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2-10 to 2-12 report

mama m

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6.5 miles out of Hillmans. From Friday afternoon at 5:00 to Sunday morning at 10:00, 25 crappies, 50-75 walleyes, couple of perch, and 1 northern that didn't make it in the hole between 2 couples. (What a great lake--where else can you catch fish like that in a day and a half, consistently. Love that place!) Largest crappie was 14 3/4--still waiting for the elusive 15 incher. Crappie bite started at 6:00 p.m. on the nose and went for a couple of hours. A few on rattle reels from 4:00 a.m. on. Nearly everything caught on anything that glows red and DON'T MOVE IT! This is the lightest bite we can remember in six years up there. They won't even pull the bobber down on the rattle reels half the time. Watch your line and bobber closely. This is exactly the same result we had 3 weeks ago, same amount of fish, same time of day, same presentation. We were at 5 miles then. See you on the ice!

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I don't know if you share the info or not, but do you go North or south of the road, and how far. Some houses are 1/2 mile North of the road and some are right next to it. Just wondering.

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Definetely not right next to it. The key to fishing up there is almost always get away! When we got there Friday we got as far as we could go, shot for the biggest open spot we could find, set up on it--2 big houses away from the crowds and a couple hundred yards away from each other. (I'd say we were SW of the end of that piece of road.) By Saturday night we were nearly surrounded by portables (& their augers,) and the guys with mini vans that parked in everyone's tracks tongue.gif and of the 2 of us, the house farthest from those that moved in on us did better than the other. In other words, work those blank empty areas. There are more of them this year than I can remember ever and they're showing that it's worth the effort.

Not going up this weekend because of the cold. If stuff breaks, quits, or doesn't start when it's minus 30, things take on an entirely different priority. Lots of folks deal with the extra pressure those temps bring; we've been there, done that. We'll wait a week and let it pass rather than stress (& test), the equipment.

Probably more info than you wanted. In short, get away from the crowds, get your butt out where no one's been, hope no one moves in, and most of all, HAVE FUN!! See you on the ice!

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Couldn't have said it better mama m. Spread out does not mean 50 feet instead of 25 feet. The next hot bite is usually that big "empty" spot where no one is fishing right now.

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