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Spent the evening out on Forest, Lake's 1 and 3, and it was tough!!!!! Didn't even manage a bite.

Tried the weed edges and transition lines with nothing. Looks like the weed line is around 11-13 feet from everything I could find. My normal spots didn't produce anything.

Board is slow, anyone else out fishing on forest?

 

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The rain we had yesterday took care of the ice overnight, viewed from our shoreline on the west side of lake one, the ice is pretty much gone, can only see a few small patches of ice left out towards

Checked the ice yesterday, measured 13" a couple hundred yards from shore near downtown, the same location had 9" about a week ago.  Starting to see a few vehicles out there including some 1/2 ton tru

The edges of the weedline in 6-8' and also into the deeper edges have been turning a mixed bag of walleyes, bass and pike on Forest this week.  The 12-15' range has also produced a mixed bag of fish a

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Spent the evening out on Forest, Lake's 1 and 3, and it was tough!!!!! Didn't even manage a bite.

Tried the weed edges and transition lines with nothing. Looks like the weed line is around 11-13 feet from everything I could find. My normal spots didn't produce anything.

Board is slow, anyone else out fishing on forest?

 

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ECC,  It has been a pretty good start to the year out there for me as far as the fish go.  I haven't been out since last week as I was up north this past weekend.  The fish I was catching have been quite shallow in the 6-8' range.  There are a ton of 16-18" eyes and another big group of 21-24" eyes out there right now.  Have caught a few 8-12" fish as well which bodes well for the future.  Spoke with a group of anglers at the launch and they had a 6 fish limit caught in 6 fow using 1/16th flu flus and crappie minnows.  I have been using crankbaits with decent luck.  The fish are getting more aggressive as the water temps come up but this recent cold front kind of shut down the bite temporarily.  Should be good this week before the fronts roll through again.  Pike and bass are coming from the same areas and I have seen some large muskies sunning over the tops of the weeds.  Even had 2 muskies take swipes at walleyes on the stringer last week.  Should be a good year for skis out there!

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The edges of the weedline in 6-8' and also into the deeper edges have been turning a mixed bag of walleyes, bass and pike on Forest this week.  The 12-15' range has also produced a mixed bag of fish as well.  I have heard from a few folks that jigs and minnows worked deeper or live bait rigs with jumbo leeches worked in the 17-22' range have produced some decent catches of walleyes during the day.  Muskies have been active shallow with a few fish following and hitting crank baits while fishing for bass and pike and on sunnier days they can be seen at times lounging along the tops of the weedbeds.  Crappies and gills are congregated along the edges and tops of the weedbeds and can often be seen surfacing right now.  Some decent perch in the 7-10" range are also being found along the weed edges and are actively hitting tube jigs and micro cranks.

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I have a rare opportunity to get out during the day tomorrow for a bit, do you think I have a decent shot at a day bite on Forest (probably 3rd)? If it's more of an evening/sunset bite I might hit the river instead bur Forest is a lot closer to home, any insight is much appreciated, thanks!

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The day bite has been solid for multispecies on Forest with some bigger fish early and late in the day but I have caught numerous fish from 9-12 as well and also 4-6 pm.  Third lake has some quality structure and you should be able to find some active fish.  I have a reliable report that 16-20' depths on third with jigs and minnows is putting some eyes in the boat as well as some of the shallower breaklines.  Good luck!

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Worked the weed edges this am with cranks and found active pike, bass, rockbass, gills and crappies in the 8' range.  Had one muskie follow to boatside in 9' and took a half hearted swipe on the figure 8 and then moseyed back to the depths.  Found some larger bass in the 3-4 lb range today along with some smaller males.  The smaller males seemed to be out away from the weedline(possibly guarding beds?)  while the larger bass came right off the edges of the weedline amidst clumps of coontail.  Water temps are now in the low 70's.  Walleye action today was consistent in the 12-15' range working paddle tail minnows and deeper diving crankbaits.

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Worked the weedlines on Weds evening with paddle tails and small crank baits and found a few active walleyes in 6-7'.  Small bass and pike were active as well as rockbass, gills and crappie.  My fishing partner for the evening caught a nice 14.5" crappie on a #5 shadrap.  The shallow bite was slower then I expected so I slid out into the 12-14' depths and found some larger bass, pike and walleye working wally divers along the edges.  Biggest eye of the night a nice 24" fish smoked a wallydiver while working the edge of a deeper weedline.  I am finding an abundance of rockbass in the lake this year and they are taking a variety of baits.  It appears to me that the fish have started to transition to the deeper edges of the weeds to escape the warmer water in the shallows.  No muskie sightings on the night but a great night to be on the water.

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We were out last tuesday for multi-species. Fished for bass and muskies most - no bass, one follow from a low 40's muskie. 

Last hour we tried walleyes off willow point, along with a few other boats. Caught a northern and cut off another. Didn't see other boats catch any. Water temp was right around 49-50. Learned a few late deep weed beds, so never a bad day on the water.

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Just moved on the lake - FL. Posted quite a bit previously about what I've seen when we were just "close" to the lake. Looking forward to sharing now what I'm seeing as the benchmarks happen during the winter season. Have fun and be safe out there. 

 

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Chiseled about 3-4 inches close to the shore tonight, good clear ice. Need some more cold nights for cryin' out loud.

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Saw some guys fishing the deeper hole to the west of Willow Point and a few other pop up tents in around the channel between 2 and 3... Any reports?? How thick is the ice.

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About 5+ in of ice on 3rd lake. Mixed bag with some nice panfish the last two days. 

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Same report here, 5 inches on lake three, but not sure about the deeper basin. That usually freezes last in the 15+ feet of water and usually has less ice.

Caught a few eater pike in the afternoon. Beautiful day on the ice.

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I was on two and pounded crappies. Nothing to be proud of since they were all 6-8 inches but nice to figure out a pattern. 5-7 inches out there and sleds buzzing around us all day. Not enough ice for me to be on a sled yet....

 

No slush where I was.

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Car out by a house from Willow Pt. area  (not me) and some wheel houses starting to show up around the lake. Had 7.5 inches of ice Saturday before the deep freeze. 

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Wow, I was out there last weekend on lake 3 and had about 6-7 as well.  My guess is the ice is close to 10 inches if not more.  I'm sure any day they'll be driving on the lakes.  I'll wait til the bigger trucks get out there.  Can't say I'm not sick of walking out though.

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Saw a full size truck w/plow last night on my sled ride on First lake, toward SW side. Anyone around that fella to report how much ice was in the area? 

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Friday there was 11 inches of ice on Forest in some spots I checked, but it was only 7 inches of ice as I went deeper, and the ice was getting less as I checked. With the cold Yesterday and Today we should in theory be adding a couple inches. Anyone been out yet Today with a report on the ice? I'd like to get my shack out deeper.

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I was surprised there wasn't more ice where I checked Friday and Sat. 23 fow Friday there was 8in, 10 fow Saturday there was 9.5in on the north side of 3rd lake. 

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42 minutes ago, FishingFL said:

I need to get my shack out on the ice! I'm admittedly still chicken [email protected]% to drag the house out w/ my truck. 

Remain chicken [email protected]%, don't be foolish. Truck and house needs 12" because somewhere between the access and your desired spot may be much less. -17 last night may have added an inch with the fluffy snow on top of the ice.

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Checked the ice yesterday, measured 13" a couple hundred yards from shore near downtown, the same location had 9" about a week ago.  Starting to see a few vehicles out there including some 1/2 ton trucks.

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