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Rolled into Waskish Friday afternoon and stopped at Hillmans for the BBQ (excellent!). While we were eating, a guy comes in with a 19lb pike he had caught. We were excited to see such a nice fish and had hopes for a good weekend.

We decided to head out on Hillmans road Saturday morning.

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I'll try and break it down for all of you by categories.

Ice conditions: about 4" left on the auger before you're gonna need an extension.

Road/offroad conditions: Excellent on Hillmans road. Offroad is tricky. The first day we were able to get off road no problem and drive 100 yards or so. The second day was tougher with the crusty snow and we got stuck twice. The locking diff on fishingforesters avalanche was better in the snow than my brother in laws stock GMC. If you pick your route, you can get off the road in some places without too much trouble, but watch the drifts.

Fishing report: We fished at the 5.25 mile main road on Saturday in 12 FOW. Rattlin spoons and jigs with minnow heads worked the best. SLOW bite but we fished all day and ended up with 4 walleyes, 3 jumbo perch, and 1 pike. We saw one crappie on the camera early in the day but didn't catch any. We missed a half dozen or so fish throughout the day. One 20" walleye made the day worthwhile.

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Sunday we headed up the second NW road to the 1.5 mile and parked. We only fished for 3 hours but managed 2 jumbo perch.

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A slow bite all weekend but worthwhile and a great trip. We heard they did ok on crappies out farther on Hillmans road on Saturday.

Icequake: at approximately 3pm on Saturday I think the earth wobbled on its axis and caused part of URL's ice sheet to drift and crack right underneath our shack and pickups. I was just about to step back in when fishingforester bailed out the door over the top of me and started running. I took a few steps but realized, "where was I gonna go?" It was so powerful it moved our houses 4" or better. The guys just down from us kicked the door open and ran out barefoot from their shack wondering if their Superduty was still there. I've never experienced that bad of a movement/pressure relief, nor one that loud, EVER.

A great trip, and have fun! If I missed anything, I'm sure fishingforester can post what I missed.

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fishingforester

Yep, we had a great time. 1st time ice fishing on URL for us, so we were happy to get some action. I will try to get a few more pics up tonite. The icequake was definitely an experience, one that I can relish more now than I did when it was happening ;\)

I'll get a little more in-depth when the boss isn't watching.

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fishingforester

Rowdyf covered everything pretty well as far as details, here are a few more pics I had on my camera.

The perch were around 10 inches. We also had some hot venison sandwiches out on the lake, courtesy of rowydf. Man, was that good stuff!

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I was hoping to tie into some 15 inch crappies, but it was not to be. Maybe have to make a trip in March, when the odds go up for the crappies. The bites were scattered throughout the day and we didn't experience an "evening bite," per se. Caught fish in the a.m., noon, and p.m. Actually, I think we had one fish about 5 pm on Saturday, and nothing else thru 7 pm.

One last thing I have to say is that the service at West Wind was outstanding. Went in for supper Saturday nite; I have had slower service at fast food joints, not to mention that the food was great. Kudos!

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Our group also headed out on WW's road Friday afternoon. Eight miles out on Center bar. Fished Fri, sat. Total about 30 walleyes, ONE 14.5" crappie and a nice 36" pike. We also survived the Saturday IceQuake, it was amazing. I'm sure there were more than a few soiled undies that day. blush.gif

We stayed in one of Steves (Bear Paw) cabins, great service as always. We'll be back up in March in search of the elusive Crappie bite.

PS. The road out of West Winds developed a rather large heave about 1/4 mile out (or so) during the night Friday.

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Bryce

The quake was definitely an attention getter. There was almost an identicle quake about 12:30 Sat. morning. Ended up with our 4 walleyes with not a whole lot of throw backs. Ended up with 5 crappies from 3 different locations. Had a school parked under us when we returned from shore watching the end of the game. My buddy proceeded to miss several while I was out helping a renter get unstuck. Poor to no visibility with blowing snow, no GPS, no shovel, no tow strap, and no gloves. crazy.gif They were very appreciative of the help. grin.gif

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LABS4ME

well at least they came prepared... I mean they didn't forget their truck did they? hehehe grin.gif

The shovel, tow strap, gloves and hat all get packed before the rods when I'm heading up to Red! It should be in the fishing regs!

Good Luck!

Ken

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Grainbelter

I'm still laughing from the mental picture of you guys running around the ice wondering where to go......good stuff thanks!!!

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