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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-14-2017, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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As you can see it's pretty popular here. Quite easily 100 fish houses on our local lake. It's been pretty slow for me, and not much noise from the neighbors.


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Ice rarely get thick enough to walk on it around here. (S. IL). I was watching some videos of ice fishing and then went to vehicles falling through the ice!!!!!!!!!!!! NAW think I'll wait till spring? Show us some pics of your catch and tell us your techniques'.....Ed
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I've got my "harvest" trip planned for late February.

I'll try to get some pictures and explain before then though.

Hi lights include, gas powered 8" auger ( 46" is the most I've had to go through), portable fish house will fish three but better with two, Buddy Heater, 2 when temps are below 5 degrees. Electronic depth finder / fish finder, for most this is a non negotiable item.

For a real eye opener about ice fishing gear Google "Ice Castle".


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I enjoy it. Haven't been out in a couple years.

Use to go back into Ontario, Canada, Lake Trout Lakes with snowmobiles and jig with airplane jigs & bucktails for trout at about 90 feet - Lakes would be a couple hundred feet deep but we would find the structure (used the ole "flasher") that would come up to maybe 80 to 100 feet below the ice and we'd work that area. Also used tip-ups. Got skunked a few times.

Some years those Canadian lakes had 6 to 7 feet of ice. Used a 10" power auger and it would take my 1 foot and 2 foot extension to find water (3 feet of extension and just a slight wobble) and when it was really cool on the ice, I'd put on the extensions prior to the 1st hole and stand on the snowmobile seat to get started. I remember once I waited a bit too long to clear the chips and punched through and it took 3 of us to pull the auger up - if they wouldn't have been close by - that shaft would have frozen in and today would be on the bottom of that lake. That's why we always carried a spare, which was an 8"er - never lost one but sure as ****, if we didn't have it, we would have frozen one in.

My SIL sold his house a couple years ago, but advised he was thinking about building one this summer. Music to my ears. Nothing like sitting in a fish house playing cards with adult beverages and frying up the 1st couple caught - if things are slow, take a spin around the lake and enjoy drinking whatever they are drinking.

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Looked up ice fishing on u-tube and found a bunch of videos of trucks falling through the ice!!!! NO THANKS!
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Here is an update sent from Lake of the Woods MN.

Ice is well over 30" as you can see. That auger is 46" I believe. Interior shots show heater, depth finder, 8" hole, and the zipped up door. Then a reverse shot shows the seating area. Floor space is roughly 5'x5'.

Fishing was sorta slow. 5 keepers and maybe 20 cigars back down the hole.

The beer was cold, as was the air -7 this morning then up to 22 or so.

I'll try to get more tomorrow.


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22" walleye, as good as it got this trip. A limit of decent fish, plus a few dozen little ones.

This is one of the plowed ice roads, it went out roughly 6 miles with side roads out to the sides every now and then.

The snow was just about all gone, which meant we could navigate anywhere as easy as a boat in summer. All said and done I'm guessing we drove over thirty miles on ice this weekend.


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Looks like Zippel Bay!

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Long Point, west several miles.


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We just got back Thursday from Zippel, we had about the same luck as you. Not nearly as good as we usually do, didn't get into the pike as well either. Normally we pop a few over 40", but only had 4 three footers this year. Plenty of eater walleyes though.

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