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Good to know Bob.  I was getting mostly small sunfish there.  Those beetle spins can be very effective.

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21 hours ago, Borch said:

Good to know Bob.  I was getting mostly small sunfish there.  Those beetle spins can be very effective.

What are some "tricks" you've used with them? So far, I've been having the best luck with slower and more steady retrieves in 6' - 7' depth so I'm guessing I'm not too far off the bottom. Water is getting into bloom so it's not easy to see into it very well. Tried lift and drop retrieve with little to no success. Getting a lot of little ticks, which I suspect are smaller fish. I'm using 1/16oz. 

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1 hour ago, BobT said:

What are some "tricks" you've used with them? So far, I've been having the best luck with slower and more steady retrieves in 6' - 7' depth so I'm guessing I'm not too far off the bottom. Water is getting into bloom so it's not easy to see into it very well. Tried lift and drop retrieve with little to no success. Getting a lot of little ticks, which I suspect are smaller fish. I'm using 1/16oz. 

I've used them targeting panfish and walleye when they are in the weeds.  You can cast or troll them effectively.   If you need to run them shallower run them shorter or clamp on a bobber to slowly troll while controlling the depth. Tip with a small price of gulp to add some scent.  I've had some luck with a jigging retrieve as well like you described at times.

Lots of ways to fish them I'm sure but this is how I often run them.  They are pretty weed free  unless the weeds are stringy. 

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51 minutes ago, Borch said:

I've used them targeting panfish and walleye when they are in the weeds.  You can cast or troll them effectively.   If you need to run them shallower run them shorter or clamp on a bobber to slowly troll while controlling the depth. Tip with a small price of gulp to add some scent.  I've had some luck with a jigging retrieve as well like you described at times.

Lots of ways to fish them I'm sure but this is how I often run them.  They are pretty weed free  unless the weeds are stringy. 

Right now there is a lot of algae growing on the reeds and that wraps up if it get close so I find I have to keep a little distance. This makes it a little more challenging to cast into the reeds. 

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On ‎7‎/‎22‎/‎2018 at 7:43 PM, Tom Sawyer said:

 We've been big fans of the 3" minnows, and 5" leeches, along with crawlers, great color combinations, with floating versions ta boot.👍👍     Found the pinched half crawlers to work great for adding spin to "slow death" presentation...

 

I have used  gulp with good success for largemouth, but had not tried it otherwise.  I gave it a shot in a number of presentations.  The good news was that fished side-by-side with a real crawler, the rate of getting bites was about the same.  The bad news is that I still could not keep the sunnies and perch off of it and I went through as many gulp worms as real worms.  Maybe I need to use an o-ring like when Senko fishing.  I like to fish eyes with plugs too, but even that does not work even my large plugs are also consistently catching 3" perch.  I did get one nice fish after catching a 3" perch the fish hit the perch.  I think I need to do some deep water bobber fishing with large minnows.  Well it is off to lake of the woods in a couple weeks so I will get my fill of action there.

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Lake pretty much locked up I think two nights ago. Haven't seen anyone out yet in the Buck Point, Battle Point, Schultz's Bay or Moon Bar area yet. Still to early I think. Haven't been over to Manthey"s Bay so don't know if anyone is venturing out there yet. That area usually locks up early. Usually there are a couple of spear houses out early in the Town Bay, Peterson's Bay, Two mile area but didn't see any out there yesterday. More often than not there is a ice heavy early in the season that stretches from Battle Point, kind of WSW across to the rushes on the west side of the lake. It pop by Battle Point yesterday morning but only went about a quarter of the way across. Looked healed up this morning.

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8 inches for the most part with a few bad spots as one guy found out with a side by side this past weekend ,they pulled it out with divers 

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This ATV and fish house went through this weekend in Douglas County in a spot where the ice went from 8 inches to a half-inch. Luckily, nobody was injured.

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Come on people....gotta check the ice first. Then bring out your gear. I drilled 20 holes checking out my lake. It took 40 minutes.

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there were 2 go in the water this last weekend in Douglas cty!!  that one seen the bad ice and couldn't stop if I remember right..

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12 hours ago, eyeguy 54 said:

This ATV and fish house went through this weekend in Douglas County in a spot where the ice went from 8 inches to a half-inch. Luckily, nobody was injured.

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This was on Geneva.

 

An ATV also went down in Lake Oscar Friday night this past weekend. It was foggy and they didn't see the open water.

 

I also heard there is open water on Reno. 

 

I was out on Maple Lake east of Osakis and found 9" over 8' of water. As I went further out from shore the ice thickness got narrower. It was down to about 7" over 18' of water.

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3 hours ago, jake125 said:

How did you do out there Bob?

Found a few perch in the 15' depth. Had a couple hits from something much larger in the 18' depth but they straightened my hooks so I never did find out what they were.

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How's the eye bite been out there? I got out Saturday night and landed one bigger fish. Pretty slow otherwise. Didn't mark anything Sunday morning. Few permies out on the lake. There was 11'' of ice where I was but know for a fact it is not like that on the whole lake

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6 hours ago, Mike89 said:

looks like the lake is showing more ice movement!!  be safe all!!

I noticed this morning that it had heaved out in Miller Bay kind of between the DNR access and Four Mile Bar. Really raising heck with my shore. Going to have to take a sledge hammer to my shore tomorrow so I can get out.

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you down by the DNR access?  maybe by Joe's marine???  good luck to ya!!!  and it's going to change more too!!

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Nope. I'm up in the Schultz's Bay area. Is Joe's marine still there? I thought he quit about 7 or 8 years ago.

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12 hours ago, timjones said:

Nope. I'm up in the Schultz's Bay area. Is Joe's marine still there? I thought he quit about 7 or 8 years ago.

 

 

I see him around but I think he's done too..  Ok I know where you are..  did ya have to take a sledge hammer to the ice??  

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Didn't get to swing the sledge on Saturday. Had a bum ankle that has kept me sidelined and was feeling pretty good on Friday so I got out and about shopping. May have over did it and suffered a little bit of a set back but it's pretty good today. Should be able to swing the hammer tomorrow.

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Thanks for the help offer Mike. I was out the following Monday and knocked it down the best I could. Ankle and foot held up fine. Mostly worked on the neighbors and a little on mine. His was easier to break up. Was out there Christmas day hammering away at it for the third time. I think I have it knocked down enough to get the house out. It just keeps growing. I'm hoping this snow will slow it down.

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Butch after the last 48 hours of snow not sure what to say about the lake..  I'm sure someone will give an update soon with better input..   

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Prior to this snow there were a couple people starting to drive 1/2 tons out, but I was on 8.5 inches on christmas day out there. I have a hard time believing the 10+ inches of snow and gnarly winds did the lake any good and even with the cold coming in, I doubt we will gain a lot of ice. I have been wrong before though.

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