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Last Hurrah?

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If today was the last day I'll be on the ice for awhile, then so be it. The weather and perch action were both in the category of phenomenal.

I started where Eric and I left them last weekend in 24 - 28'. There wasn't a fish to be found, so I went deeper, thinking maybe the fish had slid out because of the bright sunlight. Oh, I was so wrong. They had went the other way into shallower water. And, I think we all know what happens when fish are in shallow water. They are eating! After figuring out with a lot of hole drilling where the school had re-positioned, it was "ON". Folks, this is the same school of fish that has been biting for the better part of 3 weeks and today was by far, the best bite of them all. The fish were just crushing the presentation before it would even get close to the bottom. The trusty Fiska jig tipped with spikes hooked "wacky-style" was again the ticket like it has been for the past month. I was set-up, after looking deep, in 8 - 13' of water through mid-morning but by afternoon the depth was 18'. A person could have pulled a 20-fish limit of 10 - 12" perch in 30 minutes if that's what would have tripped your trigger. But not me. I just sat out there with a big smile and caught and released fish for the better part of 6 hours. Not a sole around and at times, I found myself laughing to myself. In the end, though, I sorted through a bunch of the fish and kept some 10 - 12" fish for a meal during the Gopher game tomorrow. I did have a half-dozen or so pushing 13" but nothing larger than that. All in all, though, an absolutely amazing day on the ice. If I would have kept track of all the fish caught, the number would be staggering, but statistics are not for me.

Accessing the lake and ice conditions are great. The time is now to go before the rains come. If the rains come like they're predicting, all bets are off.

A few photos from today's outing will be coming soon.

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TO. And you thought I was turning your crank when I told you about it. I am going in the morning.

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My hats definitely off to you bud. It's been fun putting this particular pattern together with you. What a great resource in our back yard. Now, I just need to get you in on some late summer pigs on Madison or maybe even a few trips to Mille Lacs.

You'll have a blast in the morning.

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March "Perch" Madness!!! cool.gifgrin.gif

Nice work Jamison! That ice sure has gotten dark since last weekend.

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That dark ice is the area that was open when that young man fell in and froze up last. When you saw it there was snow on it covering it up, good thing ha. shocked.gif

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10 - 12" yet, so nothing to get concerned about. grin.gif

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Eric, where did that pig walleye go. I liked looking at that bruiser. smile.gif

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You were fishing tetonka? How is it in the summer? I fished it from shore and caught some hammer handle northerns and a couple nice perch.

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The spring bite on panfish can be very good. cool.gif I prefer Washington for size of the panfish but TeTenka does well.

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I've got a seasonal avatar Tom. smirk.gif

Late ice 'gills. Just a sign of the times. cool.gif

Hopefully the previous 'eye will get replaced with one of equal or better size sometime this spring/summer. wink.gif

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The name of the lake has been disclosed up until this point. There are at least 5 lakes within a 60 mile radius of Le Sueur where perch action can be had just like what we have had for the last month.

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