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jwhawkridge

I think I'm going to brave the cold this weekend. It's either hardcore or really dumb.

I'm trying to decide if I want to keep hammering the panfish or go after bigger prey ('eyes and slimers). I've been having great luck with the perch, crappies, and gills on duck. I'm thinking about hitting Frances, Elysian, or Tetonka. I haven't been out on those lakes yet, except Frances without any luck. If anyone wants to meet up let me know. My electronics are shot and I'm relying on a small auger right now, so that part is kinda rough for fishing. Any suggestions would be appreciated, if they work out I'll share the info. I think I'm going to be going out early tomorrow, like 7ish, so if anyone wants to meet up, let me know.

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Team Otter

Let me know how you do. I'll check back from time to time in between beers and channel surfing. \:\/

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Team Salmo

If you go out to Elysian, let me know how ya do!

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guppie

To, your not going fishing this weekend? whats up with that? Are you scared of a little frost bite? grin.gif Or is it the hypothermia that bothers you? grin.gif

I my self am gonna crank the heat in the fish house and hope that I don't get any flags outside! \:\/

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jrpohlman39

I think I may be a little scared to rough it in my portable this weekend... \:\(

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Team Otter

Since 12-19-07, I've fished 22 - 24 days (something like that). A break is in order.

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luckycrank

keep in mind that no matter the ice thickness ice is never safe ^& no matter how heavily traveled if you go through I woyuld like to say it was nice noing ya but I would never get the chance.... so be careful if you go and good luck !!! I am undecided if i'm going yet!!!

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Team Otter

My keyboard was a little chilly this morning.

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jwhawkridge

Definition of cold: when you spit and it bounces off the snow.

Wasn't a bad morning caught 6 crappies, 2 sunnies, and a teeny perch. I got out to the lake (Duck, been good for panfish so I couldn't argue with previous success) about 7:30 and started fishing about 8. I was in 20+ feet of water and a foot off the bottom and they were hitting on wax worms and crappie minnows. I tried moving the bait up and down in the water and a few crappies where 5-10 feet off the bottom. They seemed to move up about 9:30 and around ten they shut off for the most part. I did some light jigging and let the bait set for a few minutes and that worked pretty well: I even pulled a sunny up on a minnow. I was comfortable with the heater and proper clothing, didn't even wear my jacket. The holes froze up around the edges a little and the slip bobbers froze but other than that -15º was no problem.

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Team Otter

Or when Arctic Armor even gets a work out.

Nice report. Good job!

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BezD40

I braved Friday and Saturday. We got a few sunnies and crappies, but it was pretty slow. Did get 1 5lb northern that gave a good battle.

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bobbers_down

I went out for the better part of Saturday. We hit a few crappies and sunnies on Roberds in the morning and early afternoon. Tried Mazaska for awhile in the afternoon and early evening, found a few small 'eyes and a couple of crappies. Noting to be really proud of, it might have been chilly but it was still a good day on the lake.

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jwhawkridge

Yeah, the fishing wasn't great, but at least they were biting. I just wanted bragging rights to say I fished the coldest day of the year! grin.gif

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Waters

Fished thurs-sun ended up with 9 eyes 12-19 inches 5 of the 9 came thurs night sat and sun it was slow

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Team Otter

When does your vehicle point west?

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Waters

I moved the house to the north side of the lake Otter u and I talked about lots of fish but they didnt want to eat im going to hit it again tomorrow I think

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Team Otter

Beautiful.

Keep an open day in late February or March for a trip back to Sarah...

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Waters

Sarah would be fun to hit again I will be up on red feb 27 28 29 and march 1st and 2nd anytime after that I would be up for a trip back there

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JClay

Is anyone going over to the tournament on St James this saturday?

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    • osok
      Been a brutal hard water season for me as well, figured it was a continuation of my fall fishing luck. 
    • Wanderer
      Thanks guys.  I checked out Modis for ice coverage and Navionics to help understand how things are laid out.  Knowing what areas certain fish prefer and those typical depths is a big plus.
    • urbaniceteam
      My wife and I are hoping to get up to Mille Lacs this Saturday and spend the night on the ice.  Does anyone have any last minute availability?  All the resorts I've contacted are booked. Thanks!
    • Borch
      Lots of nice fish!  Central Mn is cranking out some nice panfish.
    • eyeguy 54
      I did till about 2 then just had to go for a bit. LOL 
    • IceHawk
      Nice fish guys. Royce doesn't look like you took the day off 
    • IceHawk
      Great Idea Rick 
    • Borch
      A plus is that the forecast is for a much nicer day Saturday.
    • Tom Sawyer
      Thanks for your work guys! You were showin' some serious team spirit being out there today. I would have helped but I had a few appointments today I couldn't reschedule. I know I'm available Friday to do any last day scouting/fine tuning....
    • IceHawk
      Definitely a grind out prefishing cats today for the gathering.  Weather made it to tough but I Jeff  and his brother pushed through the elements to try and find a few active schools .   Locating the schools were tough took a pile of holes and the augers got a workout for sure,  but fortunately  we did find a couple active schools. Jeff and his brother found a few on one lake and I found a decent school on another lake. The good news was that both schools were cruising shallow flats in both locations and about the same depths. Great news as this is a good indication they are feeding on these flats.   Amazeingly both schools were found on a inside corner. Bingo looks like we have a pattern formed. We iced and marked  a fair number of cats in both locations so things are looking good for Saturday. Plus is we added a few for the fish fry already  Jeff I'll keep plugging away out there hopefully I can dial them in even more I have a hunch there are a few more close by where we ended. 
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