This is why we never fish the Madison chain.

We went fishing Sunday morning. It was cold, windy, and snowy. We didn’t catch anything.

The leftover "lrage muskie sucker". He survived the trip and is residing comfortably in our bait tank.

The leftover “large muskie sucker”. He survived the trip and is residing comfortably in our bait tank.

Looking across the lake at Governor's Island and the Maple Bluff area

Looking across the lake at Governor’s Island and the Maple Bluff area

Looking straight east across the lake. Our house would be in this direction, about 3 miles from the lakeshore.

Looking straight east across the lake. Our house would be in this direction, about 3 miles from the lakeshore.

The west end of UW's campus, mostly the medical campus.

The west end of UW’s campus, mostly the medical campus.

Snowflakes on my glove

Snowflakes on my glove

We were in about 8 feet of water, and marking fish.

We were in about 8 feet of water, and marking fish.

Not for the first time, we were marking fish. But they wanted nothing to do with us, in spite of bait and lure changes. Green/orange jigs typically do well for panfish for us, but not lately. Pink is another one we’ve had luck with, but not this day. School after school passed through, with no bites. Matt did have a flag on the big sucker right away, and whatever it was stripped line, but spat the bait. Something that took an 8 inch long, 2 inch diameter sucker had to have been huge, though.

Most of last weekend outside of Sunday morning’s short fishing trip was spent relaxing- Matt’s been puling 4 or 5 days of 16 hour + shifts, plus dropping into the office on weekends and calling the guys to keep them on track. They’re working to meet goals for the beginning of February. February-March-April is hands-down the worst time for recruiters. The last 3 I’ve witnessed have been bad, and this year is no different. Everyone’s burnt out, and there’s no end in sight yet. We’re not too sure where we’re going fishing this coming weekend, but we won’t be limited to just Madison. Maybe Fox Lake again, or make a return to Rock Lake for the first time since last year.

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2 thoughts on “This is why we never fish the Madison chain.

  1. Oh, good heavens! It just dipped below freezing with some precipitation so schools and freeways were closed this morning. It looks absolutely brutal up there. The citrus trees are laden with fruit right now.

    • Sunday morning when we got out was in the single digits, and pretty windy. Later that day it got up into the 20s, which doesn’t feel too bad these days. Monday and Tuesday were the really nasty ones- negative highs. It’s all very relative at this point- my dogs want to play outside today and it’s 15.

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