Past Couple Weeks on the Chain

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Past Couple Weeks on the Chain

Postby SpecialEd » Feb Mon 03, 2020 11:22 am


Played hooky a couple of days over the last two weeks and walked some ice in/around Antioch. Didn't get much in the way of panfish, but I did sack at least a baker's dozen of nice eater-sized walters in 2 days. State regs are 14" to 18", protected slot 18" to 24", and only 1 over 24" allowed, so many of those fish went back into the hole they came out of.


Pattern was easy once we found 'em. 12' to 16' drops from (old) weed flats with some kind of rock or mixed composition bottom. I'd drill holes on drops in that depth range, see the variance of bottom signal on the flasher from hole-to-hole and sometimes the fish would be there. Most of my fish came on a 1/8th oz. Tingler spoon tipped with 1/2 a fathead minnow. Head and tail sections worked equally well.

Last week the ice on Marie was 5" to 2" with lots of open water in current areas and even less than 2" in the main lake saddle that I decided to NOT walk on. I can imagine that with the recent warm-up the ice has gotten soft, but I'm sure there is still some good ice up there to fish and will be through the rest of the forecasted 10 days. ... .48,-88.10

Also, the cheeseburger and fries at the Sandbar is bomb as hell after a long day walking around on the ice.
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Re: Past Couple Weeks on the Chain

Postby urbanHog312 » Feb Mon 03, 2020 11:26 am

had to play hooky myself last week to chase some fish. nice job out there. when there's action on the ice, its easy to go a whole day on just coffee. makes that burger xtra special.
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Re: Past Couple Weeks on the Chain

Postby catchafew » Feb Mon 03, 2020 1:15 pm

Nice work Ed.
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Postby JB » Feb Mon 03, 2020 1:25 pm

Very cool!
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Re: Past Couple Weeks on the Chain

Postby RonG » Feb Mon 03, 2020 1:51 pm

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Re: Past Couple Weeks on the Chain

Postby Aux Pleins » Feb Mon 03, 2020 5:47 pm

Cha cha chain! Hey might as well fish the chain now because its sure to be closed (no wake) come spring melt.
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Re: Past Couple Weeks on the Chain

Postby HEDDONFROG » Feb Mon 03, 2020 7:50 pm

My mouth is watering. Nice!
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Re: Past Couple Weeks on the Chain

Postby mike son » Feb Mon 03, 2020 10:50 pm

Nice walleyes dude!
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Re: Past Couple Weeks on the Chain

Postby Phil6 » Feb Tue 04, 2020 10:35 am

Great work! Finally got my first IL walleye last week and Im excited to get on some more. How aggressive of a jig do you bring them in with? 8" lift, drop and pop?
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