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Dhenry

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Here's a report from last nights trip. Started at approx. 5:30 on a flat calm sea. We caught three fish on our first pass...all in approx. 5' of water on ten. shad. As we turned back to make our second pass the water skimmed over. Moved to another location, caught three fish including a 3lb eel pout. Again turned back to make another pass and we were getting iced in. There was a boat coming in at a pretty good speed to the spot we were fishing and there was a loud scrpe and crunch as they hit the patch of ice that was surrounding us. We moved again very slowly as we were fighting through thin ice (not skim ice) I was actually a little nervous driving through this stuff. We then moved in front of twin pines, where there was no ice and trolled for about 30 minutes without a bite. Hit one last spot before we called it a night and caught three more walleyes before that spot started to skim.

The fish are still there and hitting pretty well when you can fish over the quality spots. Our speed was about .6-.9.

With the warm temps this week, I'm hoping for one more trip as it was very frustrating last night fighting the ice formations.

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What spots were working for you? Seems like area in front of twin pines and North end of the bay was not so good? Where did u launch?

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    • CigarGuy
      Just talked to my neighbor up at the lake and he said one of SunkedAgain's neighbors in Black Bay couldn't get to his place going across the Partridge River-he said he almost broke thru the ice!!  I'm down a ways toward Wakemup from the narrow part going into the bay, but we had over 30" last wknd.  Looking good for some open water to fish down my way by the opener!
    • delcecchi
      Pepin is natural feature of Mississippi, not man made.   Seems the Chippawa dumps a lot of sand in that causes the mississippi to back up, forming lake pepin.  But the ice going out on pepin is probably due to runoff starting and raising the river level and flow as much as anything.    If I were to compare stuff I would look at average temp for Virginia in march and april of those late ice years compared to this year.  Throw in May for good measure.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I can not remember the starting dates on those years but Brent would know! Cliff
    • delcecchi
      Like they say down in Loosiana, you pinch tail and suck the head.   And when they eat them, looks like they dump a bucket full on some newspaper on a picnic table and have at them.    But they still hadn't made it all the way west as of last summer, and I figure getting stopped with a cooler full of rusties heading home from the east wouldn't look good on my permanent record.... One of these years though.   I hear they are west of oak narrows now.
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      Yes, had it on wife's iphone when that was the only smartphone in the family.   I think I would have to have one of the huge phablets to be able to see anything but I am old and don't see that well anymore, when it comes to fine detail.   But good you mentioned it since I had forgotten about it. 
    • Big Red Lodge
      some of the lake access areas might be interesting to navigate thru ad DNR is prepping the public landings
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      That is a hearty fish.  I guess that is the benefit of the late winter
    • Big Red Lodge
      Good to know.  Thanks for the update
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      I have not heard of any either, but the weather is looking good.  I'm optimist for opener
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      Thanks for your updates Cliff . Out of curiosity , if this date holds true of Monday April 30th for the start of this years event , would you happen to know how this date sits with past late ice out years , for instance 1996 , 2013 ?