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5 hours ago, 1farmer said:

It's amazing what one will do after they start a purely instructional guide business.

 

I’ve apparently even taught myself enough to catch fish on Beaver. Nah, it’s like I said to start with, the old pond is on the rebound. 

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Seems the more I fish it, the harder it becomes for me.  Probably way over thinking it. I try to simplify it but I don' get out as often as I used to. 

 

I do have a go to bait in the winter though.  I'l fish it all day and catch fish on it.  Just takes me all day to get 4-5.  Another fella could fish same bait with me and catch 30.  I' Just "that guy" that can't catch them strong and I've accepted that. I fish for many reasons.  Not how many I catch but as long as I catch something. 

I for one am looking forward to a good shad kill.  The lake has had a buffet feedback on long enough.  Looking forward to hungry fish in the spring. There is no reason fish should be long and lean this year but most I have seen in the past year from bass, walleye, and recently stripers are all long and lean.  Caught two stripers from same area last week and one was a hipster wearing skinny jeans and another had been choking Little Debbies like a hoarder.   Any correlation or explanation? Not sure. Maybe one ran from the dam and the other was a resident.  Even the gizard shad are not as big this year I hear. 

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Bi-polar forecast with the emphasis on polar.  They have switched back to the extreme cold forecast - low of one degree New Years eve, with only a high of 14 on New Year's day.  With a 10-15 MPH north wind thrown in.  

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It was NYE back in '85 or '86 if I recall correctly, I had fishing fever pretty bad and nothing else to do. Loaded the jon boat in the back of my old Datsun and headed to the Sidewalk hole. It was frozen over solid. So was Blue Springs, WEM, HCM, Monte Ne, HBM, PCM, Ventris, LBS, LBN, Indian Creek, and every other dirt road access on the west/north shore I knew back then. Finally found a little open water at Dam Site North, but the ramp was covered with snow. I spent an hour carrying buckets of water to the top of the ramp to thaw out a couple of tracks to the water. Fished till shortly after dark, trolling the edge of the ice and the available shoreline. At one point I could say with complete confidence that I was the only soul on the lake at that moment, because I could see every bit of open water. That's the only satisfaction I got from that trip though, 'cause I never got a bite...

No way in hell I'd try that nowadays.

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On 12/24/2017 at 7:46 AM, Stump bumper said:

Well the cold front hit and looks like a chance of freezing rain for News Year, might be trouble putting in. I know if I was fishing I would only need three boxes, my jerk baits, ned rigs and spoons. Brave souls that are going to run the lake, I am too old to take that cold, I would drop the trolling motor in PC until it got above 32 then my run would be 30 mph or less.

Good luck Jolicious, hope you find some active fish.

Thank you!

I hope to find something that'll bite.

I have my entire bait choice ready....

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9 hours ago, bfishn said:

It was NYE back in '85 or '86 if I recall correctly, I had fishing fever pretty bad and nothing else to do. Loaded the jon boat in the back of my old Datsun and headed to the Sidewalk hole. It was frozen over solid. So was Blue Springs, WEM, HCM, Monte Ne, HBM, PCM, Ventris, LBS, LBN, Indian Creek, and every other dirt road access on the west/north shore I knew back then. Finally found a little open water at Dam Site North, but the ramp was covered with snow. I spent an hour carrying buckets of water to the top of the ramp to thaw out a couple of tracks to the water. Fished till shortly after dark, trolling the edge of the ice and the available shoreline. At one point I could say with complete confidence that I was the only soul on the lake at that moment, because I could see every bit of open water. That's the only satisfaction I got from that trip though, 'cause I never got a bite...

No way in hell I'd try that nowadays.

This is AWSOME!!

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