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6/8/09 Madison Chain Fishing Report
By Paul Strege

Lake Monona
Monday Evening Conditions: Winds N 10-15 mph, Cloudy, 62-63 deg water temp.

I chased some post spawn smallmouth this evening. Although the bite was slow, I did find one spot that produced two nice (18-3/4 and 20) smallmouth in about 45 minutes of time. The action was not fast, but it was worth the wait for the quality of fish that I caught. The key tonight was maintaining proper boat position. I worked a Carolina-rigged Gambler Ace over a rocky / hard bottom bar. With strong winds, maintaining an accurate position was difficult; it was even too windy to deploy a marker buoy without it taking off across the lake. I had to cast along the length of the bar. Casting across or at an angle did not produce either fish, but those casts that were in contact with rock the entire time triggered the bite. I believe in both cases, the smallies followed the bait for quite a while before biting. And the bites were very subtle. I changed lures, presentations, and even tried some of my new Rapala DT-20s (which did a great job of rooting through the hard bottom), but could not get bit. The C-Rig was definitely the most productive presentation.

There are a few largemouth up shallow now, too. As opposed to Saturday when I was out, I spotted some keeper (although barely keeper) fish cruising. In one case, there was a male largemouth loosely locked onto a spawning bed. Small swim jigs, swim baits and weightless stick baits put those fish into the boat.



Carolina Rig: Rogue Rods Magnum Bass MB704C with 17 lb Suffix Siege and 14 lb leader. Green Pumpkin Gambler Ace.

Cranking Rig: Rogue Rods Crank Bait Blend MB703CBB with 14 lb Suffix Siege. Rapala DT-20.