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Just wondering what kinda spreads everyone is going with, or notice how most of the geese in the state are setting up in fields?

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couple dozen bigfoots in family groups is what we're going with for early season...usually mix in a few silos as well for good measure.

we're getting pounded with rain tonight with the forecast calling for more tomorrow so I'm gonna sleep in tomorrow and hit 'em hard on monday a.m.

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Geese in the grain fields on our side and the Canadian side as well. Small family groups seem to be the way to go. Setting them more in a line next to eachother more than in front of and behind eachother seems to be working well. That's how I've seen the majority of them sitting. Bluebird days up here with NO wind have made hunting rather tough. We need some nasty weather to keep 'em moving and keep us from baking while sitting in the coffins!

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I like to do a horseshoe shaped spread, 2 doz. decoys. We usually sit in the middle of the horseshoe.

Much more importantly than the spread is the field you are hunting. Find a field that geese frequent everyday and you will have action.

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Grain. All the geese we saw sat in family groups of up to 10. We ran three to four groups of honkers with 5-10 per group for a total of no more than three and a half dozen. The less decoys worked better. We ran greenhead gear elites( fully flocked with motion stakes) and Final Approach Eliminators with motion stakes. Realistic and minimal calling was the key to outhunting other groups in out area.

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Grain fields was all I had to work with as well...I used 2 dozen deks...1 doz of Final Approaches and 1 doz of my old shells...First time with my new FA's. WOW do the hockers like those...The past 3 days, no matter were I put them, they wanted to land right in them...Nice deks make the difference, I wish they weren't so spendy. But I used the small U pattern. Used the flag to get the attention, made minimal honks, and let them do the rest. They liked to sit in the green harvested field strips and it worked out to were that line I was set up in was somewhat in a U shape. All around good weekend, considering the conditions...No Jewelry...But the old saying, a bad day of hunting (or fishing) is ALWAYS better than a good day at work.

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Most of the birds I was scouting came out of the family groups and bunched up a bit late last week. Over the weekend I started putting 6-10 thinned out decoys in front of the blinds and bunching up around the blinds with more to the sides and more out the back. As I scouted over the weekend I noticed the birds wanted to land amongst birds but not in the heart of the flock. Putting decoys in front put them on the ground 10-15yds in front of the blinds rather than them wanting to land behind us without. I want to say we averaged 4 dozen decoys since opener depending, full bodies. We hunted everything from pouring rain friday and saturday, fog sunday, and blue skies monday so I dont think this was weather dependend.

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    • BringAnExtension

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      11 hours ago, ZachD said:

      I am sure Johnny P is all booked up on weekends by now and for some reason some of the guys don't like sleeper houses all though I may push for it this year last year was such a hassle packing everything up for the night loading the trucks having to bring sleds and wheelers. I much rather bring my flasher couple rods and lots of beer. I go fishing enough running and gunning its nice to have a break where you just show up and fish.

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    • I was on Namakan yesterday and kept 4 eyes 14" to 15" caught in under 20' of water. Water temp is 60. I was rigging with a half crawler. However, I had friends out using jigs and minnows in 40+ ft and they did well. He said he found a school and using his I Pilot just hovered over the top of them. So it seems the fish are scattered and all methods are working.

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    • monstermoose78

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      I hope this weekend is better than last!!  I know there is a  lot of ducks around but they have so many places to hide.

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    • fins_n'_feathers

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    • eyeguy 54

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      212 wondering the same thing maybe?? ;)   

       

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      Zach-

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    • BringAnExtension
      Yes, he probably is.  I book with him early.  I think that he offers guide service in December up until he opens the sleepers up.  Might align with your portables.
    • Dusty
      I was on Namakan yesterday and kept 4 eyes 14" to 15" caught in under 20' of water. Water temp is 60. I was rigging with a half crawler. However, I had friends out using jigs and minnows in 40+ ft and they did well. He said he found a school and using his I Pilot just hovered over the top of them. So it seems the fish are scattered and all methods are working.
    • monstermoose78
      I hope this weekend is better than last!!  I know there is a  lot of ducks around but they have so many places to hide.
    • 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!