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#1 Alex The Fish Hunter

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 04:46 PM

So last Saturday, I decided to head out and check some of the ice conditions with some of the small year round trout ponds. I was not expecting much for ice thickness. I was only thinking that I find about 1 to 1 1/2 inches of ice which will be a good start to figuring when I would be hitting some first ice. Hit the first lake with one of my buddies that wanted to tag along. I hit the ice with my spud bar and it did not go through the ice. I was like wow this is good solid ice.

 

I broke a chuck of ice out and was surprised to see that the thickness of the ice was like 5 inches. This was a shock as we had mild weather for the week up to the time I decided to go out and check ice. Well, at this point wished that I had went out earlier in the week to see how thick the ice would be as by the time I got out it was too late to try to fish. So, now I know what I was going to do the next day. Good thing my gear was ready to go. I was also happy to get out and try my new Humminbird Helix 5 GPS DI G2 that I got for the boat and got the ice conversion kit for. I changed from the Vexlar FL-18.

 

So got up Sunday morning at 8:30am loaded up the truck and got my buddy at 9am. Good thing the drive to the lake is not far outside of North Bay. Get to the trail to the lake and there is a car parked on the trail. Now I'm a bit pissed as some bonehead decide to block the way to the lake. There was no room to park on the side of the highway. I got out and took a look. Figured if I put the truck in 4x4 I could get by the car which I was able to. Then after the short drive to the lake, I see a few guys at the spot I was planning to fish at. Good thing I have fished this lake before and knew another spot that we could fish from.

 

We had our holes drilled and dialed into our preferred depth but a bit before 10am. Fishing was slow to start as we marked a few fish but no takers. It was not able for another an hour and bit that we had our first brookie on the ice. Then nothing for hours. It was not for like until 3pm when we got the second fish then third and final one around the time we left around 4pm. Not bad for the first day on ice. We for my buddy. I got the big goose eye that day.


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#2 oldphart

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 01:51 PM

~~~~Thanks for the report, I'm still waiting, for Christmas, going to gift myself with some Snowpants, then I'm ready


~~~~~OOPS sorry were you down wind of me

#3 K.C.

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Posted 15 December 2017 - 12:01 AM

Hi Alex good to hear from you and glad to hear you've got some decent ice.  I'm sure with this cold weather it's even built up some more.

Thanks for the post buddy.  You'll get em next time.  I've never caught a brookie through the ice may I ask how many inches they typically get on the water you're fishing?

Shallow, Deep, Bait?  I'd like to catch one through the ice to cross it off my bucket list.


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#4 Alex The Fish Hunter

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Posted 15 December 2017 - 09:44 PM

Hi Alex good to hear from you and glad to hear you've got some decent ice.  I'm sure with this cold weather it's even built up some more.

Thanks for the post buddy.  You'll get em next time.  I've never caught a brookie through the ice may I ask how many inches they typically get on the water you're fishing?

Shallow, Deep, Bait?  I'd like to catch one through the ice to cross it off my bucket list.

 

Well I went out the next weekend and landed a brookie for the start of this season finally. The lake I was on had 5 good inches of ice. Usually with the ponds we hit for brookies, we will target them in about 5 to 10 feet of water. They usually feed in that depth of water. If the lake allows it, we use minnows and I will use small spoons and even some PK lures.Colors do vary from lake to lake. Some lakes gold colors work and some clown color works too. Just have to test colors and sizes. When lake does not allow live minnows, I will salt my dead minnows to use. 


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