Hi, looking for some advive on a good place to try panfishing? Just bought my first boat this week and have been fixing it up. It is finally ready to hit the water and looking to start it off easy. Anything helps. Thanks
Madison Chain of Lakes, Dane County
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I’ve never fished this chain before, but want to come try it for bass, I am a big topeater guy whether it be poppers buzzbaits frogs etc. can any one point me in the right direction of one or two spots I should try?
Participated in the Take A Vet Fishing event Sunday on the Madison Chain. Carl and Andy were in my boat along with Carl’s service dog Sky. Both are Iraqi veterans and are true heroes. We targeted bass and bluegill and they both caught a couple bass but had a great time catching really nice bluegills and sunfish. This was my first TAVF event and it won’t be my last. One of the best fishing trips I’ve had.
Slow/No Wake Remains in Effect for Lake Kegonsa
Turkee35...thanks for the report.
I put the boat away on Tuesday so I guess it's time for the open water report for the year. What a year it was. The walleye bite was HOT all over the chain. I fished Waubesa until the slow wake was applied (June?) and then switched to Mendota. Both produced very well.
Waubesa: Found eyes in the shallows for the first two weeks of season and then it was all about using your electrics and finding them in the basin for a couple weeks. After that I found the best bite I've ever had for keeper fish on the chain on a weed edge with slip bobbers. Was catching mixed bags including multiple 20"+ smallies that were an awesome bonus. A few days the big pan fish were mixed in as well. Biggest fish came on the basin bite, best numbers on the weed edge and most fun was the shallow water bite on the opener. I also musky fished a few days. Had luck on both. Fun change of pace. As soon as we got all the water though the bite (for me) was gone and so was I. Off to the lake I've wanted to learn my whole life.
Mendota: Went out there for the first time (new boat owner) and begin to explore. Started trolling and felt like I never stopped. Caught fish on bottom bouncers and boards from June all the way into late September. Only 2 days did I have to switch up to the jigging rap even though I did it for fun quite a few times. Found big walleyes on and around rock structure all summer long. Sometimes the fish were on structure in the middle of the day and active. Strange to me but it made for excellent fishing. My favorite day was a blue bird sky day with 8mph south winds and 90+ degree air temp. Trolled bouncers on rock and hammered the walleye with a 75 fish day for 2 guys and a two man limit to boot (limit is 18"-21" in my boat. I don't like to keep the big girls). Also explored some open water trolling. Trolling eyes 20ft down over 40 to 60 fow was foreign to me but it worked. This is also where I found my most consistent "big fish" bite. I really learned a lot about reading my helix and as I learned I caught more and more fish. It was important for both jigging rap fishing and trolling. Finding fish in those big basins and flats would be impossible without it.
What a year of open water fishing it was on the chain. Time for the hard water. Couldn't be more excited.
As always, best of luck.
The size limit of 40 on Dota was originally created to help create a better perch population (larger overall size). Mendota fills are the size they are due in part to this. Personally, I’m not jealous, as anyone can drive a boat and set lines out. You are basically just reeling in fish. I have done it, and choose not to anymore due to articles and science which tell me it’s detrimental to the population. But, I agree with the tip up scenario as well, and will only use quick strike rigs and set the hook instantly. I rarely set flags, but when I do, I prefer Beaver Dam??
I think I know where that floater came from...see blonde woman in the picture two posts down. Hearing the clicker is great, I’m sure, but at what cost? BTW, “hanging” a big pike vertically also causes harm. Think organs and gravity (which isn’t a factor in H2O). So sad.
I support anyone following the law when it comes to fishing.
However, I did see a 40-45" pike floating belly-up about 400 yards off-shore from the Olin Park launch at 5:30am last Saturday. It was a monster, and dead as a doornail. No idea how it died....but it might fit into the folks ranting here...
Berry picker trollers. I don't see why guys get such a drive out of trolling for pike and musky. Big deal you can operate a boat well pulling baits cause your to lazy to cast. The stress it puts on big predator fish is unreal when You hook up especially in 80 degree water. Congrats on lazy man fishing. So much for trophy fish for the next generation.