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    Thumbs Up First Below Zero Night = Ice Fishing

    Well tonight is scheduled to get down to -2F.
    Yeee Haaaa. Makin ice for fishing..... the high
    today was 9F

    Any other ice fisher persons????? Got the auger
    sharpened and ready to rock.

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    Yes, the ice in the chest to keep them fresh when it's 90 out on the water...

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    9F here in Alexandria MN. Small Lakes are were starting to skim over but the wind needs to stop blowing for a day. ---- Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by WCMN View Post
    9F here in Alexandria MN. Small Lakes are were starting to skim over but the wind needs to stop blowing for a day. ---- Randy
    It was 9F here nearly all day........... must be a big pocket
    of 9F air....

    Alex has some nice crappie water nearby....... Is it Osakis?

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    We took it up last winter. I dont have an auger yet and dont like the chainsaw method!!! so an auger will be bought soon. I bought a few poles and flagging devices last summer for cheap. Havent had much luck on my 9 acre bass pond but it was real fun. Whats some good lures or baits to use? How about flies(I make my own)? I have bass, crappie and bluegill for fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zane View Post
    We took it up last winter. I dont have an auger yet and dont like the chainsaw method!!! so an auger will be bought soon. I bought a few poles and flagging devices last summer for cheap. Havent had much luck on my 9 acre bass pond but it was real fun. Whats some good lures or baits to use? How about flies(I make my own)? I have bass, crappie and bluegill for fish.
    Hand augers are the way to go for early ice, they
    don't spook the fish like a power auger. But if
    your ice gets thick a power auger is nice. We see
    36" thick ice nearly every year. But in your area
    I'd be surprized if you get beyong 24"???

    For hand augers the Lazer is the one to have. And for
    mainly panfish a 6" is plenty big. Smaller augers are
    easier to drill with. I use a 5" Lazer for early season
    panfish.

    Crappie are suckers for the Ol' jig and minnow. 1/32 oz plain
    jig (chartreuse, florescent orange, and gold). Crappie usually
    suspend off the bottom (4 to 6 ft). A flasher makes fishing
    crappie through the ice a lot more productive. Use no more
    than 6 pound test (I like 4#)

    Bluegills.......... 2 pound test with micro jigs tipped with
    wax worms are killer.

    Bass will hit anything.

    How deep is the pond Zane?? Crappies tend to hang
    out in the deepest spots in winter. Suspended.

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    Default Ice fishing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sundance View Post
    Well tonight is scheduled to get down to -2F.
    Yeee Haaaa. Makin ice for fishing..... the high today was 9F Any other ice fisher persons????? Got the auger sharpened and ready to rock.
    An old man was fishing through the ice and having no luck..

    A little boy augered a hole next to the old man’s and commenced to start pulling them in hand over fist.

    The old man asked, “Sonny why you catching so many fish?”

    Little boy said, “Myspper, wgodda creep wgo yumms mwumm.

    Old man said,”Sonny I can’t understand a word you say, speak up!

    Little boy rolled his eyes held his hand in front of his mouth, spit into his hand and said, “Mister, I said you got to keep your worms warm.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sundance View Post
    Crappie are suckers for the Ol' jig and minnow. 1/32 oz plain jig (chartreuse, florescent orange, and gold). Crappie usually
    suspend off the bottom (4 to 6 ft). A flasher makes fishing
    crappie through the ice a lot more productive. Use no more
    than 6 pound test (I like 4#)

    Bluegills.......... 2 pound test with micro jigs tipped with
    wax worms are killer.
    Do you use ultra light gear? So easy to fill the bites with light gear.

    Also, if your wanted to move to Texas. We could go to the lake this weekend and limit out on crappie. High is gonna be mid 60's Spedo weather for you.
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    Default never been ice fishing but????

    Quote Originally Posted by Sundance View Post
    It was 9F here nearly all day........... must be a big pocket of 9F air....
    I never went ice fishing.

    But, I been crappie fishing when I had to break the film ice off the surface in the minnow bucket in order to net the bait...that count???

    Hey it must be too cold there for cold air, it all migrated South. Ya'll need to feed ya'll's cold air better!!!

    Maybe you should get the vet to fix that cold air so you can keep it home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek View Post
    Do you use ultra light gear? So easy to fill the bites with light gear.

    Also, if your wanted to move to Texas. We could go to the lake this weekend and limit out on crappie. High is gonna be mid 60's Spedo weather for you.
    I am a fan of ultralight gear. Quality ice rods are about
    30" to 36" long graphite blanks with ceramic guides, etc.

    As to Texas........ Lived there for shy of 2 years. On Padre
    Island (small town of Flour Bluff). Fished gaters and reds
    regular. There was a small drug store that had a diner in
    it and the lady would cook up the finest fried Red fish
    I can remember. Love Reds.......

    And all the shrimp you can eat down at the causeway
    bars with long necks........ ,mmmmmmmmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sundance View Post
    It was 9F here nearly all day........... must be a big pocket
    of 9F air....

    Alex has some nice crappie water nearby....... Is it Osakis?
    Osakis has nice pan fish along with a number of other lakes in the area. I spend most of my time fishing for "eyes". Like to get on the ice by Thanksgiving and fishing for them up till the end of Dec. Then go looking for the panfish till ice out. Its going to have to stay cold to have any safe ice anytime soon.----- Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by WCMN View Post
    Osakis has nice pan fish along with a number of other lakes in the area. I spend most of my time fishing for "eyes". Like to get on the ice by Thanksgiving and fishing for them up till the end of Dec. Then go looking for the panfish till ice out. Its going to have to stay cold to have any safe ice anytime soon.----- Randy
    Randy......... I grew up on Mille Lacs Lake and of course
    cut my teeth on "eyes". Moved here in 1999 and can't
    believe the walleye fishing here on Devils Lake..... wow.
    And my favorite time for walleye is mid March to ice
    out.... It is incredible to sit there with the spring sun
    on you in a plain shirt catchin rays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sundance View Post
    I am a fan of ultralight gear. Quality ice rods are about
    30" to 36" long graphite blanks with ceramic guides, etc.

    As to Texas........ Lived there for shy of 2 years. On Padre
    Island (small town of Flour Bluff). Fished gaters and reds
    regular. There was a small drug store that had a diner in
    it and the lady would cook up the finest fried Red fish
    I can remember. Love Reds.......

    And all the shrimp you can eat down at the causeway
    bars with long necks........ ,mmmmmmmmm
    If you don't get to go and get that elk this year. When it warms up. You can always come down here and I will take you to get the reds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sundance View Post
    Randy......... I grew up on Mille Lacs Lake and of course
    cut my teeth on "eyes". Moved here in 1999 and can't
    believe the walleye fishing here on Devils Lake..... wow.
    And my favorite time for walleye is mid March to ice
    out.... It is incredible to sit there with the spring sun
    on you in a plain shirt catchin rays.
    Is Devils lake still growing in size (area) or has it slowed down. My son has fished Devils in the summer time with some friends, he couldn't get over how they fished in the tree's. Is the winter perch fishing still good?------Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by WCMN View Post
    Is Devils lake still growing in size (area) or has it slowed down. My son has fished Devils in the summer time with some friends, he couldn't get over how they fished in the tree's. Is the winter perch fishing still good?------Randy
    The lake has stopped flooding for the most part. It reached a
    critical level so that if it goes up another foot or two it will
    spill over into Stump Lake and on into the Sheyenne river.
    Last summer the lake went down a foot or two in fact.

    Fishing the trees it pretty cool, but it takes a toll on
    tackle.

    Perch slowed down quite a lot in the last few years, I
    think the pressure effected them as well as the growing
    walleye and northern populations. Lots of 20# plus
    northerns get caught every year.

    For years the perch limit was way too high, folks would
    regularly take 5 gallon buckets full of them off the lake.
    And then they scratched their heads when fishing for
    them slowed.

    There is a growing population of crappies (and big!). I
    hear more and more people getting into them. Catching
    several over 2#.

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    Ole and Sven grabbed their poles and headed out to do some ice fishing. As they were augering a hole in the ice they heard a loud voice from above say, "There are no fish under the ice."
    Ole an Sven moved about 25 feet over and started to make another hole. The voice said a little stronger, " There are no fish under the ice."
    They both looked around and then looked up. Ole said in a humble voice, "Are you God?"
    The voice spoke back, "No ya idiots! I'm the ice rink attendant."

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    Still gonna be awhile for hard water around here.
    I love Ice fishin gets me away from the wife and kids for a while.
    After the floods around here this past summer its gonna make the river backwaters a whole new ball game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phil c View Post
    .... gonna make the river backwaters a whole new ball game.
    They can be fun and make for great fishing (if you get
    there first). I've pulled some monster panfish from
    river backwaters, and some dandy walleye.

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    Well,we got some calm winds and lakes have started to freeze. Saw two guys yesterday out on the ice trapping minnows so it won't belong now.--------Randy

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