Today’s Top 5
31″ Erie SOW!
Awesome fish Ross!
Here it is! Key is the action, both moving it and when still. Lots more info at ShadowRap.com.
Super-interesting piece by Matt Straw at In-Fish:
> How many ice anglers bother to observe water temperature at depth? Most perceive conditions under the ice to be pretty homogeneous, not only month-to-month, but year-to-year. But it isn’t so. Temperature bands move up and down through the water column all winter, expanding and contracting….
> “Heavy snow cover can improve the shallow bite, but extremely cold weather can push frigid 33°F water down to the bottom in 8 to 10 feet of water, driving walleyes out of there. When I find 36°F or warmer water on bottom in 10 feet of water, I know walleyes will push even shallower on those key spots.”
> Walleyes in one lake kept biting at about 22 feet for over a month, even when temperatures varied by about 4°F. But the bite wasn’t the same at 34°F as it was at 38°F. Not even close.
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> Fish are spread out. Good reports between Knight and Bridges islands and Garden Island in 27-33′. Morning bite reported in 18′ off of Pine Island. Around Zippel, fishing structure in 23-30′ best with some morning action shallow. Reefs off of Long Point producing mixed bag with some jumbo perch. Combo of walleyes and saugers the norm.
> Most groups catching supper each day, many limits and mixed in trophies.
> On the Rainy River, frozen shiners in 15-20′ with orange or chartreuse is still the go to. Some sturgeon being caught and released. Please work through outfitters and bait shops and know where you are going on ice.
> Up at the NW Angle good fishing continues around reefs in 23-30′. Jig one line, dead stick second line.
> Fish houses on ice through Mar 31. Walleye season open to Apr 14. Lodging info here.
> He used a green and silver do-jigger to land the winning walleye.
3. OH: ‘Eyes biting off Magee Marsh.
4. MN: Ice anglers leave too much trash.
One mess gives all anglers a bad name….
5. ON: Father/son pulled from Erie.
6. MN: Body of second angler found.
RIP fishing brother.
> Feb. 22 – Walleye, pike, and largemouth season close
> Feb. 28 – Your 2014 MN fishing license will expire
> Mar. 2 and 16 – You’ll be required to pull ice houses off the lakes depending on where you live
Not news, but a great shot — says it all!
1. MN: ‘Pout festival this weekend.
2. WI: High school derby on Chetek Chain.
This weekend. Great!
3. ND: Fargo Sportsman’s show.
March 5-8 at the Fargo Dome. Guest speakers include Ted Takasaki and Dave Csanda of Lindner’s Angling Edge.
4. ND: Walleye U in Grand Forks Mar. 7.
5. MT: Walleyes Forever banquet Apr 11.
6. ND: Devil’s Lake Walleye Tourney…
…now has a FB page, like it here.
> Warm — Built in mesh pouches hold standard pocket hand-warmers so you never have to worry about frosty screens overnight.
2. MN: Court rules in favor of DNR…
…in Mille Lacs walleye lawsuit.
4. OH: Toxic dumping in Erie?!
If you don’t want the Army Corps of Engineers to go ahead with their plan to dump toxic river dredge into Erie, let them know how you feel:
(716) 879-4410, (716) 481-5439, Bruce.i.Sanders@usace.army.mil
5. WI: ’16 Muskie Expo venue change.
Emerald beaut caught by Josh McFaddin of Fin and Bone:
Tip of the Day
Very good video on how to catch these fish. You might be missing out!
Quote of the Day
It wouldn’t take much [in additional PCB contamination] to have to raise the [Lake Erie] walleye consumption advisory from one meal of walleye per week to one meal of walleye per month.
– OH EPA director Craig Butler on the Corps of Engineers aforementioned plans to dump river dredge into Erie…which the Corps says won’t do any harm. Seems like the Corps is trying to do something like this:
Shot of the Day
Do they ice-fishin in Lithuania? Yes they do. How ’bout that rod?
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