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Had enough of sitting around at the house the weekend beforethis due to crummy weather so I decided to try my luck fishing the crap plant on the Fox. Brought the waxies with me and headed out hoping to run into fish trying to find the warm spot. The flow was there but the fish weren't. I hung out like an idiot for a couple hours with the only highlight of the day below:



That and a few dink bluegill were all that was to be. I was kind of surprised given how cold it was out there. Rather disappointing.

I did make up for it the following day....sort of. Went up to the chain with some friends of mine and got on the ice. The channel we fished had about 4" of ice so we started out drilling a bunch of holes and working the waxies:



BTW, love the new rod.....no more breaking my freakin' back. Although I do have a crick in my neck from staring into the hole too long. Fish were sitting in a couple feet of water, mainly gills with the occasional crappie in the mix...some decent size to each....here's one my buddy caught:



There were parts of the day where the fish were fairly consistent but then it would drop off and slow for awhile where none of the holes were paying off. Then it would pick up for a bit...we were off the ice by 3pm when the night shift came out. :lol:

Fish were to be had on teardrops, finkies, waxies and spikes. Managed to keep a few for the fryer:



They tasted yummy with a bit of lemon and cocktail sauce.



I'm hoping the temps provide a bit more time for the ice to thicken. There was enough ice in the channels but it would be nice to venture out a bit further with the tip ups. Maybe next weekend! :wink:

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Nice job JB.

That big Crappie your buds holding looks like he's got a little bit of sheephead syndrom. :lol: Nice size did you get a measurment on it.

You got my taste buds going with the last picture . I might have to defrost a bag of crappie tonight.

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Thanks for the replies!

I'm hoping this rain doesn't put too much of a strain on the ice making for this weekend. I'm thinking with the temps dropping near the end of the week things will be ok up there. I definately wanna go again this weekend.

Mr. B, you are correct, there is a creek down about 200 yards from there. I don't suppose you happened upon any panfish down that way :wink:.

We didn't get a measurement on that crappie but if you look closely right before the dorsal fin(?) there's a scar. Maybe something came along and tried to eat him and left him a bit disfigured and he just grew like that. It does look kind of weird tho. That was the biggest we caught that day and I only saw a few in that size category. Maybe more this weekend.

I did manage to put a few in the freezer so if things are slow I got the back up meal plan.

I'm looking forward to making another post here soon!

JB
 
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