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Well now it starts..

Bobby Bass

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Well now it starts.. Superbowl has come and gone, there is the pro bowl but after that there is not a bump in the road till the fishing opener. Sure there is the boat show but the bowl show here is nothing like it was even 10 years ago. Now it is nothing more then a bunch of vendors trying to sell vacuums and microwaves and home cleaning kits. Thank god at least Marine General is there so you can at least see some fishing gear. But I am getting off track here. Anyway the wait begins and with the warm weather I think "Cabin Fever" will strike very soon this spring. Even as I write this I have dripping water coming off the eves and not a tad of snow on the boat house. I can just about hear the sound of minnow tank aerators and the shuffle of feet dragging in front of walls of fishing lures as myself and others like me begin to head to the bait shops just to wander the aisles and perhaps pick up a few things a couple of times a week. Anyone else out there already feeling the pain? Even you hard water guys will be in the same boat soon..

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Just think.. it will seem just like a blink and the ice will be coming in (next fall)... any guesses on when metro lakes will freeze?


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Now, I've been accused of future fishing season daydreaming before, but I'm not ready to close the book on ice season yet. Yes, I dream all the time of open water bass fishing, but I have a ice trip to the Winnie area yet to do, Cool Cats, more local lake ice hopping, and of course, those March ice panfishing days in the full sun in short sleeves. I love that! And before "The Opener", there's looper fishing on the North Shore to do...

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    • Wanderer
      @chaffmj, never mind.  I decided to take a cruise on up there today.  Had a couple popple tops in the driveway but nothing I couldn’t clear.  Nice to see the area again.
    • BrianF
      Ludlows and Muskego both hit hard.  The Dayton place had a lot of big trees down, not sure of structural damage.  Some say a tornado skipped thru that area.  Looking at the destruction, I could believe it.  I feel bad for those impacted by this storm.   Below are a few snap shots of common sights around the area a day or two after the storm. 
    • Wanderer
      Mike, was there a lot of damage in the Ely area?
    • leech~~
      Drove through Annandale last Tuesday and was really bummed to still only see the old cement slab at Little Jim's. Hope they can get it built-back-better! 🙂
    • bfisherman11
      I heard recently the water level had gone down some. Sound like folks are re really dealing with a mess.    Fishing pictures look like a good year in that regard.   Hope the property loss isn't terrible but seems bad.   Bill 
    • Kettle
      Yesterday was a grind to find bigger fish but we landed a few. Only 3 fish overall but they were all nice fish, all C&R. I do believe the sunfish are out of the shallows besides small ones. Thursday I took the nephews out and didn't see any on beds.  
    • redlabguy
      Glad you keep coming back, Mark. And glad you still know the way to catch a slew of walleyes. I wish i could’ve learned more while you were here. But I appreciate all the information you provide on what worked for you.  Strange year. We just got part of our dock in and our boat. I fished a couple hours this morning for the first time on a Frazer hump you know and caught ten under 12” and one keeper which I released… a nice 26+“. I’m hoping more to come soon. I hope all is well with you, Dick
    • smurfy
      kettle....have you chased around any sunfish lately???? kinda wondering if there done spawning???? the last time i was up the sunfish we did clean that had eggs in it didnt even look close to spawning. although i know they seem to carry eggs around most of the summer it seems!!!!!!
    • SkunkedAgain
      Maybe the bamboozler will end up being like every fish story, some old timers holding their hands out as wide as possible to demonstrate to a youngster just how big it was....
    • smurfy
      kettle, when are you going to fish for something decent to eat????🤔🤣🤣   nice batch of fish!!!!!!!!!
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