Lake Monona, Dane County

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5/22/18 @ 4:53 PM
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wi river rat
wi river rat
USER since 4/2/02

MOON PHASE (56%)
Waxing Gibbous

Bass beginning their stupid phase. Been catching largies on every outing I've targeted them. The real fun should start in about a week.

Gill bite in between the spring feeding frenzy and spawn. Just waiting to get pummeled by bed fisherman once their on them. Water extremely clear most places which makes them skittish. I have better luck fishing them when the water is stirred up. 

There is a huge class of three to four inch crappie's in this lake right now. God I wish there was a minimum size limit on them. I'll harp again it's ridiculous that those fish are being kept. 

Haven't fished with minnows this year yet but have caught a couple of walleye on other stuff.  Size is down anyway so walleye fishing isn't what it was like during the premier years of 2008 to about the spring of 2015. Haven't caught a walleye over twenty five since then. Again there is a larger class of sub legal walleye but they will all go home once they hit fifteen.

Good luck out this weekend. The lakes will be packed with the 80 degree weather coming. It's been a great spring of fishing without the crowds of pleasure boaters and ski team. Rat.

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5/22/18 @ 1:07 PM
Uluaukea
Uluaukea
USER since 4/19/16

A lot of bluegills are up and some just off the edges.  I've been out shining the lake almost nightly the past 2 weeks.  It has been a weird year out there.  The last warm period really got the fish moving.  It was a quick warm up and just last Wednesday I had water temps as high as 71 degrees for a couple days.  Last night I was out and had 61 degrees but the shallows were loaded with gills everywhere I looked.  Not all fish spawn at the same time but this year a lot of different species have been spawning within a weeks time and that normally doesn't happen.

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5/22/18 @ 12:55 PM
Musky_john
Musky_john
USER since 6/11/13

It's a goat or sheepshead for sure... 

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5/22/18 @ 12:50 PM
rk_diver
rk_diver
USER since 8/18/03

On Monona this morning, water temp at 59.1°F off Schluter Beach. Too cool yet for them to start spawning. Rick

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5/22/18 @ 12:46 PM
Panfish Catcher
Panfish Catcher
USER since 4/12/16

Have bluegills moved in on their beds yet?

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5/21/18 @ 1:33 AM
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bass abductor
bass abductor
USER since 9/13/03

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First Quarter

I know there is an ocean fish that is called a sheepshead, but I have always known a freshwater drum also to be known as a sheepshead, guess it would be better to call it a freshwater sheepshead.  Definitely similarities between body shape between ocean sheepshead and freshwater drum.  Major difference in coloration and the fact an ocean sheepshead has some chompers.



Edited on 5/21/18 1:35 AM
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5/20/18 @ 11:22 PM
herbsuperb
herbsuperb
USER since 6/27/06

I've caught Sheepshead, and that's not a Sheepshead. It's a Freshwater Drum. But like many fish, it's called a lot of different things in different places. For some reason, around here, people call them Sheepshead. Definitely not a Buffalo though :-). If you catch them, don't kill them (unless you want to eat them of course). They're not invasive and they're one of the best Zebra Mussel predators we have, and now we need them :-(.

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5/16/18 @ 10:53 PM
krusen_for_carp
krusen_for_carp
USER since 10/7/16

lol definitely a sheepshead not a buffalo

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5/16/18 @ 9:20 PM
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Big fish 7 days a week
Big fish 7 days a week
USER since 1/31/16

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waxing Crescent

I call them neighbor fish aka s_ _theads lol

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5/16/18 @ 9:16 PM
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swimjig1
swimjig1
USER since 4/3/14

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waxing Crescent

Definitely not a Buffalo.... ??

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