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Bodyman, Ten Pounder yet?

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Hey Bodyman,how are you doing on the 10# walleye goal?Hope you get it.I haven't been down to that spot yet off of the state park.We have no snow.From what you've said I think it would be easier to pull the gear up and down with some snow to slide on.With that spot in mind,I bought a small one-man flip over shelter similar to the fish traps.I couldn't pass it up on sale at Fleet Farm.I'm used to a bigger portable that you can stand up in.This thing takes some getting used to.Thanks for the tips on the jigging spoons.They are very effective on everything down there.Keep in touch!

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SinkerII,I haven't got the big one yet but still trying. I caught 7 walleyes over the weekend all of them under 15". 3 on pool 7 sat. and 4 on pool 9 tonite. I did manage to get some nice blue gills on pool 8 sat.

If I were you I'd make my first trip down there with as little as possible. One bucket with vex and poles, tackle. I put a few fatheads in a zip lock bag so I could do without a bucket for them. Then a lantern and auger. It's not a bad walk if you pack lite. If you wait for snow this year you might be in for a long wait. Good luck.

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Zip lock bag for minnows.Good idea!Do they stay alive with a little water or do you just use them for the heads and tails?Do you normally have another rod sitting there with a minnow on the bottom?I do that if I'm not moving around too much.The weight that would save without a full minnow bucket would be huge.I'm not familiar with the LaCrosse area.Are you ice fishing or is it an open water area on the river?Good Luck Fishing!!!

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A quart size zip lock will keep them fresh enough. It'll fit in your coat pocket, keep them from freezing. Most of the time I use only the head to tip the lure with anyway. I do use a minnow on a bare hook, but almost all fish come on the lure. It doesn't make much sense to me either. Sunday nite I had a minnow down all the time while I jigged the other pole with a pimple and minnow head. Caught 4 and missed 4 on the lure and not a bite on the plain minnow. I've had that happen over and over thru the ice. You would think when the bite is off the minnow would be the ticket.

I've been fishing the ice down here even though the channel is wide open below the dams. Lots of boats out there, but when there's ice I'd rather be on it. Bays off the main channel have ice and the eyes move into them in the evening.

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Yeah,you are right.That's why lately I'm fishing only one hole and then moving on if I don't catch or see anything for 15-20 minutes.I've found that with the extra rod rigged with the minnow it takes me longer to move on.I carry two rods.One with a rattlin' spoon or swedish pimple and the other with a jig for a live minnow.If they ignore the one I'll try the other real quick and if they ignore that too,heck with 'em.I'll move on.Take it easy.

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