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The Dog Days...

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...are upon us and 'the dog' is barking loud and clear. I shared my boat today with a great guy from Illinois and we chose Madison as our battleground. And, let me tell you, a battle it was. I didn't like the E wind and high sky and again, the lack of schooling gizzard shad had me scratching my head. More on that later. confused.gif We started out vertical jigging some "rolling hills" of gravel in 20 - 28' of water but didn't boat anything. We then made a move over to a rip-rap and gravel area that shelved off into 14 - 16' of water and drug jigs through this area only to have the sheepies tear us up. blush.gif So, we moved onto some deep rocks and resumed vertical jigging only to again come up empty handed. As 7:00 pm came near, we made the switch over to searching for schools of gizzard shad and casting to those areas holding bait with crank baits. The gizzard shad we did see were individuals or traveling in "10's", which is not typical at all of what I have observed on Madison in the past. This phenomenon I can not explain this year. What I do know for sure is that the setting of the lake this year is far different from that of last year. Last year, those fish were very predictable and holding in a pattern for up to 14 days in a row. This year is nothing like that at all. confused.gif At any rate, where there were gizzard shad, there were largemouth bass and lots of them. Quantity ruled over quality but at least it was something tugging on the end of our lines. I have to believe there were 'eyes in a few of the areas we casted to but they couldn't beat those pesky bucket-mouths to the bait. I guess it's time to head back towards Tetonka. grin.gif

Good luck and we'll see you on the water!

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T.O.,

Was on the lake most of Sat. afternoon and evening. Found pretty much the same as you but I went after those largies and had just a great day of fish catching. Tied on a tandem buzzbait and worked the shoreline looking for any shad at all. When found it was lights out. Saturday had a pretty decent South wind all day so with about a half hour left of daylight I went chasing some eyes on the north end. Started out casting cranks in about 3-5 ft. with nothing going so I ended the day by trolling some shad raps in about 7-9 ft. with two quick 18" eyes comming to the boat. Wish I had decided to fish for eyes a little earlier but was having too much fun with the bass. Also had a couple of 30+ inch pike demolish the buzzbait during the course of the day. Fun day on the water.

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It sounds to me like the Walleyes are chasing somthing other then shad. Maybe if you look for schools of small sunnies and crappies. It is working for me on Volney. They (the bait fish) seem to like the 8-11 foot range. They are balled up and they wouldn't do that if they didin't have to.

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Staging with the pannies and having a "free meal" rather than committing to shallow water...

I like the theory. Thanks Muddog.

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I was on Madison Monday night from about 6pm - 8:30pm trolling raps. We tryed from shallow to deep water changing colors and speed with no luck.

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I was wondering if anyone has tried leadcore on any of these fish, last weekend I fished Big Cormonrant Lake by DL & had great sucess with lead. I've also fished lead alot on lake pepin with alot of sucess with deep water walleyes in the dog days of summer. Just my .02

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Well being near full moon I can't wait to fish the noon hour. I went out at 5pm yesterday. I must have had 30 fish hit my lure and only hooked 1, a small eye.

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Although there are fish deep, more than likely the most active schools are in less than 10' of water. With that being said, I have had decent luck in the past with snap weights and crawler harnesses over deep water so I don't know why leadcore wouldn't be a viable option.

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    • BringAnExtension

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      11 hours ago, ZachD said:

      I am sure Johnny P is all booked up on weekends by now and for some reason some of the guys don't like sleeper houses all though I may push for it this year last year was such a hassle packing everything up for the night loading the trucks having to bring sleds and wheelers. I much rather bring my flasher couple rods and lots of beer. I go fishing enough running and gunning its nice to have a break where you just show up and fish.

      Yes, he probably is.  I book with him early.  I think that he offers guide service in December up until he opens the sleepers up.  Might align with your portables.

    • I was on Namakan yesterday and kept 4 eyes 14" to 15" caught in under 20' of water. Water temp is 60. I was rigging with a half crawler. However, I had friends out using jigs and minnows in 40+ ft and they did well. He said he found a school and using his I Pilot just hovered over the top of them. So it seems the fish are scattered and all methods are working.

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    • monstermoose78

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      I hope this weekend is better than last!!  I know there is a  lot of ducks around but they have so many places to hide.

    • If you want to stay away from the crowd I would suggest Beacon Harbor I think after jan 1st they don't allow day passes its only beacon harbor and outdoor authority who have houses there. Then they allow only a limited amount of yearly passes.

      Now they don't have all the bells and whistles like a bar and food ect but John and Ann are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Not to mention I personally think it is some of the best.

       

      Now if you needed a bar and food and all that my choices would be Rogers or Westwind

    • fins_n'_feathers

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      Today was the complete opposite of yesterday. The current coming out of light house gap made a pocket of clear water out in the lake overnight, fished right on the edge of the muddy water in 14 feet of water and went through 3 bags of frozen shiners and caught a bunch on plastics after the minnows were gone. Nothing fantastic for size, only 3 in the slot but nice limits of 14-17 inchers and a ton of smaller fish. Once that muddy water gets blown out or clears up the bite is going to be crazy good!

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    • eyeguy 54

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      212 wondering the same thing maybe?? ;)   

       

    • Agronomist_at_IA

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    • CigarGuy

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    • 11 hours ago, BringAnExtension said:

      Zach-

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      • This fishing is good.
      • The Petrowske family are wonderful hosts.
      • No other resort that we have used has come close to being wonderful hosts.  They just didn't put any effort into it.

      Now, I don't know how that you translate to your running portables, but I have never been disappointed with our trips to URL.

      Hope that helps.

      You should definitely try Devils lake I went 3 years ago and had a blast. Not only did we get put on a good perch bite but they put us on an Insane walleye bite the guy said it was about an hour window from when the sun starting setting and boy was he right in that hour I caught walleye after walleye after walleye. As soon as I would start reeling one up another mark would take its place on my graph and I couldn't get my lure down fast enough.

      I am sure Johnny P is all booked up on weekends by now and for some reason some of the guys don't like sleeper houses all though I may push for it this year last year was such a hassle packing everything up for the night loading the trucks having to bring sleds and wheelers. I much rather bring my flasher couple rods and lots of beer. I go fishing enough running and gunning its nice to have a break where you just show up and fish.

       

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    • DRAGFOOT

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      I don't know what to say, we crushed em jigging in 30 feet last Friday while getting knocked around in the waves. Anchored up and never moved. Lots of boats on the river already then and not good reports at that point. I was going to go back up for Saturday and if I did I would go straight out to 30 feet again. 



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    • BringAnExtension
      Yes, he probably is.  I book with him early.  I think that he offers guide service in December up until he opens the sleepers up.  Might align with your portables.
    • Dusty
      I was on Namakan yesterday and kept 4 eyes 14" to 15" caught in under 20' of water. Water temp is 60. I was rigging with a half crawler. However, I had friends out using jigs and minnows in 40+ ft and they did well. He said he found a school and using his I Pilot just hovered over the top of them. So it seems the fish are scattered and all methods are working.
    • monstermoose78
      I hope this weekend is better than last!!  I know there is a  lot of ducks around but they have so many places to hide.
    • ZachD
      If you want to stay away from the crowd I would suggest Beacon Harbor I think after jan 1st they don't allow day passes its only beacon harbor and outdoor authority who have houses there. Then they allow only a limited amount of yearly passes. Now they don't have all the bells and whistles like a bar and food ect but John and Ann are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Not to mention I personally think it is some of the best.   Now if you needed a bar and food and all that my choices would be Rogers or Westwind
    • fins_n'_feathers
      Today was the complete opposite of yesterday. The current coming out of light house gap made a pocket of clear water out in the lake overnight, fished right on the edge of the muddy water in 14 feet of water and went through 3 bags of frozen shiners and caught a bunch on plastics after the minnows were gone. Nothing fantastic for size, only 3 in the slot but nice limits of 14-17 inchers and a ton of smaller fish. Once that muddy water gets blown out or clears up the bite is going to be crazy good!