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smurfy

not really a fishing report but ate fish and talked fishing. hope that counts!!!!:grin: ran into icehawk at a local pub last nite, good Friday, where they had there annual good Friday fish fry.

nice seeing ya icehawk , was a good time. not sure why, :cry: but he sure gave me a bad time, i wont mention however that he was instructed to by a couple of fellers named eyeguy and a guy he refered to as Tom.:crazy::grin: i enjoy these fries, haven't seen a lot of the people i ran into last nite in a while.

by the way guys icehawk gave up a lot of your secret spots!!!!!!!!:P:grin::whistle:

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eyeguy 54

you gots to join us on the ice some time! 

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IceHawk
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Smurf it was fun running in to you last night fun time telling stories. We sure went through some fish always a great time.  Next year ill have to get some of the FM crew to come on up! Nice seeing the old gang again.:grin: Definitely have to go fishing with us some time we aren't that bad of guy's ;) 

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smurfy

I hope to get out with you guys for sure. What time you guys start?? 10 am.?:D

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Borch

Usually sometime between 6:30 - 9:30 am.  :D

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Naturboy

I noticed that too. Very easy to drill holes through this ice, not the time to drive out that’s for sure. 

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eyeguy 54

Hit a spot with Jeff and Chris this morning to look for some action. Lotta smalls were on the bite this morning. Wanted to check out the new fuel on the nills and it worked dandy. Had a nice bass fight that was fun. Might be a week till next time out for me. 

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smurfy

;) nice bigmouth. BUT........ someone told me........he told his wife............he was puttin ice rods away!!!!!!:crazy::P:grin:

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eyeguy 54

maybe in may... ;)

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IceHawk

Thanks Jeff and Royce for a fun day on the ice :)  We definitely didn't have a problem iceing fish. Action Jackson kind of day.  Have to agree with Royce I tried his auger setup and i am very impressed!

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Borch

That Nils "6 with the fuel is a nice set up.  Not sure where the nicer gills went but I swear they promised they would be there next time when I let them go last weekend.  Liars!

Still fun bsing and listening to all the nature. 

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eyeguy 54

Gotta love this time of the year with all the sounds in the air.  Saw a buncha Toms on the way back feeding by a road I took. 

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Horseshoe_Don

So when I go ICE fishing on may 12th the Walleye should be biting again right?

 

Don

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mrpike1973

I'm with you Don! Wow I thought I would be on the Chain already. At this point may be my best and everyone else's bet at least water is moving through there.

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Mike89
15 hours ago, Horseshoe_Don said:

So when I go ICE fishing on may 12th the Walleye should be biting again right?

 

Don

at least you can use 2 lines ice fishing!!!!:crazy:

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Rick G

Well, its now April 17th.... where the hell is spring??? I met up with eyeguy for a few minutes on one of our area lakes.  He was just packing up when I arrived. The report was lots of smalls, but good ones were starting to turn on. 

I found much the same as Royce had said...lots of smalls. I knew there were good fish in the lake, we have gotten them here before. So I broke out the drill and started to search. I went the obvious direction first, shallow... drilled deep into a cabbage bed... nada thing there. Drilled out some bullrushes, nothing there yet either. So deeper I went, got a series popped right on the edge of the basin,  16-20ft of water. Bingo, this is where the bigger fish had gone:D it took a ton of moving to stay on the nicer fish today. They were cruising the break in small pods and moving fast, while the smaller fish opted to pretty much stay in the same area.

Best bait was a 4mm J and S custom gold disco ball head  with a  purple Impulse mayfly.  The little larger head was needed to get my bait back down as quick as possible. I tried a few other baits today, but kept coming back to the gold/purple combo.

I measured 24-26inches of ice yet. The top couple inches are soft, but the rest is still rock hard. Some North facing shorelines and access points are starting to show a little effects from the sun and run off. At this rate we should still have fishable ice well into next week localy.

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Tom Sawyer

Nice ones! Must of been that lucky hat.....:lol:

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Rick G
16 minutes ago, Tom Sawyer said:

Nice ones! Must of been that lucky hat.....:lol:

You know it was;)

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monstermoose78

Nice fishes Rick!

Great report as well!!!

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eyeguy 54

Fun day today with Rick and Joe. The 9 plus inchers were very playful today. Few crappies around but nothing big. Tried new jigs and combos for fun, Purple mayfly did a little better today than the pink slug bug. Back at it in the morning. Grillin time! gonna be nice out there. :) 

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smurfy

you guys stink!!!!!!!!!:huh::Grrrrr::grin::grin: nice fish fellas!!!!!!

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monstermoose78

Nice jigs!! And those 2 mm are tiny 

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eyeguy 54

I dont have any 2 mm. can barely see the 3mm!  LOL 

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monstermoose78

I ordered some and they showed up today. I got mostly 3 mm and 4 2 mm

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smurfy

Just outta curiosity you fellers still driving out?!

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