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Tyler Holm

Colorful Catfish Report – 11/9/07 (5 pics)

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Tyler Holm

Crazyice and I slipped out to the local watering hole, north of town for a little catting action last night. It was well after dark when we got there and I really wasn’t sure what to expect since I haven’t been on the Zumbro in search of cats for well over a month.

To top it off we tried an entirely new spot with a little deeper water than we were use to. I did some zig zagging and figure eights over the area looking for breaks and fish on the graph. We found a spot that showed some potential and dropped anchor and never had to move.

5 minutes into the night and my rod bounces with this 25” (6lb 13oz)

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At this point I hadn’t even had time to take my coat off yet.

A couple fish later I landed what is possibly my brightest catfish ever. This thing shimmered in gold.

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I jumped out to a quick 4-0 fish lead over crazy, but it didn’t take him long to take it up, then take the lead with this 26.25”er

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I managed the hog of the evening with this respectable 27.25”er (8lbs 6oz).

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On this fish I measured the diameter of this fish from the tip of its left spine to the tip of its right spine. It was 7.75” across. I’ve been thinking ICE a lot and how big a hole it’s going to take to pull fish like this (and possibly bigger) through the ice. This measurement told me quite a bit.

It was an awesome night on the water. No wind, comfortable temps, and the fish were really going. We ended the night with 8 cats each and probably missed 5+ fish each. 7 of our fish were two foot or better. For about an hour one of us would get a bite every 5 minutes.

The color on these fish continues to amaze me. The fish ranged from several shades of grays, browns, and yellows. Pale and Gold are other colors that come to mind.

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hanson

Nice Job!

Can you get to that spot at early ice? wink.gif

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Tyler Holm

hit 9 more last night with 2 right near the 24" mark. Larger fish have been tough to find as of late. We moved around a bit, but couldn't find any active fish except in the same spot as as we caught fish earlier in the week. The bite has also gone very soft compared to the summer bite.

Hanson, I'm still looking for the early ice spot. To answer your question...No

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crazyice

These last two outings have been interesting, found fish, but no monsters. It sure would be nice to be able to figure out where the sumos hunker down for the winter!! I am eagerly anticipating pulling some of them through the ice!

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Shack

Nice fish guys. cool.gif

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    • Wanderer
      That’s pretty awesome! I’ve been keeping an eye out around the house but haven’t seen enough activity to coax me out in the temps we’ve been having.  We mainly have fox around the house, and only one good yote.  We had a young wolf do a lap around the house in the spring but haven’t seen him around since.  I know I couldn’t shoot him but I’d sit out just to see him if he started showing up again. Mainly turkey tracks as of late.  
    • Wanderer
      Probably two of the safest bets in the area. I haven’t fished Crooked off Bunker for several years but it always seemed to have plenty of fish. Have you ever been on the Moore lakes near 65 and 694?  Sometimes they get a lot of attention, and I’d have to think for good reason.   Twin Lakes in Robbinsdale used to be a favorite stop for us when we were young.  Did good on pannies and surprisingly well on pike. If you don’t mind traveling further west, Medicine is a pretty good lake.  Lots of memories fishing the crappie hole in front of the beach on the southwest side.
    • PRO-V
      Gulp spray seems to help also.
    • Wanderer
      I prefer ciscoes too.  I just don’t always have access to them.  They leave a better scent trail.  That’s part of the reason for a little kick of salt on the frozen suckers.  Anise could help too.
    • Hawg
      Not that I know of. First time I used one and constantly had to clear the shavings and drill kept cutting out. Drill is a 1200# fuel. 
    • PRO-V
      I always did best with frozen Cisco's suspended on a quick strike rig.
    • PRO-V
      I tried a few times during that 30 below weather. Saw nothing but thousands of wolf tracks. That night while we sat on the hunting shack deck having a cigar a pack of coyotes we're yipping out by our trucks 400 yds away. They were probably tipped off by our generator though and couldn't get them to come in. I did see 2 moose 30yds in front of me going into one calling spot. That was cool.
    • going4it
      Coon lake up 65 and off 22. Also Lake George. Both pretty good panfish populations to keep busy. 
    • Brandon Klatt
      Thanks for the replies guys. Usually target panfish and eyes so actually going for pike is kinda a whole new world to me. lol
    • mrpike1973
      Lots of little sunnies there is a spring in there in the deepest spot be care full. There are better lakes in my opinion.
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