Thanks for the advice. Much appreciated! I did see something about the free fishing weekend. Maybe if we get out bright and early there won't be as many families on the ice. Was planning to be off the ice by 11 anyways to watch the basketball game. I'll check the lake Monona forum for more info.
FYI - Monona Bay is going to be full to the brim with families. Its free fishing on Saturday state wide (i believe) and plus the Yahara Fishing Club gives away 300 fishing poles to the first 300 kids....... As in there will be more than 300 kids alone much less adults/ families watching kids ice fish. I am not knocking the event, I actually like the idea. Just wanted to give you a heads up
Not sure if Lake Mendota has safe ice yet. If you are somewhat new at ice fishing and you want to take a buddy out, I would just head down to Monona Bay/ triangles. Really easy to catch a lot of bluegill throughout the day. Small jig with wax worm or red spikes about 1’ off the bottom. Use a bobber, as it is only 6-7’ deep. Don’t even need a flasher. Best of luck.
I've been lurking on this site for a while now and finally decided to create an account and join the community. I've been ice fishing for a few years but I'm pretty bad at it and I'd still consider myself a beginner as I only have basic equipment. I'm looking to take my buddy out in the lake this weekend for his birthday and am wondering if anyone has any advice (spots to fish, bait, technique, anything helps!). Like I said, I'm not very good at this but I'd like to show my buddy a good time on the lake. Anything you're willing to share is much appreciated. Best of luck to everyone! Thanks for your time!
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Lakeking I fish mendota a lot. When I talk about the catfish I mean the class of fish that they had originally stocked. There will always be some in the lake of course. The last 5-6 years though that year class of catfish was flourishing. Tons of big ones everywhere. We would catch 20-30 a summer just bass fishing. Caught 3 this last spring and all of them were very dark with a big head but had diminishing body frames. Anyway for a ice report I made out perch fishing tonight. 2-2.5 inches of ice is what I found everywhere. Before everybody freaks out yes not the smartest move but I gave er the full send. If anybody plans on fishing the lake you can make it to some spots but I would not advice going alone. Lots of open water pockets still on the lake.
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Onthedeck, you don’t fish mendota much? The 9 billion catfish fry that were in the river last year tell me they are not dying. I caught plenty of large ones this summer fishing panfish. There have been tons removed by fisherman the last 4-5 years but I’ve yet to see a dead catfish floating on the lake. I don’t know where you get your theory from? Seems to be a different one then the fish biologist’s have though.
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The small channel bites are pretty much done. Marshall was hot one day last week and has now died all the way. To lake king have you not looked at the forecast? Lots of ice being made this weekend. Also with the catfish dying the perch population is going to explode again. This year it was great to see about 4 distinct year classes of gills. This lake is gonna bounce back to its early 2000s days in my opinion.