Lake Mendota

Dane - Wisconsin


  • 205 catches

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  • 176 spots

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

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  1. Caught a 28+" catfish while Crappie fishing using a small panfish jig on 4 lb test line.

    11 lb. 28 in. Channel Catfish with a jig

    1. Jon Giacalone
      Nice catfish!
  2. Crappies

    1. Goodson Vue
      nice. was this from shore?
    2. Brent Holman
      Wow.
    3. Phillip Uekert
      Nice!
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  3. Details: drop off fox bluff

  4. Added a catch on Lake Mendota

    Strange winter. Open water fishing the "Fall" bite in Wisconsin after Christmas. This was a first. Winter arrived the next day and the bay froze over.

    24 in. Walleye with a X-Rap 3" - purple/gold

    1. Rich Pardy
      Nice walleye!!
  5. Caught quite a few short walleye after dark. Wisconsin walleye initiative stocking I'm assuming. Mendota may be a good walleye fishery in a couple years..

    1 lb. 14 in. Walleye with a VMC Tumbler UV + minnow head

    1. Brian K
      I'll agree to that Jordan - mostly because of the potential I've encountered during the fall bite. I don't think walleye over 28" are uncommon in ...more Dota but I would love to know where those fish (and other size-able numbers) migrate to during the rest of the gamefish season
    2. It already is a great walleye lake!
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    1. Not certain, but there have been a number of people going through lately in the SE area of the state... May want to consider walking!
  6. Details: good place to freeze

  7. Staying out past sundown has been paying off for us

    21 in. Walleye with a minnow

    1. wayne lensert
      great fish,i live in fl but born in wi love walleys
    2. Brian K
      Alright, I'll give it a shot. Finding deeper weeds in Mendota can be difficult with as murky as the water gets but I've got a couple ideas in mind!
    3. Dan Gutknecht
      Thanks Brian. I've been fishing anywhere from 10-25 ft of water with peak times from 5-7pm. If you can find the deeper weeds these fish have been coming in from ...more deeper water during low light conditions to feed. Hope this helps. Good luck!
    4. Brian K
      Nice fish Dan. Staying on the ice after dark is always easier with a mild winter like we're having too! I have only connected to one walleye on Dota this year ...more and it was a short in 8 ft of water. What depths have you been targeting?
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  8. Mendota been good to me so far this year

    25 in. Walleye with a minnow

    1. Natalie Sharpe
      Where's a good spot to fish? Can never catch anything from where I try :(
    2. gilbert aranda
      Nice :-)
    3. Tim Steinmetz
      Great walleye!
    4. Rich Pardy
      Nice walleye and great pic!!
    5. awesome
    6. Cole Lotts
      Nice walleye!!
    7. Drew Gierach
      Nice fish!
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  9. 23 1/2 inch eye on tip-up

    Walleye with a fat head minnow

    1. That's a good spot out there! Keep up the good work!
    2. Kenneth Holmes
      Nice
    3. Andrew Feller
      Nice walleye
    4. PJ Schranz
      Thx Rich, my biggest through the ice for sure!
    5. Rich Pardy
      Monster eye!!
    6. Brandan Ganoni
      Nice Walleye!!!
    7. Jon Giacalone
      @PJ - I see that!
    8. perry dunn
      catch more it's a lot of fun pulling them through the ice
    9. Cole Lotts
      Nice walleye!
    10. PJ Schranz
      Thx Jon, caught it practically in your back yard.
    11. Jon Giacalone
      Great walleye!
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