Lake Mendota, Dane County

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9/22/18 @ 9:16 AM
NPike_Guy
NPike_Guy
USER since 8/25/08
He may not make the rules but he can totally judge. With that said, I imagine that far more pike die due to being gut-hooked on tip-ups and/or being thrown on the ice when it's below zero...

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9/21/18 @ 3:23 PM
WiscoDisco69
WiscoDisco69
USER since 4/16/18

@guppie21 You don't make the rules on when Pike should be fished for. Don't judge. 

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9/19/18 @ 11:05 AM
herbsuperb
herbsuperb
USER since 6/27/06

Yes.

https://lwrd.countyofdane.com/slownowake

And the water's going back up in the next 24 hours. Please don't go fast.


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9/19/18 @ 10:52 AM
eyelooking
eyelooking
USER since 2/28/05

Are the No Wake restrictions still in effect on Lake Mendota?

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9/17/18 @ 10:36 AM
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turkee35
turkee35
USER since 12/25/10

MOON PHASE (57%)
Waxing Gibbous

Nothing to fast for me this weekend but some quality fish came top side. Friday night I boated 4 eyes in a short outing. A 24" and a fat 25.5" made the night and long drive to my spot with the no wake worth it. Things really changed Saturday morning with a massive algae bloom. Boated 5 eyes and a stripper. Biggest eye was 22". Got fish on structure with jigging raps but those fish weren't note worthy and not there with high numbers. Open water was were the big fish were. A transition is about to take place and the fish should start really putting on the feed bag. Cooler temps this coming weekend should help. Now if a guy could go faster than 3mph I think I could get a real good pattern going.

Good luck out there,

FH 

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9/16/18 @ 3:54 PM
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biggill34
biggill34
USER since 5/8/02

MOON PHASE
First Quarter
Had no problem getting out today.The fish are biting and if you dont mind getting your feet wet the launchs are fine. No wake is so nice no home owners out in their ski boats buzzing the shore line while I fish. 

Edited on 9/16/18 7:21 PM
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9/16/18 @ 10:30 AM
eyelooking
eyelooking
USER since 2/28/05

turkee35...Yes I have caught catfish suspended to deep water. I find the deep holes with my Navionics mapping and then 2d sonar will tell me what depth they are at and I have caught catfish in 12 ft water over a 40 ft hole. Tight lines my friend!

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9/15/18 @ 12:17 PM
guppie21
guppie21
USER since 6/16/15

Mendota Catfish are more of a predatory fish than the typical scavenger. I've had them eat all sorts of things boatside. 

Jerry should understand that the Coldwater Pike that he is pursuing will die in this warm water when you pull them from the deep. Spring, Fall and Winter should be the only times those fish should be targeted... PERIOD. Shame to do that to the best trophy pike fishery in the state. 


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9/15/18 @ 1:43 AM
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Lake king
Lake king
USER since 7/13/18

MOON PHASE (38%)
Waxing Crescent

We catch cats all the time trolling up in greenbay.  Many times suspended 1/2 way down in 30 feet of water.  Cranks to harnesses so it’s not uncommon at all.  I have never trolled mendota but I see no reason they wouldn’t here also!

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9/14/18 @ 9:56 PM
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turkee35
turkee35
USER since 12/25/10

MOON PHASE (28%)
Waxing Crescent

But are they actively feeding when they suspend? I thought they were bottom feeders?... a guy I know (definitely not me) lost a big fish at the net today and thought maybe he might have saw whiskers on it but I can't imagine a catfish feeding like that... again asking for a friend ??

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