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delcecchi

There is a puzzle. How can the fish tell which way the wind is blowing when the lake is covered with two feet of ice?

I can believe they can tell sunny from cloudy, but wind? Any theories?

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leech~~

Today, three of us put 8 lakers on the ice on Burntside, ranging from 1lb to a 35.5 incher. The big one, alas, was VERY skinny, and only weighed in at about 8 lbs based on the girth/length measurement formula. Normally that would have ranged from 15 to 20 lb. But it was still a very cool fish, and it was a great day in great company! gringringrin

Here's the big un, caught by Steve (leech on HSO)

And a nice eater from Matt (Neighbor Guy)

And a 3-4 lb eater I got

Steve, Thanks for posting the pic's. Laker slime down the front of my coat looks great! I may never wash it! grin It was nice meeting you and your wife at the Boathouse after a Great day out on B/Side with all the guys. Tracy, Matt, & Jared.

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Cliff Wagenbach

A switch in wind direction usually indicates a barometer change also. That will have an effect on fish behavior.

Cliff

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Steve Foss

I had 16-20 inches of ice everywhere I fished from Fri-Sun. Trucks were driving all over the place. The ice is hard and clear. Very little snow on the ice so 4x4 isn't even needed.

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Steve Foss

How can the fish tell which way the wind is blowing when the lake is covered with two feet of ice?

Good humor, Del. smilesmile

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Neighbor_guy

I ran into a few areas that only had 8 or so on sunday. But a good solid 10-12 in most places. If you know your travel route and feel confident.....

I still prefer the sled.

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Steve Foss

Matt, where were those areas? It would be a good thing to know.

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ben h

fished the north arm fri thru sun had several good fish biggest was a nice fat 5 lb. caught most of our fish on the drop off of a reef in just 20ft of water give or take. Did not catch one fish on live bait all of them hit tipped airplanes. Guess ill be buying more of those little charms

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Wanderer

Hey Ben,

Nice talking to you out there on the ice. At least the clues I have point out that it was you stopping by to chat on Saturday. smile Didya get any walleyes for your bud?

It was a fun three days even though I was a whipped puppy by Friday night. Not 'nuff sleep.

It was good to see our whole crew hook up multiple times and everybody got pictures - cept me. I did catch 5 over the weekend (largest maybe a 3) had some chasers and lost my picture fish on Sunday afternoon. It was a HOT fish that blasted up 20 feet to nab my spoon as it was free spooling down. Just didn't get it pinned good I guess.

Leech stole the show with his 35 & 1/2 incher. grin HNTNBUX got his PB also. The 28 incher on the left. Always happy to see guys get their best. smile

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Another weekend, more good memories and laker lessons learned.

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ben h

no eyes for us. think i convinced the group next time we skip the eyes. why leave bside when others drive from all over to fish it this time of year and go fish some lake none of us know anything about. we'll hunt up the eyes when they bite and fish lakers when they bite.

nice lookin fish also, and thanks for the tips sat

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leech~~

Hey Ben,

Nice talking to you out there on the ice. At least the clues I have point out that it was you stopping by to chat on Saturday. smile Didya get any walleyes for your bud?

It was a fun three days even though I was a whipped puppy by Friday night. Not 'nuff sleep.

It was good to see our whole crew hook up multiple times and everybody got pictures - cept me. I did catch 5 over the weekend (largest maybe a 3) had some chasers and lost my picture fish on Sunday afternoon. It was a HOT fish that blasted up 20 feet to nab my spoon as it was free spooling down. Just didn't get it pinned good I guess.

Leech stole the show with his 35 & 1/2 incher. grin HNTNBUX got his PB also. The 28 incher on the left. Always happy to see guys get their best. smile

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Another weekend, more good memories and laker lessons learned.

Nice pic of J's fish! cool I guess we should have stayed by him instead of running all around the lake! Huum, what did he know that we didn't! grin

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Wanderer

Upset stomach from nachos = patience to stick it out in a place where there's no company. sickwink

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leech~~

Upset stomach from nachos = patience to stick it out in a place where there's no company. sickwink

Well, it looks like just what the Doctor ordered worked. wink Take two Lakers in the morning and call your buddy with a camera! laugh

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gritsnham

Great pics and reports guys cant wait to finally get back up that sweet lake and chase lakers again. This thread definately helped fuel the itch and I will make the drive up very soon!

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Murdock26

Hello all. Just wanted to post saying I will be out fishing Burntside for lakers this coming weekend. A buddy and I will be out in the thermal X fishing so if you want to stop by and say "Hi"

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Eric Smith

Nice fish guys! Can't believe that 35 only weighed roughly 8 lbs. Pretty fish though. We caught a few nice ones out there too, a 6 pounder and a four. Yesterday was slow though, had three chasers.

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BRULEDRIFTER

Burntside was not kind to me at all this last weekend. Spent all day Saturday out there and caught 1 fish that was about 12 inches, and one guy in the group caught one that was around 20 inches. Then I went out on Monday morning and my buddy got one that was 22 inches.

Did get my limit of streamers, as well as, a few long distance releases from the "Aquarium" though!

Can't wait till next month now when I can get to my honey hole and do some real laker fishing!

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Steve Foss

Tyler and Eric, welcome to HSO. Great to have you here! And thanks for the report, Eric and Brule.

Brule, you guys always kill the streamers on opener. I keep threatening to fish for them through the ice, but when there's the chance for lake trout, those streamers just seem to fade from my mind. gringrin

Let me know when you're coming up for lakers, Brule. If I'm not booked up, it would be fun to pass the time and drill some holes. This new IceGator I've got is just too sweet! smilesmile

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Eric Smith

I'll be out this weekend for lakers again, crappies until then. Steve, I went for streamers last week and I must admit it was a good time. Caught a few nice brookies and rainbows but, it doesn't beat having a big laker chase your jig on the flasher. Take care and good fishing!

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BRULEDRIFTER

Brule, you guys always kill the streamers on opener. I keep threatening to fish for them through the ice, but when there's the chance for lake trout, those streamers just seem to fade from my mind. gringrin

Let me know when you're coming up for lakers, Brule. If I'm not booked up, it would be fun to pass the time and drill some holes. This new IceGator I've got is just too sweet! smilesmile

If it wasn't for the convenience of basically rolling down a hill to get to the lake, fishing lakers would trump the streamers for me, too. But, it is a hootin' good time, and I love having a pile of them to make into fish cakes.

I'll keep ya posted when I head up there again!

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gunther274

I sold my car and i am now driving my girlfriends vehicle. Yes I understand that it is new and all, anyway we dont view ice the same. She does not think it is a place for vehicles. So I must comply with the rules as it is not my vehicle. I fished b-side a few times last year with no luck. I want to get out and catch a laker, and I was just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for some decent spots that can be walked to. PM me if you wish to share anything. Thanks!

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Johnny_Magellan

Quick question for whoever can respond. Me and a couple friends are looking at coming up to Burnstide the last weekend of February to try our luck at some lakers. I've been on the lake on open water, but don't have much of a clue when it comes to the hard water. Is the end of February typically any good for getting on a bite? Thanks.

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Cliff Wagenbach

The end of Feb. and March are very goog laker times. The later in the season the better!

Cliff

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NoWiser

Cliff, I know this is a little off topic, but I also have a question about fishing trout later in the winter.

Do you usually target them in the same areas as January, or do you fish a different type of structure as the season progresses?? I fish right across the border in Canada twice a winter. Once in early January and once in mid-late February. I fish the same areas, but the fishing is much better in January for us. We go from averaging 6-8 fish per person, per day to probaby averaging 2-4 trout per person, per day in February.

I know Burntside differs a little because of all the smelt in the lake, but I'm just wondering if I need to be looking at trying some different types of areas when I head up there again in a few weeks. We usually target the prominent points in the lake, as well as sheer rock faces and steep drops off islands.

Thanks,

NoWiser

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Eric Smith

Got one small one this afternoon on Burntside, came off bottom in 52 and hit a darter. Didn't mark much other than a few that chased a airplane for a few seconds. How's everyone else doing?

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