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Bryan P

First Ice Crappies

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Bryan P

Checked some lakes around Central Mn and found one with 4-5" of clear ice. Grabbed my gear and headed out for some first ice action. Felt good to wet a line and even managed a couple crappies to scratch the itch. Sucks the weather is going be warm next week or so. Going make a lot of lakes unsafe, so be safe anyone adventuring out. I might wait till this warm snap is over before I head out again. 

 

 

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Patrick Bennett

Where was this at?

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AlwaysFishing23

Another excellent video by the man himself.... Bryan P. Keep up the good work! Tight lines and stay safe out there my friend. 

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IceHawk

Have to agree with Tom on this one early ice equals spud bar and better yet a partner throw  rope float cushion and spud bar.  Ice thickness can really vary this early especially with the weather we've been having. Great to see you got on some fish and nice video but definitely be safe!

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Bryan P
2 hours ago, Tom Sawyer said:

Where's the spud bar?Especially with this warm, windy weather ice can change alot during the course of the day 😬

STAY DRY BUDDY

 

Agreed! This warm weather is going make a lot of ice unsafe. What you didn't see on camera was all the ice checking I did before setting up and there was about dozen guys behind me. Lake had some great ice but after this week im sure it wont be. Sucks warm weather came in like this, we were on track for a good ice season. 

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Bryan P
2 hours ago, AlwaysFishing23 said:

Another excellent video by the man himself.... Bryan P. Keep up the good work! Tight lines and stay safe out there my friend. 

 

Thank you sir, Will do! Bummer warm weather will delay everything now but least I got a trip in early like that. 

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Bryan P
1 hour ago, IceHawk said:

Have to agree with Tom on this one early ice equals spud bar and better yet a partner throw  rope float cushion and spud bar.  Ice thickness can really vary this early especially with the weather we've been having. Great to see you got on some fish and nice video but definitely be safe!

 

Yes, safety was first. What you didn't see on camera was all the ice checking I did before setting up and there was about dozen guys behind me so was a nice feeling too. This warm weather coming will delay everything now but felt good to get out early like that.  

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eyeguy 54

Looked like spud marks to me when I watched the vid. Be safe guys  

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Bucketcastle

I think Bryan has it under control without a spud bar....calm down moms.  All someone has to do without one is slowly work your way out drilling holes along the way, and have a plan if you go through.  Thats the biggest, have a plan if you go through.

 

But, nice Bryan keep up the good videos!

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gimruis
7 minutes ago, Bucketcastle said:

I think Bryan has it under control without a spud bar....calm down moms.  All someone has to do without one is slowly work your way out drilling holes along the way, and have a plan if you go through.  Thats the biggest, have a plan if you go through.

 

But, nice Bryan keep up the good videos!

 

I'm not about to personally attack someone because they are making a poor decision here but lets be honest with ourselves: if the ice is questionable and unsafe and you need to make a plan in case you fall through, you definitely shouldn't be out there.  A few crappies just aint worth the risk.  Just last week 12 people had to be rescued off URL and another guy went through.  Stay on dry land until we get an extended cold snap in December.  The ice and fish will still be there in January fellas.

 

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Bucketcastle

@gimruis come on, you always have to have a plan incase you go through, whether it be yourself, atv, or truck.  Even if the ice is 2 feet thick because you never know.  Most of these people dont think of what they should do in case of an emergency.  Think and be prepared for anything.  And yes, no fish is worth your life.....unless its jaws that thing kills people

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popriveter

This is exciting to see!

 

I'm the rare guy who loves early ice and mostly stops fishing when the trucks start coming out on the lakes. I care more for catching fish than I care for hauling and setting up gear. 4-5" is ideal for a fisherman like me.

 

I normally enjoy fishing open water throughout November. I'm getting a frustrated at how long we've been stuck in between.

 

I live in the metro and have not set foot on the ice yet. I'd imagine we have 2-3" on most of my "first ice" spots, but I'm not bold enough to test them out this early. I'm hoping to catch some fish through the ice this November because I've been looking at iced-over lakes for more than 2 weeks now, but overnight lows of 35 degrees aren't helping any. 

 

Might need to drive north a while.

 

Either way, it lifts my spirits a bit to see that good fishing is starting not too far away.

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Bryan P

@Bucketcastle lol...Thanks Man. There was a lot of ice checking before this video was made too. Pretty much 4-5" everywhere I drilled. 

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Bryan P

@popriveter  Thanks man,  Glad I could get you pumped for the season. It was exciting to get out that early this year. Really sucks this warm weather came in and going set us back though. We were on track for a really nice ice season too. I was out in the Metro on 4-5" for few days last week before it got warm. Ice is still there just looks nasty now. Really bummed. You may have to drive north for some decent ice. Either way fingers crossed for cold snap soon. Be safe and goodluck this season! 

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    • Wanderer
      My best crappie yesterday came on a tungsten jig/wax worm dead sticking on a noodle rod.  I could just see the pressure on the rod tip.  Let the rod lay on the ice so my hand couldn’t even shake it the slightest.
    • Wanderer
      I think ice thickness right now is more dependent on snow cover.  When it fell compared to ice being made on a certain lake and how much.  20 below for a day won’t cure the thin ice/slush blues with 10 inches of snow on the lake.     Thanks for pics Nick!
    • tfin
      I didn't say your data was wrong.  I said it was incomplete.  Comparing the number of lbs taken and allotted in two different years without stating the lbs of total fish in the lake was a non point.  Wasn't trying to add a whole lot of new data but was referencing the fact that non natives have the right to use our land for any commercial business we se fit as mandated by our gov't but not allowing the natives to do the same with their own land and waters is hypocrisy.  We pollute waters with factory and farm runoff and destroy fisheries all over the US and my guess is that there are close to zero post on this site saying boo to that.  When do we decide to do something about that?  When the impact is noticed.  When did the Band start to manage the lake better?  When the impact was noticed.  Enough said on my account.
    • smurfy
      I just looked at them again, the second picture down. narrows facing east, now looks like the snow is wet...…..want like that yesterday!!!!
    • monstermoose78
      I was local be careful of some lakes but the lake I was one I found no less than 9 inches and up to 10 inches
    • monstermoose78
      I love it Royce it is sensitive enough for 3mm jigs and has back bone to land big fish.
    • Tom Sawyer
      Slow way down, and even deadsticking presentations
    • IceHawk
      Fish are doable in cold fronts but can be tough. One of the keys I have found that works is downsizeing everything. If fishing eyes try small fatheads or crappie minnows small spoons light line etc. For panfish going down to 3 mm tungstens and a single spike can be killer. Look towards deeper water and fish tighter to bottom. 
    • Wanderer
      It can be a surprisingly touchy situation.  Plow or no plow.  I’ve been on both sides and have heard many stories like @HunterFisher11 stated.   Like Jerkinlips, I used to only travel by snowmobile and drag a portable around; back when fishing trips were always with “the guys”.   The plow berms were hazards; you can’t see a lot of them until you’re on em.  And I never understood why guys up north plowed 1/4 acre lots around their houses when they set them down.  I did always appreciate the guys who marked their berms with pine boughs so they could be seen but it also looked like they were staking claim to a pretty large space on the ice.   Fast forward to buying a wheel house so my wife would go ice fishing and we could maybe have some family with the grandkids out.  Plowing almost becomes necessary.  And it isn’t easy or cheap.  Plus I figured out the extra plowing around the house is to fight slush from forming.  There becomes a game you have to play to keep everyone who drives off that access from coming to your fish house door.  And they will.  And even if you plow past your house, you just put in a new road and suddenly have traffic and create problems if it just dead ends.  It’s best to make a loop so people can turn around to get out.  Suddenly you feel responsible like a resort operator for all the people who just wanna fish “somewhere”.    I try plow the minimum needed and don’t drop my blade until I get a ways off the access hoping the two rut road will deter most from following.  When I do put the blade down I don’t scrape the ice either and keep a single-wide width.  That helps lessen the berm.  Usually that’s enough to stay semi private.  Don’t forget the loop though. Don’t plow right to your final spot. Drill out the area enough to fine tune the location of the house, Then plow your house spot out.  Put it down.  Then consider if you need to block the spur you’re fishing on.  Either with the truck or a snow pile. It’s more work than dragging a portable out by snowmobile, that I’m sure of.   Is there a wrong or right way to plow?  I think it’s only there are safe and unsafe ways to plow.  And there’s just differences in how people use the lakes these days.   Help a brother out on the ice.  Sooner or later you’ll need it if you spend enough time ice fishing.
    • Dan85
      Were you somewhere relatively local? Been thinking about going out, but didn't know what to think of area ice yet. 
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