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Bobber
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12-05-07, 08:24 PM (CST)
 
"Monona Bay"
 
   I heard from some guys that the 8-9" gills were hitting in the bay. Anyone confirm or deny it before i drive up from Edgerton. I never got any 9"ers last winter but had tons of 8"ers. Thanks Bobber.....


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Pan Handler
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12-06-07, 09:14 AM (CST)
 
1. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #0
 
   That's a lie. I've been there twice this week, and haven't caught one over 7" yet (and very few that length even). I've been fishing for bigger fish too...strictly plastics, all over the water column, hopping around. I haven't seen a truly "nice" fish yet.


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wwkayaker19
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12-11-07, 02:01 PM (CST)
 
2. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #1
 
   I was just out from Bernie's Beach off of Lakeside Dr sunday night and we caught 1 crappie and 2 bluegill. None of them were worth bragging about. The ice was pretty safe but, of course, the action was slow. Going back out this weekend. Dan.


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kingfisher
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12-11-07, 07:24 PM (CST)
 
3. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #1
 
   was out on north triangle yesterday. caught some 8" gills and alot o' small crappie sight fishing. the ice was only 2" thick. i guess thats enough for someone to need their power auger.


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Average Joe!!!
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12-13-07, 04:22 PM (CST)
 
4. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #3
 
  
You should probably carry a tape w/ you !!! 8" gills are hard to find at the triangles!!!!


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fishinggod
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12-13-07, 06:08 PM (CST)
 
5. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #4
 
   i carry a tape with me and i caught 11 gills on tues. that were 8 and over


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Bobber
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12-14-07, 08:10 PM (CST)
 
6. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #5
 
   Some people are just jealous... Because they can't get the big slobber gills there they don't believe they exist. Well they do u just gotta do something else.... Bobber...


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fishman
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12-16-07, 11:45 AM (CST)
 
7. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #6
 
   Then what do you use Bobber? Tell me your secrets because I sure haven't found it out yet.


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fishinggod
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12-17-07, 07:01 PM (CST)
 
8. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #7
 
   pink/white glow in the dark tear drop with a waxie. also need to know where the weedlines are. works everytime


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Bobber
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12-17-07, 10:43 PM (CST)
 
9. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #8
 
   Well i used a drop shot rig. BB split shot 12" tag leader to a size 18 nymph hook with one spike. That has been outfishing plastic, purist, and all ice jig livebait combos 5-1 for larger panfish. But what do i know????


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skeekbird
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12-21-07, 10:03 AM (CST)
 
22. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #9
 
   I have a similar set up and have been doing well, fishing about 1 foot off the bottom. Jigging action gets the biggest ones. Fewer small ones near the West Washington side of Monona Bay, same number of 8 inchers and crappies.


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mcpike
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12-20-07, 01:51 PM (CST)
 
15. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #6
 
   friend of mine kept a dozen last night. 2 at 8", 9 at 7.5", 1 at 6.75". he caught about 50 but ended up with a nice supper. so there are a few nicer ones out there.


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C.Painter
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12-18-07, 01:49 PM (CST)
 
10. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #1
 
   They are in there. just have to find them. To say they are biting is not a fair statement.

Last week we got 3 9 inchers and one legit 10 incher one night.

However, this isn't the norm. Right place at right time.

7.5 inchers is more the norm for keeper size you see.

You have to weed through the bazillion chips that are in there as well.

Cory


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C.Painter
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12-18-07, 02:01 PM (CST)
 
11. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #10
 
   In case someone questions 10 inchers...

http://www.myfishingpictures.com/showphoto.php/photo/135723/ppuser/8007
Cory


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Bobber
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12-18-07, 10:06 PM (CST)
 
12. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #11
 
   Well cory they will still not believe you!! We both know the size of the fish in the bay!! But some guys keep knocking it because they have not figured it out... But then they never will....


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lou gill
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12-19-07, 07:49 AM (CST)
 
13. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #11
 
   Would like to see a ruler on that "10-incher"? It's real simple to do, lay the Blue Gill next to a ruler and take a photo.....

Lou


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Bobber
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12-19-07, 09:21 PM (CST)
 
14. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #13
 
   Out couple hours and got 14 between 7.75 and 8.5" fish. All caught on the dropshot rig. Lost a big slob close to a 10" in the hole...Bobber...


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fishmunkee
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12-20-07, 02:33 PM (CST)
 
16. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #14
 
   Can one of you please describe that dropshot rig? Sounds like something that should be in my bag of tricks.
Thanks and Merry Xmas!


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C.Painter
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12-20-07, 06:28 PM (CST)
 
17. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #16
 
   yep your right...guess I need a pic of it laying on a tape to be legit....I can measure hundreds of muskies correctly but not a bluegill )


cory


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Bobber
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12-20-07, 10:16 PM (CST)
 
18. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #17
 
   First start with a splitshot that will load you rod or spring bobber. Then what you will need to do is tie your hook up 12-20 inches above the sinker. use a palomer knot. that will keep the hook rding in the uprite position. 1 or 2 spikes depending on the conditions will kick it off... By the way a size 16-18 nymph fly hook is the ticket with this setup...


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Mendota Jim
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12-20-07, 11:29 PM (CST)
 
19. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #18
 
   Here's one of those Monona Bay 7 1/2" bluegills.



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fishmunkee
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12-21-07, 08:08 AM (CST)
 
20. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #19
 
   Thanks Bobber! I appreciate the rigging info.
Definitely a beautiful gill. I've gotten them during the summer in Mendota that size but I don't fish Monona enough. Nice work!


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bnelly
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12-21-07, 08:21 AM (CST)
 
21. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #20
 
   I kept a bunch of big gils last sunday and 5 were just a hair under 9"...most were 8" and over...anyone who doesn't think they are there is not doing what is needed to get them...and i'm not about to tell you how...sorry.
back out tomorrow for more big ones.


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Bobber
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12-21-07, 10:15 PM (CST)
 
23. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #21
 
   Well got 18 tonite that were between 7.25 and 9.25 inches. All on the ds rig with 2 spikes. Caught 67 to get the 18 nicer size fish. They were wonderful in the peanut oil also....Bobber....


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fishman
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12-24-07, 05:55 PM (CST)
 
24. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #23
 
   There may be a few over 8" in the bay, but the weeding through the million little ones is really tiresome. Not to mention the monona bay fish are rail-thin. Compare an 8" from Mendota to an 8" from the bay...a mendota fish will give you four times the meat! Keep on fishing the bay though...apparently you guys do get some fish over 6". Keep up the good work.


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Bobber
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12-24-07, 08:13 PM (CST)
 
25. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #24
 
   Well you must not be fishing the same bay as me!! I have caught many thick fat gills from Monona bay. All gills that are small 3-4" are thin be it Mendota, Kegonsa, Geneva, or Monana bay. Just simple fact you have not figured it out does not mean we have not??? "Bobber"


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alan
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12-24-07, 10:22 PM (CST)
 
26. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #25
 
   my second winter on the bay and yes i haven't got a 9 yet but 7.5-8 is not too hard to do.i still can't get the plastics to work but very small ice jigs and red spikes get the fish to hold on long enough for a rookie like me to never leave disapointed.iv'e been there twice so far this year and both times i left with 18 gills 7-8.5 and on the second day 2 bonus crappies 9 and 11 inches.i hope i never get to the point when catching 50 fish(even if they are all small)through the ice gets boring,frustrating,or is a waste of time.it's a short walk free parking and can be done without all of the fancy gear thats out there.

hey just my 2 cents good luck alan


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fishman
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12-26-07, 07:01 PM (CST)
 
27. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #26
 
   Bobber, have you ever caught a Mendota fish? Comparing a Mendota gill to a Monona Bay gill is like comparing a lion to a housecat. Ive fished Monona Bay for years...the fish there are skinny, usually short, and overall, nothing special. But hey, keep on fishing. I beg people to keep the dinks, thats the only way that place will be saved.


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Bobber
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12-26-07, 07:54 PM (CST)
 
28. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #27
 
   Yeah i have been to U-bay in the shallow 3 fow 4 times in the last 2 weeks. I have been getting the same size in m-bay just more sorting. But kids like catching lots of fish. So mabye i know WTF is going on!! You just think you know everything!!! Mabye you DON'T!!!!...Bobber....


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Wiscifan
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12-27-07, 07:18 AM (CST)
 
29. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #28
 
   On average the gills are thicker in mendota....that or I just catch them there. I have no idea how this "thread" has gone on so long...panfishermen....


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12-27-07, 08:09 AM (CST)
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30. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #28
 
   Take a chill pill dude, he just asked a question. Everyone is entitled to an opnion.

Jimmy J.

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JD
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12-27-07, 04:35 PM (CST)
 
31. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #30
 
   Monona Bay is a great place. If you have been out trail blazing and not getting any a trip to the bay will bring your spirits back up. If you are looking for a place to take your kids this is it. I went there and barely had the jig in the water and had a fish on and it stayed that way as long as I was there. It's not really sport unless you are going for the bulls.


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Bobber
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12-28-07, 08:04 AM (CST)
 
33. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #32
 
   I use a electric knife.. It goes much faster you should really try it once. You might really like it!!!!


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Bobber
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01-02-08, 08:03 AM (CST)
 
35. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #34
 
   Some guys just have no clue!! Out on the bay Sunday and kept 18 gills between 7.75-9". All fat, thick, gills just as thick as Mendota. They were great in the oil yesterday 2. Used purple plastic with a .100 oz jighead. Caught about 15 crappies between 8-10.5" all thrown back.....Bobber.....


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Bugman
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01-02-08, 08:56 AM (CST)
 
36. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #35
 
   Finally found a spot in Viking Country with Mendota gills---Pelican Lake is producing nice 8"-9" fish (FNR - "finesse not required"). Not much pressure on them since everyone is after the 1-2lb crappies.


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Cal Jammer
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01-05-08, 08:41 PM (CST)
 
37. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #36
 
   Wow out today on m-bay and slammed 9-10" crappies. Caught 25-35 and dumoed most back into the water. I thought it was funny a guy on the horn telling his buddies 12-13" crappies are biting. Mind you i watched this j/a keep 20-25 under 11" go figure huh???? There is a a__ load of gills in the bay they are just all babbies!!!!


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38. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #37
 
   I'm wondering where I should be on the Bay to catch some of these. Way out? lol

Seriously, I would appreciate it. Looking to go out after dark.

Thanks,

MZ


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mz
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01-15-08, 04:21 PM (CST)
 
39. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #38
 
   Never mind, I checked the Bay out this afternoon and saw the small croud. I get the idea


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Carl
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01-17-08, 09:24 PM (CST)
 
40. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #39
 
   Well i tried today and did really good kinda suprised. Watched with the camera in the down mode so i could pull away from the little guys. Had a limit between 7 1/2-9 1/4" gills today. Purple plastic was HOT! Gotta say the 25 i kept are bigger than what i been getting on Waubesa this winter. All nice fat fish 2. Some great eating coming my way.


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Carl
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01-20-08, 03:06 PM (CST)
 
41. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #40
 
   Was out again today picked up 21 gills and crappies. 15 gills between 7 1/2-9" and 6 crappies between 10-12". Also had about a 20" walleye on lost in the hole. I also saw 5 toher walleyes on the view. Motor oil colored plastic on gussy jig was the trick. used the view to keep the bait from all the small ones and it works.


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Gillmaster
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01-24-08, 06:44 PM (CST)
 
42. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #41
 
   I tried today and got 1o nice gills bigger than hand size. 8 to 9 inch size. There were plenty of them that size i could c down the hole. I use a 10 inch augar in my shack so i have a better window below. Most of the bigger gills did not want to bite. Saw some real big crappies to they also had lockjaw. I will be back saturday when the weather gets nice to fill up on them hawgs!


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Bobber
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01-25-08, 07:38 PM (CST)
 
43. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #42
 
   Went with the neighbor today both off work fridays. Both limited out on bluegills today. Most between 7.75 and 9" long but had 10 between 9-10" long also. There are more big slobs in the bay than i have seen in the last 10 years. Dropshot rig tore the pigs up today. Used 2 red spikes on it better than the white spikes. Caught about 50 dinks in-between the keepers but what a awesome day with some dandy gills. Be back tommorow to hammer on them again......Bobber........


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legendkiller
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02-10-08, 08:57 PM (CST)
 
44. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #43
 
   No need to call the ( Monk ) a big slob in your post. Ty all I had to say. She really is a nice guy who dont have a clue what shes talkin about.


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"The Monk"
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02-11-08, 08:16 AM (CST)
 
45. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #44
 
   I fish Mason lake where all the big ones are!!! "LK" ha ha back to the cloaset!!!!


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wwkayaker19
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02-11-08, 10:00 AM (CST)
 
46. "RE: Monona Bay"
In response to message #45
 
   Went out saturday just before the snow started. Went to the north triangle and caught 9 gills, one was 8 1/2". Should have had more but had a heck of a time hooking them. Try again tomorrow, let ya all know how it goes. Dan.


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