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Lake Mendota, Dane County

Lake Mendota, Dane County
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TODAY @ 11:15 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (39%)
Waning Crescent
Scott Hill
User since 6/30/03

Spent most of the day out yesterday all around the lake. Floating weeds are still a nuisance. mostly in the windy side of the lake bays, their presence was enough to convince me that trolling anything put flatlines with a small split shot on the line to catch the hanger weeds would still be to much work for the effort. Customers caught a bunch of smallmouths, a few walleye, pike, and gills near the weeds. They did well on Lindy rigged minnows and casting drop shot leeches/nightcrawler. With yesterday mornings strong east wind and cold front, the bite was better as the day progressed.

8/17/19 @ 8:56 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (96%)
Waning Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F
AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
fishingfriend
User since 5/27/19

Out Sat eve. floating weeds a huge problem.  Impossible to troll for eyes with cranks or spinners. Jigging only option.  Marked lots of fish, both gamefish and panfish, but as per 2019 - no takers to mention.

Hopefully w some cooler temps in the days and weeks ahead, the algae blooms will stop, and water clarity will improve from the current 1-2 feet.

Guess last August's flooding washed in tons of nutrients and food from rivers and marshy areas that a - the algae is the worst it's been in years, and b - there's so much food in the lake that the fish just won't cooperate.

Maybe next time :)  Guess it's back to Monona ......where fish actually DO bite !

8/16/19 @ 8:23 AM
Bigsv
User since 2/18/08

Can anyone tell me how the surface weeds are in U Bay? Last time I was there it was a mess just to launch. 

8/14/19 @ 9:58 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (99%)
Waxing Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
fishingfriend
User since 5/27/19

Mendota perch still inconsistent.  Got a nice bunch last Wed along weed line, same area Sat - a struggle. Last nite - not a bite in an hour.

Tried several diff weedlines that produced in past years -same story.

Ended up w 6.   Chartreuse Willy worm w big reds - only thing that got bit at all, and that was finicky and seldom.

Nobody fishing - I wonder why ???

8/5/19 @ 8:17 AM
binder
binder
User since 6/29/02

Lund, I agree with fishingfriend. It’s currently a tough bite, I would go to Monona and have some fun.  The bluegill action is fantastic, and you may even be able to muster up a few perch.  

8/4/19 @ 3:11 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (18%)
Waxing Crescent
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F
AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F
fishingfriend
User since 5/27/19

Lund - nae on the perch on Mendota.  unless someone else tells you otherwise in a post - I'd go to another lake. never seen it so bad on dota.

8/4/19 @ 11:10 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (18%)
Waxing Crescent
machoprogrammer
User since 1/19/07

Caught a bunch of bluegills from shore yesterday.


Anyone know where to get catfish from shore at this time of year? Most places are too full of weeds

8/3/19 @ 8:01 PM
Lund1800
User since 2/13/19
Anyone catching any perch at all?like to make trip down to give it a shot. Yes or nea?


8/2/19 @ 11:15 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (4%)
Waxing Crescent
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
Above 80° F
AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
springbobatwork
User since 9/11/03

Was out for about three hours on Thursday night. pretty slow. Only managed a rock bass and a 15 inch walleye but lost one at the boat and one in the weeds. The story here is water temperatures. I had 84 in U-Bay and 80 on Brearly Bar. Fished a weed line near the Union at 9 p.m. and the surface temp was 83.

8/2/19 @ 9:04 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (4%)
Waxing Crescent
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
tschroeder82
tschroeder82
User since 5/17/19

Late post, went out for couple of hours last Tuesday. Did pretty well for only 2 hours of fishing with 2 dogs and wife in the boat. Caught 6 smallies and 2 small walleye. Largest smallmouth was 21”. Fished in about 12-14 fow.

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