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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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Neighbor_guy

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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    • BrianF
      Due to all the the weeds, I’ve heard the name ‘Garbage Bay’ given to the bay just West of Niles Point - which bay actually has a name, Laura Bay - but I’ve not heard of Garbage Point.  Maybe it’s associated with Garbage Bay?  Dunno for sure...
    • Skibo
      Skunked - I've always been Lowrance.  A friend suggested buying one smaller Humminbird to connect to the Minnkota.  I did just that with a 9" and have since upgraded to a 12", and have been very happy with the setup.  I prefer the Lowrance/Navionics for navigation, and the Humminbird with their Side Imaging for fishing.
    • SkunkedAgain
      That's a beautiful part of the lake. Great pictures.   Forgive my ignorance as this is more of a map question. Is "Garbage Point" right next to Niles Point? I've heard the name over the years and believe that it is right around there on the north side.
    • SkunkedAgain
      I don't remember what kind of survey they did in the fall, but whatever it was showed very favorable walleye populations on Vermilion.   I did a quick search, and they were netted not shocked out of the water:  http://timberjay.com/stories/walleye-boom-time,17521
    • DonkeyHodey
      You got it, bro!   The secret spot is not so secret...    Usually the beach is empty in April but it wasn't this past weekend (we planned to try Sun before lunch and there was no room, so we took early lunch, came back and thankfully then the prime beach spot was open!  YES!)   The high water is one thing;  there's at least enough standing room and I could barely fit a folding chair.  (but action was hot--we weren't sitting much at all!) The bigger issue was casting room.  80% of the time I spent fishing and 20% untangling line from the brush/trees.  🤣
    • BrianF
      East end of Waconda Bay.  Our dock points N towards Niles Point, which you can see in the background there.  Been eight years now since we bought; every year better than the last.   
    • gunner55
      Still there today, 2 boats in the water along with at least 2 vehicles. Usually they're done in 2-3 days so I'm not sure if the weather delayed them or if since it didn't happen last season they are taking more.
    • Sorgy
      Nice view, Where on the lake is that?
    • FishinCT
      I assume they also didn’t do the fall electrofishing survey to assess young of the year walleye?
    • Rick G
      Nice job @DonkeyHodey   The old "secret" spot produces again😏  Hard time finding a place to stand with the high water?  
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