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daninthewoods
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 02:18 PM 10/08/07 (CST)
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Hey, nice to see all you fishing fanatics out there. I like fishing and could use all the tips I can get. For one, for my job, I work with people with disabilities. I helped a 51 yr old man with physical and mental disabilities catch his first fish. He only has one functional arm and so his family always took him, but reeled his fish in for him. What a drag that must have been for him. I taught him to cast for himself. I got him a rig like you see deep see fishermen use so it holds the pole and he can reel the fish in for himself. I have a dinky plastic fabricated boat about a 10 footer that i take him on, use an electric motor. But it is easier to teach him to cast from standing spots. We live in the Big Lake area.

Does anyone know much about Pelican Lake in Wright county? any info you can give would be great. I saw some people shore fishing there but I don't know if it is any good. I just want him to catch as many fish as possible. I will take him on the Ice for the first time in his life this winter, so any hotspots anyone wants to share would be great. I am pretty new to the ice myself so any ice fishing tips would be great too.

Ok Im rambling on, but I like to fish so, what can i say?

dan



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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 02:46 PM 10/08/07 (CST)
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Welcome to the site, we hope you stick around a while. That is So Awesome that you helped and continue to help the disabled catch fish, that's just great. I don't know much about Pelican Lake or the contraption you're talking about, but someone here might be able to help you out. Keep up the good work, there's not enough people in this world like you!


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 03:09 PM 10/08/07 (CST)
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Welcome to My fishing Pals. Glad to have you aboard!



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 05:31 PM 10/08/07 (CST)
Hey daninthewoods,

Welcome to my fishing pals! I think you will find the site fun, entertaining, and educational. I believe you said that you hailed from Nebraska originally... what part of the state? My wife was born in York and also lived several years out in the Sand Hills close to Ainsworth. Also, are there any particular fish species you are hankering to sink a hook into?

Again, welcome to MFP.

Jason "The Fisher" Pence
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 06:04 PM 10/08/07 (CST)
I've been hunting in the Ainsworth area, I am originally from North Platte, went to college in Kearney, and taught school in Fairbury for a short while. I would like to catch some good sized crappie or some walleye that are good eating sized. I don't care about trophy fish I just want some good tasting ones to put in my skillet. Oh,I also like perch. I have lived in Minnesota for about 7 yrs, but moved around the metro alot before buying a house out in Big Lake, so I am trying to get used to where to fish. Also live across the state of Missouri, or misery as I like to call it. Anyway, any suggestions would be great. Also I haven't killed a rooster in 15 years, it's just not right.

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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 08:36 PM 10/08/07 (CST)
Hey Daninthewoods,

Here is a really good idea to try. Just my 2 cents worth--but it is to immediately go buy a Minnesota Atlas and Gazateer. It is a highly detailed set of maps laid out in a big book/magazine type format. Carries topo maps of the entire state. The Minnesota edition has 95 pages laid out in easy to read grids. Cost about $20.00 at the local bookstore. It will show you virtually every boat launch and piece of water in the state. If you are serious about catching lots of fish my experience has been to use the places with the worst boat launches--or better yet NO LAUNCHES! You can take that small boat you mentioned, put it in the back of the truck and carry it to the water. I have done this countless times and fished a lake totally to myself. In northern Wisconsin (within 100 miles of Twin Cities)I have often used this technique and boated over 100 largemouth or crappie a day....this has happened on many occasions. The increased catches of pike and walleye of course followed suit. If you see some potential waters on the map then use the DNR site to check what species are there. But most any lake that is deep enough to avoid winterkill will hold some fish in Minnesota. The better known and larger waters can be found easily..but mining those gems out of the Gazateer will pay really big dividends to you in terms of numbers of fish caught and the overall quality of the experience. I lived over in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin (about 90 minutes east of the cities) for about 7 years and there were 65 boat launches within 40 minutes of the house..some of them were nothing more than sand dozed into the lake. These places often had no one there but me..it often seemed that way for most all of the open water season. Well it almost goes without saying that if only 5 boats hit a lake all summer that the fishing will probably be a great deal better in terms of numbers and size than if you are trying to walk across the pier of boats all over Minnetonka.

Hope that gives you a few ideas to start you on the way. Good luck on your adventures!

Jason "The Fisher" Pence

PS. My father in law had some real trophy pike waters he fished up in the Ainsworth area as well as a few lakes that turned out incredible numbers of massive bluegills. Did you have opportunity to do any fishng there with your hunting outings?

PSS. Would you be willing to give us the background on why you feel so strongly about not shooting roosters?

Jason
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 09:38 PM 10/08/07 (CST)
I said that badly. It is just not right that I have not had the opportunity to shoot a Rooster in 15 years. They are my favorite bird to hunt and I miss it terribly. I love eating them, I love how they sometimes scare the s#@@ out of you when they get up in your face. I miss walking through little weed patches in the corner of a center pivot and kicking up birds. I miss my Brittany Spaniel, who sometimes just picked them up and brought them to me if they were sitting to tight. I miss the days when you could go up to a farmer and say hey can i hunt and they would say yes, just leave my land like you found it and don't shoot anywhere near my cows. I had it good as a kid. I just didn't know how good. I still have a ton of land owned by relatives in NE, but it is a long way to go and the hunting isnt as good anymore. Thanks for the suggestions. I have put that little boat in on lakes that no one else can put a boat on and I love doing that because it is like having your own private lake. Sometimes you find real gems. Thats why I am researching what is available. I have noticed sometimes the DNR doesn't give any info on lakes. Like if they manage them only for waterfowl, they don't do reports on what fish are in the lake or maybe they don't list the lake at all.

Happy hunting and fishing to you all.



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 08:28 AM 10/09/07 (CST)
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Welcome to the forum!




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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 08:44 AM 10/09/07 (CST)
Daninthewoods,

Well I totally misunderstood your meaning on shooting the rooster. My bad. That is how rumors get started!

Glad to hear you are already onto the smaller boats on unfished waters idea. It is very helpful if catching lots of fish is a goal. That Minnesota Gazateer can help tremendously in spotting waters ahead of time thus saving you tons of actual drive and research time.

I am really surprised about what you have found at the DNR concerning species information in a lake. I have never had a problem finding that information on any water I have fished. It will normally list a species as abundant, common, present, or present but rare. However, I have used the Wisconsin site more than the Minnesota one. However, I often go to the map of the lake and it is listed in the legend section of the map as opposed to somewhere else. Maybe that could help as well. I have normally been researching small waters...say 25-300 acres. Probably 25-100 acres is average...larger than that and other ramps are built and a lot more folks on the water. Perhaps that has been a part of it..I have been looking for very specific info on small waters. However, I also know there are some extensive books of lake maps that list every single body of water..normally by county..that have the information as well. They tend to be a little pricey..but it is money well spent in my book. I also looked in the front of the Minnesota Gazateer as I was typing this and saw that they have the species info listed for around 350-400 lakes and rivers in Minnesota. Not an exhaustive list...but a helpful start at least. Just as an example I took Brule Lake in the BWCA...it has walleye, pike, lake trout, and small mouth. These are not extensive reports as the DNR ones are...but it is a start. The DNR lake maps also then give lake countours, depths, vegetation growth, etc. That is a big help in prefishing/scouting as well.

If someone else has seen the species listings on one of the map sites maybe they would be kind enough to chime in and help us locate that today.

Being from Nebraska were you a big Husker fan? It is a requirement of state residency as I recall! Although it appears Coach Callahan and AD Pederson are in the hot seat right now! I also had a buddy who played wide out for Chadron State several years ago. They all said that the hunting/fishing was really good. Both open water and ice fishing as well.

Good Fishing To Ya,

Jason "The Fisher" Pence
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 09:22 AM 10/09/07 (CST)
Yes I am a Husker fan, though it is hard to be one right now. I am one of the apparently few that think Bill Callahan will bring the program back to where it was, though a new defensive coordinator would probably help. Bill has recruited talent better than anyone we ever had. But Nebraskans EXPECT to be the best every year. Bill totally switched to a new form of offense. I say to do something like that takes 5 years minimum. Nebraskans arent that patient with their football. I did lots of hunting and fishing in Nebraska, I have lifetime permits for doing both. So I don't have to buy anything when I do go back, besides maybe a stamp. Chadron is a beautiful area. Close to the very first Cabelas, which is in Sydney,NE. I remember going there as a kid. It was very small by comparison to today's Cabela's, they rebuilt that one and have expanded ever since. It started in the garage of the Cabela Brothers, tying their own flies. Now they are VERY rich.



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