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I have not had the greatest luck this week, either. We tried in the same spot we got 3 walleyes last week, and got skunked.

We saw fish down there as well, but they are biting real light. If you have a vexilar it helps to know when to set the hook.

Now that more people are moving around on the ice, that makes a difference too. I hope to try a more isolated area next time.

The extremely low temps might influence eating patterns. ( Does anyone know for sure? )

All I can say is to keep trying!

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