Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Tyler Holm

Hunting under Docks (1 pic)

8 posts in this topic

It’s about that time of year when some start getting the itch to get out on the ICE. There’s a gap in our fishing calendar where perhaps we’ve put the long rods away, but the ice is not safe quite yet. This time of year presents us with a unique opportunity.

The Mississippi River has dozens of marinas where they leave the docks in the water year round. All these marinas are private property and some are totally off limits to fishing, but others open their docks to us anglers. Please check with your destined marina and get permission prior to utilizing their docks.

Die-hard ice anglers (like myself) take this opportunity to do some vertical fishing off the docks. The key here is ice fishing equipment. Short rods and electronics often times will outfish the long rod approach. Use your ice electronics to find a pod of fish, then go after them just as you would through the ice.

Key areas to pay attention to would be sun/shade lines, dock posts, dropoffs, tie-down ropes, and dock anchors. It’s important to be mobile and trust your electronics. If it’s not showing any fish, move, move, move.

My ice electronics are being charged as I type and my short rods are going to get the once over tonight. As your waiting for the ice to firm up, give this marina dock fishing a shot. It’s a hoot!

ty_crappie2.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The marCUM is charging right now also. See you tomorrow, Tyler.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I took some of my own advice and hit-up one of my favorite marinas on the Miss River on Tuesday morning. The fish were literally everywhere. I probably check over 30 different spots and I marked fish and caught fish at each. It took a while to find some larger fish, but they were around.

A Custom Jigs & Spins diamond jig (Gold #12) tipped with a waxie was the only thing I used and I probably caught 75 gills, 15 crappies, and 1 small sauger. Between the 3 of us, we also added a white bass and a pike to the mix. Additional tackle that was productive was the CS&J ratso and a Rapala Jiggin Rap (smallest size).

The temps were cold, but the fishing was hot. Everything was released to swim again, but we easily could have kept a meal each of crappies and gills.

Crappieguy had the hot had with this dandy crappie (~13”)

eric_crappie1.jpg

And he scored this pike (quite a feat on 2lb test line and a trout net)

eric_pike2.jpg

It wasn’t my day for the monsters, but I did land some respectable fish.

gill1.jpg

ty_crappie1.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

nice pics, that pike on 2 lb test is awsome!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

happy birthday smg

i saw on another site you killed some dandy bucks

ike

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

thanks ike, yeah i'm pretty proud of those 2 bucks(maybe a little to proud), i've posted pics just about everywhere, haha smirk.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good idea Tyler. Nice fish and gets the blood pumping looking at these images.

Cool! cool.gif

The marina's were cool about it, you could even drag an otter out on docks on the cold days. grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • trappingaddiction
      Are the catfish still biting decent out there? Usually make it up earlier in the year have not made it up yet this year but I'm looking to come up one of the next couple evenings. 
    • eyeguy 54
      ick. glad I have the grandkids for a week.  be careful out there guys. slip and fall now you get wet and sore.
    • Horseshoe_Don
      The Chain is a sloppy mess.   about 1" of water on the ice.   Don
    • Pontooner01
      Was wondering if you found any access on the north end of North Center .
    • norwaybay
      Only thing I can add is was told the same thing (ACL) on my British lab.  She was hobbling about and surgery was the only option and would be 2-4 thousand.  I live in Grand Forks so the price is pretty standard.  I spoke to a friend who had a springer and was told the same and he rested her for a month.  We opted not to pursue surgery and kept her from running and jumping off the dock for a month and now you wouldn't know anything was wrong.  Had spoken to a few friends who have done the same and the dogs are all none the worse for the wear.  Just an option and I would have paid if it was life or death because I do like my dog