if the lake is managed as a trophy fishery; they don’t make an effort to stock it with a few muskies. It seems like a perfect fit.
There's definitely some big muskies in Mendota. Helped a fellow land a beauty at Tenney Park a couple years ago. Upper 40's all day long. Probably better than 25 LB. Very heavy, healthy fish. I saw one a bit smaller loitering around last fall, but didn't have tackle to pursue, I was after cats. It was maybe 45".
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Found a custom ice scoop on University Bay today. If you want it back let me know.
As for the fishing, we had mixed success on eyes and northern pike. No legal walleyes and no legal northern but landed a fat 38 as the weather went in the tank around 4 p.m. Got drenched.
Lot 60 boat landing is a mess and the edges of the ice on the lake are starting to pull away from the shore.
You can see muskies pretty much every spring at the locks. In one year I pulled two (still alive) off the metal framework of the locks, and a buddy pulled off another one. A fourth one wasn't so lucky and died in the framework. They try to jump the metal wall (the side where the current is always running) and can't make it. They were talking of modifying the lock gate so they couldn't get caught but they hadn't that I ever noticed. Maybe after they just rebuilt them last year? Will have to look next time I'm there. But they make through the regular locks though. I haven't heard of anyone that's familiar with Mendota actually targeting them, but have heard numerous reports of people that have while pike fishing or walleye fishing. I never have caught one personally, but most of my time on the water is spent running side scan or diving!
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Guys, it’s just another guy that should be banned from the site. He is just trying to rile people up, lake-link will take care of him. We all know Mendota does not have that snow cover. And we know those fish are not from there. Simple as that.