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  1. 6 points
    This is what I call this time period in ice fishing. Early ice bites when the fish are hot are no longer. These are the bites that make all of us look like super hero's We have hit the midwinter lull time period. What I'm hearing a lot and finding myself is lot of lookers and not many biters. This is the time of year we all start questioning our abilitys, frustration sets in and we all second guess our decisions daily. We have hit that time period when ice thickness is at it's peak or at least I hope so. Oxygen levels aren't as good as early ice and the fish have become a lot more sluggish. What causes lower oxygen levels is a combo of things. Ice thickness and snow pack play keys roles in this. What is happening right now is, less sun (light penetration)is penetrating through the ice to reach the under water world. In the case green weeds ( good signs of good oxygen) are slowly dying off in certain areas. Thus less oxygen is going out into the water column, which in turn creates the fish to be a lot less active. In turn creating a lot more lookers then biters. Well I'm here to tell you fish can be put topside this time of year. By being very persistent and working hard to find activity rewards can be found at the end of the rod. Here are some of the things I have found to increase my odds this time of year. A lot of fish are going to be basin related right now. Especially crappies. I always check basins looking for schools but what I'm really looking for are green weeds. You find a patch or area with some greenery right now and I guarantee you will find fish and success. Underwater cameras are huge this time of year for locating these isolated patches. Changing line diameter's now helps up your odds. I go from 6 to 4 lb for eyes and down to 2 lb for panfish. For eye's I use small spoons number 2-3 Swedish pimples small 3 ripping raps and 1/16 ounce numerous other spoons. These baits are tipped with spikes or crappie minnow heads. Dead sticking with small minnows also is best. For Panfish number 4 mm or even 3 mm jigs will be the ticket, tipped with either plastics or meat (maggots, waxworms, fresh water shrimp). But of all the gear that makes a game changer right now is rod selection. Soft tip, noodle rods and springs are must. The bites you will see this time of year are usally very subtle. And by not using the right rod a lot of strikes will be missed. Things are going to get better next few weeks as time progresses bites will be become better and smiles will be back on anglers faces once again . Feel free to add any techniques strategies or insight you have found that's upping your odds in the period I call dog days of winter.
  2. 6 points
    Pretty slow. Saturday we caught 4 dinks, a nice jumbo perch, 5 whities, and an eelpout. We missed probably 6 to 8 bites that we should have gotten. And a few more bites that were just hit and runs on the rattle reels. I'm trying to get my 7 yr old daughter to catch the fishing bug so she was handling all the bites.
  3. 6 points
    Here is some more dirty ice armor fish pics..... todays beast, released to fight again
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  5. 5 points
    Searched out a couple different areas for panfish today. Walleyes thought they were bluegills...lol. Ended up keeping enough fish for about two meals
  6. 4 points
    Mother Nature gave us another challenge this week when 35 degrees caused the big cracks to go crazy. This weeks report features some of that repair work being done.......Here it is.....
  7. 4 points
    Well my buddy who was doing the cleaning felt the need to do this for a picture. Better?
  8. 4 points
    Actually, Mom was home with the youngest one. Here is a fun little challenge we did. All of the kids including the youngest made it out. And yes, teach them young. They love fishing!
  9. 4 points
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  10. 3 points
    popped out from 730 till noon today and fun city. went to 3 different areas and did not see another person. gold with red, purple with white produced. Tried the chartreuse wishbone again and still a no go. someday maybe.
  11. 3 points
    Green was ok for me I used all kinds of baits. Nothing would bite before it got dark. I caught some on plastics, waxies, and minnows were hot. I was in 27-28 feet. It was nice to sit in the house as I normally do not fish in it.
  12. 3 points
    some days!!!!!!!!!! wait till ya get my age............its every day!!!!!!!!!!!!! me likes fishin T-shirt comfort!!!!!!!!
  13. 3 points
    Wow - it is pretty quite around here, except for the insults. Leaving today, to fish Fri and Sat. Taking a couple of guys from the office. Weather forecast seems workable. Reports I have requested is that the bite is tough, but doable. Wish me luck!!!
  14. 3 points
    We had to work a lot more today to get on fish than what we expected. And having a biting wind didn’t help. I still wouldn’t say we crushed them but managed to sort out a dozen keeper crappies. Once we found em, the first flurry was easy but that didn’t last real long. We changed, and changed, and changed presentations to keep those lookers biting. One thing would work for a half dozen or so fish and then it would die. Make a change or two and get a half dozen more. Lots of small ones to weed through. Another thing I would do when they started ignoring my bait and disappear was just pull it out of the hole and wait until I marked fish again before dropping back down. I don’t think you can ever over estimate the first drop on crappies. Later on, the thing that worked for us to draw them in was very aggressive jigging. I mean 2-3 foot rips with small jigging spoons. Blade spoons, rattling flyer, and forage minnows tipped with plastic at times but needing to be minnow heads at the tail end. It turned into being a fairly odd bite but change kept us in the game.
  15. 3 points
    I rarely carry live bait unless I'm going to be sitting in the house fishing with 2 lines. Then I'll bring some minnows along. I fish a lot of plastics. Over the years I've learned a lot of tricks to get fish to commit during a tough bite. Things like changing colors, profile, size,(hint, smaller isn't always better) or the way you hook the plastic. One of my most productive tough bite plastic set up is hooking a noodle or wedgie t-bone or wacky worm style. The slower fall with a more horizontal offering often works. I've also added tungsten flies into the mix the past 3 winters. When plastics don't work these usually do. Good luck!
  16. 3 points
    Great advise Tom. Definitely a fun day out there for sure we definitely put a few dandies topside. Have to agree working as a team with a specific plan makes solveing the puzzle a heck of a lot easier. . At one time the four of us were all on our augers running and gunning and I smiled and thought what a well oiled machine. Effort equals success. Plastics definitely were the key those big pies wanted some sort of insect or creauture looking bait for sure . Remember that little tip i gave you today Cat and mouse keep them interested and then give them the take away treatment. Tom, Rick G, Royce thanks for a great day looking forward to the next adventure.
  17. 3 points
    Today was all plastic, Again..... I was getting my butt kicked by fellow Pro Staffers, eyeguy 54 (Royce), IceHawk (Chris), and Rick G., today all off which were using plastics and various sized tungsten. Thought I'd try and cheat with live bait and every the fish just turned away. Matching the hatch, and the proper cadence was the only way to put fish topside. Biggest key of success, or in my case less of success, is learning to mimic the illusion of the incest your matching. The greatest teacher out their, if your not as fortunate to have some of the best sticks out there to help you, is time on the water. Hard or soft, learning, Where, When, How, and Why comes with experience. I'm still learning this hard water sport, and I'll be the 1st to say I suck some days. But, the day I'd stop learning something knew out there, would probably be the day I'd hang up this sport we all enjoy.
  18. 3 points
    I might finally try Mille Lacs this weekend. I mean, I’ll be there but to hang with some friends and fish. But the fact that I’ll be on the lake I’m thinking of heading for pike water during the day. I figured out last Saturday it’s kinda cool - and a challenge to spear carp too. Found myself in an area that schools of big carp were cruising by. Cut a hole quick and planned to stick one of the last ones coming by in the hopes of not spooking the school and getting another chance. As it turned out, I made the choice to get the first one I had an opportunity at. A 13 pounder was my reward. And the rest of the time I was there, the schools avoided passing within sight of me. Cagey.
  19. 3 points
    Here is proof!!! A small 32" See the circle hook? A smile! And a 38"
  20. 3 points
    Circle hooks for me too. Also, don’t force the fish at the hole. Control the fight but let it happen. It’s not a race to get the fish topside and if you make it so, the fish often wins.
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  22. 3 points
    A few friends and I gained access to a small lake recently and went out in search of Panfish. We tried some shallower water but the fish seemed to mostly be out roaming and feeding in the Basin. We didn't catch a lot of fish but the Quality was definitely there! The key to catching them was to stay mobile and only fish a hole for a few minutes before moving on and using heavy Tungsten jigs and Hardbaits to get down to the fish that you did mark quickly.
  23. 3 points
    and you can find them usually between the north and south end of the lake!!!!!! right eyeguy!!!!!!!!
  24. 3 points
    Boy that looks good! I am going to have to give up on the walleyes and get out and catch a few gills!! All you need to change is the beer! New Castle Brown Ale would be my choice!! Cliff
  25. 3 points
    FM Lodge is kinda quiet so thought I would share this here. Shrimp and cocktail sauce and beer is SO good! Gills and butter and beer is SOOOOOOO good! P.S. this message approved by Sessi
  26. 3 points
    Winter is going by pretty fast. End of January already. After a tough stretch at the end of last week Monday saw a pretty big improvement.....Here is the new Vid.....Enjoy https://www.facebook.com/CQuesnell/videos/1842835889124935/
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  28. 3 points
    I want to encourage everyone to take kids fishing! Make it fun. Take lots of food. Bring something different or a treat to them. Also bring toys. Don't push the fishing to hard. Its fun for us and we enjoy it, help them enjoy it. I made a few videos of what we do to make it fun. "Be Awesome Outdoors"
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  32. 3 points
    Keep it fun on the ice! Just a little challenge from the other day.
  33. 3 points
    I have a cabin on a lake just outside of Cotton, there’s many good fishing lakes in the area, especially the one I’m on. I won’t say the name because I don’t want it bombarded. This fall it was routine catching 40-50 11”-13” crappies every afternoon. Would only keep a few for a meal, but talk about fun. As for the El Toro, it’s the typical “dive” bar and I don’t mean that as a negative at all, real people that if you needed something they’re more than willing to help. Food is from Wilbert cafe in the same building and is good home cooked eats.
  34. 2 points
    These are gorgeous fish!!!
  35. 2 points
    Wanderer, stop in at the River Rock bait shop in Ashland and they will get you pointed in the right direction. They are always pretty cool about that. Fishing near Ashland off of 2nd landing can be good. Don't need nothing more than regular walleye gear, and some tip-ups and really there is no rhyme or reason where a guy should set up shop. Its a pretty wide open water and the fish that live there are always on the move. For us, most often, the sit and wait pays off. It has been slower as of late, but still some fish.. Good luck, JH
  36. 2 points
    Switch to regular Budweiser and they seem to just jump out of the hole. No, seriously the way I improved my landing success through the ice was to go to small treble hooks. One small one on a 6' leader, a weight and Colorado blade above the leader seems to work for me. If you are on the flag right away, you don't risk gut-hooking them. I also recycle my Power Pro musky line and put it on tip ups. Also, I should add that I always have a jaw-spreader and 8" forceps for quick and easy hook removal.
  37. 2 points
    https://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/18/thin-ice-carbon-monixde-dangerous-minnesota-season Yes, I have heard of people dying from these heaters. If they were safe, you wouldn't get headaches, tired, watery eyes, etc. I used one for years, so I know firsthand. The buddy heaters (I've had the same one for 15 years, never had problems with it, has an auto-shutoff for CO2 presence) have made the sunflower heater obsolete. But, I'm sure I won't convince you; hopefully someone else finds the FACTS helpful.
  38. 2 points
    Wait for the ice to melt then get out there during open water. That's the best advice I can offer!
  39. 2 points
    got out from 3 to 5 today to check a spot and color selection was the key. had lookers and after 4 different combos finally got 9 to commit. all growing up to get bigger. tried a combo from 3 days ago and they would not touch it! that really surprised me. great info chris.
  40. 2 points
    13 has a nice "Oops" warranty plan, but that's my only customer service experience with them. Ask if you can cut up the rod for shipping, just like with the accidental breakage return. Just snip it into 8 pieces, wrap it in cellophane, slip it into a large envelope. Should only cost $3-4.
  41. 2 points
    Mine did the same thing on my 1st time fishing with the rod. It works really well but for $50 you would think the paint would stay on for a while. Oh well.
  42. 2 points
    I use luggage tags on my vexilars, buddy heater and rod/tackle bags. I've also attached an address label on the back of my IPhone before putting my case on it. Great tip by original poster.
  43. 2 points
    did ya ride the horse while he was cleaning?
  44. 2 points
    Lol... lets see either one of you post a pic of a gill like that....yep, pretty quiet now, aint ya
  45. 2 points
    Jerry and Danielle are good friends of mine, I live just up the road from them, I probably helped pour the concrete at Leeches house. Yours the one on Bass? Jerry starts building it will go quick, The Hill after all was the only bar IN the town of Squaw Lake. Very sad seeing things like this happen, Jerry had just completed the last remodel on the place, he is a hard worker.
  46. 2 points
    Fun fishing with you again yesterday Rick! You know how much I love those white tips hats off to you putting 3 topside not a easy feat this time of year.
  47. 2 points
    @PRO-V He’s just interrogating a SEOer, as BD2 explains on HSO. Dr. Fisher is looking for traffic to an aquarium service website. Just learned that in the last 5 minutes.
  48. 2 points
    I knew you were gonna say that... LOL bending over a lot this winter drilling in ice'
  49. 2 points
    We fished Wednesday afternoon.through Friday out of Zippel. It was not as cloudy as the weatherman predicted. Our best day ended up being Thursday. The two of us in our shack limited out by noon, most were sauger. Hot lure was a 1/8oz glow red shiner Tingler spoon and a plain red hook under a bobber. We were in 26ft
  50. 2 points
    They’re only found in 218 bay on Tofte. Don’t bother looking for it on the map - it’s too well hidden.
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