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Bosman
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11/24/14 1:09 PM CST
The base layer of ice took a good ole fashion thumping on Saturday and Sunday. By late Sunday afternoon there was standing water from some rain and melt. Choose NOT to test fate just to see how much of the 3" thick sheet was left.

Mother nature piled on 3 inches of snow this morning. Enough to let school our early and force my hand in firing up the snow blower this afternoon. As for the 'sippi ~ if it's not open water ~ it's light gray slushy matter. It will freeze over the course of the next few days given the forecasted temps but smoke ice is not as strong as black ice.

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11/23/14 7:08 AM CST
Hey LC ~ I certainly will not be attempting ice walking any time soon. It's 50 degrees outside right now according to the weather channel. Figured I'll watch ole Theodore on the Sportsman Channel in about 30 minutes and sort tackle until the Packer game.

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11/22/14 9:02 PM CST
Bosman, was nice to meet you yesterday! I'm pretty sure after this warm up we might have to wait awhile to walk on that place again! Tight lines, Mark

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11/22/14 8:12 AM CST
I was wondering how much ice is on desota bay. Ty

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11/22/14 7:48 AM CST
Jsmo98. There are lots of used augers on craigslist if you want to save some bux...

TED PECK
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11/22/14 6:26 AM CST
I have two power augers--a Strikemaster and a Polar Fire. Both are dependable and grind a quick hole. The Polar Fire is a little lighter, so its always the one i take when hoofin' it instead of taking the ATV. Another giant stride forward is lithium batteries for the Vexilar. Really cuts down on the weight.

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11/21/14 8:49 PM CST
Ice Depth: 3" Conditions: Sunny
First ice trip today with Charlie, Tim and their boys. We were supposed to fish walleyes out of the boat today, but 4 below this morning changed the trip to ice fishing! Didn't catch a bunch, but they did ice a few decent gills and perch. We put out a bunch of tip-ups, and before I could get them all in, one of the boys was pulling in a big bass. He had it about 1/2 way out of the hole, before she dropped off and back down the hole! Oh well, the big one always get's off! We only fished a little over 3 hours, but had a good time.

jsmo98. I'm sure you will get lots of opinions on augers. I bought a Jiffy Pro4lite last season. Drilled hundreds of holes. I got the 6 inch, and it had no trouble going through the thick ice of last season. Put it away last spring, got it out the other day and changed the oil. Put on a new tank of L.P., 2 pulls and it was purring away! I'm not sponsored by them, just my experience.

I have my holiday gift certificate special running again this year for the holiday's. See my website for more info. Thanks for reading my reports, and have a good, safe deer season!

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11/21/14 8:44 PM CST
to ask opinions on anything is fraught with danger. having said that i own an eskimo and i have never been disappointed. They start fast (5 pulls) even when its frigid as a well diggers hind end. Not to mention they are one of the cheaper models out there. The only draw back in my opinion is the stingray is not very gustsy. When you have really thick or sticky ice they are a bit slow.

Cronk

Stay safe and Good fishin!!!!

Fishin AGAIN!!
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11/21/14 8:42 PM CST
My buddy has a propane auger. We used it most of last year. Drilled hundreds of holes with no problems until it got very very cold. Butterfly on carb froze and cable broke for throttle. Easy fix at home but ended our day. I went and bought same model but after two brand new augers not working properly I went with 4 stroke strike master. No mixing gas and no problems yet. If you go propane buy the tank sleeve it actually helps a ton in cold weather and don't just mash the throttle if it won't move! Just my opinion hope it helps.

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11/21/14 8:22 PM CST
I think it's time for me to move into a power ice auger, any ideas which brand is the best to get? I can't stand motors that don't start. Are the new propane ones any good?

Bosman
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11/21/14 4:15 PM CST
Ice Depth: 3"
Lot more ice today than the first hole I drilled last Sunday afternoon. Had 3+ everywhere I went. Took a run and gun approach this morning checking on several back waters. First fish of the season was of course a Bass. Jerked all 16" of him on the ice before he knew what the heck even happened ~ fishing in 2 feet of water. Fish easily spooked below the ice with the abundance of sunshine today. Had better luck fishing a little deeper. Used a multitude of presentations from Diamonds to Forrage minnows to Cecils to Merts to Rembrandts to Shrimpo's. Waxies, plastics, and bare hooks - They ALL caught fish. That will change in the coming weeks. Caught gills, crappie, & LMB. All are back swimming with a sore mouth. First gill of the season pictured.

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11/21/14 10:08 AM CST
That's rite Ted safety first!!!! No fish is worth your life!!! Smile

TED PECK
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11/21/14 7:43 AM CST
Skeeter--backwaters are essentially locked up. sheet of ice on DeSoto bay, east channel by Lansing bridge locked tight. Floes coming down main channel big-time. You MIGHT be able to launch at Genoa. Water is pretty much open.BUT even if things warm up a couple of degrees more ice will be coming from upstream making navigation difficult bordering on dangerous. There are plenty of fish in the Genoa tailwaters. getting at them and back to the ramp safely is the issue. About 20 years ago i saw a guy DIE trying to get back to the ramp from Ackerman's cut down at Guttenberg. Nothing i or the dozen other guys at the ramp could do about it. Crushed the boat like a beer can. Guy went down and never came up. guess it all boils down to the value of a walleye dinner.

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11/20/14 7:22 PM CST
Ted,bossman and any of the other locals I'm looking for some help/advise...we usually have a annual trip up here thanksgiving weekend open water is there any boat ramps ice free or any the don't freeze up? Through the years we had some cold,snow and some ice but nothing like this any help would be great thanks!

TED PECK
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11/16/14 1:37 PM CST
no angels treading on Shore Slough this afternoon...but there are several FOOLS out there catching gills

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