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Author Topic: Mendota crappies?  (Read 1854 times)

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Re: Mendota crappies?
« Reply #20 on: Jan 09, 2017, 09:33 AM »
2 of the 6 were over 9.5", 3 were between 8 and 8.5 and the smallest was just over 7"

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Re: Mendota crappies?
« Reply #21 on: Jan 09, 2017, 10:04 PM »
Those sizes are probably better than last year, for me at least.  Only scraped a few smalls with one or two over 9 last season.  Ran out of time and ice too soon, and never got back out there.  Didn't hear good reports then, and this year I'm hearing the fish are hard to find.  I'll still give it a go, but look forward to the crappie mission in a few weeks. 

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Re: Mendota crappies?
« Reply #22 on: Jan 12, 2017, 08:04 AM »
a 4 wheeler went through yesterday be careful criss crossing lake you may get wet the person got out and is ok and even kept fishing

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Re: Mendota crappies?
« Reply #23 on: Jan 13, 2017, 09:09 PM »
Yikes, Be care full out there! More warm weather/rain moving in next week, not good for the ice on the main lake. I might poke around that Marshal Park bay a bit on Sunday, ha, I never give up! If nothing happens, will head to Cherokee to tease those big gills with Gulp minnows, keeps the little ones away! Old Goat, have you been out and freezer is full?

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Re: Mendota crappies?
« Reply #24 on: Jan 18, 2017, 05:05 PM »
Madgill I've been out a bit but coming off consecutive goose eggs. Did pick up a nice antique flasher for Christmas. Sloppy now everywhere and getting worse be careful and don't slip and fall. MadGill no fish ever go in the freezer if I do keep a few I fillet them right away and chow.

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Re: Mendota crappies?
« Reply #25 on: Jan 18, 2017, 06:11 PM »
Ha, I'll bet its' sloppy out there! Crazy weather, first ice was good for me, then too cold, now too warm! I had a few meals of gills in Dec. gave some away and two meals in the freezer, enough for me. That Seafood Center always has some great fish, pricey, but well worth it! Darn warm weather, 50 on Sat., this old timer is staying off the ice! I'll go out on 2" at first ice, but not on this rotten, rain soaked ice, no freezing temps in the extended forecast? I don't need fish that bad, plus I'm sure the water is stained due to runoff. Old Goat got a vintage flasher, is it the old "green box"?? I used to have one of those many years ago, now it's the modern Vexilar! Ha, my father (50+ years ago) brought home limits of big perch every Saturday from Madison lakes with a hand line and a spud bar, ohh, the good old days!

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Re: Mendota crappies?
« Reply #26 on: Jan 19, 2017, 08:54 AM »
MadGill the antique flasher is a Si-tex FL-3 and it rocks. On the 2nd goose egg outing I was in 22 ft not marking anything but bottom so I dropped about 6-7 spikes in the hole and the flasher showed each spike all the way down to the bottom. It has one range only of 80 ft. but it does have a switch to change it to 80 fathoms ooh. It is a optional one color red or 2 color red and green display on the screen. Found it NIB I'll show it to you sometime it's a must see item. I did forget to try shooting through the puddles and ice but that's the next test for it. I gotta laugh about some of the talk about the higher priced units as I have 2 si-tex units that can do what the High end units do. The first si-tex was a sh-1 and that cost 5 bucks.

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Re: Mendota crappies?
« Reply #27 on: Jan 24, 2017, 07:12 AM »
Maybe my original prediction of Mid-Feb crappie hunting on Mendota was right on...I couldn't have predicted this warmup, but it will be a couple weeks of cold temps before I feel safe exploring the lake with a group.  Stay tuned, but I'm thinking 11th-12th weekend.  Unfortunately the 18th and 19th won't work due to other commitments, but I'll shoot a message out in the next week or so, and we can see how the ice is holding up.  Stay safe,

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Re: Mendota crappies?
« Reply #28 on: Jan 24, 2017, 10:53 AM »
Ya, I don't plan on going on Mendota anytime soon. I'm not sure how Monona held up though

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Re: Mendota crappies?
« Reply #29 on: Jan 24, 2017, 08:41 PM »
Was down by the terrace on Monona sat., and there were guys out in the middle.  Ice looked very sketchy.  I love ice fishing, but this last warmup kept me away.  I don't like swimming in January.  Now with the snow we are getting, the weak spots will stay weak, and hidden.  Will be at least a week before I venture out on any big lakes.   Heard a couple guys died on Geneva this morning.  Can't believe you would go out there (warmer temps, just froze on the 6th).  Their families will never forgive them for taking the chance.  Hopefully there is plenty of winter left.  I will wait to catch mine.  Stay safe everyone!

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Re: Mendota crappies?
« Reply #30 on: Jan 28, 2017, 11:10 AM »
Anybody been out on the smaller lakes near Madison?  Mad gill, have you been to the marsh or Marshall lately?  Might go this afternoon or tomorrow, and don't feel like risking it on the big water.

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Re: Mendota crappies?
« Reply #31 on: Jan 29, 2017, 06:03 PM »
I have not been out for a while, just too risky with the fresh snow over rotten ice, I always stay safe. I'll bet the runoff has made fishing tough. Should be good to go by next weekend, finally some cold temps in the forecast to firm things up. Be safe out there!

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Re: Mendota crappies?
« Reply #32 on: Jan 29, 2017, 07:34 PM »
Mendota actually had people out on it today. Cherokee also and has good ice. I took a skunk though.

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Re: Mendota crappies?
« Reply #33 on: Jan 30, 2017, 01:34 PM »
I saw guys on Mendota, but it is way too scary for me and atv travel.  Talked to a guy at a bait shop going off picnic, said there was 10 inches there before warm up.  Sketchy spots are near shore (and heaves).  Heard there were shacks getting pulled out there over the weekend.  Should be better this weekend.  I decided to go west to Cox Hollow, and ended up catching more 5 inch perch than you ever want.  Only a couple small gills and no crappies.  Pretty scenery though. 

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Re: Mendota crappies?
« Reply #34 on: Jan 30, 2017, 10:04 PM »
Liking this thread one day I'll get a wheeler and start dissecting parts of Geneva.Hope you all do well will be interesting to see how it turns out.

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Re: Mendota crappies?
« Reply #35 on: Jan 31, 2017, 05:01 AM »
Crap eyes...you are always welcome to join us, when we finalize a date.  im looking at the 25th right now, due to other obligations until then (12th is the only other possibility).  Thinking we could get a perch bite in the morning, and switch about 10 to the search mission.  I've got grill, shanty, and atv.  We can start a list of those who are able to come...

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Re: Mendota crappies?
« Reply #36 on: Jan 31, 2017, 10:41 AM »
I wouldn't be able to make the 12th, not sure about the 25th yet (wont know until about a week ahead of that). I may try to get out there with the ATV this weekend chasing perch though.

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Re: Mendota crappies?
« Reply #37 on: Feb 09, 2017, 07:12 PM »
I was working on that High Point Rd Bridge project yesterday, so I decided to take the ice fishing gear along.  Tried the west end of the lake, out from Marshall park.  Nothing to show for.  Drove around to the east end of the lake, Warner park area.  Dropped in the locator, and I see red.  Lowered a tungsten jig down in front of them, and bam.  I found the crappies, only problem is that they were 3 inchers!  Usually when you catch panfish on Mendota, they are big.  Today was the exception, good to see though. 

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Re: Mendota crappies?
« Reply #38 on: Feb 10, 2017, 08:57 PM »
Now that's what I found poking around Marshall & Mendota  County park early this year. Lots of little 3" crappies, Vexilar was lit up good, but all small fish, yes, that's good to see! I have not caught a decent crappie all year, got some nice gills at Cherokee at first ice, not one crappie? The big ones are in there somewhere, my guess it's somewhere odd and un fished, try those out of the way areas, across from Eagle Heights (that  horrible little parking lot), or take a walk down Picnic Point, and fish off to the right. Lots of lake out there, they are in there somewhere!

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Re: Mendota crappies?
« Reply #39 on: Feb 11, 2017, 04:39 AM »
I am still an optimist Madgill.  I believe what you say, and still want to get out to try it en masse.  Work and family are taking up too much time for it now.  The 25th weekend is about the only chance I might get for an all day excursion.  I hope the ice stays with this weird weather we seem to get every other week.

 

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