On Mendota again this morning. Marked a school of fish and dropped the camera down. Gar. Marked some other schools that looked the same on sonar (see snapshot), dropped down on one of those, and more Gar. NW of Dunns Bar. Another school hugging the bottom were Sheaphead and Carp, with a couple of Gills mixed in, and some Gar a bit higher in the water column. Located some Gills which if we don't connect on any Walleye or SMB my Grandson and I will chase instead. With the Gills we could at least have a fish fry!
Were the white bass by the bay today near picnic point?
Scanning Mendota this morning, mostly checking spots to take our year old Grandson to when they come down from MN this week. Dropped the camera down to check areas, lots of algae in the water. Surface temp was 63°F. Note the lake hasn't turned yet. The first step is to get the complete water column to be the same temp, and that magic temp is around 57°F. After the whole water column is the same temp we wait for some good strong winds to force the mix. Basic explanation, more to it than this. Monitor the UW's buoy, it doesn't show the Dissolved Oxygen content at depth but does show the temps. Rick
Cool! Yeah it was nuts. Literally every cast. Could’ve and should’ve followed the birds, but didn’t and when they moved it slowed. They stayed in the bay all morning though. Should’ve gone back over by them and got back after it. Also should’ve kept a white, heard they’re good if you “get rid of the red meat”, but have never tried. Maybe next weekend, lol.
I was there doing the same thing!! lol
White bass frenzy Sunday morning!! We actually followed a 100 bird flock of gulls around University bay catching monster white bass for almost 2 hrs. we prolly caught 50 or so. Before the crazy bird fiasco we caught 6 walleye on the weeds. Great day, super fun!!
61° - 65° F
51° - 55° F
Out Saturday 8 - 1. Braved the wind and waves, I wouldn’t have called it treacherous, but my wife would say otherwise! Started slow, but once we moved things picked up. Followed a large flock of gulls, tied on an all silver little Cleo and hammered the white bass for about 30 minutes. Must’ve caught 25. All fat, most big. Biggest one measured about 16”. Gulls left and so did the whites. Walleye we’re mixed in as well and bite throughout the morning. Decent, but not great walleye bite. Did manage 4 keepers in the mix though. No bass this outing. Water temps at 64.1. All fish caught in U bay in 12-15 ft weed edges. Anyone have a pulse on when turnover might happen? Good luck and tight lines!
66° - 70° F
71° - 75° F
Decent day Saturday. Only fished for 2-3 hrs till dusk, caught more big smallies, biggest being 4lbs again, plus 4 eyes, all shorts. (1 eye was 17 3/4") Water temps are still warming up. I had temps in the low 70s
Yea I just experienced that the other day when the lights went out at tenny they all jumped like crazy for 30 seconds or so. Sounded like a terential downpour. They also gotta be one of the hardest minnows to keep alive too. But I've noticed them everywhere in the chain of lakes they stay near the surface at night and gather in great numbers at the river inlet/outlets.