1. Lake Mendota has seemed to weather the storm okay. The shorelines are the worth part, along with the heaves. The last couple days of colder weather should have helped ...more lock things back up again. Use caution with the warmer weather for this weekend. The water along the shorelines was freezing back up, but there may be a couple soft spots that come back to life with the warm weather and high winds. Wear your ice creepers as it is a large skating rink now. Good luck and be safe!

    1. michael stockfisch 0
      creepers for certain
    2. Ryan Ketter 0
      Not a problem Jon!
    3. Jon Giacalone 0
      Thanks for the conditions report, Ryan! I hope you're doing well - it's been awhile!
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  2. If you are looking to get out this weekend on Mendota and wondering how to get around the heave that runs from Gov Island to the West to Gov Nelson, I would access ...more at Gov Island. On the West side of the Island there were will a path that goes to a great crossing point for the heave just off the west point of the island (near the duck blind). It is the only spot I've found to cross the heave safely. Good luck and be safe!

    1. michael stockfisch 0
  3. Brittnies second fish ice fishing and it was a 37" pike!

    Northern Pike with a Shiner

    1. Wow
    2. Tim Steinmetz 0
      Awesome pike, Brittnie! That's a heck of a fish for your second ever through the ice!
    3. Andrew Feller 0
      Nice pike
    4. kenny thompson 0
      Very nice!!!!
    5. kenny thompson 0
      Very nice!!!!
    6. Kerri Kane 0
      You have loved to fish Britt!!! Way to go sweetie!!
    7. Christopher Pereira 0
      wow very nice!
    8. Jon Giacalone 0
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  4. Caught this 40"+ beauty the second to last day of the season! This was the second 40"+ I got this season. Was an awesome fight on light tackle.

    Northern Pike with a Shiner

    1. Kerri Kane 0
      Nice Catch Ryan!!
    2. Brian Jensen 0
      Wow! Trophy!
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  5. Ended a good year with this 40"+ beauty!

    1. Jordan Truttschel 0
    2. Drew Gierach 0
      Holy Buckets. Nice work, Ryan!
    3. Ryan Ketter 0
      I got spoiled this year with two beautys over 40"
    4. Tony Callies 0
      Awesome Northern. You could be on that tv show "Swamp People" with a gator like that!
    5. Brian K 0
      Ryan you should submit that to the Braggin' Board. Given the slow pike season for the entire state and the below zero windchill temps I'd be sure to vote ...more for you!
    6. Brian K 0
      What a beauty! That is a Mendota trophy pike. Glad someone had some luck. Thanks for sharing!
    7. Jon Giacalone 0
      Well done Ryan!
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  6. The water level has increased over 1 ft over night. As they let more water through expect fishing conditions to improve as the water temperature increases aswell. ...more Water temperature was 37 and climbing as of this morning. Most have had luck fishing the deep holes real slowly with lindy rigs. Picture is from a week ago roughly.

  7. The fishing has been slow lately for walleyes. Saugers are being caught in the deeper holes. With the increased flows, the fishing is just going to get better as ...more the water temperature increases aswell.

  8. Fished the Wisconsin River trolling cranks the last 3 days and slottered saugers with some walleyes mixed in. Kept a 3 man limit one day for the 3 of us, other days ...more let them all go. Lots of fat females caught and CPR'ED. Easily caught over 100 legal size fish with shorts and slots mixed in the 3 days, most fish were in the 14.5"-22" range. Fun day with buddies who had never experienced fishing before!

    1. Drew Gierach 0
      Nice! When are you taking us out?
  9. Anyone been out on the river?

    1. Noah Humfeld 0
      Was maybe going to go this weekend, didn't seem to shape up though
  10. Who's got the itch to get in a boat on a local river? I know I'll be out soon.


I am a dieheart angler that usually focuses in on walleyes, although catching some trophy pike is always a blast.

Fishing Favorites

  • Species Walleye
  • Waterway Wisconsin River
  • Lure Jig or Cranks