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DARK30

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DARK30

Ready for high water yet? I was just checking on a couple of good spots and I'm glad I did. Snapping off a few overhanging branches and cleaning out some debris around that "hot spot" will really pay off come spring. Of course the river can change it all for the worse again but if not, you can be a lot more confident casting when you know whats under the water. I've pulled car fenders, bike frames, a water heater, a gas grill. a swing set, and plenty of other crap out of my fishing spots.

Just taking a good look at the spot will help out too...maybe even take a few pics for reference. Theres still plenty of time and a little snow melt would help but if you can get to the spot easy enough...go check it before its under water. ;\)

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Willy

Dark, have you been on the river anywhere ice fishing? Just wondering about ice conditions. I haven't checked anywhere, but have a few spots I am almost certain would produce.

After this cold snap I would guess it should be good to go about everywhere, don't you think?

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DARK30

I have not done any ice fishing anywhere let alone the river...oh well. If you do go on the river, be very careful and know exactly what the ice conditions are. The river ice thickness really can change in just a few feet.

I have seen people fishing but I have not heard about anybody getting into um.....course why would they say anything ;\)

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Willy

Yep, I have done the river ice plenty of times before. It is never really very safe, that's why I usually wait until there is an extended cold snap to firm it up decent. There are some good catches to be had though!

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Scott K

I was out this past weekend, I had 14 inches of ice where I fished, and as I was drilling holes in search of the hot spot, I got down to 4". There was also open water 30 ft from where I was fishing! It can change alot in a couple feet. Be carefull!

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Willy

Any luck? Don't need to know your hotspot or where you were fishing at all, but did you catch any?

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Scott K

Just a few small eyes early in the am, midday, nothing! Spotted many fish, just not hungry . I fished until 1pm

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DARK30

Nothin like global warming..."above freezing" sure feels good! I was out today and scouted around a few more spots. I took some reference video and cleaned out some snags. It will all depend on the river guages but once shes up I'll be ready. Three spots down and too many to gogrin.gif

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Rainman

Dark, You got to much time on your hands Bud. We need to get out again this year. Except I want to catch the fish this time. Come open water!

Randy

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DARK30

I WISH I had too much time on my hands. We'll find um again this spring grin.gif

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Slowhand

I gotta bump this one up. Its getting close looking at the lilac starting to green. Nice yellow sponges Dark.

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DARK30

The fry pan is ready! This rain should wake um up...last year, I found the first ones on May 3rd.

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mplspug

I have to try finding some this year and find out what it is all about. Do you fry up just the cap or the stem too?

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DARK30

I cut them the long way one time and fry um (flat) side down in butter. Use a fork to press them slightly to keep them flat as they get brown. Don't over cook tho.

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troutmadness

Cool Video Dark. So are they common, or limited to growing near elm trees or something?

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updecreek

Dark you must know spots around where you work to fish or maybe a little more south like 15 miles? we should go next week or ASAP.

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DARK30

Dead or dying elm trees are a good place to start but I've found them under live oak trees in the middle of a cow field...never know.

Updecreek, My e-mail is in my profile buddy grin.gif

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harvey lee

They should be up by the middle of the week. I will be out in search of those tasty morsels.

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mplspug

Dark, careful! The morel society will get after you for sharing info, or so I see in my Google search. \:\)

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fishinfey8

mmmmmmm tasty. I used to find these tasty buggers while out turkey hunting under mainly oak trees, but that was in South Dakota. Fry em' up in some butter and put it on the side with some fresh _________(fill in the blank w/ your fav. fish/game meat) and I think thats about as close to heaven as you can get!!!

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DARK30

I heard a few small greys are showing up around the Mankato area. I checked a good spot I have but nothing yet..It sure looks shroomy tho grin.gif

I did manage to get a pocket full of agates on Sundaythumbs.gif

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updecreek

Well dark this is for you first booms booms

the first ones are tastey....... listen to what i say you will know it was from to day..............

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DARK30

Atta Baby! All I can find so far are those ruff fish grin.gif I'll be checkin my shroom spots again tomorrow.

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harvey lee

None for me today but my eye is out every day now for them tasty morsels.

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