Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Whack And Stack on Bulldog Lake

10" VMC Fly/maggot
4:45-7:50PM Bulldog Lake
Conditions: 35℉, Foggy, No wind
Depth: 28ft

I got minnows at Bear Trax.  Drilled two sets of holes and never left the ones I started at.  I forgot my iPod again, Doh!  The foot warmers I got on eBay worked well;  How long will they last?  Started kind of slow.  As it got dark the bite got going.  Missed a bunch of bites on the Glow Demon/minnow.  Pulled up more fish with the VMC Fly.  First and last fish came on the Demon Spoon.  Was warm enough that I didn't need the heater.  I kept 10 to give to Jan.  Got stuck for a little bit on my way off.

21 VMC Fly/maggots
14 Bear Trax Glow Demon/minnow
2 Demon Spoon/Impulse Mayfly/maggots

37 Crappies

169 Crappies for the winter so far.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

1st Trip of 2018

4:30-6:30PM Bulldog
Conditions: 39-36℉, Partly Cloudy, SE Wind
Depth: 29ft
8.75" Vmc Fly/maggot
Seeing that Bear Trax is closed on Tuesday I didn't have any minnows.  To bad because I think I would have slain them on minnows tonight.  There were about 8-10 houses over the hole and maybe 5 houses on the eastern shore.  There were maybe 5 groups fishing the hole tonight. I put the small Rippin Rap down and had lookers, but I didn't feel any bites.  Then I put the Demon Spoon down and had more lookers.  The fish didn't really start getting active until 5:30PM.   The wind got to be annoying with the way I had the Fish Trap sitting. The fish ran smaller than before for the most part.  My feet were getting cold, so I gave up.

22 Crappies

Friday, December 22, 2017

Slow Night On Bulldog

Forgot the camera, so a Google Images stock photo
4:45-8:30PM Bulldog
Conditions: 18℉, Cloudy some flurries, Light W wind
Depth: 30'

The guy who plowed the Holy Family lot didn't do us ice fishermen any favors by plowing to the East rather than North/South.  Plowing East means the snow is piled up in front of the access.  Hopefully, someone who wants to drive on the lake will change that situation.  I arrived just before a Dad and his kid.  I went to my holes from last night then did two more set to the South.  The Dad set up to the North East of there.  There was nothing going on in those holes, so I ended up in the farthest South holes.  Fish didn't bother with the minnow but occasionally would take the VMC Fly/maggots.  About 5:30 some guys came out and set up just to the North of my farthest North set of holes.  The action was slow so I went out and drilled some holes.  I didn't find anything.  I ended back at the holes I caught fish out of.  Because I didn't whack the ice off the bottom of my heater and ended up tipping it into the bobber hole, which broke my line above the bobber stop.  While reaching over to pull out the heater I also managed to break the line on the VMC Fly/maggots rod.  Then there was the smell of the burning mono.  What a cluster.  At least I didn't lose any lures.  I put the bobber in the minnow bucket and went about getting the VMC Fly re-rigged.  I was interrupted by the bobber hitting the minnow bucket signaling a fish had taken my minnow.   I missed the fish, so I let the minnow go back down.  About a minute later another crappie took the minnow.  I caught it this time.  That was the 3rd minnow fish at that point.  I was unable to thread the line through the Wing-It bobber, so went to a foam bobber.  I would occasionally get a fish, but it was slow.  I gave up at 8:30PM.

11 VMC Fly/maggots
9 Glow Demon/minnow

20 Crappies
110 Crappies caught so far this ice season

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Bulldog Again

10" VMC Fly Jig/Maggot
5:00-7:30PM Bulldog
Conditions: 18℉, Cloudy, Light NE Wind
Depth: 30Ft

I found some clips to put on the new power cord for the Vex.  The one that came with the unit when I bought it gave up the ghost.
Then I had to go and get propane for my tank.  I didn't get loaded up until after 4:30PM.  The was a guy out fishing the hole when I got there.  I drilled three sets of holes to his North.  I got one crappie on a minnow in the first set of holes, but it was pretty dead.  Matt Will. came out on his motorbike and set up just to the NE of me.  I started fishing the second set of holes.  A couple of guys came out to the other guys portable.  I was getting a few on a minnow.  The fish didn't want to go for the Glow Demon Spoon tonight as I only caught 2 on it.  Maybe the Impulse Mayfly was more than they wanted.  The other guys packed up and gave me their minnows.  They had gotten 5.   I would occasionally catch one on the minnow or the VMC Fly.  I heard Matt packing up so I went and talked to him.  He had his limit.  I got back in the house and my bobber was down.  It was AWWWWWWWWWN for the next 20 minutes or so.  I doubled my catch for the night and missed about 7 bites as well.  My lantern and headlamp were starting to dim so I called it quits at around 7:30PM.  Fished ranged from 8.5-10.5". 

18 Glow Demon w/minnow
10 VMC Fly w/maggots
2 Glow Demon Spoon w/maggots & Mayfly

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

More Crappies at Bulldog

4:30-7:30PM Bulldog
Conditions: Mid 20's, Partly Cloudy, NW Windy dying down after dark
Depth: 30 FT
9" Glow Demon/Minnow
What is there to say?  I was the only one out on Bulldog tonight.  I drilled three sets of holes.  I marked fish in the 2nd set and never left. Pulled 20 crappies up on a small Glow Demon spoon with maggots and 14 on the Glow Demon with a minnow.  Did miss nearly as many fish as last night.  Fish ranged from 8" to 10.25".  I ran out of propane for the heater early on.  Fortunately, the wind died down and icing up wasn't too big of a problem.
10"  Demon Spoon/Maggots
34 Crappies

Monday, December 18, 2017

Bulldog Bite

10" VMC Fly/Maggot
4:45-7:15PM Bulldog
Conditions: 35℉, Cloudy, West Wind,
Depth: 29 Ft

With the warm weather, I thought I better get out before the snow and cold later this week.  I decided to hit up Bulldog.  As I was pulling out another car pulled into to the Holy Family lot.  It was two guys that weren't satisfied with the ice thickness on Rock.  They drilled holes farther out than me.  I didn't mark anything in the first three holes I drilled.  The 4th hole was the charm.  I caught about 13 and heard the other guys packing up.   They reported better size than what I was getting and they were using minnows.  He offered me some minnows.  I nearly forgot I had the minnow bucket in the Aerostar.   Fortunately,   I was able to get some before they left.  I got 3 crappies on minnows and missed a couple of bites as well.  I got 17 crappies on the VMC Fly with quite a few misses as well.  I would say about 3 of the fish were keeper size.

20 Crappies

Monday, December 04, 2017

Forgot the Camera (Bulldog)

1:45-2:45PM Bulldog
Conditions: 42℉, Cloudy, Light Rain

I checked out Platte Lake.  A couple of cracks had me concerned, so I decided not to fish there.  I decided not to get minnows and almost didn't go out on Bulldog because the ice was only 3".  I wore my life jacket and trolled on the ice and stopped when I saw some activity in about 22 feet.  I got 3 perch in the first spot.  I got small sunfish and perch in about 30.  The wind came up and it started sprinkling, so I left.

4 Perch
1 Sunfish

Thursday, November 30, 2017

First Ice Trip Of the Winter

4:00-5:45PM Bulldog
Conditions: 40-36℉, Mostly Sunny, West Wind turning calm, 30 feet of water
8.5" VMC Fly/Jamei/Wax (Glow)
So the Bugaboots arrived in the mail today.  Think I should have gone with a size 10, oh well.  Trying them out on the ice gave me the motivation to finally get my act together.  I went to Bulldog because I figured the ice would probably be safe there.  There was a guy out fishing when I arrived.  I elected not to go and get minnows by eeny, meany, miny, moe the decision in the Holy Family parking lot.  I checked with the spud bar on my way out.  A couple of times I was able to put it through with two shots, but most of the time I couldn't get through with 3 shots. Shortly after I started fishing the other guy left.  Somebody left a container of waxies out on the ice.  I missed the first fish that bit.  Then nothing.  I hole hopped a few times before finding something.  I landed a couple of Bulldog Lake Specials.   I found a few more fish back towards the North.  I forgot to put the heater in the car, so when I got cold I left.

Maybe I will go after some sunny's out there.

6 Crappie

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Skunked On Halloween

I did a little fishing today.  At the GOMH, nothing. Rock Lake, nothing and Rock Dock out.  Lake Place Dock, nothing. Water Temp 38℉.  I ran the motor for a while to get Sea Foam in the system.  Taking the boat and dock out tomorrow in the snow.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Low Winds = Fishing

14.5" Bubble Walker (White)
2:45-6:45PM Across from PA, Chuck's Pt, Double Cane Pt., F Flat
Conditions: 55-48℉, Partly Cloudy, NW N NE Light Wind/Calm,
Water Temp: 50-48℉
Finally a nice night for me to go fishing.  If the long term forecast is correct this weekend may be it for me in the Trophy.  I started out at West Point and didn't get a hit.  I then went into the hay field across from the Platte Public Access.  Nothing was going on there.  I finally got a hit on the Horny Toad around the cattails in the reeds, but missed it. 
22" Craw Tube (b/b)
I had a pike boil on the Horny Toad, but not hook up. I got it on a Blue Bruiser Craw Tube.  I got one more small pike on the Horny Toad.  I then headed to Chuck's Point.  Had one small pike after the Horny Toad there and that was it.  I then headed to Double Cane Point.  A fish gave it's position away sending me North into the bay.
25.5" Bubble Walker
   I got my biggest pike of the night on the Bubble Walker and a couple of small one's as well.  I got a couple more small pike as I went in the hay along the point on the Horny Toad.  I wasn't getting any bass and wind had switched out of the East so I headed to F Flat.  There I got a couple of 14" bass on consecutive casts and a couple of pike as well on the Bubble Walker.

2 Bass
9 Pike

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A Trip Out To F Flat

16.75" Fleet Farm Spinnerbait
5:30-7:00PM F Flat
Conditions: 60-58℉, Partly Cloudy, SWSSE Wind
Water Temp: 52℉
15.25" Fleet Spin
The Vikes beat the Ravens today. Defense is looking good.  Steve needed to take the Soul in to the cities to pick up Mack.  So I transferred my stuff into the Aerostar and helped Steve pick up a little bit.  Had about 2/3rds of an inch of rain in the boat from last night.  I didn't get anything at West Point.  I then headed to the West side of F Flat.  Unfortunately I can't make out where the reeds are as they are all cut off.  I drifted in over the top of them. Up towards shore I got my first bass of the night (15.25).  I didn't get anything else until I got out front of the flags.  I picked up two dinks and a 13 incher.  I got the biggest one of the night over by the white thing.  I missed one that knocked slack in the line over there as well.  No luck on topwater.
5 Bass

Friday, October 20, 2017

Off the Dock/GOMH

8" BPS Spinnerbait/Gifted Grub

Got the dock pulled in a bit today.  I took the nieces out for a short boat ride.  Dang wind.  I got one bass off the dock and lost a pike.  On the way home I stopped at the GOMH.  I got the one toothy and missed a decent jumper.  I had to get my tackle organized for tomorrows tournament with Chuck Steinbauer at Mission Lakes, so I didn't take the Trophy out.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Found Some On F Flat

15.75" Mils Fleet Farm Spinnerbait/Swim Fluke/Gifted Grub (B/W/R)
3:35-3:50PM GOMH
4:30-7:00PM Out Front, F Flat
7:40-8:00PM GOMH
Conditions: 72-67℉, Partly Cloudy, S Wind
Water Temp: 53-51℉
I didn't get a hit at the GOMH.

I started at West POint and worked my way East.  I got two small pike in front of Jim's.  I had a Sprinker Tail and Hack Jig get bit off in the reeds.  At about 6PM I headed to F Flat.  I should have gone there sooner.  I missed the first bite I had.  I then got into a school of bass out front of the white thing catching 5 of them (15.75x2, 15, 13, 9.66) on the Fleet Farm Spinnerbait.  I also got a small pike.  MY last bass (13.25) of the night came on the Piranha.

I tried the GOMH again and didn't get a hit.
9.30lbs Best 6 Bass
6 Bass
3 Pike

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Plans Change, Dang Wind

3.54lbs/17.75" Piranha/Craw Fatty (June/B/B)
8:30-9:00AM GOM
9:00-9:30AM Rock Dock
10:00-11:30AM West Point. East of Jenny's,  SPSI
4:00-7:00PM Loon Flat
Conditions: 48-64℉, Partly Cloudy, Light to Heavy Wind SW W
Water Temp: 52℉
16" Piranha/Grub (Chart)
I got one jumper at the GOMH on the Piranha. I also missed a hit on the Real Deal Craw.
21" Piranha/Grub (Chart)
I got one pike at the Rock Dock. I took my sweet time getting out in the Trophy.  I got two bass at West Point.  A 11.5 incher on the white Bubble Walker and a 13.66 incher on a chart Rippin' Rap.
Juvenile Loon Checking Me Out 
I then went and fish the inside turn and point over by Jenny's.  Didn't get a bit.  Then I headed to South Point of the Small Island.  Nothing going on there.  I got a phone call, but the phone was out of juice.  I headed in just in case Dad needed to use the car.  Turns out it was Snatcher Chuck asking me to fish a tournament with him on Mission Lakes this Saturday.
17.1" Fleet Farm Spinnerbait/Swim Fluke/Gifted Grub
The plan was to head across to the West side of the lake, but the waves at the North narrows made me turn back.  I got soaked too.  I pulled up on Loon Flat and spent the whole evening there.
I got the melanistic bass as soon as I switched the the spinnerbait.  I quickly got a 8.5" dink and pike. I then had probably 5 fish hit the spinnerbait and not hook up.  I got one more pike on the spinnerbait and a small one on a 3/4oz Red Eye Shad.
17.75" Piranha/Craw Fatty
And the big bass of the day was my last bite of the night.
11.15lbs Best 6 Bass for the Day
7 Bass
4 Pike

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I Tried The River, It Came Up Pike (Mostly)

16.25" Piranha/Craw Fatty (June/O Craw)
4:40-8:00PM West Point, River, Intersection NE, GOMHIT NE
Conditions: 70-66℉. Partly Cloudy, SW Wind, Water level falling
Water Temp: 54-51℉

I started at West Point and I think I missed a hit on the Real Deal Craw.  Couldn't get it to hit again, so maybe it wasn't a bite. Who knows.  I then went straight to the River.  Didn't have a bite at the mouth.  Not a good sign.  I was maybe about 50 feet into the river when the bass bit on the Piranha.  That was the only bass I caught tonight.  I got 5 pike in the river and missed a couple hits as well.  The wind died down some and I headed out of the river to the NE of the intersection.  Didn't get a hit outside and just one inside the reeds that I missed.  I then went and parked at the GOMH.  I had what I think was a small pike get off when I went to life it in the boat.  It was to dark for me to see and I didn't have my headlamp on at the time.  It bit on the Grass Pig.  It might have been golden, who knows.  Was fairly disappointed I didn't get at least one golden.  It looks like no rain this week until Sat, when we might get a thunder storm.  I would really like to see the water level drop by about a foot from where it is at presently.

Monday, October 16, 2017

No Much Ventured and Nothing Was Gained

6:30-6:50 GOMH
7:00-7:15 Rock Dock
7:30-8:00PM GOMH

I should have gone to Rock first as the wind was enough out of the West that it was pretty calm.  By the time I got there it was really too dark.

Didn't get a hit at the GOMH and almost lost the Big Wig Jig in the rocks while vertical jigging off the bridge.

I was too lazy to go out in the Trophy tonight as I only would have had about an hour and a half to fish.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Post Vikings Victory Fishing

3.88lbs/18.75" Piranha/Craw Fatty (June/O-Craw)
4:10-4:30PM GOMH
5:00-7:00PM Loon Sex Point, Loon Flat
7:40-8:10PM GOMH
Conditions: 48-46℉, Partly Cloudy, W Wind
Water Temp: 51℉

Barr knocked Rodgers out of the game and the Vikes went on to win 23-10.  Looks like #12 is out for the season.  I listened to Vent Line for a little while before heading out.  I quickly fished the GOMH and didn't get a hit.

I had to drain maybe 3/4 of an inch out of the boat.  I started at West Point and had one hit that I missed.  I then went to Loon Sex Point and got a couple pike there on the black Mills Fleet Farm Spinnerbait.  With the wind not backing off I headed to Loon Flat.  I got 4 pike and the 1 bass (3.88) there on the Piranha/Craw Fatty.  It was semi-protected on Loon Flat.  There was no surface activity at all.  Might be because of the cool temps.
19.5" Grass Pig (Swamp Gas)
I got the one golden bullhead at the GOMH on the Grass Pig.

1 Bass
1 Gold
6 Pike

Saturday, October 14, 2017

OK Day On the Water

3.50lb/18" Herbs Dilly (Silver/White)
7:30-8:30 GOMH SW
9:00-4:00 West Point, F Flat, Reeds Across the Way, Docks Across the Bay
Conditions: 35-55℉, Mostly Cloudy, Light to Breezy out of the  NNE
Water Temp: 53℉
3.02/17.75" Big Bite Baits Real Deal Craw
I didn't get a bite on the NE side.  I got one toothy and one nice jumper on the SW side on the Big Bite Baits Real Deal Craw.  That was it at the GOMH.
12.75" Jenko Big Wig Jig (Gizzard Shad)
I started out at West Point.  I got one bass (12.75) there on the Jenko Fishing Big Wig Magnum Jig and two (10.25, 15.5) on the Real Deal Craw.  I then headed to F Flat.
15.25" R2S Bubble Walker
I got this bass right away on the Bubble Popper up by shore.  I then got a small pike casting out.  While I was letting the fish tire itself out next to the boat I noticed the line was frayed a little bit about 6" up the line.  It didn't look serious so I lifted the fish up to me.  While I was waiting for my chance to grab the fish without getting hooked the line snapped and the fish fell back into the lake.  I was not a happy camper at my stupidity for letting that happen.  I looked for the lure for about 15 minutes, but the bait never resurfaced.  Easy come easy go.
3.02lb/17.25" Pop Max KO
So I put on the bubblegum Pop Max knock off and pretty quickly got a good one on that.  I also got a 12.75.  The wind came up and the topwater bite died.  I got one small pike on the Big Wig.

I then headed to reeds across the way which was in more protected water working North to South.   Not a whole lot was happening in the reeds.  When I was coming to the division between the two beds I got a 16.66" on the Herb's Dilly Buzzbait.
16.5" Hack Jig/Craw Fatty (GP/Chart/GP)
I got this 16.5 on the South side of the divide.  Pretty much in the middle of the bed I got two 13 inchers on consecutive casts.  I thought I might have found 'em, but it wasn't to be.  I worked my way around the point and got the big one of the day on the Herb's Dilly off of a dock that was still in the water.
18" Herb's Dilly
I got a couple more bass (13.5'x2,11) off of docks on the Real Deal Craw.  I also missed so hits.  Then it was back to flogging the water.  I didn't realize how windy it had gotten until I headed in.  The Wind was really humming out of the North.
16.79lbs for my Best 6 Bass
15 Bass
5 Pike