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Made a couple of runs the last few days and have to say that the "better than usual" Late January bite has really picked up to what I will call the best most consistend bite in 3 years probably going back to the starving walleye winter.

Folks, the program is still the same as the last few weeks. If you are expecting to catch a bunch of walleyes during the day, you will almost certainly be disappointed. There is however a very good bite in the morning and evening in shallow water on spoons for fish in the 18"-26" with the majority going 20"-24". Find a nice quiet spot and please remember to put these back carefully they are full of eggs now and are the prime spawners.

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thanks bigeyes,

i have everything i need to head up, the equipment, time, money & very modest know-how. theres lots of time. on the 23rd i was fired. its challenged me to the core of who i am and i am parralized... fishing is the love of my life, but my head just isnt into it :-( i am still reading the reports though. thanks to all for contributing...

regards,

minnesotatuff

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mn stuff i know from where you are comeing. i lost my job end of may 05 due to the business closing. but for me fishing has been what has kept me from being paralized. lack of work has given me many oppertunities to go out and do what i love to do more than anything else. dont let yourself get to far down in the dumps dude. buck up, grab a bucket, lines, and some bait, and hit the lakes, the solitude is there, but so is the chance to perfect on those modest skills you have mentioned. ...... paul

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What kind of work do you do? Maybe someone here has some networking ideas for you.

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I am curious as to how shallow is the shallow biet?? I have heard about the shallow bite lately and I found a nice little rockpile topping out at 12 feet this past weekend. I was also all by myself so I thought it should be good. We sat from 2pm to 10 Pm and did not even see a single fish. I was fishing the south end out of Brandts. Is there a better part of the lake to try to find this bite?? Thanks

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I feel your pain. I was laid off right after Christmas in 2000. I had a 2 year old and a 6 month old. I couldnt look at my kids without crying for a week. Fortunately I had some contacts that got me working withing 3 weeks. I know how worthless a guy can feel to his family. It was like I had let them down. Keep your head up, be positive and know that things will work out if you get out there and make something happen. The hardest part for me was interviewing when I needed a job. Good Luck, I am pulling for you.

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I may have to reserve a couple weekends to head up there again. I haven't had a lot of luck on the big pond this year so it has sowered me a bit. Thanks for the report.

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Hi Rocky- the bulk of the fish were comming in 8-12 with a few slightly deeper. What you described sounded like a good spot, may want to give it a second chance??? Could be off night or wrong program. These fish are very aggressive and my guess is they would ignore a set line. Keep bouncing from hole to hole ever few minutes, we only ever run 1 rod and a spoon is all I ever use.

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do you guys ever jig with a chubber darter or vertical type jig or is it always spoons with a minow head??

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From what i've seen, the chubby darter works better early ice than it does now, the fish have become way less aggressive and other baits are producing alot more fish than the Chubby is right now. Earlier in the season (early to mid December) the Chubby was producing more and bigger fish than other baits. I've moved to a slower presentation and have been doing well. Just my groups personal expierience.

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bigeyes,

You must be fishing in the same spot we are! If not at least the same type of water. Just got back a few hours ago and I agree, IF you can go, go. This trip saw two monstors come up through the ice and a lot of good eaters. Take a quick pic and down the hole with the big ones. A little butter, lemon pepper, twenty five minites in the oven and mmmmmmmmmmmm, mmmmmmmm, good eating.

GET OUT AND GO and remember KEEP JIGGING!!! They won't bite if it's sitting still.

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StrohsLight,

I think both would work but ya got ta keep them moving!!!! Although spoons have been good!!!

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