blackwell - 2/17/2018

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blackwell - 2/17/2018

Postby urbanHog312 » Feb Mon 18, 2019 10:15 am

in an attempt to scratch out a northern from this joint before winter ends, i made my way over to the lake around 7 am and set up shop in the northwest bay. a long drag from the parking lot with the full set of gear was made even worse by the conditions; slick ice topped with a dusty layer of snow. my ice cleats were practically useless so i putted along. i punched a bunch of holes until i found the weed line. just outside of it i was able to horse in 1 crappie and 3 bluegill over a span of 2.5 hours. a gold tungsten jig tipped with spikes did the job. my lonely tip up saw no action during this time outside of the wind falsely setting it off. some fellas were set up around the island per usual but the lack of whooping and hollering leads me to believe nothing of significance was brought to the ice. it's crazy to think that a month ago i was spitefully drilling holes on 2 inches of ice, putting my well being on the line for a couple stupid fish, and now spring cant come sooner.
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Re: blackwell - 2/17/2018

Postby billebob5 » Feb Mon 18, 2019 10:21 am

The only area I've ever seen a pike landed was in the weeds just outside of the boat launch or a little to the left as you're walking out. Shallow water, in the weeds.
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Re: blackwell - 2/17/2018

Postby Skifish1 » Feb Mon 18, 2019 1:26 pm

I drilled about 35 holes in cook sat and Sunday keep hoping for surprise pike or walleye but all I brought to hand we're 5 couch bass
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Re: blackwell - 2/17/2018

Postby JB » Feb Mon 18, 2019 1:35 pm

Sounds about right for a forest preserve icing. Come on spring!!!
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Re: blackwell - 2/17/2018

Postby Aux Pleins » Feb Mon 18, 2019 11:33 pm

Forest preserve lake fishing, yawn....

I'm ready for open water pan fish and bass as well, like early March on the DPR from the kayak. I know the spots, they're a lot closer to your crib than mine, if that gives you any clue. :shh: :idea: Let's do this.
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Re: blackwell - 2/17/2018

Postby HEDDONFROG » Feb Tue 19, 2019 12:14 am

Wait, 1 crop and 3 gills does not make for the previously discussed skunk, though certainly very close, lol
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Re: blackwell - 2/17/2018

Postby urbanHog312 » Feb Tue 19, 2019 10:26 am

I know the spots, they're a lot closer to your crib than mine


i think gacey dumped some bodies over that way. im definitely down to explore

1 crop and 3 gills does not make for the previously discussed skunk


see, i didnt even remember them
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Re: blackwell - 2/17/2018

Postby Rambler » Feb Tue 19, 2019 11:27 am

Aux Pleins wrote:I'm ready for open water pan fish and bass as well, like early March on the DPR from the kayak.

If it warms up (big if) in the next couple weeks & all this snow melts quickly the DPR will probably be unfishable until April. :cry:
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Re: blackwell - 2/17/2018

Postby Aux Pleins » Feb Tue 19, 2019 5:42 pm

Rambler wrote:
Aux Pleins wrote:I'm ready for open water pan fish and bass as well, like early March on the DPR from the kayak.

If it warms up (big if) in the next couple weeks & all this snow melts quickly the DPR will probably be unfishable until April. :cry:


Thats pretty much the norm. April, may, and even June are my 3 worst months on the dpr, for pike anyway. Water levels are just awful usually, clarity like chocolate milk.. I usually focus my attention towards bass and other panfish on the river during that time.
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Re: blackwell - 2/17/2018

Postby bapentec » Feb Tue 19, 2019 10:32 pm

I am also ready for soft water.
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