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Jim W

Hello all,

Made it out ice fishing for the first time in 2 weeks, could barely stand it! Decided to hit pool #3 near Hastings for some sauger and walleye.
Upon arrival, it appeared there would be competition with around 20 vehicles in the parking area, but no one was at the area I wanted to try.

I took a friend who doesn't get out on the ice often, so getting there early helped.
We set up tip-ups with shiners one in 7ft. and one in 5ft. I drilled two parallel lines of holes from shore(around 4ft.) to near the channel in 8 1/2ft.
Most action came from the deeper holes. I ended up catching 2 small walleyes and a keeper sauger. This all occurred between sunset and 20 minutes after sundown.

If all that bit and all that I marked bit, I would have came away with a very large grand total that day. Plus, I missed a fairly decent fish on the "Artic Fisherman"! My friend had his rod doubled over with a fish, but unfortunately slacked him off. Hopefully it won't get too warm before next weekend so I can get out there again! Keep them rods bendin hard boys!!! Jim W

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Jim W

Went back on Friday(23rd) thinking that the bite would be phenomenal, especially with the storm on it's way! However, besides having one bite, we were skunked!

There was however a gentleman who fished with us who had been down there the weekend before(when we had the great action) and reported his buddy landed a 5lb. walldog!!! After looking back, I feel that timing of the front was not in our favor. There was high pressure until late Friday early Saturday morning. This might not have been the total reason for a 0 day, but I truely believe a complete relationship existed between the weather and our bite! Good luck and keep the rods a bendin'!!! Jim W

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