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Matsyasana
Matsyasana
USER since 1/16/19

I have been looking into ice fishing on Monona Bay for the first time in a long time. Wondering if there any tips as where to go or depth to fish in. I found this video on youtube about Monona Bay and thought it was pretty funny. Thank you!



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1/19/19 @ 4:11 PM
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KingoPerch
KingoPerch
USER since 1/17/15

MOON PHASE (97%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
3 inches

AIR TEMP
16° - 20° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Out this am. Was trying to find that 15 foot hole but it must be out by all that open water that runs completely through the middle of the bay. About 40 shacks on this south side this am. A few left of the beach at Brittingham but if you want to paddle you can launch your canoe at the beach no problem. Talked to a lot of guys not anything taken to brag about. People fishing on main lake just outside of the north triangle too. 

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1/18/19 @ 6:40 PM
Madgill
Madgill
MEMBER since 12/26/01

Sorry to hear the kids fishing event is land locked, better safe than sorry! Keep those kids safe, snow is really coming down here and will cover up unsafe areas. Always a great event, Thanks to the YFC for sponsoring it every year! I hope the kids have fun on shore and have a great time, not worth risking it on the ice! 

Monona Bay, Dane County Photo
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Monona Bay, Dane County Photo
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1/18/19 @ 6:08 PM
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CaptB
CaptB
USER since 12/9/18

MOON PHASE (91%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
4 inches
Great fish story b1ak. I fished also on Wednesday from 1:30 to 5 PM, can confirm the fish were active. Brought home 7, one was an 8” gill. Caught many crappies. The weather was bright and sunny. The snow cover is going to slow the bite.  I’ll be out on Sunday in 15’ of water, haha!

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1/18/19 @ 5:51 PM
KingoPerch
KingoPerch
USER since 1/17/15

Fishergal thanks for looking out for the kids with some of these reports and bravado someone’s child would have ventured out or away on that bad ice. Snow covered now travel at your own risk. Safe ice last weekend grew some but she was open in the middle 2 days ago. Not worth a couple gills that will be there when Safe. 

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1/18/19 @ 2:37 PM
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thebearsstillsuck
thebearsstillsuck
USER since 5/18/11

MOON PHASE (91%)
Waxing Gibbous

Hey, did it ice up to the right of the beach by the bike path?

Was open on Monday. Had to fish the south triangle. Couple of gills.

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1/18/19 @ 2:05 PM
redpom1981
redpom1981
MEMBER since 4/3/16
Deepest point of monona bay is 11' I know because I've been everywhere on the bay with my boat

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1/18/19 @ 1:48 PM
b1ak
b1ak
USER since 4/6/10

Fished the "south" side of Monona bay (along South Shore Drive) on Tuesday and Weds Jan 14 & 15th.  from 9-1pm. Bluegills were biting real good in 15' of water. 6" of ice. Walk out from S. Shore Drive, not far. Fished about in the middle of all the fishing holes. Fish 1' off the bottom, up to 5' off the bottom catching many cleanable fish (7.5 to 8.5"). Waxies on small jig. Color didn't matter. 2lb line. Fish on sonar most of the time. Tuesday probably caught over 100 each. Wednesday maybe 30-35 fish...kept 12 including two crappies 9" and 10" while jigging. Other fishermen were catching fish also.  There was at least 5" of hard ice from shore out to fish area. Probably a busy place tomorrow (saturday), so you may want to go early to get parking close by. Free fishing Saturday...no license required. Bring the kids.  

Edited on 1/18/19 1:52 PM
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1/17/19 @ 10:09 PM
fishergal
fishergal
USER since 7/12/08

The bay still had open water as of today.  It will not be safe for kids.  So we can not send the kids out on the ice.  

We will have some stations set up on land for the kids/parents to partake of as they wish.

How to set up and use your rod.

Lake maps and places to go ice fish.

Flasher demonstration.

Ice safety.

Also, there will be a lunch of hot dogs and hot chocolate.

Sorry everyone, 

YFC member




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1/17/19 @ 6:17 PM
North-woods Fisher
North-woods Fisher
USER since 6/26/12

Gonna try the bay again tomorrow for a bit is there still good ice off of Bernie's beach? Or would it be better to fish the triangles not sure about the ice on those though? Any info helps and is appreciated!  

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