The Madison Chain of Lakes all have great fishing with every pond featuring its own “special” types. The largest pond into the “Chain” is 9, 842 acre Lake Mendota operating out of a rather metropolitan setting. The lake is heavily employed for numerous recreational use including fishing, boating, and swimming, but nonetheless manages to harvest trophy walleye, northern pike, and big smallmouth bass. Lake Mendota is very researched and surveyed ponds in the United States. The Wisconsin DNR features strictly managed the fishery through the years as a result of the stocking attempts and immense rise in popularity of the pond. Thus, a few species like northern pike, walleye, and largemouth bass have unique laws in comparison to most Wisconsin lakes. Check out the Wisconsin DNR fishing regulations for existing limitations.
Whoever fishes Lake Mendota need to have a good map, good electronics, or utilize a site like Fishidy in order to find and fish the plentiful mid-lake framework (stone bars and humps), razor-sharp busting drop-offs, in addition to many points which are all prime smallmouth locations throughout the summer time.
Below are a few secrets and prime locations for fishing Lake Mendota smallmouth:
- Fish the deep grass edges round the pond that vary from 12 to 20 feet deep. Take to anchoring outside the deep weeds and also make long casts with a slip float, a 1/16th ounce tangerine Slo-Poke jig, and a fat and vibrant leech.
- Place the slip-float pole in a holder while casting with another rod. Fan cast with a 1/8th ounce Slo-Poke Weedmaster jig and a leech or ½ of a nightcrawler.
- Pay attention to the lake’s stone taverns and humps which can be found in the primary basin and off the many things. Smallmouths in Lake Mendota like rock, gravel, additionally the tough bottoms that attract their favorite meals, the crayfish.
- a real time bait rig will work for fishing away from weeds or over and down the lake’s deeper framework. Place a bullet or slip sinker (1/4 ounce) above a barrel swivel, tie-on three or four foot of fluorocarbon line, and then make use of a colored hook or a floating jig head baited with a leech or a piece of nightcrawler. This rig can be gradually dragged down and up breaks, up-and-over stones, and across the lake’s bottom.
- Try fishing the deep weed edges on both edges of Picnic Point, 2nd aim, Governors Island, and off Maple Bluff.
- Work the rock pubs and humps north associated with Brearly Street club from the eastern region of the lake. Here, you can find rocks and weeds and numerous outside and inside turns with a few available pockets to throw.
- Dunn’s club, from Governors Island, and is another prime area. Cast slip-floats and leeches as much as the rocks, weeds, and bar edges. In addition, pull jigs along the various steep breaks for smallmouth.
- There’s construction north of Second aim, where in actuality the depths and contours change rapidly from 20 to 40 foot. Attempt fishing the razor-sharp contours with a jig or a rig.
- West of Second aim may be the Commodore Bar which tops off at 15 feet and falls down to 60 foot. Use your electronic devices to see if seafood exist regarding the bar and once more either jig or rig the fish.
- Spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, and in-line spinners will work when burned over the weed tops. The sound, flash, and vibration appeals to bass that are buried into the weeds or cruising the sides. White and black spinners with gold and silver blades tend to be favorites for Lake Mendota.