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Gary Engberg Outdoors


May 24, 2018

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A fisherman displays a smallmouth bass caught from one of Madison's lakes.

Madison's Lake Mendota and Lake Monona Pre-Spawn Bass

There are five lakes in the Madison Chain of Lakes. They are Lakes Mendota, Monona, Wabesa, Kegonsa, and Wingra. All of these metro lakes that surround Madison have good populations of both smallmouth and largemouth bass. There are chances of catching a trophy in any of the 5 lakes, particularly in early spring. Mendota is a better smallmouth lake and Monona is a better largemouth lake, though both species are present in both waters. I fished Lake Mendota for bass long before I started chasing walleyes. A friend of mine, Jim Weston, (no...

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