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09-20-2020 12:35 AM
Anonymouse Forgot all about this thread but it looks like it needs a bump to stay alive.
Opinions vary on Anonymouse around here but make no difference to him in the long run.
If all you care about is getting out on the Madison chain, you can probably suffer through a few hours with Anonymouse philosophizing to nobody in particular.

Under certain conditions Anonymouse now has a 22' cuddy to fish from that he'd be willing to take a chance on letting strangers fill a seat - 1 at a time.
Space gets a little precious with more than 2 peeps hanging lines off the sides and back of a cuddy-style rig, unless you have young bones, (which Anonymouse no longer does) and are willing to clamber about on the bow to fish off the front.
(Lucky you, Anonymouse will let you handle anchor duties off the bow cleat while yer out there. )

You don't need any tackle, or even a rod & reel - Anonymouse has a couple dozen spinning rigs with 4#, 6#, & 8# test lines all mounted on an assortment of low-end (price-wise) decent graphite rods between 5' & 7'.
Bare hooks &/or soft plastics tipped with live bait rule the day but Anonymouse also has a few dozen crankbaits of various incarnations available, (even a few baitcasting reels - bring your own rod) if that's how you roll.
You lose one to anything OTHER THAN a live piscatorial entity, oh well, it's your $3, due at closing time.
Just don't expect Anonymouse to up-anchor and move after 15 minutes of casting because nothing is hitting on your crankbait(s).

There is no particular bias against fishing multiple locations, just laziness in general and an acknowledgement that Mendota Walleyes in particular are notoriously fickle about deciding when they are hungry enough to investigate a presentation - & moving about won't change their attitude somewhere else.
They are always there on structure & you can see them frequently enough on the graph, but talking them into biting even live bait is always an exercise in eclectic semantics whispered to the fishing gods in a deep, rich, baritone - WHEN they happen to have their Beltone hearing aides turned on.
If and when your prayers are answered, it'll come in spades, with no ability whatsoever to get a bait down even as far as the bottom, without it being snatched and run off with at a high rate of speed by dense grouping clusters of smiling toothy demons with fins - anywhere in size from 1/4" inch short of being 18" and legal, to well in excess of 5#, with potential for an old sow over 10# always a possibility.

Mendota is managed for trophy fish these days, which means fewer big fish but YUGE when you catch one, and fewer "eaters" in general.
Once upon a time Mendota was one hella fishery for filling your freezer with tasty eaters but even with regular bi-annual stocking, the 1#-3# class has shrunken quite a bit now.

The 5 roolez:
1.) Anonymouse is DNR safety trained, the captain of the boat, and has final authority.
2.) "Safety first" is NOT a slogan, it is THE LAW on the boat. If at any time, the captain decides life or limb is at risk, his instructions will be followed without question.
3.) Life jackets on while the engine is engaged is mandatory - at rest is up to you.
4.) You WILL be given a short introduction to your duties & responsibilities, should the captain be incapacitated for any reason, before beginning the day's fishing.

5.) Conditions of the outing (duration, locations, amount of moving about prospecting, changing lakes, etc.) will be discussed and agreed upon BEFORE leaving shore, to avoid any mid-day arbitrariness & hard feelings creeping in as a result.
You will find Anonymouse EXTREMELY amenable and flexible with regard to your desired agenda, so long as it is set out clearly, ahead of time.
Re-negotiation of the agenda - or not, mid-trip, is ultimately the decision of the very reasonable, flexible, (and handsome as all get-out - keep yer wimminfolk locked up ), captain of the boat.

These roolz might seen a bit onerous, but your life and safety IS the responsibility of the captain of the boat & he takes YOUR life & well-being QUITE seriously - even above his own.
03-25-2020 07:14 PM
kvanzeeland
fishing partner

I have a cottage in Conover wi, would like to have some friends join me. I have my own boat, I'm up there Apr thru Nov . In interested email me [email protected]

Thanks

Ken VZ
03-14-2020 08:38 PM
brian1785
fishing sometime

Recently retired. Live in NE Illinois (Wauconda/Grayslake area). Willing to use my boat or share expenses with anyone else. Not an expert by any means but more fun to fish with someone than alone. Shoot me an email and give me a day or so notice.
Brian
[email protected]
03-14-2020 07:38 AM
andreindy
Waukesha/Milwaukee Area

47 year old with 38 vacation days a year and maybe use a third. Will likely be one of my greater regrets when all is said and done. Work in healthcare and have spoken with enough old-timers who urge us to get out there while we can.

For last 20 years, I maybe get out 1 or 2 times all year. For last 3 years I made a 1 week trip to Canada happen.

I have a rarely used old 96' Lund Explorer, but would prefer to join someone else in their boat initially who has more experience than me (and knows that their boat is going to start...unlike me sometimes).

If someone is ever looking for a day trip around the area and looking for company, I'd appreciate it. Fish species does not matter, getting out of the office does.
12-11-2019 01:08 PM
gdi Soon to be retired a few months left. I'm in on this. always looking to go with someone. Live west of Chicago about an hour. I fish the chain and cooling lakes.

gdi
Ken
12-10-2019 09:57 AM
rzep I am in West Suburbs of Chicago. Have no boat but willing to split gas cost etc. I am not retired but can work around long weekends. If someone needs fill in the spring, keep me in mind. Green Bay probably is as far as I would travel.
12-10-2019 07:41 AM
ChrisL27 Everything keeps going right, I'll be living in the Winnecone area by mid spring. Always hated the city, and now I have the opportunity to get out of here. Looking at places around Boom Bay area, but still a little early to tell. I'll be getting the boat ready in mid March, last year I started going up April 7th. For now my trips are mostly last minute departures. Once bills are paid, and theres a nice reserve, I just grab the dog n go. 90% of my things stay packed all the time, so it's easier. Only problem with being self employed, is fighting that urge to stay on the water extra days...
I have a 1981 Smokercraft 18.5, 65HP
She's almost as old as me, and smokes even more, but reliable and tough. For the money I have in it, I couldn't be happier. I've also been told by locals up there, that it is the perfect river boat for that area. Just wish I could find a reasonably priced 80-90HP for her. She will do 30mph, but when I have 1 or 2 guys and the dog, plus gear, it's hard to get on plane.
I'll post once in a while, just so this thread stays active.
PS I'd love to get out ice fishing for some eyes or WB. I watch Larry Smith on YouTube, and learn a little here n there, but I've never been out on the ice, and have no equipment. If anyone is interested in possibly getting a guide for a day or 2, get on the ice, let me know.
Spring can't come fast enough.
My brother lives on Nippersink Creek, near Rustic Harbor Marina. He just picked up a sled and shack for on the ice, with some used equipment. But, we have never been out. So, if anyone has ice fished the Chain, I have access to free equipment use, just need some guidance.
MERRY CHRISTMAS
11-21-2019 12:07 PM
ChrisL27 Wolf River, Winnecone info. As of January 1st, Wolf River system will go to 3 fish a day, 15 inch limit, to improve the fishery.
11-21-2019 11:10 AM
wyliek Northeast Illinois myself (Wauconda area). I too am retired and looking for a fishing partner.......Would love to learn Lake Michigan, COL, Lake Geneva or others. My boat or yours........... Fishing by yourself is nice, but.....
10-14-2019 08:21 PM
Scratcher ChrisL27 PM sent.
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