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12/22 report

Andrew Erickson

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Went out to Bush lake for a couple hours,straight out from the launch.I was marking fish the whole time but only got about a dozen small sunnies and 1 perch.Fish were in 13 fow and hit a chart. ratso tipped with a waxie.

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After a week in Albuquerque for work I was ready for some fishing. I made my first trip out on the ice with T.H.E JIG

I got out in St. Paul even though it was pretty nasty out!

It was a pretty slow day but we found a couple gills and crappies. Here is a typical gill for the day.


I was going to leave early but decided to stick it out and was rewarded with a fairly decent pike. Lucky for me, he didnt make off with my jig!!


I also tried some L-A plastics with some success.


The lake has a max depth of 17 feet and we found fish still relating to weeds in about 9-10 feet of water. I was able to get 'gills to come off the bottom and rise to about 5ft down and then they would smack T.H.E. Jig. I was using a orange and white Jig that was 1/64th once.

Pretty impressed with my first trip out with T.H.E. Jig-Thanks a ton CK

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Nice report, steeple!

I left the camera behind due to the awful conditions out yesterday - but heck, I had the lake to myself, which doesn't happen often these days even on small, out-of-the-way lakes that I like to fish.

There were times when I had trouble locating my tip-up out the window about fifty feet away due to the hurricane rattling my portable. But the solitude was great. The fish were kind of willing - caught a pair of very nice crappies, & a bunch of little sunnies. The pike were around but hitting very lightly. Didn't hook either of the flags I got and had four minnows picked off my jigging spoon. The only pike I caught was when I set the rod down & didn't notice the bite until it jumped over & hit me in the leg. I suspect he chewed on it for a while - nice 30" plus guy, fat & healthy & made me wish I hadn't left my camera at home.

For what it's worth, the action took place in a flat almost as far from the lake's deep water as you can get, in about 7' of water.

A good day to be out. My wife called me crazy. tongue.gif

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    • Hookmaster
      Caught some crappies on the north end of Osakis on Nov 15th. Pulled from 25-27 feet. All laid on their side in the live well. All kept but one.
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
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    • monstermoose78
      Slab baits sells them and he is online. He also is local and goes different events to sell baits and is ok facebook.  https://slabbaitshop.com/ 
    • SkunkedAgain
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    • Kettle
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      awe yea......kettle my friend.......you forgot t tell us if you caught any fish????🤣🤗
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