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  • CedarStorm1975CedarStorm1975
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    Quote by: kenhump

    Actually they are still totaling up the number of vehicles in the drink this season. 🙄 m

    THis last weekend was crazy!

    CedarStorm1975CedarStorm1975
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    If you want to test out a really great catfish lake, head up to Storm Lake. We catch them often while walleye fishing, and I have yet to catch a dinky catfish….a few I had trouble getting up out of a 6″ hole 😯 . The best thrill is that the lake is shallow…so often they hit right under your feet. Sometimes they feel like a large walleye..but more often than not I am suprised by the size of the fish when it’s head nears the hole! They generally will hit a deadstick minnow, but I have caught them on Rippin’ Raps, buckshot spoons, etc as well.

    CedarStorm1975CedarStorm1975
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    in reply to: Blizzard #1557453

    Down here it’s been a nice melting day. The heavy rain really helped wash all the salt and crap off of our sidewalks and drives. Now I’ll probably need my ice cleats in the morning to walk my dog, haha 😆

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    There have been a few instances this weekend on the IGL’s …just plan on not going back the same way you went in according to the local bait shops. Myself personally, if I had an expensive brand new truck…It would stay in the parking lot because I really couldn’t afford the cost of recovering it out of the lake, haha 😆

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    Quote by: FuelTheFire_%236

    Going to fish Pleasant Creek thru the ice for the first time ever on Saturday.(Visiting my brother in CR). I’ve heard alot of mixed reviews on it, but wondering if you guys have any pointers? Don’t need any secrets, just where to start. I have all the Lake maps and have researched as much as possible. Mostly will be targeting Walleyes, but wouldn’t mind getting into crappies, perch, or white bass. I am a very experienced fisherman, just not on this lake. Thanks in Advance.

    If you can find them, there are some nice bluegills in there…but we often jokingly call it “The Dead Sea” for a reason. You either really like it there and do well….or you are like me and have fished it off and on for 30 years and have seen boom and bust. I’m hoping the draw down and remodeling they did helps improve things a bit. I haven’t fished there for a couple years…I have found more productive waters in the area (for me). I think if I had a boat and could regularly get out there and explore, I’d find some good spots. Along the dam is a perennial favorite…but it can get crowded.

    CedarStorm1975CedarStorm1975
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    in reply to: Storm Lake Ice? #1557969

    I drove by the inlet (Frank Starr) last weekend, there were 30 shacks out there. You might also want to try the backside of Casino point (park by the DNR building in the marina and walk in). I’ve done really well on walleyes there (on Storm Lake in general) over the years…but I’ve also had years where you couldn’t buy a bite out there either. Lots of NICE catfish, oddly most of them I’ve caught while walleye fishing. I’ve been using a #5 rippin rap out there the last couple years and have had some success with those…but the perennial favorite seems to be the minnow/bobber combo, or just dead sticking a minnow. The slot is paying off- I’ve caught more bigger (over 22″) fish out there the last 5 years than I’ve ever had…but we generally just put those back and keep the under 17″ fish for the table. The old 15″ limit was nice we used to catch a lot of nice eaters, but the slot seems to help with the fun factor of catching large fish as well 😉

    CedarStorm1975CedarStorm1975
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    in reply to: Sunday #1558090

    Natural zomboni:-).

    CedarStorm1975CedarStorm1975
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    in reply to: Walleye Rod #1558091

    When Gander Mountain was open, I bought a couple St. Croix rods, and I don’t think I spent more than $30 on each…not including the reels I put on them. In all honesty any medium action ice rod will do. Most of the walleyes I catch through the ice are on a minnow/bobber setup, and a third on rattle spoons. You might want to check out Scheels- they would have something decent win your price range.

    CedarStorm1975CedarStorm1975
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    Pretty sure I saw a similar truck parked on the ice over by Rockwell City at the interstate borrow pit right along highway 20 today? Braver than I would ever be, haha. I’ve seen someone actually drive out on Lake Macbride and Palo (Pleasant Creek) as well during cold snaps like this in the past….with 6-9 inches of ice. I would think that a truck would be too expensive to lose in the water, so my own two feet are a safer bet after freeze up.

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    in reply to: FROZEN MINNOWS #1558296

    Quote by: stick500

    Gamefish don’t mind the taste of rubbing alcohol?

    They secretly like vodka too 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

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    Quote by: 3.5+tens

    Yeah the snow in Minnesota the last couple of days has had v’s of ducks and geese here in north Iowa contrary to the “experts” that said the migration was over in early November 🙄

    ….and this is why we mostly end up hunting geese out in the cornfield 🙄

    CedarStorm1975CedarStorm1975
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    It’s been weird the last few years, the fall weather has stuck around a lot longer than normal. Back in 2011-12 were our last “really good” years in our group. It almost has me wondering if I should have just kept the ol mossberg closeted this season and picked up a lever gun for deer season, haha 😆 I work two jobs, so in all honesty, I’ve been pretty busy on weekends especially, and I have to schedule out my weekends 3 weeks in advance, so when I do get to hunt, I have to take what I’m given for birds/conditions. Something else I’ve noticed as I drove across Highway 20, a lot of the little borrow pits and places like Twin lakes were pretty devoid of the usual numbers of waterfowl. I didn’t even see any snow geese this year…..which is pretty unusual.

    CedarStorm1975CedarStorm1975
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    in reply to: Ice conditions #1559025

    Quote by: Hunter246

    Doesn�t look like we�re gonna have safe ice for a while temps above freeze in next week or so west of Iowa City

    The ice here in this state is kinda funny. Usually I an count on traveling 3-4 hours up to Storm Lake, Okiboji, Clear Lake and find decent ice when we have none down here in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area. That’s been the story for a few years now. It has to be unusually cold for a few nights before I’ll even venture out onto Lake Macbride. That lake has nearly been the end of me at least once or twice over the years. 😯

    CedarStorm1975CedarStorm1975
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    That’s a hell of a way for any animal to die. This was one way that Native Americans used to hunt game animals- run them off a cliff, then finish them off at the bottom of the drop. Hopefully someone got some salvage tags filled out off this- that’s a lot of meat laying there on the ground!

    CedarStorm1975CedarStorm1975
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    This is why I would rather do muzzleloader season…

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