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Hoey

I was planning to fish Fri and Sat this weekend, but looking at the forecast, I am now looking to fish Thur and Fri, and possibly Sat.  Sat forecast is snow and breezy.  Thur and Fri looks to be nice, warmer and low winds.  I will report back.  I do have a new license - Thanks.

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seifjr

Thanks Hoey, anxious to hear your report, as a group of us are coming up next weekend to hit it hard.  Appreciate any information you can provide.

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A buddy of mine just got back. Was on Adrian's road out by Bridges in his sleeper. Caught 58 fish in two days. Lot's of nice eaters.

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We have a 6 hour drive, so we left home Thursday at 5am, arrived 11am, on the sleds and out the door at noon, all lines down and fishing by 1pm.  With the sunset getting later, i.e. after 6pm, it felt like a regular day of fishing.  It was a beautiful day, fishing was great, catching was, slow.  Between the two of us, probably only 20 fish with no keepers.  Our standard is 14 inch for sauger and 15 for walleyes.  This was in the mud off a reef in 32'.  Many of the fish were coming into our area at 3 to 8 foot off the bottom.  Once they sniffed out bait, they'd drop to the bottom and disappear.  

Friday was a different story.  We were setup and fishing by 11am, up on the fishable edge of the same reef in 27'.  Probably around an 80 fish day.  Size got better 2pm to 4pm.  Felt like we were going to run out of bait.  Ended up with 3 nice sauger and our limit of eyes, 16 to 19 inchers.  Ate one sauger and two eyes for dinner.  The fish were full crayfish hatch and 1/2 inch minnows.  Talked to one of the guides who agreed to what we found in their bellies and added that "once they clean up that forage, look out!!!"

On Saturday we went to the same spot, we were setup and fishing by 930am.  Bite was slower again.  Lots of small ones.  We ended up one sauger short of our limit.  One sauger was an 18 incher too.  This was probably a 40 fish day for us.  

The weather had eveyone's attention.  We were expecting to drive home on icy roads.  Oddly enough, dry roads and some light rain at times nearer the Crosby area to the Cities.  

Another trip this weekend with our college swimming son and three of his teammates.  

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seifjr

Great report Hoey, thanks for sharing.  Were you fishing structure to the west of Pine, or did you head north a ways?  Where do you normally stay?  We're at Wigwam for this trip, so it would be great to share reports through the weekend if your in the area.

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Hoey

I have a place at Arnesen's Rocky Point - please do not share this with everyone, because we like the smaller crowds.

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Hoey

I fished Sat to Tues of this past week.  Saturday with my wife.  Sun to Tues with wife, son, and three of his teammates on spring break.  

Overall the bite was slow, but steady.  That is a true fish story.  Seemed like the fish were 60 to 70% not interested in our baits.  There were many small fish to sort through.  We ended up with enough for one large meal, plus our limit of very nice eyes 17 to 19 inchers.  Nice sauger were hard to come by due to size.  We had probably 6 slots with 24" being the largest.  Worth mentioning were the eel pout.  I had one everyday and three in one day, plus those caught by my guests.  We are slow starters and were typically fishing by 1030-11am each day.  It seemed like our bite was on 11am to 2 to 3pm each day, with the bite tailing off quickly each evening.  No sunset rush like we are used to seeing.  

We had others around us that must have been expecting a better bite, as they setup, fished, ventured out, moved, setup, moved again, etc...

We had beautiful weather each day, some started off overcast while other ended overcast.  My wife commented that it was 70 some degrees warmer than the last time she was fishing when it was more than 30 something below zero.  

There remains plenty of ice.  There was over 4 foot where we were fishing and also heard that some areas were at or more than 5 foot.  Got to wonder what the opener has in-store for us.  

My next trip is planned for next weekend.  This time of the year gets interesting, not knowing if sleds are still an option or needing to use wheeled units to get from the cabin to shore and then on the lake. 

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Hoey

I was able to get my ice to boat equipment and gear cut-over completed.  Only problem was the electric golf cart was a no go.  Finally got it charged enough to move.  I just found out that the charger needed to be replaced.  Over $300 - ouch.

There were many out chasing pike.  Those fishing on the reefs and in deeper water were not doing as well as those fishing in one foot of water below the ice.  Sounded like you need to be willing to run your auger into the sand.  

I put new blades on my auger and went out to see how well they cut.  Well, I drilled down 2 feet in less than 3 seconds as the ice was on the hard side of slush.  I did not drill any further.  The hole filled immediately with water.   The pike chasers indicated they found little to no hard ice remaining.  That is encouraging since hearsay from the DNR indicated we need 4 weeks of 70 degree days with above freezing temps over night to get the ice out.  

Come-on 70s!!!!

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Busy lake on the east end. Success was mixed as usual...some caught lots and some didn't do well.  We caught fish from 6 to 25' with lots of saugers deeper. DNR was right about a big year class of 10" saugers...couple more years and there should be some banner years for them.Guys were fishing as shallow as 4'. First fish of the day,  my lady caught a 30 incher, her best ever. Only a few others over. Our neighbors caught quite a few 21 to 26. Water temp was around 47 in frint of the gap and several degrees warmer to the west. Ice sheets were moving in late afternoon, should be heading north today.

A little cool but nice on the lake for opening day. The lake is way low. Had to use my neighbors dock as I was about 6" short on water.

Anybody else?..Good luck to all.

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Hoey

My wife and I got out for 6 hours on Saturday.  First two spots, we marked no fish, caught no fish, and saw one caught.  We started off on a 17' to 25' mid-lake reef, nothing.  Then went to shallower rocks, 15' to 20', nothing.  Proceeded to work 18' all the way into 4'.  Picked up a couple of ripe males, one of them a slot.  Then back out 10" to 16' were we seemed to have the most marks and bites.  The fish seemed to very hungry and scattered.  If you got a bite and missed, they'd be back.  We ended up with 4 for a meal.  One released female, 14" was the size of a smallie, fat and deep and she had un-finished business.  Seemed half caught were ripe and others showed signs of spawn completed.   Water temps ranged from 38 to 42.  Weather-wise, it was probably the finest opener you could imagine. 

Happy Mothers Day!!!  We stopped to have lunch with my Mom on Sunday.  

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Bite was real slow and spotty today on the south side. Finally went out to 32' and caught 6 sauger and 3 walleye in the afternoon. Surface temp out there was 35 degrees. Saw the last of the floating ice NE of us.

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Resorted to searching with crank baits today. Real poor. A 17.5" smallmouth, 23.25" walleye, 12.5" perch and a 12" snot rocket. Our other boat got 2 walleye off Pine. Got blown off the lake in the afternoon.

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