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Tyler Holm

Bucket Back Weekend Report: 2/16-2/19 (pics included)

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Tyler Holm

Nick (HeavyFish) and I kicked off the weekend with an evening at Chester Woods. We caught 25-30 smaller crappies and lost one nice one at the hole. We also managed a few gills in the 7.5” range. We never caught a large fish, but had a good time with the small ones. Waxies and spikes worked best on small, yet heavy ice jigs. We fished 2 spots and the depth was 26-28FOW.

On Sat am, we found ourselves at Lake Pepin (trailer park point) looking for some eye/crappie action. We were setup about an hour before sunup which proved worthless. By 9:00 I had 3 dink saugers and picked up 1 nice crappie (11”), but we decided to make a move to an area trout reservoir. Nick picked up 1 14” bow, and we caught prob 40 small gills, pumpkinseeds, and warmouths. We tried a few more spots, but couldn’t mustard up much of anything worth mentioning.

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Sunday am took us over to Albert Lea where we fished Fountain Lake. We fished and area with 9.5FOW and found a couple active fish. We maybe caught 10 gills that were decent sized (7.5-8”), 1 dink walleye, 2 largies, and 1 crappie (10”). The gills wanted the waxies and everything else took minnows or minnow heads. One of the largies is quite possibly my largest through the ice at 15.25”

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I’d classify this as a tough/mediocre weekend. We caught fish, but the size was down. Man, when am I ever going to get past this "lul"? We got a few decent fish for the camera, but that's about it. Put 25 hours into fishing this weekend. Whofta!

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HeavyFish

Yep Tyler summed up this weekend pretty well, a lot of time spent on the ICE and not a whole lot to show but it is always worth the time. Boy I didn't realize what that trout took out of me until I saw what I looked like in that photo. That was a wild hook up, all we were catching were small gills that wanted some small jigs and Tyler handed me his rod after I asked to use it quick and boom what do you know I tied into this nice bow and she took me for a ride. So SOME positives this weekend, but we are dooooo. smirk.gif

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Tyler Holm

I should mention a little about what we were using. The top most picture of the crappie, I was using an Optic Stealth jig from Little Atom. I don't recall the size, but it was a firetiger/perch color pattern.

Nick's rainbow was taken on a Northland Jiggle Bug that I won during last years Trout Day.

The largie was taken on a JB Lures 1/16 Gem'n eye (chart/white) with a minnow head.

Nick's crappie took a micro weasel from JB Lures with a whole minnow.

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lookincalifornia

thanks for the pics ty, i'm useing them to teach my little girl to identify different speices. she does ok. after awhile, everything is 'crappie' to her.

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Tyler Holm

I'm hoping to turn things around tomorrow am. This nice weather should get the fish activated a bit.

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hogsucker

Did you take any photos of the Warmouth? They are a pretty rare catch in these parts and I really want to get one for the life-list. I'd love to see a photo to confirm that it was indeed a Warmouth. Thanks a lot, and keep posting the panfish pics. ~hogsucker

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Tyler Holm

I'll take a photo next time. I'm no expert my any means, but I've caught several dozen "warmouths" this ice season so far. I certainly could be wrong thogh. I'll photo one next time for proper identification. Foster Arends and the sippi backwaters are typically where these fish have been taken.

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hogsucker

Thanks, Tyler. The part of the state that you are fishing is one of the very few places in Minnesota where these buggers live. They are actually a pretty unique catch and something to be proud of. I look forward to seeing some photos! ~hogsucker

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