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Spearfishing - Where are you now?


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Muskie entering hole     She came back a while later and was in and out for the last hour of my last sit of the season     Pike sampling a decoy  

I got a DL Smithing spear this weekend. 

Thanks MJ - you too.   I finally got a hole cut yesterday.  No luck while exploring a new lake but at least it got the blood flowing again.   Plus I got to swim the last two Grumpy

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Well everyone needs to start someplace right???

The good news is I am traveling south with fewer decoys than I had when I arrived yesterday. It was a learning experience but I enjoyed it. Got a lot of tips from long time carvers. Traded a few decoys. And had a lot of compliments.

If you've never been to one if these shows you owe it to yourself to attend one. It's unreal the quality of carvers out there. Mass produced store bought decoys will never hold the same appeal again.

And I still have a pile of decoys for the get together.

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Wandered out to Green Lake (west of Cambridge) today. A lot of suspended green stuff from surface to bottom. Yuck! Should have taken the "please drive right next to my darkhouse" sign off of the house when I set up. Lots of traffic, only three small pike came in for a look. No wonder there were less spearing shacks there than I remember from the last couple of years.

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Wandered out to Green Lake (west of Cambridge) today. A lot of suspended green stuff from surface to bottom. Yuck! Should have taken the "please drive right next to my darkhouse" sign off of the house when I set up. Lots of traffic, only three small pike came in for a look. No wonder there were less spearing shacks there than I remember from the last couple of years.

Most of us couldnt get our houses out of that zoo fast enough.

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Spearing is a little slow today but the company is good and its easy to keep beverages cold. 

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I was only out a couple hours today was sitting in 1.5" of water most the time and the cloudy so I cut it short

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Did anyone pick up any new fun spearing gear over the summer? 

I added to my tong collection a little and added quite a few spears. 

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I just got to thinking about it after you asked. No... I don't think I did get anything new or new to me this spring or summer. 

Slacking off I guess. 

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the East Central Chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Assiciation is manning the Darkhouse booth at the hardwater show in Blaine this weekend. Stop by and say hello

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Same to you MJ. 

 

I'm recovering from my annual thanksgiving torcher episode. Helped my dad with his paper route.  2200 startibune and 1800 pioneer press papers assembled and delivered this morning. 

 

But I've been given the heads up that there is a 9lb prime rib being prepped for dinner later. 

 

Happy thanksgiving everyone. 

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monstermoose78

Well some lakes are locked up :)

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When I left for work yesterday the lake had white caps on it. When I got back 10hrs later it was locked up. An hour after that the first idiot was broke through the landing. If we get the snow they are predicting for Saturday my guess is there will be sleds in the water this weekend. They do it every year. 

 

Patients people. 

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I think I have  been checking the 10 day forecast every 20 minutes hoping the ice will come faster

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monstermoose78

I am in my house scared to look out and see how much snow fell!

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Just a heads up for next year we did push the GTG back a week to Dec. 8-10.

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Same to you and the rest of you Darkhouse sitters. Keeping the traditions alive. 

 

Merry Christmas!!!

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Thanks MJ - you too.

 

I finally got a hole cut yesterday.  No luck while exploring a new lake but at least it got the blood flowing again.

 

Plus I got to swim the last two Grumpy Decoys I acquired.  Been anxious to do that for a while.  I liked how they swam.

 

I also got to try The Dream Chair for the first time.  It's pretty darn nice even though it's a little camped for my house with the built floor down (hole in the center of my hub house).

 

Oh, and a new pair of Cabelas Inferno Pac Boots.  Plenty warm but I had an annoying shin rub I have to figure out.

 

Boy, maybe it was more like Christmas yesterday. :)

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monstermoose78

Any one finding some pike 

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It's been very quiet. I think a lot of people just aren't sure about the ice yet. 

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monstermoose78

I am one of them

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The year has been a bust for me out a handful of times over xmas to new years with a few small fish seen spear is still dry for the year

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    • Rick
      The approaching fishing season comes with a reminder from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to always follow state laws to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • jkrash
      Here's the current survey report from the DNR. 2020 Lake Vermilion Lake Survey Report.pdf 2020 Discussion Appendix A.pdf
    • CigarGuy
      Funny guy🙂. Got skunked again 🙂 tonight. Might need to try your idea. Lots of boats heading to Black Bay this evening. Saw the new barge service heading that way. Wonder how long before the local barge service will be down here?
    • SkunkedAgain
      I hear that to catch suspended crappies, it is best for the fisherman to be suspended as well. I suggest crawling out to the end of yours!
    • SkunkedAgain
      True - although the DNR tries to make us all feel better by saying that the number of fry that survive is higher due to their re-introduction back into Vermilion. In theory that means that we will not have as good of a 2020 walleye class, but as we know there are so many other factors that go into it.   As you said, it's an experiment - a very uncontrolled experiment
    • CigarGuy
      My dock is still up in the air🙂
    • leech~~
      Maybe you have to switch to your dock? 😄
    • CigarGuy
      Been fishing the neighbors dock in Partridge River the last 3 evenings and have only caught 2 crappies. Don't have the boat in the water yet.
    • JerkinLips
      Since most of the hatchery fry are sent to other lakes, the skipped year shouldn't have too much of an effect on the Vermilion population.  From the numbers I recall, the fry put back into Vermilion from the hatchery is slightly higher than their PREDICTED natural hatch would be (which all stay in Vermilion).  Will be interesting to see what the results of this "experiment" will be.  Maybe they will have to increase the percentage of hatchery fry going back into Vermilion to match the actual natural hatch (which may be better than they estimate).
    • BigVTim
      I'm headed up this weekend to dust off the camper. Is it worth bringing the boat for Crappies? Any one heard any reports? I'm assuming they are still deep but maybe with the early ice out they are already up in black bay. Cheers! I'll be nice just to smell the cold north air again.
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