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. Added a catch on Lake Mendota

    Good fight

    40 in. pike

    1. Wow. Monster!
    2. Brent Holman
      um, sorry I'm repurposing some beer...looks like a male, what did it weigh?
    3. Brent Holman
      Oh God. I swear I hooked that last year, but it said 'no.'
      Nice catch. Nice DNR...Nice UW...
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  2. Set out a fyke net to catch a few fish for my class at UW Madison and got this nice one. Getting me excited for the season.

    7 lb. 4 oz. 20 in. Largemouth bass with a Fyke Net

    1. Still a hog Clay!
    2. Clay Russell
      I don't think your scale was accurate. Normally, to weigh 7 pounds plus, the fish would have to be 23" or longer.
    3. Michael Dunford
      Dang, there are monsters out there!!
    4. Suladens Xiong
      Getting me all worked up for opening day!
    5. That's one hell of a fish on Mendota, but, I've got to say, that's an even more impressive 'stache brother!
    6. Vince Schmitz
      I'm at student at UW Madison and it was for a university research project and permits were given to us for the use of the nets.
    7. Brent Holman
      Never heard of a Fyke net, did not think nets were legal.
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  3. Added a catch on Lake Mendota

    4 lb. Largemouth with a Uncle Josh 3" redworm

    1. Scott Riddle
      we were trying to find crappies but the bass got to it first
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  4. Heck of a sunrise this morning over Lake Mendota.

    5 27
    1. Dang that is sweet!
    2. Bobby Umbaugh
      God is great !!
    3. kate tamling
      Great picture,very peaceful
    4. Jon Giacalone
      Nice shot Drew!
    5. Mark Meyer
      Looks great and you have the whole lake to yourself!
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  5. Details: Smallies

    The same deep breakline (22 to 28ft) that holds big northerns also holds plenty of smallmouth! The BIG smallmouth will be deep in the summer. Duee too the depths ...more (22 to 28ft) trolling deep crankbaits (with a twister tail trailer on a 3-way) will give you the best depth and speed control needed.
    The smallmouth are caught throughout this deep breakline in this area. Most of the smallmouth filmed for this episode were caught in this area.

  6. Details: 16 lb. 38 in. Northern Pike with a crankbait

    Trolling deep breaklines (22 to 26ft) with deep diving crankbaits. This deep bar just out from maple bluff is a consistent producer of big Pike and smallies. Your ...more lure needs to be bumping the bottom or very close to the bottom! Most of the Big Pike these kids caught on this episode were on this deep breakline bar!

  7. Marked a spot on Lake Mendota

    Details: Weed Line 5-15' Drop

  8. Marked a spot on Lake Mendota

    Details: Perch

    perch

  9. Details: Flippin

  10. Details: Perch/ Dropshot

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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