Yahara River , Dane County
|@ the lake|
56° - 60° F
66° - 70° F
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.
You have to search a bit on the page but you can find them.
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?