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Offline Water Wolf

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My ice fishing season for 2017 / 2018.
« on: Dec 05, 2017, 05:44 PM »
Hi guys,
Another ice fishing season is upon us, and I hope everyone is having a fun and safe season sofar. ;D

My ice fishing season started earlier than usual this year.
On Dec. 3rd I went to Fishing Lake  to see how things were there. 
There were a few shacks out, close to shore in one spot, and, 10 or so anglers fishing, but no one was driving on yet. :unsure:

I decided to try a different spot down the lake from the group.

I walked out, testing the ice and as I went, and, found 10" to 12"  of good clear ice with just a skiff of patchy snow. :)
I set up and fished from 2:00pm to 5:30pm.

It was a cloudy, dull, afternoon with just a light breeze from the NW.  The temp was decent at - 7 deg C / 19 deg F.

Not too long into the day, and, the first fish shows up on camera.  A pike sneaks in, hangs around for a few min., checks out my lure, but, no interest.
Once it leaves, I do a lure change, and, get results right away.  I see a dark shape coming tight to the bottom, and, as it got closer, I see it's a walleye. I slowly raise and shake the lure so it looks like an escaping fish.  The walleye then went straight up, hit the lure, and was hooked.  A short fight ensued with a few good runs and the fish is iced.
My first fish, and, my biggest walleye for the day. :)

No sooner did I take the fish off and get the lure back down, when I had another walleye come streaking in, stage left, and just smashed it, another fish on and iced. :woot:

This action was off and on all afternoon.

In the end I saw a dozen walleye on camera, with a few coming in pairs. The 2 fish that came in were the most aggressive and one would try and beat the other to the lure.
I even had a walleye pick the lure up off the bottom. @)

The 3 pike that came by were less aggressive.
My first pike stole the bait off my set rod without being hooked. The 2nd pike was hooked but, rolled off just under the ice. Finally, 3rd times the charm, as I get one more hit on the set rod and ice that pike.

My final results were 4 walleye and 1 pike. 

I released most of my fish during open water season, so, this time, I kept my limit of 2 walleye and the 1 pike.  The 2 other walleye went back.

I tried to take a photo of each fish, but, after my largest walleye, the camera ran out of juice.  Good thing I found that one first.

 The walleye were all in good shape with thick bodies and fat bellies.  Must be eating well.
They measured 16.6", 17.6", 19.3".  The 1 pike was 23".

Here is a shot of the largest walleye of the afternoon at 21"  ;D


I think that night's super moon might have helped to get the walleye fired up a bit.

In the end I was pleased with how my ice fishing season started. :tipup:


WW

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Re: My ice fishing season for 2017 / 2018.
« Reply #1 on: Dec 05, 2017, 06:02 PM »
Very nice fish! Congrats on a great start to your year!

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Re: My ice fishing season for 2017 / 2018.
« Reply #2 on: Dec 05, 2017, 06:50 PM »
Nice walleye
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Re: My ice fishing season for 2017 / 2018.
« Reply #3 on: Dec 06, 2017, 05:31 AM »


Ice-Fisherman: We're all highly addicted, shivering, psychotic patients in the asylum of the frigid.

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Re: My ice fishing season for 2017 / 2018.
« Reply #4 on: Dec 06, 2017, 07:30 AM »
Sounds like you're already having fun  :tipup:

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Re: My ice fishing season for 2017 / 2018.
« Reply #5 on: Dec 06, 2017, 07:36 AM »

Great start wolf and those eyes are great eaters looking forward to more pics , play safe
     

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Re: My ice fishing season for 2017 / 2018.
« Reply #6 on: Dec 06, 2017, 12:30 PM »
Good report. You seem to have forgotten to put the lake name in your post...just thought I would let you know so you can go back and let us know :-)

We are still waiting for ice in Ontario but it won't be long now. Looking at that walleye is making me excited.

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Re: My ice fishing season for 2017 / 2018.
« Reply #7 on: Dec 06, 2017, 05:40 PM »
Thanks tburn, reddog11, icebucketjohn, fordman, filetandrelease and randaller. :)

Randaller, I did post the name of the lake near the top of the post.
It's called "Fishing Lake" located here in SK.
I will try to update as I go. ;)

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Re: My ice fishing season for 2017 / 2018.
« Reply #8 on: Dec 07, 2017, 04:26 AM »
Is that an ultra light rippin rap and do you have good luck with them? And do you always use steel leaders on them? Looking at putting some in my tackle arsenal to target walleye. Great looking fish and I'm jealous, still waiting on ice.
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Re: My ice fishing season for 2017 / 2018.
« Reply #9 on: Dec 07, 2017, 10:56 AM »
Thanks tburn, reddog11, icebucketjohn, fordman, filetandrelease and randaller. :)

Randaller, I did post the name of the lake near the top of the post.
It's called "Fishing Lake" located here in SK.
I will try to update as I go. ;)

WW

HAHA. I thought that was joke  ;D

Well done!

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Re: My ice fishing season for 2017 / 2018.
« Reply #10 on: Dec 08, 2017, 09:36 AM »
 :thumbsup: Very nice!
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Re: My ice fishing season for 2017 / 2018.
« Reply #11 on: Dec 08, 2017, 01:52 PM »
Thanks USU-Cake & HardwaterPiker. :)

HardwaterPiker I was actually using a Northland rippin' shad in the 2.62" size.
I think the ultra light rippin rap would be a good option when the walleyes are put off by the bit larger nosier lipless rattle baits.
It may also work if walleye and perch were both in the same area, as both of them should go for it.

I have used the regular rippin rap and have had good luck with it, both in open water and through the ice. :)

That leader is home made. I made out of 50 lb Berkley vanish fluorocarbon leader material.

WW

Offline mike r

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Re: My ice fishing season for 2017 / 2018.
« Reply #12 on: Dec 08, 2017, 03:16 PM »
good story nice fish be safe and enjoy cant wait to get out

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Re: My ice fishing season for 2017 / 2018.
« Reply #13 on: Dec 08, 2017, 05:30 PM »
Whoops, my bad, should have known it wasn't steel, just looked like it against the black of your coat. I haven't done much fishing for walleye and northern pike with a jig pole. usually use tip-ups, but I am looking to expand my horizons. Thanks for the info Wolf and good luck for the rest of the year. Finally getting some of your Canadian cold air coming into northern NY so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'm on the ice soon.  :tipup:   :)
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