10/07/07 Madison Chain –
Mendota Fishing Report
By Paul Strege
Sunday Morning Conditions: Winds SE 5 mph, Sunny
then Overcast late A.M., 68 deg water temp, 70 deg air temp.
This morning I decided to chase some smallies on
. Although the calendar typically indicates that the smallmouth should
be very active this time of year, I struggled quite a bit to find what
fish I did. Perhaps the unusually warm water temperature for this time
of year had affected the bite. For the three hours that I was out, I
bounced around between the rock reefs on the east side of the lake that
have been seasonally productive in the past. It was only one reef that
ended up producing any fish for me this morning, and the majority of
those were between 12 and 14 inches. A slowly-dragged Carolina Rig with
a Gambler Ugly Otter produced those fish. I also experimented with a
drop shot and crankbait on the few fish I did locate, without success.
The biggest smallmouth of the day measured 17-1/2 inches on the bump
board, and was positioned on a steep break from 17 to 25 feet of water.
Rig: Rogue Rods Magnum Bass MB704C with 15 lb P-Line FloroClear leader
and 5/0 Owner J-Hook. Gambler Ugly Otter – Ripe Melon Color.