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  2. And our family has helped do it's share to help the DNR reduce that population. Makes great pickling material.
  3. Well, my annual trip was only an extended weekend this year, as I had to use my actual vacation to go to Florida for a wedding. Drove up Friday morning after work, and was able to hit Two Island Lake for a few hours in the evening. As soon as we boated to my secret spot, a storm cloud moved over and the wind was insane! Temps dropped, and I only caught a few smallies. on Saturday we went to Greenwood Lake. Even though we caught about 50 bass, it was still a slow day. Weather was perfect. Bugs were horrible! My dad caught a nice lake trout. My daughter caught her first northern pike, and I also caught one. Fished this lake for 30 years and never even seen a pike, now they’re taking over! Fished Hungry Jack on the final day. Weather was once again perfect! Only caught a few bass. My son absolutely loves fishing off the resort’s dock. So the kids had a blast catching sunnies (including my daughter’s first). Was a bummer we only got to stay up there a few days. My dad stayed until today, but I haven’t heard how he did. Didn’t see any moose. Was also the first time I’ve been up there and did not catch a trout. We got our fill of Sven & Ole’s and world’s best donuts. We might try to go back up next month.
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  5. Sand does too, but the size structure has gotten a bit better the last 5 years or so IMO. Still a lot of 17-23" ones in there, personally I like 'em around 20" if I'm going to keep them. Only 1(32") > 26" in the last 10-15 years out of there but I, like most I know, don't use minnows very much.
  6. fish_hunt_guy

    Ice Fishing Contest

    Ya I fished the edge as I do every year and have yet to catch a fish ha. Marked 2 good fish 1 had no interest in my jig and the one raced up to it then just drifted off without eating.
  7. PRO-V

    Big Trout lake

    There are a ton of lakes with the same name. There are two different Trout Lakes within 20 miles of me.
  8. Hookmaster

    On-board charger 10 or 15 amps per bank?

    Thanks for the feedback guys. I placed the order about an hour ago!!
  9. Good luck Jeff! Prayers that all goes well.
  10. Heal well my friend! hope all goes well. Brent
  11. Sorry to hear that @Borch! Man, there’s been some surgeries going on this year... Hope yours is minor and goes well.
  12. I know. That 10 fish limit irks me to no end. Then mess with my spear chucking. I'm better now.
  13. Dang hope if all works out!! Heal fast
  14. Well, I have had an unexpected medical situation come up that I will require surgery for and it's scheduled right before our gathering. It's not something I can put off. So I will not be able to make it this year. At this time we can cancel or we can have more of an informal gathering were you are simply fishing together on that date. If you'd like to do the informal gathering I do have some prizes that could be given out for biggest fish or what ever. Sorry.
  15. Relax @smurfy... @Bizhu if you’re starting your spearing in Ely, don’t take the cold shoulder thing too seriously. There aren’t as many spearers there and they’re kind of a closed group. Central MN is kind of the hotbed for spearing and that’s where most of us commenting are from.
  16. First off but this is my opinion. That 10 fish limit on pike is a crock of BS. Not every lake needs to reduce them little snakes. Sand and bowstring are 2 that should. Some lakes all our going to catch are the slot size. Vern there done that. I can also sense this is going to the way of anti spear vs muskie Inc, do I'm done here.
  17. For me even with my excellent vision trying to judge a fish size when it’s in the water is impossible. Every fish I spear (under 10 a season) I think is way bigger before I threw the spear then I get it up only to go “ooh that’s small”. Judging fish sizes is not easy. Using your decoy to determine fish length by how many decoy lengths is much more precise ( to a point of course).
  18. Its basically a guessing game we as spear fisherman use our decoys as a guide measurement. I use 8” from somewhat of a friend I know and 14” homemade decoys. So you can see how we “guesstimate” sizes of fish but like in science it’s just a guess or estimate not a for sure until you throw the spear maybe get that pike you “thought” was x length and come to find out it’s to long or to short. This is the time spearing isn’t super fun to me having to be super careful with fish sizes but that’s part of the experience. I’m sure that there are unfortunately a spear thrown here and there that take fish of illegal sizes.
  19. Doesn’t take too long to be a good guesser if you’ve been around pike a lot or fished certain bodies of water regularly. The new limits make an adjustment for a mistake fish. I have speared but not enough to call myself a spear fisherman, I don’t think. I’ve seen a couple nice pike but most of them run 24-26 inches in my experience. I also would not spear a mid 30’s pike nor have I been waiting on the BIG one. I have no idea what I’d do if I saw a true 40 in the hole. I DO feel confident I could ID a muskie though. Big pike killing by hook and line or by spear is more of an individual’s prerogative than the means by which they do it, IMHO. Plenty big girls get harvested by sucker or Cisco’s during the spring open water opener.
  20. Austin12345

    Panfish Pics

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  22. Never speared. Is it a guessing game for the slot or is spearing different?
  23. I think spearing should be done away with. Why would you rather not have that big northern on the end of a line so you get the fight and option to release. That being said that's just my opinion its legal so if that's what you enjoy by all means do it. Everybody does something that other people don't like so don't worry about what other people think and do what makes you happy. There is way more important things to use your worries on.
  24. If we didn't have a pike problem the daily bag limit would not be 10. I think we can all agree that there is a pike problem in this state and that spearing has at least partially played a role in that. I'm not saying it is solely to blame because its not. The same group of old timers spearing that are after a big one in the winter are after big ones during soft water too...so its definitely not just spearing. At least with a rod/reel and lure, you can catch photo and release it. Perhaps its more of a generational issue like Kettle said. The number of people participating in it has definitely gone down over the years. I can't cite specific numbers, but its likely low enough now where its not making a significant dent anymore.
  25. Tom Sawyer

    Panfish Pics

    Fun times Ricky, quite the quality weekend. Actually if this entire month is any indication of what late ice is gonna be like, it should be epic
  26. It's a legitimate trophy fishery for bluegill with some dandy perch and walleye as well. If you can make it there is real 11" gill potential.
  27. Borch

    Quick connect ?

    Was going to say I did it with my Marcum. Good to make it simpler to charge.
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