Lake Mendota Wisconsin

Big water with deep structure. Famous for perch, Crappie and white bass. Heavily stocked with Walleye and northern.


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Located in south-central Wisconsin, bordered by the city of Madison and several other smaller communities, Lake Mendota is situated in a very urban setting. Several parks and beaches are scattered around the lake in the midst of residential and commercia...


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  1. Brian K
    Added a catch on Lake Mendota

    Couldn't believe the way this pike inhaled the bait.

    Caught a 41 in. Northern Pike using a Rapala Super shad rap (bluegill)

  2. Brian K
    Added a catch on Lake Mendota

    When the only time that you can find to fish is at night, this isn't a bad spot if you don't want to take the boat out.

    Caught a Walleye/Largemouth Bass using a Rapala husky jerk

  3. Brian K
    Added a catch on Lake Mendota

    Sailboat slips in Marshall park hold some big bass during the day

    Caught a 20 in. Largemouth Bass using a 1/2 oz. Johnson silver minnow, chartreuse grub tail

  4. Brian K
    Added a catch on Lake Mendota

    Pike on the fly. This fly pattern has worked well for me in shallow weeds

    Caught a 32 in. Northern Pike using a Hand-tied custom streamer

  5. Brian K
    Added a catch on Lake Mendota

    Got back to the boat landing and thought I'd try a cast for walleye. Catfish took the bait as soon as I started the retrieve.

    Caught a 33 in. Channel catfish using a 6" Husky Jerk (clown color)

  6. Brian K
    Added a catch on Lake Mendota

    Fishing in waders and throwing shallow rapalas with slow retrieve. Have caught several larger catfish in the evening in this area. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

    Caught a 29 in. Channel catfish using a Rapala shallow shad rap (custom white/purple back and orange sparkle)

  7. Brian K
    Added a catch on Lake Mendota

    Several 19-23" fish in less than an hour. Mendota still has a good walleye population. You just have to find them

    Caught a Walleye using a Smithwick rogue (chrome)/ X-Rap (natural perch)

  8. Brian K
    Added a catch on Lake Mendota

    23.5" Fall fatty. Bigger fish have been predictably active at dusk with a good wind chop on the water.

    Caught a 23 in. Walleye using a Rapala super shad rap 5" - shallow bill (bluegill pattern)

  9. Brian K
    Added a catch on Lake Mendota

    Nice fat Fall Mendota walleye

    Caught a Walleye using a Smithwick Rattling Rogue (chrome/black back)

  10. Brian K
    Added a catch on Lake Mendota

    Jerk and pause retrieve with big spoons have been doing well for me this Fall. Pike have been nailing it on the drop. Lots of follows and no takes with Rapalas and ...more bucktails.

    Caught a 35 in. Northern Pike using a Len Thompson No. 4 Spoon (Red/White)

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Species

Perch, Bluegill, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Northern Pike,White Bass, Catfish, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, Yellow Bass, Freshwater Drum, Bullhead