Probably a spotted gar
Stoughton Ditches, Dane County
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I would be 99% sure you caught a good sized Bowfin (AKA Dogfish) they get pretty big on the Madison Chain.
big one I got bass fishing years ago up north on Boom Lake
NMAN1,try jigging using a smaller 4mm,5mm jig tipped with red,white or purple plastic.Stay on the smaller side.Do not sit on one hole to long,do a lot of hole hopping.Shiners under B/D`s for bass,For northerns,smaller hotdogs(4-5 inches) under a B/D seem to produce bigger fish.
Fished hear this morning for panfish. used small jigs and waxs and spikes, and dident have a nibble. 5 inches of ice in most spots. Saw a few people catch some small northern on tip ups.
NMAN, parking is right off highway N, circled in red. In between the 2 blue Mark's is where I checked and plenty solid ice. The small black mark is approximately where I walked on and off. Before the 1st blue mark is a culvert and open water. After the 2nd blue mark is more open water (yahara river). Not sure on the bite but I did hear alot of small pike and occasionally a nice bass are being caught. Unsure on panfish but always worth a shot. Hope this info helps!