Upper Mud Lake, Dane County

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7/31/17 @ 6:46 PM
FISHING REPORT
WisBowHntr
WisBowHntr
USER since 1/17/10

MOON PHASE (60%)
Waxing Gibbous

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Been hitting Upper Mudd lake for about a month and half only on weekends. Lots of northern pike on spro frog's few weeks ago. Lots of largemouth too. Now seems the frogs have stopped working. Went to spinner baits three weeks ago and started slaying the LMB and NP.  Now it seems the SB's have slowed and moved onto crawdads on weighted hooks in the wood. Got an 18.25" LMB just outside Babcock on Waubesa two weekends ago and this past weekend a 19" SMALLIE near "gilligans island" Got pics of both and also got a 28" Northern that something much bigger tried eating. Had a large mouth pattern on it with deep lacerations on it that were pretty fresh. Figure what tried eating it to be in the 40"+ range easily by the size of the mouth pattern on it. Lakes are great to fish right now due to the high water and Slow NO Wake on the entire chain. Few people just are not paying attention to the signs and think middle of lake they can go full throttle. Well, they're finding out with their wallets thats a no, no. Good luck and CPR what you can. Catchem when their bigger.


Pic of the 18.25" LMB.



Upper Mud Lake, Dane County Photo
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2/27/17 @ 9:21 AM
Mr.Jiggers
Mr.Jiggers
USER since 1/3/10

Kudos to the Kayak fisherman out there this morning making me jealous.  You had the whole lake to yourself!  Wish I didn't have to work...


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2/21/17 @ 2:32 PM
mendota
mendota
MEMBER since 12/19/01

The landing at the new Lottes park is ice-free; piers are always in.  River is open up into squaw bay, and down into upper Waubesa.


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2/2/17 @ 3:36 PM
wi river rat
wi river rat
USER since 4/2/02

Slow day at work. Must chime in. If you want some good info on how many fish are kept/species you need to look at the creel survey from 2006-2007. Those results can be found in the 2008 Wisconsin Fishing Report published by the WDNR.It's on page 3 of 16. This is not an alternative fact.

57,728,758 pan fish caught and 25,732,346 kept for the year. 45% were kept.

Now let's visit ice fishing numbers. 14,500,000 fish caught 6,500,000 kept. These are totals. Must do some math. 45% of 6.5 million is 2,925,000 million pannies eaten, freezer burned, or thrown out by ice fisherman.  I'm generalizing because ice fishing totals aren't broken down by specie.

I'm no math expert but my math tells me that ice fisherman keep 11.3% of all pan fish. Which would then point to open water fisherman being the culprit. They gave a number for hours fished which is 15.2 million for ice fisherman but there is no hour figure for open water. Ice fisherman are more efficient I'm guessing.

I blame it on people who keep fish everyday for the neighborhood, people who have no clue that it's against the law to fill your freezer with more than fifty fish and bed fisherman. Rat.



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2/2/17 @ 2:41 PM
fishing crazy
fishing crazy
USER since 11/10/10

I agree for the most part but I think if they closed panfish in spawning season it would help a lot I personally don't fish panfish during that time but I also have a boat to get them when they're done spawning

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2/2/17 @ 2:21 PM
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Springer dude
Springer dude
USER since 2/25/16

MOON PHASE (34%)
Waxing Crescent

Maybe some small sanctuarys in some of the better spawning areas in spring.

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2/2/17 @ 1:47 PM
WisBowHntr
WisBowHntr
USER since 1/17/10

Well, My point is this. Every year we hear people complaining that "there arent many fish around" And every year we also hear species specific complaints. Low perch numbers, Low gill numbers.. Etc. Ive seen and heard guys point a finger directly at the DNR for loading up the lakes for and managing "Trophy Fish " Like Northerns and Musky. They say the "trophy fish" are eating all the panfish. Yeah, They make a mark on the population of pan's but still . Not to the extend of humans. And to the point of Billy B's comments on "Bed hunters" I TOTALLY Agree but, If the fish are killed and eaten during the winter they are not there for the spring spawn. So...?? Whats the answer? No clue. Ideas but they'd never be made. Maybe like another guy posted below. 15 fish per day limit? Or "Slots" for gills? Not sure that one would really work tho. They must live to spawn, They cant live in the bellies of humans. :)     Ive seen the same thing with the deer herd in Wis Post-CWD when the DNR had us slaughtering all deer especially Doe's. Numbers dropped drastically and are still pretty low. Even being that the central "Forrest" zone as its now known has been buck only for 3 years . Unless of course you're a land owner then you get doe tags.

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1/18/17 @ 1:47 PM
mybass555
mybass555
USER since 12/7/16

a big problem on other lakes is when guys preach c and r when a lake is overpopulated and needs fish removed. i can go along with 15 of each

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1/18/17 @ 1:42 PM
fishboy04
fishboy04
USER since 9/5/15

I dont like cleaning fish that much. I think a 15 pan fish limit would be great but not like 1 lake i fished up north..had to be 5 crappie 5 perch 5 gills. Dont know bout you but gills are alot more common so you re limit will be 5 gills.

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1/18/17 @ 10:54 AM
mendota
mendota
MEMBER since 12/19/01

One of my earliest fishing recollections is walking through a red willow marsh as a toddler, following my dad onto the ice.  Since we lived in an old farmhouse on Waunona way at the time, I'm pretty sure we walked onto Mud in the same place people do now.  That would be 1963 or 64.

I fished it again right after college, early 80's, and walked through that same red willow marsh.  The tank farms actually triggered my earlier memories....  We were out there because of the large crowds we saw from the old Beltline, figured they must be biting

The dredge hole was created in the late 80s, as I recall.

My point is that people have been utilizing that area for decades, and nothing has really changed that much.  The fish will return, if they ever really left....

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