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Rare Merp walleye caught, Giant ice cats, Ice water dog


Today’s Top 5


A 20″ fish caught on Reetz Lake in northeast SD:

> “It looked like a gorgeous walleye coming up and then my buddy sees it and says, ‘Dude, that’s a sucker.’ When I pulled it out of the hole I said, ‘I don’t know what the hell that is.'”


Are cats this season’s ice craze? These shots and a video from Eric Haataja, fish released:



If cats aren’t your thing, how ’bout this dog?


What’s the Shadow Rap?


Okay full disclosure: We do know what it is, can’t say yet, but it’s awesome.


Seen on Pinterest: Not sure if it’s cool or dorky…but since it has a tip-up guess that makes it cool — great job buddy!

Ice News

> Real Pelletier of Madawaska, whose 5-lb 10.5-oz fish earned him $1,500….

Other winners:

> James O’Clair of Ashland walked away with $1,500 for 7-lb 13.6-oz lake trout, also known as togue.
> Wayne Raymond landed a 1-lb 11.6-oz brooke trout, earning him the top spot and $1,000.
> Leroy Underhill pulled a muskie weighing 11 lbs 9 oz…good enough to earn Underhill $800.
> Travis Chasse registered the largest cusk…11-lb 10-oz…$800.

> Sue Deprey took 415 perch to the weigh station over the weekend…earned her the top spot and $400. The largest perch went to Dalton Ouellette…$150 for his 1-lb 3.2-oz fish.

415 perch??

Trout on the ice, eagle came and got it:

Latest episode, nice fish caught:


> The problem they have been seeing is at the ice access points, with salt falling off the vehicles venturing onto the ice.

…of Brainerd Extravaganza:


1. MN: Jan 31, Holes for Heroes charity derby.

2. MI: Bays de Noc derby, Feb. 7.

3. Walleye U.

Walleye University will be presented at SCHEELS stores in:
Sandy, UT on February 14th, 11282 S State St, 801.948.7080
Grand Forks, ND on March 7th, 2800 S. Columbia Road, 701.780.9424
Billings, MT on March 21st, 1121 Shiloh Crossing Blvd., 406.656.9220
Omaha, ND on April 18th, 17202 Davenport St., 402.289.5666



1. IL: Musky Madness Day tomorrow….…at the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo. Special deal at the Shimano booth, click here for deets.

2. MN: 3 lakes have ‘eye regs tightened…

…Boundary Waters, but Winnie regs loosened: Protected slot will be 18-23″, compared to current 17-26″. Regs effective March 1.

3. WI considering other regs…

…for tribe territory lakes, not just bag limits.

4. ON: Meet the Northern ON Walleye Trail.

5. IA wants pro-ethanol talk…

…in 2016 presidential debate. Doesn’t anyone in IA own a gas-powered engine??

‘Eye Candy

16-pounder caught off a dock (!!) on WA’s Potholes Rez. Nice!

Tip of the Day

Gord Pyzer:

> Because fish are such passive eaters during the winter, you need to be able to easily hook one when you see it on the sonar screen nosing your bait. And the best way to do that is by separating your hook from the lure.

> …lethargic winter feeders…methodically approach the lure and inspect it. If they decide it looks good enough to eat, they then open their mouths, flare their gills and create a vacuum into which dinner arrives — or not.

> If your minnow head, maggot, soft-plastic bait or lively minnow is anchored to the hook on even a light- to moderately weighted lure, it barely pivots. Create a degree of separation, however, and it flies into the fish’s mouth.

> …separating the hook from the O-ring with a Stringease Fastach clip or HT Enterprise Chain Rig. While not as light and flexible, you can also add one or two additional split rings or a short piece of mono or fluoro between the lure and hook.


Quote of the Day

At least it’s not fried walleye.

President Obama. According to a recent book, it’s one of his least-favorite foods…which makes us wonder if he’s unable to taste food….

Shot of the Day

Slob ice brown from Apostle Islands, Lake Superior caught by Ice Force pro Will Roseberg:

> …couldn’t resist my VMC glow golden shiner Rattle Spoon…used a combination of Rapala Rippin’ Raps to ring the dinner bell followed by a fast dropping spoon to close the deal….

Gotta check this stuff out!

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