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HSO Cool Cats 2015 2/28/15


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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

Mark your calendars for what has turned into one of the highlights of the hard water season!

Host: Borch

When is the event

Sat Feb 28th 2015 3:00 - 8:00 pm

What will we be catching?

Channel Catfish with an occasional Walleye,Crappie and Rock Bass mixed in. Cat fishing through the ice has become very popular and the Horseshoe chain has become the place to be to do it.

Where is the event?

Cool Cats will be on the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes located near Richmond/Cold Spring MN. Roughly 1.5 hrs Northwest of the Twin Cites. From 94 take 23 west to Richmond and then take 22 south to the lake.

We will be fishing the Methane or "Meth" hole. Location may change slightly based on fish location, so stay tuned. There are two popular points of access. The best one to use for vehicles is the winter access. Please monitor this thread closer to the event to confirm current ice conditions.

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What should I bring?

First and foremost, a big smile, because you will be using it a lot smile

Typically we use basic walleye gear for catching the cats. We will set up one pole with an Ice Buster bobber or equivalent and a glow red teardrop and minnow head or chicken liver with the other pole rigged with a jigging spoon/minnow head. Lindy 1/16 oz Rattlin Flyer in glow red is favorite among the catters.

A spring bobber has proven to be helpful for the light bite days.

Click Chain Cat Report & Techniques for current reports and techniques.

We will be trying something a little different this year. The evening bite has been better than the day bite. So in order to increase success we're starting in the afternoon in time to locate fish and be ready during prime time.

Bring along the whole family and stay for a couple hours or stay all day.

We will get a bunch of holes punched for those that don't have an auger. If you need some help getting set up just ask.

Hope to see you all there!

Copy courtesy of dtro. Thanks Darren.

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grrrrrr. well its money over fishing guys. was looking forward to attending as it has been a couple of years since i have been there for this. but, duty calls. got a partybus gig that is gonna keep me out of it this year frown

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

That's a bummer! Always enjoy seeing you there. But money is good too.

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well weather permitting i want to try to get up there this coming Wednesday will you please post the results of the day i plan on taking an ice cattin newbie with me so depth and times would be great. hoes the ice been up there this year. i really wanted to be there i am sporting a new otter and wanted to strut my stuff. well hopin for next year.

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

Will get as much info out there as I can.

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    • Wanderer
      I haven’t been on Whitefish and only out a few times for a few hours each but have done well by down sizing and going slower than I’d think I’d have to.   Dragging and slow drifting smaller plastics with little or no jigging and long pauses with smaller sized jerk baits have worked the best.  4-8lb test on spinning gear.   I’ve caught crappies, gills, perch, walleye, smallies, largies and pike all on the same baits in the same systems at the same depths.  Those depths vary by system but all the fish seem to be using the same water - according to what I’ve seen the past few weeks.
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