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IceHawk

Another option for those that don't have bait laying around or don't want to buy any is to buy a bottle of Berkley gulp recharge and add a little to a bait puck or plastic bag with your plastics for the day.  I myself never go on the ice without a puck with some kind of meat. Call me crazy  but  I've seen situations where it has outperformed plastics.  Fortunately for myself I have a bait fridge in the garage with euro and waxies and a insulated aeroated minnow tank with minnows all winter. A Minnie bait store so to say.😀

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Tom Sawyer

Hey Chris what about the tip on putting your favorite concoction in a generic spray bottle to keep it secret, while you proceed to school everyone at the Catfish Get Together 😆

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Borch

I rarely use live bait anymore unless I'm gonna use 2 rods.  Plastics, gulp,  tied tungsten flies, jigging raps,  rippin raps, darters... the list goes on.  There has been a few times though that a minnow head on a spoon out produced anything I had.  Good thing I had a buddy who borrowed me a few. 😉

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eyeguy 54

good tips guys. indeed a good idea to bring some meat along. I find myself using it less and less but good to have in the pocket. 

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IceHawk
17 hours ago, Tom Sawyer said:

Hey Chris what about the tip on putting your favorite concoction in a generic spray bottle to keep it secret, while you proceed to school everyone at the Catfish Get Together 😆

Got a few bottles sitting on the shelf right now just wqiting to fire up some of those ice kitty cats. Unfortunately Tom I cant no pun intended let the cat out of the bag on this one. Those secret ingrediants that I've come up with over the years will have to remain a secret 😀 It does work that's  for sure.

 

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IceHawk
16 hours ago, Borch said:

I rarely use live bait anymore unless I'm gonna use 2 rods.  Plastics, gulp,  tied tungsten flies, jigging raps,  rippin raps, darters... the list goes on.  There has been a few times though that a minnow head on a spoon out produced anything I had.  Good thing I had a buddy who borrowed me a few. 😉

Always there to help Bud  😉 cant wait to get after those perch again. Fished that area hard this summer learned alot!  Found a few new spots and new lakes with quality as well. 

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smurfy

i've also slowly have built some confidence in plastics, bu i also for the most part carry with me some sort of meat. depends on the lake!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Tom Sawyer
5 hours ago, IceHawk said:

Unfortunately Tom I cant no pun intended let the cat out of the bag on this one. Those secret ingrediants that I've come up with over the years will have to remain a secret 😀 It does work that's  for sure.

 

No worries bud, your secrets safe 😆

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12 hours ago, IceHawk said:

Got a few bottles sitting on the shelf right now just wqiting to fire up some of those ice kitty cats. Unfortunately Tom I cant no pun intended let the cat out of the bag on this one. Those secret ingrediants that I've come up with over the years will have to remain a secret 😀 It does work that's  for sure.

 

That secret potion isn't like grain belt or fox deluxe is it??😂

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IceHawk
10 hours ago, smurfy said:

That secret potion isn't like grain belt or fox deluxe is it??😂

One Part Kegale brau and one part Haunstein 😉

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On 11/21/2019 at 10:28 PM, smurfy said:

That secret potion isn't like grain belt or fox deluxe is it??😂

I didn't know they still made Fox Deluxe. Me and my highschool buddies got a case of it to break in their houseboat which they named it after in 1978. We cracked them open, had a toast and after we tasted it we dumped it all out. Might make a good degreaser.🤪

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2 hours ago, PRO-V said:

I didn't know they still made Fox Deluxe. Me and my highschool buddies got a case of it to break in their houseboat which they named it after in 1978. We cracked them open, had a toast and after we tasted it we dumped it all out. Might make a good degreaser.🤪

Even in high school we didn't by it. We bought pfieffers. 3 cases 9.99.

 

Back to plastic only stuff I've used is the gulp.

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eyeguy 54

Haven’t tried gulp yet thru  ice. Might have to try waxies. Schmidt. PBR. Schlitz. Started back in the late 60’s. So many beers so little time. 

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CigarGuy

Pfieffers. 3 cases 9.99.                          We used to get that deal at Ernie's or Otto's in Mendota. How about Buckhorn🍺

 

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2 hours ago, eyeguy 54 said:

Haven’t tried gulp yet thru  ice. Might have to try waxies. Schmidt. PBR. Schlitz. Started back in the late 60’s. So many beers so little time. 

well i swear that Gulp has icehawks secret potion.....cause that juice in it sure stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!😆

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Mike89

Wisconsin Premium, 3 for $9.99 too!    Kato beer too!! 

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IceHawk

I know one lure that is getting added to my arsenal this winter going to be a killer IMO is the Custom Jig Spins Wolfinkee. Its the new tungsten version of the old lead Ratfinkee. Comes in 8 different colors. Used the lead version for years looking forward to putting some smack down on some panfish with the new tungsten concept. Might even become one of my favorites when the perch are on a grub bite!

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eyeguy 54

looks nice. you tip em with meat or just the jig?  maybe both. I remember using the rat finkee many years ago

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IceHawk

I've always added one wiggler {spike} or a waxworm but I assume a person could have success just going plain. Excited to give them a try as the old lead versions were lights out. 

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Borch

I've almost always used ratsos plain but have added a lip hooked minnow deadsticking them at times.

 

Use a lot of gulp and powerbait through the ice.  The 1 to 3 inch minnows are favorites depending on what I'm targeting.  

 

Was my go to on URL for crappies back in the day.

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    • leech~~
      I know I know silly me. I keep going back to the intent and verbiage of the Origin treaty.  Yeah know the whole right to Hunt and fish within the Ceded territory for subsistence-thing.   Words that are still used today in their Regs below.  We both know the days of the canoe and torch light are long gone and eating fish for subsistence (food) has been replaced from Lbs to amount of cash! Is the Fishery a big money maker that the Band can live off of probably not, do they need to live off Walleye for food anymore probably not.  Is the Seven Clans Casino helping to fill the Fisheries void of days gone by?  Dang right skippy!  😉      But, it would be interesting to build your imaginary lake wall and see what happens in 10 years under two different management styles!  😄   Open-Water Spearing and Netting Regulations: 1837 Ceded Territory in Minnesota.   "Lakes other than Mille Lacs. Net fisheries in lakes other than Mille Lacs are intended to provide opportunity for subsistence harvest of walleye; so muskellunge and sturgeon may not be kept, nor can northern pike in excess of the bag limit, nor can commercial nets be set. Subsistence gillnetting is allowed from June 1 to March 1 in any lake that is 1,000 acres or larger and in all lakes identified in 9.08(2) of the Model Code. In lakes 1,000 acres or larger, the allowable mesh sizes (bar) are 1.5 to 1.75 inches. In identified lakes under 1,000 acres, only 1.75 inch mesh (bar) may be used. Nets may be up to 100 feet in length and 4 feet deep"
    • roony
      I know what you mean eyeguy but if you cry wolf too often people don't pay much attention any more. Any time you are on the ice, in a boat, or in the woods you have to use good judgement, it's just that simple. 
    • eyeguy 54
      all ice fishermen are not as brilliant as you guys. I like it when they make announcements.  nothing wrong with giving out advice when it's the advice givers that end up saving lives when c.r.a.p happens. 
    • roony
      Must comply with Nanny State.
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      Must Kill Smallmouth!
    • Xplorer
      No idea where you get this idea of subsistence, that has never been a condition of this agreement. Lets put it in perspective since you seem to be hung up on the fact that there are 5873 tribe members profiting from this commercial fishery. If the tribe makes a profit of $5 per pound of walleye harvested, and they harvest their entire 1 million pounds of walleye, that will produce a net yearly profit of exactly $852 per tribe member per year......... Yea that's livin' high off the hog. Family of 4, well that gets you a whole $3408 for the year.   Question for ya Leech..... they put a concrete wall on the rez line thru the lake this spring.  Which side gets fished out first (with no additional restrictions added to lower harvest for either side), State side or Tribe side?   
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      Pelican Has lots of bucket mouth and small mouth in it. If your interested in a resort in the lake highly recommend Joe over at Deer Lodge
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      Are you serious??? Lakes are like people....they are all different. The DNR making a blanket statement like that is what they have to do. The lakes I give ice reports I know like the back of my hand. Meaning, I watch how they freeze up every single year. Like the St. Croix...I know how it freezes, where the trouble spots are typically ect. because I have fished it on and off since 86'. DNR has no clue what's going on the lakes I fish.    
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      Same with Pheasants. Not native but treated as so with a season and stamp costs. I would love to be able to fish more Lakers in other lakes then just a few I have to drive hours up to.
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      Please also convey your collective ideas to the DNR relative to Mille Lacs lake, another fishery inundated with bass, and totally out of whack relative to the walleye population. The DNR would have you believe that the primary forage of small mouth bass is crayfish. When asked what they eat in the winter, you are met with a blank stare, and told there needs to be a study on that. I've caught a ton of smallies, but never once on a crayfish, or an imitation, but I'm sure they work. Leeches, crawlers, senkos, redtails, suckers, every crankbait imaginable, surface baits, buzzbaits, spinner baits.  The protection of the smallmouth fishery is driven by political pressure, the Smallmouth Alliance, folks like the Linders, tournament organizers, and everyone else who can convince the DNR they make for a great fishery. INVASIVES    
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