Chain Fishing Report
By Paul Strege
Wednesday Evening Conditions: Winds W 20-25 mph, Mostly Sunny, 57-58 deg
There were very strong westerly winds on Lake Monona this evening, so I
decided to skip fishing offshore structure for staging fish and to limit
my fishing to shallower, protected shorelines. I found several fish
shallow, including the two shown below, congregating in small areas. I
saw several beds, with solitary occupants, but with the exception of one
bass, all fled immediately when they saw the boat. I picked up a few
fish sight fishing for spots cleared in the green “moss-like” blanket
that cover most of the weeds that covered the bottom. In addition to the
bare spots in weeds, I also targeted docks, shoreline timber and rock.
There did not seem to be one specific type of structure that was more
productive than another. I just put the MinnKota down and covered bank.
I did not catch any huge fish tonight, but the ones I caught were
For lures, Gambler’s new Wacky Jig Head was the one that produced for
me. I was quite impressed with some of the features, too. The hook has a
short shank, fiber weed guard, and small, weighted head which worked
ideally for the conditions I encountered tonight. I threaded a Gambler
Sweebo wacky worm on the jig head. I only tried a June Bug color which
seemed to work right off the bat. On a side note, this was my first time
really testing Suffix Elite fishing line. And let me say, I believe that
this line is really tough. I hooked into my first and largest fish of
the evening half way down a dock. The bass took me in and out, and
around several dock poles before I landed it. The line was visibly
frayed in several spots, so I decided to fish with it in that condition
the remainder of the night to test its strength. I was amazed that I did
not have a single line break on the 10-pound test the remainder of the
evening. I guess you can say that I am now a Suffix believer!
Wacky Rig: Rogue Rods SJ663S with 10 lb Suffix Elite. 1/8 oz Gambler
Wacky Jig Head and June Bug Gambler Sweebo worm.