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Tonka Boy

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Tonka Boy

Hello all,

I made it up last weekend for the full moon bite. Unfortunatly we eneded up working on the ice house the entire weekend instead of going fishing. Now we're kicking ourselves! Since the full moon faze will be over by this coming weekend, will it still be worth trolling cranks overnight? If so, will the same presentations work, or should we be trying something different? Thanks for your help.

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CAMOMAN

Hey Tonka Boy -
Sounds like you had the same issue we did. Got going late, fixed the house & did not make it out at all. Tried to swing into the back lot to look you up and could not get back there with the boat/truck. Will have to have a beer on the ice!

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Tonka Boy

I sure hope the ground freezes soon. That was a pain in the butt hauling all our supplies in by hand! You sure are lucky you're in the front of the lot! I'll have to look you up once we get out on the ice.

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Mykal

Tonka Boy, it's always worth going out on the pond in the fall. This year especially. We were out yesterday on the SE side because the NE wind was blowing pretty hard. It was 28 degress and snowing, ice on the rod tips, and no one else on the water. Trolled for a couple hours off some Big rock piles and caught some FAT walleyes. One of my 26 inchers was pushing 7 pounds. Also hooked a 36 inch Pike and One Walleye that came off by the boat that was HUGE! They're out there. Go get 'em.

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Houseboat

Mykal,
What depth range were you finding the fish in yesterday? I was fishing the SW shallows on Monday night with no success. I'm going to go up again tomorrow evening and try again. Any suggestions?

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Mykal

Houseboat, this year is strange so far. We were fishing noon to 4:30pm in 10-12 feet of water. It was cloudy with a few snow flurries. The key was running the raps tight along and around the rock piles. I actually hit a rock that I didn't have in my GPS. That bad boy was 4 feet across and only a foot under the water. Thank God, I only scratched up my skeeg. No damage to the engine or prop. But the Fish were stuck tight to them. Almost every time we went by that rock we got hit. We also snagged an occaisional weed in the area. I'm sure if we stayed longer the bite would have been even better but I'm not sure if they would have been any shallower or not. We were running #7 RS shads.

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Houseboat

Thanks for the info Mykal. I've heard a few other reports of decent daytime bites, but unfortunately I'm only able to get out during the evening. I'll be sticking tight to the rocks tonight.

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Mykal

Houseboat, Let us know how you do. We plan on going up Saturday afternoon/evening.

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Tonka Boy

Thanks for the replies Mykal and Houseboat! I'll be out there Sunday night and into Monday...rain, snow, hurricane, tornado...no matter what mother nature throws at us! I'm still kicking myslef for not putting the boat in the water last weekend.

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Mykal

Houseboat, did you say ice? At this rate we will see the ice fishing season cometh early! No fish huh. I'm going to try the daytime bite. The rocks should draw them in if only to warm them up a bit. It got too cold too fast.

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Alphid

Houseboat,
Is there any word about the water, ice, around the access north of Indian Point?
I have some fish that are going well up there and would rather launch up there if at all possible.
Have you guys been catching fish around the rock breaks by cove? I would think that those fish would be starting to hit as well.

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Houseboat

The fishing wasn't very good for me last night. The big goose egg. I worked the SW shoreline and midlake rocks from 4 ft. to 15 ft. I didn't mark much of anything all evening on the locator. It was a nice night to putt around in the boat thou. Water was at 39 degrees before dusk and at 36 degrees when I left before 10 p.m. I was breaking ice with the boat when I was driving in. I might try to finish the fall trying for a daytime bite unless I here any better reports.

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Alphid

HouseBoat,
Where did you launch out of? I am planning on going out on Sunday and hopefully won't have to break through any things to get my boat out.

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Houseboat

Alphid,
I launched at Bayview in Cove Bay. You can boat around the sheet of ice that sticks out. I just didn't see it after dark. The small bay where the DNR landing is was froze across. Good luck.

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