Lake Mendota

Dane - Wisconsin

  • 197 catches

  • 1K+ followers

  • 168 spots

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

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Recent Activity

Shared activity and fishing reports on and near Lake Mendota

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

    21 in. Walleye with a minnow

    1. 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!
    2. 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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  2. Mendota been good to me so far this year

    25 in. Walleye with a minnow

    1. Where's a good spot to fish? Can never catch anything from where I try :(
    2. 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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  3. 23 1/2 inch eye on tip-up

    Walleye with a fat head minnow

    1. Andrew Feller
      Nice walleye
    2. PJ Schranz
      Thx Rich, my biggest through the ice for sure!
    3. Rich Pardy
      Monster eye!!
    4. Nice Walleye!!!
    5. Jon Giacalone
      @PJ - I see that!
    6. perry dunn
      catch more it's a lot of fun pulling them through the ice
    7. Cole Lotts
      Nice walleye!
    8. PJ Schranz
      Thx Jon, caught it practically in your back yard.
    9. Jon Giacalone
      Great walleye!
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  4. Northern Pike

    1. Jake Kelly
      I was unaware of the timeline you are supposed to post fish that you catch
    2. why do you post photos of non recent fish?
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  5. Details: pike

  6. Northern Pike

    1. you have to have safe ice somewhere if you look, because even here in NJ we have a handful of places right now...
    2. Jim Ross
      Good for u. Western New York no safe hard water makes for long days
    3. Andrew Feller
      Nice catch
    4. Tim Steinmetz
      Gorgeous pike! Awesome catch!
    5. Rich Pardy
      Nice pike!!
    6. Drew Gierach
      Awesome! Looks like it was a nice day out back in Madison.
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  7. Big Pike


    1. Michael Mancini
      Thanks Jon!
    2. Michael Mancini
      Hey Clay. We didn't have a tape so she went back in.
    3. Clay Russell
      Was it over 40"? Did you keep it or let it go? How deep was the water where you were?
    4. Jon Giacalone
      Nice one!
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  8. Marked a spot on Lake Mendota

    Details: DeepSpot


  9. Marked a spot on Lake Mendota

    Details: StateParkSticker


  10. Marked a spot on Lake Mendota

    Details: Bishops Bay


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