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pretty cool!

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MN BassFisher

I have had the Chain on my list of places for hit in the winter for countless years, finally planning on making it happen Saturday with a buddy. I read through this thread and must say thanks for the all the pointers and tips as I hope it helps trim away at the learning curve.

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Crappie_day

Out there this past Saturday. Caught about 10 cats in our group. First time there and it was fun. Can’t wait til the next time we come back. Thanks for the intel on this forum, it was big help. It was fun figuring out the pattern of how to fish catfish. 

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Borch

Nice cats Crappie_day!

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IceHawk

Welcome Crappie day Nice Cats! enjoy there are a pile of them out there!

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smurfy
20 minutes ago, IceHawk said:

Welcome Crappie day Nice Cats! enjoy there are a pile of them out there!

yea right!!!!!!!:cry: i musta been in such a secret spot.................not even the fish new where it was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(:grin:

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IceHawk
40 minutes ago, smurfy said:

yea right!!!!!!!:cry: i musta been in such a secret spot.................not even the fish new where it was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(:grin:

LOL!! Are you kidding me you tried that area and never got any?  Man they were putting  the hurt to them for couple weeks there.

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smurfy

i wasnt at the methhole. went out to cedar island!!!!!! and judging by the way they where leaving noone else did much either. i parked on the west side of the island. used to be da honey hole for crappies back in  the olden days!!!!!:cry: 

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IceHawk

That was the area they were getting them smurf all the way from the old crappie hole back towards gillies old place. They had them stacked like wood a few times I drove by eye fishing. Must of not been your day lol That old crappie hole hasn't  been the same since the old days. Man I have some good memories of catching craps in that area even all night.  Those were in the days when you could hear the sticks hitting the floors the tell tail sign of a good bite because no one had reels on there rods hand over hand ah the memories :grin:

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smurfy

yep.......there were some houses further to the west, that musta been the spot. looked like they were in the middle of nowhere, there were some houses where i was at but no one around. kinda why i went there. least the fish didn't bother me!!!!!!!!!:grin: i aint going there again.

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LadyFish09

Thanks for all the tips everyone. Been about 3 years since I've been out there catching cats. Going tomorrow night and bringing my teenage kids. Going to try to get them on some cats. Husband is up north on his guys fishing weekend so I'm hoping I can show the kids some really fun fishing and outfish the husband;)

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The Chemist

Are the conditions up there the same, ie patchy spots of snow on the lakes? Heading up around noon so that we are set for the evening bite tonight and then go tomorrow also.

 

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Horseshoe_Don

Nothing has changed with the ice

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The Chemist

Saw a ton of fish on the vex but no cats would bite. Was able to get 1 crappie that was 13", but by that time it was too late to change to smaller bait. 

Had a struggle getting set up as it was the 1st time for the "new" house.

 

 

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Kelly Oman

Anyone been out for cats lately? I'm hoping to get out later this week.

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Naturboy

I was out last Friday and did ok. I will be rigging one rod with a bobber because of the lite bites.  I’ve felt minnows pull more than what they’re doing. I set up the house just to get out of a breeze so I could feel and see the bites. 

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jigginjim

Nice kitty. I was thinking of going spunk lakes as my wives nephew is going to St. Johns. Thinking of bringing the wheelhouse but this could be more fun. I have not fished the chain in years.

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jigginjim

Which I was just thinking is there any type of a night bite?

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Borch

Yes.  If you're targeting night time set up in or on edges of holes.  A lot like crappie fishing.  Daytime it's  usually hole edges and shallower flats.

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IceHawk

Yes there is definitely a decent night bite out there, but fair warning Ice Team University is going on the next two days on the chain. It might get a little busy as I assume a lot of the catfish spots will be seeing some pressure. 

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smurfy
34 minutes ago, IceHawk said:

Yes there is definitely a decent night bite out there, but fair warning Ice Team University is going on the next two days on the chain. It might get a little busy as I assume a lot of the catfish spots will be seeing some pressure. 

Dang, I'm headed north spear chucking or I'd go spy to find the hotspots!;) 

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The Chemist
On 2/15/2018 at 5:21 PM, IceHawk said:

Yes there is definitely a decent night bite out there, but fair warning Ice Team University is going on the next two days on the chain. It might get a little busy as I assume a lot of the catfish spots will be seeing some pressure. 

So that explains the traffic and also the one where they were shooting video of what appeared to be about a drill type auger. Did drive by an ice team truck on the way out also.

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IceHawk

Had a chance to rub shoulders and fish with some of the ice team guys today. Great bunch of guys we had some good laughs and of course discussed plenty about fishing. Even shared a few hotspots.;) The hands on they give the people that sign up for this event is absolutely amazeing! From hands on to tips on everything to do to make your day on the ice way more productive. From what I witnessed it would be well worth the investment to sign up for one of there events , if you are new to fishing or heck even a seasoned angler.  Fished with one guy from Nebraska said he has done 5 of these events and has enjoyed everyone of them.  Fun day for sure :grin:

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Kelly Oman

So it sounds like the cat bite has been better on cedar island than horseshoe? I've only been up a few times this year so far and have just been hitting horseshoe. We have been doing ok but haven't found any real big schools of fish. Last time we were out we drilled tons of holes searching for active fish.  

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GeluNumber1
4 hours ago, Kelly Oman said:

So it sounds like the cat bite has been better on cedar island than horseshoe? I've only been up a few times this year so far and have just been hitting horseshoe. We have been doing ok but haven't found any real big schools of fish. Last time we were out we drilled tons of holes searching for active fish.  

It has been. Beware - the day bite today was nonexistent. Before 10 AM, they were hot. After 10, they shut down completely. I'd go during low-light periods. Target shallow flats and deep basins.

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