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Yahara River , Dane County

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5/9/13 @ 8:37 PM
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hunting1721
hunting1721
User since 4/27/13
The Bluegills were really nervous. It seemed that something was chasing them. I caught a couple small one's, and someone gave us some really nice one's. Then a friends dad caught two really nice Large Mouth Bass.

4/25/13 @ 1:57 PM
pfluegerfisherman
User since 4/23/13
And apparently I should have read CDobber's post first and then I wouldn't have had to go at all. I guess it pays to do a little reading sometimes, haha.

4/25/13 @ 1:48 PM
pfluegerfisherman
User since 4/23/13
It's the same at Tenney Park below the lock and all the way down the river. They have bouy's with Fish Refuge signs in the river every 100 yards and on the railing at the lock. That may not be news to some but it was my first time there so my trip ended before it started. Maybe I can save someone the trip.

4/25/13 @ 1:24 PM
tutanka
tutanka
User since 3/9/07
Yes the sign at the spillway says May 15th.

4/25/13 @ 11:47 AM
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ScrewWorkLetsFish
ScrewWorkLetsFish
User since 11/7/12
That's what I figured but a buddy told me the refuge sign says it's a refuge until May 15th. I was trying to clarify that.

4/24/13 @ 10:27 PM
ScrewWorkLetsFish
ScrewWorkLetsFish
User since 11/7/12
Does anyone know when they take down the fish refuge signs below Wingra dam?

4/8/13 @ 1:14 PM
wi river rat
User since 4/2/02
I was at Tenney last night and there was a guy fishing on the other side of Sherman Avenue. Had a pike or muskie on. Told him it was illegal to fish there right now because it's a fish refuge. He said he had read his regs and he could fish there. Typically there is a floating refuge sign in plain sight. It was not there last night. The spill way is plainly marked. I'm going to call the DNR today and tell them about this.

4/8/13 @ 1:06 PM
CDobber
CDobber
User since 9/30/12
So, to further clarify what FCS gave for a link:

Refuge from Mar 1 to day preceding opening day:

***Madison: Yahara River from Tenney Locks to about East Johnson St coming out of Mendota

***McFarland: Yahara River from dam/lock near Babcock downstream to 600 ft past Exchange St Bridge (roughly where Sleepy Hollow/Meredith switch names)

***McFarland: South of Lower Mud Lake to about the bend in the Yahara River heading south downstream, 400 ft north of the E Dyreson Rd Bridge

Refuge from Mar 1 to May 15 ***Stoughton: Dunkirk Dam to Cty Hwy N

So none of those 4 areas are included in the previous discussions within this thread, though I have read on here previously that someone has been hassled for fishing at Babcock which doesn't fall into this.

Had a guy at work tell me today that a DNR rep told him over the last few days that any/all of this discussion here is junk, that while bass aren't in season, one can easily use same lures and say they were fishing for pike (which I thought the sign at Lottes included) and/or crappie and be fine.

4/8/13 @ 11:45 AM
fcs
fcs
User since 2/13/04
Someone in DNR fisheries sent me a link to the fish refuges:

http://docs.legis.wi.gov/code/admin_code/nr/26/26

You have to search a bit on the page but you can find them.

4/5/13 @ 4:14 PM
CDobber
CDobber
User since 9/30/12
I suspected Lottes was too shallow for much but wasn't positive. Wouldn't using small plastics be more aiming at crappie and not bass anyway, which is what I'd be 'targeting'? As far as I've read, the game fish only are small/largemouth, walleye, northern, muskie...and while one might land any of the 5 accidentally on anything you could legally throw this time of year, I've not read that what I was throwing would constitute as such.

There's certainly not the obvious telltale bass hangouts there, possibly a bit more at Graham but still quite shallow there as well.

While on the topic, what is the overall reason there is not a CNR season right now for small/largemouth (even though there's assembly bills at the state level to change that)...does it have to do with spawning, archaic laws that just haven't been changed or some other factor?

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