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OT report 1-24/25

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Got in early today from the weekend for two pretty good reasons:
Ran out of bait
caught limit

Sat, was alittle slow, started in 32 ft found only scattered perch and one eye. Moved to diff spot and went deeper. Found fish and lots of em in 35ft. Caught a few more nice perch, one more keeper eye..and some smaller. overnight was very, very windy and cold and slow. Rattle reel went off a few times...no fish...**** circle hooks. Sunrise Sunday was a holy day!!! At approx 7:30 to 2pm my vex was red...the whole time. Could only use one line, as fast as I could put it down...I reeled it back up..the entire time. It was unbelievable. Lots of perch and filled the rest of my eye limit. Perch were averaging...I said averaging....10 inches!!! 11's and a few 12 and one 13!!! Unbelievable. Did anyone else brave the elements?

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Paul Rohweller

Thanks for the update ironman
I was out by home here saturday with slick 2526 perchin was a bit slow, think my little lake is getting thinned out. spent today moving snow.. Need snow? lol I'm running out of places to put it.. Paul

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jerkin'm

Would like to see the ruler you measured those perch on. We did brave the elements on Sunday also. Caught plenty of perch and eyes on Saturday and Sunday. Nicer perch on Sunday, we measured our largest at 11 3/4. With quite a few in the ten to 11 inch range. Never seen a 10 inch average though. You must have been one of about 4 or 5 others braving the elements from what we saw. Good to see a nice bite going though. We fished EXTREMELY deep to stay on the walleyes.

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ironman

After re-reading my first post....I used the wrong termage. The majority of the fish were ten inchers, with very few under nine. I didn't actually do the math by measuring each and every fish and then deviding the number accordingly. However, lots of big fish....caught eyes throughout the day.

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Glad to hear the bite is still going strong. I fish OT myself quite regularly but usually quit fishing for eyes around the 2nd week of Jan. because I don't like fishing the deep water for them. I know there are a lot of 10-14" walleyes caught on OT. Just curious as to how those fish react when you try to release them after bringing them out of the deep stuff. My experience with this has been pretty negative, thus the reason I don't fish them when you have to go to 30+ feet.

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Our experiences have showed that if you feel a fish is small enough, a very slow reel and a couple decompression stops on the way up nearly guarantees no blown out the mouth stomach. Often times the fish will get off on the slow reel and stop also. We only stay in the super deep until we have enough fish and then leave, so we do not keep fishing them and releasing them. If you think 30 feet is deep, it is not even close to what I call deep.

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