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FMSmitty

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FMSmitty

I haven't see many actual reports on here lately so I thought I would put one out. I fished Swede yesterday afternoon with a co-worker who had never ice fished. Set up at 2 and fished til 5:30. We caught a nice mix of perch and gils, the perch were 8-10" and the gils were nice, most over 8". The fish were finicky, had to really tease them up off the bottom before they would tap lightly. Picked up 2 northern on tip-up's and smelt, but had a lot of flags. Had a great time and hooked a new guy on the sport. It was worth the trip to see his face when he pulled that little 3 pound pike thru that hole. Like the commercial says- Priceless!

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JigginIsLife

Yup i went out again to try my luck durring the perch bite about 12:15-2:30 and my girlfriend pulled up a nice perch, one of 4 perch and then that was it. lots of traffic, and i was sitting in the middle of everyone so it wasnt great, house accross from us pulled in a couple of nice snot rockets and that was it that i could see, not too impressed, has really shut down since mid Dec. so i think im gonna start venturing around to find a little bigger lake.

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Dahitman44

Yeah --

I heard it was good early ... that can be a fun lake.

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Paul

Anyone heard anymore about he plans to drain that mudhole?

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Dahitman44

yeah -- sounds like it is still in the works. I will call Bruce and get the specifics.

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Dahitman44

he was out of the office -- will post info when and if he calls me back.

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perch_destroyer

Ouch, Watchdog, Pike Pickler, and I all went out yesterday morning 6am-noon and fished the North bay (bowl). The bite was tough, overall, we landed a couple of perch and couple of gills. We saw 4 pikes, 1 being of nice size on camera. But, all they did was look at out bait and move on. Interested to watch schools of about 15 gills come in and leave from time to time. The lake has definately seen the pressure. I think the only entertainment we had was when the DNR truck drove by a couple of time. He never stopped by though, I would have liked to interviewed him of where the bite is on at, because it certainly wasnt on at Sweed Grove. the Perch

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    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Beautiful weather on Sat and Sun. but plenty of traffic! No traffic today but still a very slow bite this morning. Could just be the weather change!??? Cliff
    • Draht
      Heading to that area this weekend - Curious as too how much snow cover is on the area lakes, and whether it's even worth bringing the wheelhouse?  
    • Wanderer
      I spent 3 hours last Saturday morning working on “the catalog” then went about my weekend, planning to finish at the end of the weekend.  Went to open it up and the new laptop won’t make pictures on the screen.  Tried everything; no dice.  Have to return the piece of Black Friday junk.
    • Rick G
      Here is some more dirty ice armor fish pics..... todays beast, released to fight again 
    • JerkinLips
      Cliff, did you have a lot of vehicle traffic around you on Saturday? Maybe the bad fishing on Saturday was just the weather conditions, although Saturday was beautiful weather-wise.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Same here. Thursday was a good bite and the weekend bite was mostly a bust! Cliff
    • leech~~
      I think he's going to not wash it and keep telling everyone at the bait store and on the lake he's a Pro Staff on HSO & Outdoors Minnesota. Until someone sends him a HSO hoody or new hat!
    • JerkinLips
      My advice for ice fishing on Vermilion would be to avoid high traffic areas.  I always believed this before, but this weekend seemed to validate that theory. On Thursday my neighbors in our ice fishing village decided to plow roads, driveways, and parking lots all around, and I only caught 4 little walleyes. Friday I planned to take my portable out to an isolated spot, but none of my village neighbors were out that day, and the fishing was very good.  I caught 14 walleyes that day, including 21" and the pictured 26" and 24" slotters. Saturday I thought that maybe the fishing was just picking up so I fished in my permanent again.  Caught only 2 walleyes while my neighbors proceeded to have a big family gathering with many vehicles going back and forth. Love fishing in my permanent house, but the next time it starts to get busy in the neighborhood, I am moving out with my portable.  
    • Wanderer
      Who’s worried about a jacket showing proof of action when the catching is that good?! 
    • eyeguy 54
      yes indeed, its fun when they fight back. lol .  the cgi's got a workout! I put a jar of the secret bait in my red box as soon as I got home.     BWAAAAA HAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA ! ! ! 
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