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jyuey:
Hey everyone looking to get some action on catfishing for the first time though the ice at horseshoe. Not looking for anyone's honey hole. Just looking for some advice for early ice on the lake. Where to park, enter, and avoid. Any additional information is greatly appreciated.

TIA. Tight lines everyone.

Monticatgeek:
right now you will need to use the access to cedar island off of hwy 71. what ever you do DO NOT USE THE SUMMER ACCESS on Horseshoe as it sits right on the river and ice thickness varies too much to be safe to go on. there is a winter access for horseshoe about a mile south of the summer access off of hwy 22 but there is no parking signs along the road  there so that is not usable until you can drive a truck on to the ice. If and when you do make it on to horseshoe avoid the Meth Hole area by where the river comes into the lake. the ice stays open all year and can go from 2 feet of ice to open water. if it does get cold enough it will skim over so always be careful in that area and watch for open water or check ice thickness. this meth hole is over 50 feet of water. you could always check out long lake which is on the south end of the chain. it has it own access. Horseshoe runs into long lake. there is also North Browns lake across the road from long that is still part of the chain.

jyuey:

--- Quote from: Monticatgeek on Dec 27, 2020, 10:43 PM ---right now you will need to use the access to cedar island off of hwy 71. what ever you do DO NOT USE THE SUMMER ACCESS on Horseshoe as it sits right on the river and ice thickness varies too much to be safe to go on. there is a winter access for horseshoe about a mile south of the summer access off of hwy 22 but there is no parking signs along the road  there so that is not usable until you can drive a truck on to the ice. If and when you do make it on to horseshoe avoid the Meth Hole area by where the river comes into the lake. the ice stays open all year and can go from 2 feet of ice to open water. if it does get cold enough it will skim over so always be careful in that area and watch for open water or check ice thickness. this meth hole is over 50 feet of water. you could always check out long lake which is on the south end of the chain. it has it own access. Horseshoe runs into long lake. there is also North Browns lake across the road from long that is still part of the chain.

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Thanks appreciate the info. Will definitely be cautious when traveling on the ice. The plan is to head out this weekend to do some cat fishing. Hopefully I can find them.

Monticatgeek:
They are thick out there that is why the limit was raise to 10 channel cats with one over 24"instead of the normal state wide limit of only 5. look in the 18 to 24 foot depth range.  Here is a few good videos to get you pumped up for them :                   these were all filmed on the chain.

slipperybob:
All the deep holes will generally have a population of fish that holds around them.  The catfish, crappies, walleyes, all like to share that same general area.  There will be a day bite area, generally around the flat zones roughly 20 feet of water, chance for some perch too.  Finding a hump or point will get you some walleyes during the low light periods. 

The catfish boom has been phenomenal on the Horseshoe Chain of lakes.  There are catfish that like to hug the bottom of the lake, there are catfish that like to suspend and chase baitfish.  The big ones will often be the suspending ones.  Anywhere from about a few feet below the ice to the deep holes on the lake.  I've caught them from about 5 feet under the ice to as deep as 50 feet down there. 

I have only used the winter access towards the south end of Horseshoe Lake when it's open to driving.  I have also only used the public boat launch access on Cedar Island lake off hwy 71 and walked out onto there on early ice.  Never seen anyone else there but the deep hole close there will offer some fish.

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