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Tripleplay

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Rented from Kelly and Jonny on February 14th for just the one day. Yes, that cost me a special house pass but that is a different story. Had my 15 year old along as well as his cousin (18 yrs) for the second year in a row and also my brother-in-law for his first ice fishing experience.

I can't say the fish were jumping through the holes but it appears we did pretty darn well and it probably could have and should have been better. I started the day with getting a very large pike (I'm guessing 15 lbs since I've caught 8-10 lb'rs the last two years on URL) up and into the hole myself only to be stymied by nobody in my party moving to grab the fish in the hole for me! Well I did another lift and bent/squatted to go for the grab and she dropped back into the hole enough to break me off. Would have liked a picture but she was ultimately going back into the water anyways so no big deal.

First fish in the bucket mid-afternoon was a 14" crappie on a red, rattling varmint that about pulled the rod out of my hand it hit so hard. This was after I released a slot walleye (also hammered the varmint) at 20". A couple of little walleyes for the group also released in the afternoon. By bedtime we had 5 crappies and one walleye in the bucket with a number of missed bobber sets. (red glow by far was dominant although a gold fat boy accounted for a crappie) Called it a night with 3 rattle reels out at 10:30PM. At midnight we had the first rattle reel go and I thought I had a small walleye only to make the mistake of trying to lift it out of the hole alone and another crappie went flopping back into the lake for somebody else to catch. 1:30AM missed another rattle reel (the bell would actually jingle once and then 10-15 seconds later would go 2-3 times and stop, by then I had it figured out which reel was going and would wait for a jingle again and then try the set) Missed rattle reels from 2:30AM to 3:10AM four times until I decided to start fishing! (rest of the group was barely coherent at that hour) I fished for about 35 minutes and literally marked or drew in 7 different fish and never enticed a single bite. Went back to bed and at 5 AM another rattle reel was missed. Talk about light bites or what. FYI---of the three rattle reels only 2 of them were touched during the night and both of those had red glow on them (either a red glow tube or a small bannana type jig).

Finally got the group moving around 7:30AM and we added a couple of more keeper walleyes and another crappie with more than a couple of misses along the way. Final totals:

6 crappies (not counting the rattle reel lost fish)

1-jigging (red)

1-gold fat boy (bobber)

4-bobbers red, blue or pink/white glow (3 came on Shorty's

special red or blue jig he showed the boys!)

3 walleyes kept

1-jigging (red, rattling varmint)& 1 slot releases

2-bobber red or pink/white glow

One very legitimate 15" crappie (yes, I know how to correctly measure them), 3 at 14"+ on the stick and 1 at 11 inches.

I was the only one jigging and although I didn't catch the most crappies (nephew did by far) I did out catch the rest of the group all put together (just a buch of little walleyes up'd my numbers).

Very good times and a very comfortable house that set up real well to fish 4 in with some room to move around. We'll be back again with Kelly and Jonny for sure although the once a year trip doesn't exactly cut it for me!! Finished up and cleaned fish at Westwinds and up to LOW for the rest of the trip.

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Great report tripleplay! 6 crappies is a good number for one nights fishing... way to go!

Good Luck!

Ken

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Nice report Tripleplay! Thanks for posting it. By this time tomorrow I will be fishing up at Red. Can hardly wait.

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very nice report. Good to hear some crappies being caught.

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My hopes are rising for march with every good report

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    • If you want to stay away from the crowd I would suggest Beacon Harbor I think after jan 1st they don't allow day passes its only beacon harbor and outdoor authority who have houses there. Then they allow only a limited amount of yearly passes.

      Now they don't have all the bells and whistles like a bar and food ect but John and Ann are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Not to mention I personally think it is some of the best.

       

      Now if you needed a bar and food and all that my choices would be Rogers or Westwind

    • fins_n'_feathers

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    • eyeguy 54

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    • Agronomist_at_IA

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    • CigarGuy

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    • 11 hours ago, BringAnExtension said:

      Zach-

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    • DRAGFOOT

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      I don't know what to say, we crushed em jigging in 30 feet last Friday while getting knocked around in the waves. Anchored up and never moved. Lots of boats on the river already then and not good reports at that point. I was going to go back up for Saturday and if I did I would go straight out to 30 feet again. 

    • delcecchi

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      Gee, think things might be rigged?  Got to be there in person to bid.  Maybe they would get a better price if bidding were on line?  Of course that would inhibit the buddy system.  Make it inconvenient to bid, get lower bids, make the in crowd happy. 

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    • ZachD
      If you want to stay away from the crowd I would suggest Beacon Harbor I think after jan 1st they don't allow day passes its only beacon harbor and outdoor authority who have houses there. Then they allow only a limited amount of yearly passes. Now they don't have all the bells and whistles like a bar and food ect but John and Ann are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Not to mention I personally think it is some of the best.   Now if you needed a bar and food and all that my choices would be Rogers or Westwind
    • fins_n'_feathers
      Today was the complete opposite of yesterday. The current coming out of light house gap made a pocket of clear water out in the lake overnight, fished right on the edge of the muddy water in 14 feet of water and went through 3 bags of frozen shiners and caught a bunch on plastics after the minnows were gone. Nothing fantastic for size, only 3 in the slot but nice limits of 14-17 inchers and a ton of smaller fish. Once that muddy water gets blown out or clears up the bite is going to be crazy good!
    • eyeguy 54
      212 wondering the same thing maybe??      
    • Agronomist_at_IA
      Wow 212 views no response?
    • CigarGuy
      I got 4 nice ones last Friday in about 8' to 9' of water in a channel off Wakemup Bay .  It was the last hour of daylight.  Tried a couple times during the day Saturday and right before dark and struck out.