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Bret Clark
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1/12/15 7:27 AM CST
Ice Depth: 12" Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 6° - 10° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
Beauty is in the Eyes of the Predator.

Saturday mornings walk to the shop was on a crisp squeaky packed snow. The sound snow makes only when bitter cold temps come to the area. To an icehead this sound only brings joy knowing the weather is causing the ice to thicken at a fast and steady pace. Four of us walked out onto the ice around 7:30AM. The hike was in a crisp air, the kind that bites exposed skin. I don’t believe there is any better way to wake up and feel alive! We headed for a drop off, the drop starts at 8ft and slopes into 35fow. The set up was on a small shelf in 24fow. The flashers revealed finned critters using the water column at 10’-18’. It was not hard to pull marks on the locator as predators moved in to investigate the objects intruding on their space but, triggering a strike was a problem. It’s finicky bites like this that I truly believe, if your plastic doesn’t look, smell, and taste real, go home. Use waxies you say, I say, have fun catching dinks and constantly baiting up on these cold days. I would rather spend my time focusing on bigger fish while keeping my hands warm. Fishing this last cold front was tough but we did pull some nice fish fries off the ice. A gold tungsten jig tipped with B-Y Baits mayfly’s and mudbugs was too much for a dozen gills and 4 specks to pass up with my presentation. Changing often between the colors sweet potato, copper, and red kept the pack below me interested. A “tight lipped bite” for keepers on this day would be an understatement. While the bait dropped fish would show up on the flasher but the fussy son-a-guns also showed zero interest in eating. The mark would not come up to the bait and if dropped below, the target disappeared. After studying the reaction of my prey below the zoom on the LX-5 was turned on to watch 10ft vertical and adjusted to the action zone in the water column. The offering was then dropped right on the target and held almost still. A slight twitch/quiver now and then barley moving the rod tip during the stare down between scaled critter and bait, made some nice blue ears and paper mouths open their pie holes daintily inhaling the offering. Line watching was a must. At times the spring bobber moved a bit, others you would see the line move. At the very first sign you better be setting the hook. Patience, persistence, and a great product made locally to our area, teamed up together on this day and made for another great trip to the ice. Good luck fishing people!

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1/8/15 11:21 AM CST
Does anybody know where bouts' i could start to find some whitebass on the Mississippi? I know where to catch them during open water but never tried under the ice. I don't need coordinates or specific spots, just a general idea of where to start. Greatly appreciated!

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1/4/15 3:32 PM CST
Ice Depth: 9" Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 31° - 35° F
Fished the Marina behind the hospital by the dump. Fishing for perch was really slow. We managed to pull up 6 to keep. We did our best on crappie minnow and hook but was not consistent. I hope others are finding some more fish that are active.

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1/1/15 1:35 AM CST
TommyOB,

Like was already mentioned. There are depths of about 40 ft. But, most guys fish anywhere from 12 ft. to 20 feet. If you have tungsten jigs be sure to use them. If you don't have any, I suggest you consider getting a few. They've been pretty key, when fishing back there. Just a suggestion, though.

Please set-up a PM for yourself and contact me when you've done that. That way, if you have anymore questions you can contact me directly. Thank you and Happy New Year.

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12/31/14 9:47 PM CST
This is one big deep hole that can get up to 40 ft deep in the middle. There is a spring over to the left towards the houses.

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12/31/14 8:55 PM CST
Never fished behind Gunderson and I was wondering what depth is fished there. Not looking for particular spots just depth so I can bring the proper equipment. Thank you TommyO

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12/30/14 12:33 AM CST
Collegeboy55,

Turn down 7th street, go past Gundersen Hospital. A few blocks down there will be a park on the right, with a ball diamond. Once you go past the ball diamond, take the first street to your left(Benora Lee Ct.), take that to the end and park. Walk to the south and down a small hill to the ice. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me via PM here and I'd be more than happy to help you out.

PLEASE stay safe and tight lines.

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12/29/14 8:11 PM CST
I will be fishing a few days- probably Wednesday-Sunday. Coming up from Chicago. If anyone wants to get together and try some out-of-the-way spots. I am familiar with pool 9 and Stoddard area as well as open water in lacrosse. Maybe some better spots will be accessible with the colder temps. Tom.

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12/29/14 9:31 AM CST
Collegeboy, Take Benora Lee ct. East off Simm st. That will take you to a dead end at the parking lot....

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12/29/14 9:03 AM CST
Hey Guys, I am looking on where to fish behind Gunderson. Where is the launch that everyone walks out from? I am not looking for someones spot I am just trying to find the area when everyone talks about when fishing behind Gunderson. Thanks!

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12/27/14 1:29 PM CST
Any ice reports?

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12/19/14 8:44 PM CST
I'm looking to go out between new years and x ma's. New to the river so any advice of where to fish would be greatly appreciated. I will be willing to trade info about Lake Wisconsin. Feel free to P.M. me. Happy holidays. SV

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Bret Clark
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12/15/14 7:21 AM CST
Ice Depth: 5" Conditions: Cloudy
With a week off from work I was able to hit the ice 4 days in a row. My timing could not have been any better, the bite was good and I beat the warm weather before the ice started to slip away. In the 4 days of fishing it was all about plastic for taking keeper sized crappies and gills. Pictured here were my 3 favorite colors that produced consistently. Fished 22-24fow with the crappies and bigger gills suspended at 12 feet. The bottom of the water column held tons of watch fobs. The first and second day on the ice the fish chased the baits up aggressively. My last 2 days the bite was a bit tougher, keeping the bait twitching right on the nose of the finned critters made them commit to the offering however. Now we just need for the weather to chill down so the ice conditions improve. Good luck fishing people.

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12/12/14 10:39 PM CST
Ice Depth: 8" Conditions: Foggy Air Temp: 31° - 35° F
Pool 8 has been producing both numbers and size over the last 3 outings. The target has been crappie and bluegills, with emphasis on crappie.

I have been finding active fish in 12-14 feet of water with slight current. Fish have been both suspended at 10 feet, give or take a foot.

There has been no clear cut bait of choice. One thing I have been doing more this year is to fish hard baits without tipping with live bait.

Targeting bigger fish required using bigger baits. Slender spoons, Swedish pimples, and Forage Minnows have been producing nice sizes and keeping smaller fish away.

The area I have been targeting appears to be a travel area as fish come through all day in groups.

Ice conditions have been holding steady with minimal loss due to weather. There is getting to be some standing water causing slick ice so caution is needed.

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12/8/14 9:09 AM CST
Ice Depth: 4" Conditions: Partly Sunny
First trip of the ice season for me this year and it was a blast. The gills and crappies were not exactly on fire but, switching colors of the plastics being fished often kept triggering bites. The style plastics fished were the Mudbug and Mayfly, the colors that produced were Sweet Potato, White and, Red. When a target showed on the flasher and followed you up in the water column more than a foot you were going to get hit. If the mark just followed a little and stopped, you might as well just drop the bait and look for a more aggressive finned critter. Fished from 10-20fow. The gills hung close to bottom and the crappies cruised the middle.

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