To all those that took people out last weekend for FHNB I would like to say, "THANK YOU!"
We saw quite a few boats on the lake and many people really enjoying the time on the water.
NAVIONICS “Sonar Chart Event”
“Lake Mendota” Madison, Wisconsin
September 1, 2018
Where: Warner Park Boat Launch: 1201-Woodward Drive Madison, WI 53704
When: September 1, 2018 starting at 7 am
Organizer/Director: Capt. Greg Ollila – Navionics Marine Specialist
Contact Info: phone: 262-960-8220, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost to participant: NONE (There is a daily launch fee of $8.00) Win a Chart: Each participant (must have complete contact information filled in on Registration form) who has turned in a Registration form filled in and has recorded sonar logs will be entered in a random drawing to win a new Navionics+ Regions card for their area. Less than 6 registered (All entries get freshest data update for FREE & 1 free chart to give away)10- 20 registered (All entries get freshest data update for FREE & 2 free chart to give away)
Capt. Greg Ollila and Navionics are teaming up to bring better contours to Lake Mendota. Starting on July 9, 2018, sign up by emailing Greg Ollila at email@example.com or calling 262-960-8220 to participate and you could win a Navionics+ Regions chart card. You can contribute your sonar logs using your plotter or mobile device!
With your plotter: Once you sign up, come down to Lake Mendota Warner Park Boat Launch to register and pick up your Navionics SonarChart™ Event Kit folder that contains the blank MSD card and instructions for recording. Compatible chart plotters include Humminbird, Lowrance, Raymarine, Simrad and B&G. When you are done recording, insert your card into the Navionics SonarChart™ Event Kit provided, return to Organizer Greg Ollila and you’re in it to win!
Fished Mendota for the first time in along time. Grew up fishing this lake growing up in Middleton. Targeted Walleyes and SMB. Throw top water for Smallies at first light and caught a couple smaller fish and a couple really nice largemouth.
After 7am we moved to the outside weed lines and deep points. Landed 21 walleyes (all shorts) and a coupe really nice smallies. Great seeing the walleyes in here again! Also caught a couple perch which was also great to see. Crazy how many boats were out on the water at 5:00am fishing out in deeper water.
Fished today again with FHNB. Targeted perch and found them in 11 fow in the weeds. The key was most people I saw were fishing the weedline. I went another 20 yards or so into the weeds and they were there. Saw several boats come and go with little to no luck around me. Funny that yesterday red worms out fished crawlers about 5 to 1. Today it was the opposite! Lots of small, 6 and 7 inch perch that we threw back - a good sign for in a year or two! Biggest was 10 3/4 inches (angler took second place with that fish), and we kept ten between that size and 8 inches. Action wasn't fast and furious but got one about every five minutes or so. The bite picked up the best at about 11:30 and lasted a half an hour, that's when the biggest ones were caught.
The largemouth bass we caught and photoed then released yesterday won him first place for a largemouth, it was 17 inches long. Can't wait to do this again next year!
I fished with the FHNB event today, my first time using my boat. We didn't catch fish every few minutes but we did catch plenty to keep the participant happy. Fished mostly in the weeds, close to the weedline, which was about 12 feet of water in all three spots we tried. First spot we caught just about everything but a perch. We ended the day catching lots of smallmouths - size was 3 inches up to 16 inches, one largemouth - 17 inches, 3 walleyes - all three were 15.5 inches, 2 sheephead, a few rock bass, about a dozen bluegills (kept 6 for the participant), and about a dozen perch, kept 4. Biggest bluegill was 9 inches, biggest perch was 10 inches.
Overall a pretty descent day, just not fast action. Tomorrow's a different day of course, but today the fish were definitely in the weeds. And Big Reds outfished crawler pieces 5 to 1, at least!
I've been involved with the Fishing Has No Boundaries for a number of years, and have been fortunate to fish with Hayden and his dad for the last 3. Today Hayden landed this 31", 14 pound cat. Very long fight on 6 lb. test, but he played it out like a pro. Overall fishing was good with all of us catching gills, smallies, walleye, white bass, rock bass, but unable to land the elusive perch. We're going to start tomorrow on a serious perch patrol. No specific pattern or color, but crawlers on the weed lines accounted for most of the fish
Fished a couple of times over the last week with my neighbor. Have been catching a nice mixture of Smallmouth from 13-17 inches long and eyes in the size range. Roughly, twenty fish per outing. Did not catch a legal eye or bass. Slip bobbers with a half crawler and 1/8 oz jig with the other half. Fish on the deep edge of the weeds. Of course all released.
Fished from 5pm until 730pm on 7/11. Fishing was slow. Got 4 eyes dragging bouncers. Worst day I've had on dota in a while. Weather was far from ideal but it hasn't slowed the bite I was on in the past. We will see if the weather change today gets the fished fired up again or if I have to find a new pattern. On a side note the floating weeds (I think they are cutting them) are terrible. I had trouble running 2 lines. What is the purpose of cutting them besides making a mess of the lake and the fish habitat?
best of luck,
Tuesday afternoon produced 10 walleye (one legal), one 10" bluegill, 4 rockbass, and about 30 smallies. A couple of the smallies were pretty nice ones that were in the 15-17 inch range. Lots of little ones.
My son and I fished from 4:15-6:45. Again, third of a crawler and drop shot on weed edges near drop offs.