I've been just using a plain red #4 Gatsuma hook on a 3 foot fluorocarbon leader this winter. Pike suckers are another option for live bait if you can't find chubs or rainbows.
Not a good sign for my trip up next week. Wonder why it is so difficult to find bait up there this winter. Seems like a lot more people are ice fishing this year. Guess I will have to check all 3 bait stores starting at Lucky Seven. Hope I don't have to drive to Ely.
Finding most of my better late January fish out deeper than I was earlier this month. With the snow cover and thicker ice we have on most of our area lakes, a lot of the shallow green weeds are starting to die off or already have died off.
With conditions getting tough in the shallows on some lakes, this will push the fish a bit deeper looking for food and more comfortable habitat.
Tricked this beauty and a few of his buddies into biting today.
Not much. I set the house on the edge of some but it seems the slush is just under the drifts. It’s all hard packed out here. Maybe a foot of snow in the drifts.
The wife had epic calamity while I was out drilling in the basin. She had a pike rush and wound up on the losing end of a “whale” that got into her rattle reel and… her favorite rod!
I got a text:
Now ISO new favorite rod.
there are ALOT of them snot rockets in there!!!!!! matter of fact long before this new regulation came along, bowstring and sand lake thats attached via river had a 9 fish pike limit.
good luch chasing crappies....there nice ones iffin ya can find them.
Bowstring. All new turf for us. Don’t even know what colors work best out here so starting from scratch. It’s clear water though we’re starting with the standards.
Didn’t get a lot of advice at the resort but they had a couple other things going on so kinda distracted I guess.
2 more snot rockets at pizza time.
Hi Chad, everytime I go down to the mailbox, I look for your house out there. By the looks of your driveway, looks likes you haven't been up most of the winter, must be enjoying Colorado! When I was out fishing last week, there were some people out fishing near Metsa's point. Seems like when I do see people out on this end, they're usually around that area. I'll be sure to stop by!
Hey Bill. I will be up the last three weeks of February. Looks like I should pick up bait on the way up. If you see my AlumaLite, make sure to stop in. Thinking about setting up near Metsa's point.
We have historically done better on dead sticks with rainbows. than with jigs, When the fish aren't biting we stop jigging and pull out the cribbage board, which often triggers the bite 😆. As far as jig colors, it varies from day to day but red/gold has probably done the best.