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Lake Monona, Dane County

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5/31/20 @ 6:31 PM
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MOON PHASE (68%)
Waxing Gibbous
wi river rat
User since 4/2/02

Out today sight fishing gills for five hours.  What a blast.  Took me a while to figure out what they wanted.  Had to downsize my jig.  Used spikes and wax worms which were given to me by another fisherman. Also tore my plastic in half and just used the tail.  Lot's of females full of eggs.  Must of also hit some beds I couldn't see when long casting. Caught some aggressive males. They bite instantly.  Water very clear. Could see muskie, bass, and sheep head cruising around.  

Really don't know much about spiny water flea but it's been a couple of years since I've had some of them on my line.  More often on Mendota but have run into them on Monona as well.

Stay Covid free. Rat.

5/31/20 @ 2:13 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (68%)
Waxing Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F
fishingfriend
User since 5/27/19

Does anyone else think the spiney water fleas in our Madison Lakes has changed the spring/other seasons -  perch game ?

I've been out 6 times now on Dota (4) n Monona (2) in the past several weeks, and have yet to catch one, even tho water temps are in the mid 60s.

Last wkend I saw a good 40-50 nice sized perch under the boat, and they simply wouldn't bite. 

Went to that spot yesterday, w the camera down along the weedline   for a mile or so - nada.

I know the lake fly hatches are on, but not that major from what I can tell.

But in looking at LL reports across the state, lots of anglers are sharing my angst.

Or could it be we just that we had a great year-class survival last spring and there's an abundance of food in all our waters  ?

Thanks for your input.

5/31/20 @ 11:49 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (68%)
Waxing Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F
herbsuperb
User since 6/27/06

Nice to meet you too. Meet lots of nice folks fishing along there. 

Caught a few that morning, but not a lot. Couple of 15 pounders. When they did bite, it was on a variety of baits. Fake Corn, Real Corn, Chick Peas, Boilies. Boilies did best, but not by much. I had one bait in real close, which I usually don't. It was the first to get hit and I got to actually see the Carp running off with my bait. That was fun.

I need to relocate. Want to try the Tenney Park Breakwater and Cherokee Marsh next few days. Never have had much luck at Cherokee fishing Carp. I know they're there. I know there are big ones. Just not my spot I guess. Anyhow, nice cool weekend. Glad I got to get outside and enjoy it. Gonna get warm soon.

5/30/20 @ 1:31 PM
rk_diver
rk_diver
User since 8/18/03

Scanning Monona this morning, taking advantage of the depths clearing up decent. Deepest spot checked was in 53 FOW. Temp on surface was 66°F, at 53' it's 52.8°F. Had enough sunlight penetration for camera to stay in full color mode. Quite a bit of algae down deep but because lights aren't needed (cause backscatter, like looking through a blizzard) you could see well. Seechi disk was just over 20'. Marked a few schools of suspended panfish size fish. Now to process the videos I shot...Rick

5/30/20 @ 12:14 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (57%)
Waxing Gibbous
Carp King
User since 8/7/01

It was nice meeting Herb at the triangles today while riding my bike along the path.  Hope he caught more carp after I left.

5/29/20 @ 8:14 AM
wi river rat
User since 4/2/02

What I thought were carp spawning in the bay were actually buffalo spawning. Got a much closer look on Monday night as they were within two feet from me along the shoreline. I had one bite on my panfish rig Monday night. Broke me off.  

5/28/20 @ 3:52 PM
herbsuperb
User since 6/27/06
Plenty of rolling around, but I've seen no spawning as yet. People seem to be confused on this topic. Just because a Carp breaks the surface of the water, doesn't mean they are spawning. They do that all the time. They feed on the surface. They poke their heads up and roll. They splash around. None of that is spawning. Common Carp don't spawn until water temps average 72-75. It's usually into June, or even July in some years. 

Been fishing the triangles a lot this month. The cold snap definitely affected their bite. I did much better in April than in May and that's unusual. Caught 15 on 17 bites on Memorial Day for 153 LB. Tons O' fun!

5/26/20 @ 6:41 AM
PutEmInTheBoat
User since 12/13/18

Anyone seeing any carp spawning/rolling around in the shallows? 


5/25/20 @ 1:38 PM
dragon21612
User since 1/7/14

Hey everyone I was just wondering if anyone has been fishing at the wall as of lately and getting anything. I am looking to bring my son out for a fishing trip and just want to make it worth while. Any info that can be provided would be greatly appreciated. Tight lines and stay safe everyone

5/25/20 @ 1:30 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (9%)
Waxing Crescent
fishingfriend
User since 5/27/19

Dr. - Monona water temp was 65 at noon today (Mon).

Fished w a buddy from 8 - 12. He caught a nice 9.5 inch perch on a crawler piece and had 2 other bites on minnows.

I saw lots of nice perch on the fish cam, in 8.5 ft in the weeds, but they wouldn't cooperate. Tried everything - spikes, crawlers, Tenn. red worms, minnows, various colors of twister tails, but nada.  They were just swimming around, and not feeding. 

Oh well.....

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