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FishSystem

Sometimes catching fish is just a part of the fun

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I was just up on the 15-17 of Feb. with my 3 brothers and 2 of them never really fish. I really was looking forward to a good time and hopefully no bad drama. Things went great! I really must say.... Rick took great care of us at HighBanks! The house was great, the service was awesome. He came out to make sure all was good, and we had some of the "Legendary" Drummies at the bar....mmmmm good. Hard to beat that. Sounds like it has been a rough year as far as the gear goes for Rick, but the guy keeps it going! Gotta take my hat off to 'em. The fishing could have been better, but seeing the 22" eye come through the floor was real nice, and I am sure my bro's are enjoying them Jumbos! The lack of fish is all on Mother Nature. I hope that some of you guys out there don't frown upon your guide or resort owner for bad fishin, they can't control it. We all know how hard it can be to get on and catch them late ice 'eyes. Not an easy task. The guides and ownere are very busy people too. I really appriciate the great time on the ice with my brothers, and it is something that I hope to do again each winter. I will be callin on Rick without a doubt. If you want a good place to stay... High Banks, without a doubt in my mind. Thanks again! -Adam-

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    • Smoker2
      Where are you located?
    • eyeguy 54
      Time to get the yak ready. Might need to paddle a couple spots on the sippi soon. 
    • mrpike1973
      Nice Crappie!
    • Rick G
      Eyeguy and I made it out one last time yesterday. Access points are getting pretty bad in our area. Was finding roughly 2ft of  very chunky ice in the places we drilled holes. With the warm weather and bright sunahine we had, I'm guessing we lost a few inches through the day Fishing wasn't exactly fast and furious, we did get our fish... but really had to work for the quality.  The area we ended up finding our fish was a shallow 6-10ft dark bottom flat, close to where they will move come ice out.   It soon became apparent the fish we were targeting were almost swiming with their back right against the bottom of the ice, infact my two best crappies hit while my bait was only inches below my hole.  Baits we found better success with were the Northland slugbug and The Impulse Mayflies in bright colors. Jig size didn't seem to matter much due to the depth we were fishing. As I am typing this, my thoughts are already turning toward warmer days spent chasing smallies on the river. The boat and yak are soon to be ready, rods will be strung and so on. It was one heck of a long winter.... fished with some real good people from this site I had more good days than bad, got some monster fish locally... for these things I'm truly blesaed.... like I said,It's been a long winter....I'm glad it's over Pic is of my last big ice crappie for the season  
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I will certainly keep you informed about the progress of the hatchery. I expect to see the nets and traps go in within the next two to three days. The run should be very strong as the fish are already moving into Pike Bay strongly. Cliff
    • Bigfatbert
      Thanks Cliff for your Pike River deteriorating ice reports and pics . I. Really want to show my wife the hatchery when the action is really happening this year , I would assume you will be right on that when this happens , is there any way that you can give a shout out on here as to just when this scenario is happening up there . With the warmer temps being quite steady now , I would think the run will be rather strong this year when things get going ..  
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    • CigarGuy
      I got the 4 smaller ones the other day. They are a little over 2" long and paid only $6.64 total to my door.  The quality seem pretty good, we shall see once I put them to some use! 
    • Bryan P
      Thanks Leech! Ya you need a life jacket in a kayak. I have mine behind my seat, but Yes I should be wearing it. 
    • leech~~
      Nice video! Life jackets not needed in Yak's?  Just asking.