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Bosman
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1/26/15 7:44 AM CST
Ice Depth: 15"
Pretty slow on the ice this past weekend. Fished Saturday morning until 11am. Best action was right at dawn. Ended up with 7 crappie/perch for the frying pan. Couple short eye's and LMB did the tango as well. By 8am action significantly dropped off in my holes. Bounced around for 3 hours with not much to show for the effort. Almost zero interest in Cecil's whereas B-Y plastics would at least draw some attention. Had to have on the right color and could coax one every now and then.

DeSoto Bay is almost to the point of a safety issue with the all the vehicles parking along Hwy 35 now that Mississippi Req is charging $3 to park by the bar. Can only imagine what it must look like for a fish swimming below with all the land minds in the form of a hook wiggling.

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1/23/15 12:05 PM CST
Bosman I was unable to open that link , is this for the project at Ferryville ?. I also hope that this will move along ay t light speed . Its always great to have another option . Thanks for your reports .Tight lines and takn drag Cool

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1/23/15 11:49 AM CST
http://www.mvp.usace.army.mil/Portals/57/docs/Civil%20Works/Information%20Papers/September%202014/UMRRP%20Winneshiek%20(CRE)-149.pdf

Sure hope funding comes through for this project. Stoddard II.

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1/22/15 6:54 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 26° - 30° F
Had a decent day today. The majority of our fish were caught on minnows today. The jig bite was tough. Lots of fish come in but hard to get to bite.

January is winding down, and the bite should improve every day now. Thanks for reading my reports, and have a good weekend!

DICK NEEFE
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1/22/15 6:53 PM CST
Ice Depth: 12" Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 26° - 30° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
Fished an "out of the way" slough today. The long walk was rewarded with quite a mixed bag, gills, crappies, a few perch, one 17" walleye that was in the wrong place at the wrong time, because the wife informed me that she wanted some fresh fillets for this weeks fry. Had to work for bites, but it's mid Jan. Started out with "ol faithful" a candystripe with a wax worm, caught some on that. Switched to some purists & rembrandts, caught a few on them. Switched to a perch eye jig with orange plastic, and that was the star of the day. Maybe the mid winter lockjaw is easing up a bit, hope so. Nice day to be on the ice.

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1/22/15 9:40 AM CST
How's the ice? Sloppy?

chevyproud
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1/22/15 7:51 AM CST
the thing that gets me is that in the normal die off in past years has consisted of mostly shad and other rough fish. a friend of mine drilled holes from the handicap access up the middle and both sides and viewed dead and dying game fish of all sizes and species . another 2 friends that fished there before the report of dead fish told me that the water was badly stained . I do understand that die offs happen every year in the ecosystem but I don't think that engineering projects should aid in freeze out or oxygen starvation like it has at cold springs. tight lines and takin drag to all.

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1/22/15 6:52 AM CST
Agree with trapperone. But the quality of ice fishing at Cold Springs has been in a steady decline for years.

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1/21/15 9:47 PM CST
Born and raised in the Ferryville-Mt.Sterling area. This die out that everyone is talking about on Cold Springs happens every year. In the spring the small creek that goes out into the main river will be thick of dead fish. Mostly, they are bait fish-shiners and the like. Not sure why, but happens every year. Cool

TED PECK
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1/21/15 6:32 AM CST
I grew up on pool 13. About 30 years ago we had similar concerns like Cold Springs about a slough there known as Miller's Lake. When I was a kid you could launch at numerous points along the east shore and sneak out to the main channel by several different routes--even at low pool. Today there is just one shallow channel, kept barely passable by dredging. At the lower end of pool 13 is Potter's slough. A massive dredging project deisgned to open things up for 20 years lasted about 5. Ditto the situation on pool 11 at McCartney's and 12 at Sunfish. Officials from both the USFWS and Corps of Engineers tell me siltation is an unintended consequence from Congressional mandate of maintaining a channel for navigation. This mandate has been the governing principal for Miss-management since the mid 1800's. 20 years ago I did an article about this situation. Siltation then was a problem clear up to Guttenburg on pool 11. Since then it has been an issue through want used to be great backwater fishing on pool 10. Yep, we're seeing it on 9 now. The habitat is changing. The Miss epitomizes the "butterfly effect" in spades. The ecosystem is far to complex for even the brightest minds to decipher. Factor in multiple agency management, politics and other man-made input and its clear the Rivr of tomorrow will never be the River of last summer--or two years from now. Fish kills are a fact of nature, with multiple causes...every one a shame. I don't think there is a more challenging--or rewarding--freshwater fishery elsewhere in North America. A half-century of serious fishing these waters have convinced me of the fallacy of "pre-fishing". Every single trip is different. To be consistently successful you need to get out there often. Smell the wind. Taste the water. Find your place as the alpha predator in the grand design of it all. To me, this is the essence of life. When it comes to an end I want my ashes loaded into shotgun shells and fired across the pool. Permission? FROM WHO? God has already granted it when He called me home. When this happens y'all might wanna fish a little harder north of the 82 bridge. Siltation and death are facts of life Wondering And here's another fact: you can't cath any fish with your line out of the water! Best git to it. We're burnin' daylight...

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1/20/15 8:55 PM CST
I think someone needs to drive a bobcat to cold springs and fix it. Wink Tounge Out

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1/20/15 7:36 PM CST
I have heard rumor of a closing dam outside the entrance to Coldsprings to help stop silt from entering channel. This was several years ago though.

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1/20/15 7:19 AM CST
I share your concern for many parts of the southern end of the pool. Cold Springs isn't the lone solider. Nearly ALL of the small pockets around the 82 dike are suffering the same choking death in terms of fish habitat over the past few years. Includes Moss Lake, Charles City Bay, Shore Slough, Old Dredge Hole, Winny Pond, Rush Creek, Catfish Bay, etc.... Heck, even Ronkowski slough up by Genoa has taken a hair cut in terms of wintering water depth. Not to mention Green Lake, Peck Lake, Fish Lake, and Long Slough. Bad part is ALL these areas I've mentioned are well outside commercial traffic which means........

Cold Springs has the x-factor in the feeder creek. This is not the first year we've seen mid-winter floaters since I relocated to the area in 2006.

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1/19/15 10:29 PM CST
I have ice fished a few times at cold spring the past few years. It seems to me the fishing has slowly been getting worse here. I noticed that it has been getting more and more silt in the channel and both bays. I think that the fish just are not using this much for winter habitat anymore. the silt may be a cause of the die off too, as there is very little water between channel and bays now. This area needs to get re-dregged if it is going to be a wintering area for fish again. I would like to see the north bay get dregged more too. This area needs a good wintering area as there is nothing in the southern part of pool 9 of a wintering area. just my two cents. what do you guys think??

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1/19/15 5:00 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 31° - 35° F
My fiend and I ice fished Cold Springs on Saturday 1-17-2015 all day. Iced 4 LMB all over 14 inches with one at 3 pounds. Also iced a 25.75 inch fatso northern at 4.25 lbs., and two 9 inch perch. Dropped a few more LMB's and a northern. All released except the heavy LMB and the perch. No camera though, so don't know about the reported dead fish.

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