Lake Mendota, Dane County

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GREAT COFFEE.
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TODAY @ 9:21 PM
.Pan Handler.
.Pan Handler.
USER since 5/8/08

That’s good insight Snagger. I just wanted to make a little PSA of my own about the walleyes out here and intentionally fishing for them in that deeper water 30 foot plus. I have been as guilty of it as anybody the last few winters since the eye population has rebounded (because its cool to catch walleyes) in targeting them on those deeper bars but as anyone can attest, most of them “blow up” no matter how slow you reel them in and with the vast vast majority of them under 18”, we are killing most of those fish for naught. It’s no coincidence that the major year class was 14-16” last year and those fish should be 15-18” his year and they are nowhere to be found, just the next class of th cigars to 13”. Personally I think it is because they are dead from us icefishermen. I fish all the major bars (commodore, second point, Dunn’s brearly) and I have seen tons of fisherman catching and “releasing” those fish, including me and my friends but it’s time to take a step back and think about what our eye fishing could be if we stopped targeting those eyes in that 30-50 feet especially when you catch one small one after another. 

Obviously there will be some that survive and grow up, but with personal experience of literally catching or seeing hundreds of nice walleyes 14-16” caught the past two winters and that year class being all but absent now...let’s help out this incredible lake! I love this lake more than anything so I want to see it as good as possible for years to come!

Also a reminder to know your regs and that this lake is 18” 3 fish. If I have another person carry a small eye over to me and ask me how big they have to be on this lake, I will go berserk. Know the regulations before you go! 

As for fishing, I fished the deeper water today and grinded out 18 nice perch, mostly coming from two short lived schools and a whole lot of nothing otherwise. Fished 50-60 feet in west basin. Ice was about 12-14”.



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TODAY @ 8:35 PM
snagger54
snagger54
USER since 2/9/14

A tip to catch Mendota perch. Use your pencil weight and slamming into the bottom of the lake about 10 times. Pull your glow-in-the-dark jig up about 1 foot off of bottom. If they're there this gets them excited. They're feeding on some kind of water fly right now off to bottom. This steers things up on the bottom a little bit and the perch think other perch are feeding. You'll need to repeat this method time to time. I hope this helps ,snagger.

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TODAY @ 8:06 PM
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Musky_Hunter_34
Musky_Hunter_34
USER since 1/30/16

MOON PHASE (19%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Foggy

ICE DEPTH
14 inches

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Went out after Pike for a few hours 12-430 with one flag. 

Had 5 tip ups in until another guy decided he would put his set 20 feet from mine. Don't need to fish right next to someone when there is miles of shoreline to set up. Leave a little space.

MH34

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TODAY @ 6:47 PM
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BossHog
BossHog
USER since 12/21/10

MOON PHASE (19%)
Waxing Crescent

Heard we are suppose to get 1.3" of rain through tomorrow. How do you think this will affect the ice? Do most leave their shanties out on the lake with conditions like this? 

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1/20/18 @ 9:29 PM
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CHISEL
CHISEL
USER since 6/19/01

MOON PHASE (12%)
Waxing Crescent

Most of those people you saw in university bay were students walking and riding bikes from the union to picnic point. I think half of the student body took that walk today. Moved all over but found no perch so I was on my way back to Marshal park and ended up stopping on the 15' flat in the west end of the lake where there is about a 2' rise that I found a couple years ago in my boat. Never caught anything there before but I dropped a tip up on it while deciding whether to head in or fish Mendota County Park before dark. After 15 min and not marking any fish I went to pull my tip up and had a walleye on it that never tripped the flag. Decided to stay there until until sunset. Once dusk came my two tip ups started going non stop. I couldn't even use my jigging pole because it turned into a fire drill. Within a half hour I was out of shiners so I jigged and still caught a few small walleyes. Ended up getting cut off by a small northern, caught a fat 10" perch, a 17" and 17.5" walleye, and a bunch of those little walleyes before it shut off as fast as it started. Lots of fun but nothing to take home. I let the perch go back to spawn.          

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1/20/18 @ 8:14 PM
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snagger54
snagger54
USER since 2/9/14

MOON PHASE (12%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
16 inches

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Fish from 11 to 4 o'clock 45ft.13 perch I Mark the spot in snow I hope this helps.

Lake Mendota, Dane County Photo
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1/20/18 @ 7:53 PM
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GrassBassMaster3
GrassBassMaster3
USER since 2/21/12

MOON PHASE (12%)
Waxing Crescent

thats a beautiful sheephead or drum or goat 


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1/20/18 @ 7:28 PM
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Spdreader
Spdreader
USER since 1/20/18

MOON PHASE (12%)
Waxing Crescent
Hit up Governor's island in the afternoon/evening. A few groups caught walleye, but it was pretty slow overall. I lost one and got one jigging, nothing on tipups. I'm new to the area, and not actually sure what I caught though.

Lake Mendota, Dane County Photo
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1/20/18 @ 6:07 PM
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nightbrawler
nightbrawler
USER since 6/30/15

MOON PHASE (12%)
Waxing Crescent

ICE DEPTH
12 inches

Awesome day to be out, not so great on fishing. Saw a lot of people fishing along the University side of the lake, pretty unusual since that stretch is usually pretty quiet. We tried from 10, 15, 20,..., 60ft and caught only one perch. Nothing on tip-ups. Does anyone have a report for university bay or picnic point area? Didn't try there but saw a decent crowd.

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1/20/18 @ 4:50 PM
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ice-it
ice-it
MEMBER since 12/27/04

MOON PHASE (12%)
Waxing Crescent

Access off Govenor's Island is still good thanks to those that move the planks to get a safer location. The lack of wind today resulted in little ice movement.

Fished for the perch in 75' of water and found them on the locator but they did not want the kitchen sink that I threw at them (got a couple). I was told that perch are biting along the drop off so save some time walking and check out the shallower areas (35"-50') of water. Those that were out in deeper water were constantly moving around except for a small group on the deeper outside of Dunn's Bar. Wish someone would start to serve cocktails at that bar.

It was just too nice today to catch fish, I got sunburn. McDonalds has a special on fish filet - 2 for $5.

Edited on 1/20/18 4:50 PM
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