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I am going up for the last time to blow out the lines and pull the boat. I plan to fish sat and then pull the boat when I am done. I had a very good season and am looking forward to a little hard water fishing over the winter. I have a couple of spots on Kab that I am determined to try this winter. Just because no one fishes there doesn't mean there are not any fish there...right? The old lake is gonna be turning over soon if it hasn't already. if it has then perhaps I will just pull the boat and head home early. Well just my thoughts on a slow day at work.

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Isn't the fishing supposed to be better after turnover? I heard the fish go in shallow and strap on the feed-bag to get ready for winter. Have I been misinformed?

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I just have too much stuff to do before snow to fish any more. House to side, wood to split and stack, ect...

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I am determined to get up there and do some ice fishing as well.

Gotta lotta stuff to do here as well...kill ducks, kill deer...cut wood..

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Wade I am now officially in fall work mode HEHE. Last weekend I got three keepers and threw back a few too big to keep. They told me that the fishing was really good wed and thurs but on sat I did just o.k. I split and stacked 3 long cord of oak on sunday and am looking at cleaning the chimney tonight. The house needs siding and there is about 400 yards of gravel I need to haul up at the lake. Wife wants me to do many smaller projects as well as making and putting up the trim around the windows in the living room. Won't be long and opener will be looking down my throat and I will be struggling with finishing up the list before summer. Oh I have to try to find some time to ice fish too??? tongue.gif

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hehehe, a guy has to find time to fish, or he will loose his mind. At least I know I would.

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I spent the weekend working on the siding. I want to go fishing, waaa waaa. I have to get the boat winterized and put away, maybe if it isn't sitting in the middle of the driveway hooked to the truck I wouldn't think about it so much. confused.gif

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  • 5 months later...

Seems like it was just a couple of weeks ago that I posted this thread. Now here I am, just as planned, struggling to finish up the winter projects before opener. I am already thinking about the boat and getting the lake place opened up. Already watching the pine air web cam once a day. never did get out on the kab ice to fish though...only snowmobiling.

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