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Finally got to walk on water this year. Only had about an hour, but was more of a scouting mission. Found 6" of real good clear ice. This was in a shallow bay and with open water in spots 2 days ago its still sketchy out there. Everyone be safe and tight lines.
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It was a janky setup but this is when i first started ice fishing and didnt want to spend money on a flasher. I think for the transducer i just had it ziptied to some wooden dowel rod and a piece of pool noodle. It caught me some fish lol
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I like the tackle box i should gave thought of that. I ues my hummingbird 798si and bought a ducer and rigged it to a pvc setup with arms coming out of a tee 6" both sides and a piece down 11" with a 90 and a 2" piece that the ducer is zipped to. It works great the pvc fills with water and it puts the ducer straight down nicely. The flasher setting works pretty good on it to i can pick up tiny jigs no problem
 

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...I'm just getting head screwed on right. Been a messed up last 3-4 ish weeks. I actually was out and about this past Sunday exploring/recon work stuff with abit of fishing some spillways. Ice is forming and in some spots (west branch) there are good clear ice as I've read is to be the best ICE. I'm not fully wrapping my <twisted> ness ...with this clear ice is best ice stuff just yet. I do understand it though.

...anyway...I'll be in touch with some of you and hope to ice some fish soon.

...I do like my spillways/rivers lol.

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...kinda crazy how I feel absolutely comfortable standing low 30's temperature waters and fishing for hours while foot feeling around rocks/logs and such...side note though is alot of my spots are documented and know of/use the river gauges/and my past notes with footsteps. Just like you ICE guys/girls...nothing is the same.

River walking and hard water fishing are the SAME in the end. You don't know 100% about the ice...as you (I) don't know about the rocks/bottom of any river when walking it...its just like I have said before...TIME. water does amazing things even with the least of flowing.

...stay safe bc all past knowledge is great...but keep/make that priory #1.

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Good morning everyone! - Great to see and hear of so many people having ice adventures. By the looks of the forecast there’s much more to come!

I’m hoping my shot at the hard water is coming soon. Things are looking pretty dang busy for me until at least mid February. I might just have to get the sniffles & take off a couple days for rona testing.

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying everyone’s pictures & reports thank you to all sharing their adventures! & also thanks for taking safety seriously I’ve seen reports from many outlets & everyone seems to be conscientious about their own safety. That’s important!

SPUD’S ,SPIKES,PICKS, ROPE. Those items won’t do you any good in your vehicle. Make sure you’ve got those picks around your neck. Those spikes on your feet. That spud in your hand & the rope somewhere where it’s going to be accessible if needed.

Do it up! . I’ll be looking forward to the reports!

Best of luck to those headed out today! Positive vibes & lips on hooks!



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Gooooooood Marnin fellas...well I see it's drizzled a bit through the night. Not as excited as I was 2 days ago. TBH I'm a bit leery about heading out. Car is loaded, shiners a bubblin, batteries charged, lunch packed, coffee percolating now. Supposed to get up to 39 with a 50%chance of rain/snow today. Trying to decide if I should wear my waders in case the shoreline deteriorates. Anyone else planning on trying to get on somewhere today?
 

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I like the tackle box i should gave thought of that. I ues my hummingbird 798si and bought a ducer and rigged it to a pvc setup with arms coming out of a tee 6" both sides and a piece down 11" with a 90 and a 2" piece that the ducer is zipped to. It works great the pvc fills with water and it puts the ducer straight down nicely. The flasher setting works pretty good on it to i can pick up tiny jigs no
Gooooooood Marnin fellas...well I see it's drizzled a bit through the night. Not as excited as I was 2 days ago. TBH I'm a bit leery about heading out. Car is loaded, shiners a bubblin, batteries charged, lunch packed, coffee percolating now. Supposed to get up to 39 with a 50%chance of rain/snow today. Trying to decide if I should wear my waders in case the shoreline deteriorates. Anyone else planning on trying to get on somewhere today?
Heading out in a few. found real good ice yesterday. Sucks it didnt get below freezing last night, but with some rain in the forecast today and the temps taking a plunge, its game on baby. Be safe out there!!!!!
 

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Gooooooood Marnin fellas...well I see it's drizzled a bit through the night. Not as excited as I was 2 days ago. TBH I'm a bit leery about heading out. Car is loaded, shiners a bubblin, batteries charged, lunch packed, coffee percolating now. Supposed to get up to 39 with a 50%chance of rain/snow today. Trying to decide if I should wear my waders in case the shoreline deteriorates. Anyone else planning on trying to get on somewhere today?
Depending on how much rain falls I don’t think you’ll have issues. The hourly percentages aren’t more than 50% after 11am. I think it’s gonna be really lite & spotty. I’m betting you’ll be good & I’ll bet they fire ahead of & during the front.

I wouldn’t be out there with waders on. It sounds great for the close to shore on & off the ice. But if you get into a situation out deeper with them on it could be a disaster.


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I don’t think that little bit of sprinkles and mild night did anything to hurt the ice. Especially those who had 6” of ice in spots. It wasn’t windy and that’s key because there’s a layer of cold air that hovers just above the ice keeping it protected. Without the wind the ice should remain unchanged through small warm ups.

Shore ice well that’s another story In itself pic your spot wisely.


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Pulled in Moggy Ticknor Rd yesterday at 4pm. NO VEHICLES IN THE PARKING LOT. NOBODY ON THE ICE!! Ice didn't look as good as it did on Tuusday. Even a little water in top in a few areas. Wasnt about to go on solo, so waited and 2 other guys showed up. Gingerly we walked out. My vagina was puckering!! We hardly moved. Ice was solid & clear, but only 2-3" at best. Fished 10fow. Saw fish on the Vex, but no biters. I left at 6pm not catching a single fish. Both guys had 1 perch each when I left.. Nevertheless, it felt wonderful to be on the ice again
 

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Well my upcoming weekend of ice fishing hit a snag yesterday. An appendicitis bought my ticket to the hospital! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s fish porn this weekend!


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Well my upcoming weekend of ice fishing hit a snag yesterday. An appendicitis bought my ticket to the hospital! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s fish porn this weekend!


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Dang that sucks! Get well soon!


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