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Was out fishing Washington again this morning. Started at 4:30am. A bit chilly when you can't set up the portable for a little better than an hour!

Fished in 11'-12' of water. Used a jig on my deadstick with a minnow on it and jigged with a jigging spoon also tipped with a minnow. Fish started biting from the on-set. Smaller fish earlier, larger fish towards sunrise. Set up the house 1hr before sunrise and the fish were gone, so I moved to another hole I had drilled about 30 yards away and they were there. Used up the minnow I had on the jigging spoon so I put a couple euros on as Crappie Tom said in a post in the crappie forum. Crappies REALLY liked this better than the spoon tipped with a minnow.

Caught crappies until I switched to sunnies at 8:00am. Tried an orange & chartreuse jig tipped with a couple euros (was hot last week) but only got a few takers. So I switched to a black jig and got a few more takers. Tipped it with a waxie and that was the ticket as I proceeded to catch much more fish.

Fish were pretty agressive this morning. Crappies that hit the deadstick hit it hard enough that I would hear the bobber pop in the water before I'd see the bite. Many sunnies devoured the jig to the point where you couldn't even see the jig it was down so far. Both species were very willing to chase upward in the water column too.

Sunnies were suspended a couple feet off the bottom. Crappies were 4'-5' below the ice. Sunnies were from 5" to 8" and crappies were from 6" to 12". Kept 4 crappies from 10" to 11" and kept 8 sunnies from 7" to 8". Caught 16 crappies and 30-35 sunnies.

Ice was still "good". Haven't lost any thickness yet.

Good fishin'!

bc

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Nice report and a job well done.

It truly was a beautiful day to be on the ice. The weather was amazing up on Mille Lacs too. Oh, and the jumbos cooperated too. grin.gif

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Should I be expecting pics??? grin.gif I finally got my wife out in the garage and took some pics. First pics I've had taken this year. Had the camera out in the portable in hopes of taking some live pics, but the darn batteries were dead! mad.gif That's the way it goes sometimes.

(you beat me to the punch on the pics. Just checked e-mail. Nice fish!)

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Sounds like you had a good day Eric. smile.gifThose days when the fish cooperate are wonderful days on the water. smile.gifYou keep catching fish like that and you will be writing articles like CT and Matt.

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It was a fun day to be out there for certain. Even the days I've been skunked or nearly skunked they are still better than what I would have been doing (or should have been doing blush.gif). I've been awefully glad of the discussions in this forum and in the crappie-sunfish forum in regards to the different tactics, locations of fish relating to bottom structure, and the jigs and lures that have been productive and a few others. I'm also glad I found out about those spring bobbers. Although I don't have the actual spring ones, I've got the flat metal wire ones which have been better than nothing at all.

The info that CT, MJ, CB, yourself, TO and all the others on this site has really helped make my outings more successful this year, along too with the purchase of a flasher unit. Having a flasher makes such a difference too.

I know I've got so much more to learn about pannies, but what I have learned so far is paying off. There's no way I could know and will likely ever know as much as the pannie pros like CT, CB, MJ and the guys, but I'll keep sharing my experiences on what, how, etc. and hopefully lend a hand in some sort of way.

It's been a great hardwater year this year. Not to say that I'm done with it yet! But, this year was the most I've ever been out on the ice and without doubt the best sunnie and crappie fishing I've ever had. I should have tried my hand at some other lakes this year for pannies, but when you're limited to being away from home for no more than 4 or 5 hours (kids and all), it limits the distance I can go.

Certainly looking forward to finishing out with some late ice action, and am really getting anxious for the open water season keeping my dad's boat busy! grin.gif

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Basscatcher

the next few weeks will be the best hardwater panfish fishing of the year.One should be able to get into some awesome fishing. smile.gif

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Thanks for the kind words Eric but not necessarily required. smirk.gif What you have mentioned as helping you become a more successful fisherman is what this site is all about. Speaking for myself (and others) we are happy to help in any way that we can.

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I'm really looking forward to it Tom. Usually my season ends in the middle of February, but not no more! grin.gif

Might be back to walking out next weekend as it sounds as though the temps will be hanging around 40 along with forecasted rain for a number of days. I don't know exactly what the late ice patterns and fishing are yet as I've never gotten into it before, but it's sure looking like it will be upon us in a big hurry!

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BASSCATCHER

Iam going this Friday to Washington and if you would like to come along you are more than welcome.I will be leaving around 6am and returning around noon.

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Harvey Lee

I'll have to check my calendar tomorrow. I've got a council meeting to attend Thurs. night, so maybe I can go. I'll let you know.

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Harvey Lee

I won't be able to make it our tomorrow morning.

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Basscatcher---I will just catch twice as many. smile.gifTo bad you cant tag along,maybe you could show me a trick or two.

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I'd love to be out there with ya Harvey Lee, but it's a busy time of year for me now designing and managing projects. I'll try and fire you an e-mail a little later on today.

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    • redlabguy
      Mark, Glad your crew had another great outing. It’s always good to read your reports. Just wish there were more of them like the old days. Sorry you hit the storm. One of the worst in our 14 years. We’ll be dealing with dock issues for a long time but nothing like the good folks in Cook have.  The fishing has come around a little since the storm. Definitely nightcrawler now. I don’t get far out of Frazer but the reefs are where the action is. Looking forward to hearing from you in September.  My best to you and Linda, RLG p.s. Our good old red lab, Ole, cashed it in last summer, but we have a 6 month old lab now who is learning the ropes up here (and teaching us we’re older than we think we are!)
    • Mike89
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    • smurfy
      yeppers......nuttin more aggravating the boat motor issues!!!!!!!   what was the problem the first time???????
    • Hookmaster
      Nice fish Kettle. Hope it's really "fixed" next time.
    • Rivergroup
      Our group will be returning in September as well. Wish we were able to be there now to lend a hand.
    • smurfy
      dang...tough to hear..........hope the good people up there recover soon!!!!!!!!!
    • MarkB
      We just returned this afternoon from 6 days on Vermilion. We arrived Saturday and enjoyed 3 fantastic days of walleye fishing. My cousin, our friend Greg, and myself fished several of our spring spots and found fish on all of them. Water temperatures were pretty much 65-67 degrees everywhere we fished. The wind was variable and made boat control a challenge at times. Bait was not an issue and we had success on crawlers(Tim), leeches(Greg), and minnows(me). If I had to pick one of those as catching the most fish, it would be crawlers. Our best day totalled 48 walleyes, 4 smallmouth, and 2 big JUMBOS. We ended up with over a hundred walleyes, 12 jumbos 11"-13", and 10 smallmouth to 18". Our biggest walleye was 24.5" and the balance went from 13"-22". There are lots of 14"-16" walleyes this year which are perfect eaters. The mayfly hatch was in full bloom in some areas but we found very few mayflies in the water column over rock reefs. We caught our fish in depths ranging from 10' to 32'. I didn't fish in any area where I could see mayflies top to bottom in the water column. Slow trolling in the .3mph to .6mph worked and we caught nothing using slip bobbers. Terminal tackle was a 3'-4' 10# flurocarbon leader, 2 lime colored beads, and a plain #6 Gamakatsu walleye hook . Snags are always an issue when fishing in and around the rocks and when the fish are biting they are acceptable. NOW, for the bad news.......Tuesday was a day I won't soon forget. The area suffered devastating torrential rainfall. Lightning was non-stop for several hours and when things settled down, flood damage was everywhere. We checked our rain guage on the side of the cabin and we got 7 3/4 " in a little over 4 hours! Breezy Point road washed out, Mud Creek road washed out as did several others in the area. Cooke business area was completely covered with flood water. I would consider it a disaster area and should be declared as such. We couldn't find a dock anywhere that wasn't covered with water. People were stranded behind flood covered and washed out roads. Dock decking, limbs and such were floating everywhere in the big water. My group sends our prayers to the people of that beautiful country that lost their businesses, homes, and suffered damage to their lake properties. The people of that north country are resilient and we have confidence that they will recover. We stayed our final 3 days but didn't fish at all Tuesday. Our last 2 days showed the effects of the storm. Water temps dropped to 64 degrees and our premo fishing became 10 walleye days. We did manage to catch a dozen really nice jumbos. We plan on returning in September and we pray the area will have returned to normal by then. I haven't figured out how to transfer photos from my phone to my computer yet so no pictures at this time. Good Fishing and God be with you. MarkB
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      Word is that the river has peaked and therefore the town can start the process of recovering sooner.
    • smurfy
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