Places to check out in Monona
There are a ton of things to do in Monona, but we decided to place Lake Monona at number one on our list!
Lake Monona is 3,359 acres of pure joy. Weather you like fishing, boating, swimming, or just want to spend a day at the beach with your toes in the water this is a great place for you.
Every year many anglers in the Madison area head out to their favorite boat launch in Monona and take advantage of the multi species lake. This lake has it all: bass, blue gill, cat fish, crappy, pike, perch, walleye, and some massive Muskie.
Fishing season is in session all year round on Lake Monona. After the ice fishing frenzy is over for the year and all us “fair weather fishermen” come out of hibernation things really seem to heat up. Once April comes around there are boats buzzing around searching for there new favorite fishing hole. If you find a spot where the fish are spawing early in the season you can catch a lot of fish!
There are fishing reports you can find online or you can simply pick up a lake map at your local bait shop. This lake has a wide range of depths and has quite heathy vegetation making it a great habitat for all species. Just make sure you are ready to pull in the big fish because you never know when you will get “the fish of 10,000 casts”.
It seems like I only catch muskie when I am flipping for bass! It defiantly keeps things exciting not knowing exactly what is on the other end of that line. My personal favorite lure to use on Lake Monona is the chatter bait.
The chatter bait is a vibrating jig that gives you the versatility of a jig while producing the vibration of a spinner. You can add whatever trailer you want to give your lure a little extra profile to attract those huge fish! I pulled in 3 muskie last year all using chatter bait.
My color of choice changes from day to day, however my most consistent color is black and blue. I always liked throwing chart and white, but after a few trips out with my brother (a.k.a the bass man). I decided to take a page out of his playbook and throw black and blue the majority of the time. After seeing him catch three 35 plus inch pike and 4 bass within a few hours of fishing I was sold!
Later in the year towards October the Muskie start to migrate and I like to fish from about 7-15 feet or pick them off in the rivers that connect these lakes. There is nothing more exciting then seeing a huge fish come up and absolute hammer your lure right in front of your face. It can be a blast fishing for that wall mounter late in the year before everything begins to freeze over!
So if you love getting out on the water you should definitely check out lake Monona. Heck you can even give Eco Clean a call and we will clean your house when you are out on the lake!