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WALLEYE34
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 03:58 PM 01/03/08 (CST)
Looking for some dialogue. Any of you believe snow cover impacts feeding habits of walleyes? If possible provide a theory to your response.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 04:26 PM 01/03/08 (CST)
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Welcome to the site, we hope you stick around a while.
As far as snow cover and fishing goes, I'm not sure how much it affects the fishing. It think the barometer and temp affect it much more than snow cover, but I really don't know. I can only think of one time in my life, that I have gone ice fishing with No snow cover and we didn't catch a thing. Hopefully some others have some input!


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 04:27 PM 01/03/08 (CST)
I have read a few ideas on the topic, it relates to fishing in general and not just to walleye. But the idea is that snow cover and bare ice patches will create a shadow line in the water so if you are able to find a place with snow and then an good edge onto bare ice there will be a shadow line and fish will relate to this just like any other structure.

If the entire lake is covered with snow it always seemed to me that the typical morning and evening bites were not as strong, I can only assume its becuase its basically dark all day and the walleye are not spooked as easily during the day resulting in a more steady bite throughout the day. If you are looking for something to really turn them on pressure seems to be a stronger factor in the winter, like low light periods are in the summer.






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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 07:21 PM 01/03/08 (CST)
I do know this, when using tip-ups in shallow water, you do have better luck with the hole covered if the ice is covered with snow. We use plywood with a slot cut for the tip-up shaft to go thru I guess its a poor man frabil round tip up cover. The theory is that the light going thru the ice is the same everywhere not some daylight coming thru in one spot>>>later the load
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 03:36 AM 01/05/08 (CST)
OK.. I'm sure someone knows more about this than me. But here is what I think.. plants use the process of Photosynthesis to survive. Photosynthesis needs sunlight which when used for plant energy will cause a byproduct of oxygen. So if the snow cover comes later and is thin the lakes will have more plant life, more photosynthesis taking place and more dissolved oxygen in the water. Add to it that when the plants eventually die (probably sooner with less light) they decompose. Decomposition depletes oxygen and produces Co2. So less light (more and earlier snow cover) would mean, less photosynthesis, less oxygen, and more Co2. I would assume that fish with less oxygen are less active. I'm not sure, but I would bet snow cover has a definite affect on fishing. confused smiley



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 07:10 PM 01/05/08 (CST)
logan...that is exactly right!Also the deeper the water you fish the less light penetration.that little light that is transfered through the hole becomes less of an issue.



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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 07:42 PM 01/05/08 (CST)
just to add a little bit to logan and mallard, the biggest factor is "time" with that early cold snap and quick ice formation the deomp will stay at the same rate or slow enought to keep a majority of the bait fish shallow so for any pan fisherman don't give up on the shallows yet bait fish can hang in the lol O2 for a long time and the predators will stay as close to the food as possible to conserve energy instead of wasting it on stalking in open water. as a water biology major at the University of Minnesota I would say personally I'm not going to worrie too much about decomp til late jan-early feb then I will start hunting the deep... hope this helps boys go get um

buy the way if anyone is up in the polk county area PM me we should hit up the RLR for some eyes!


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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 08:54 AM 01/06/08 (CST)
I've always thought it changed the pattern of fish holding in the shallows... and could be true. Some lakes kick out fish in the same spots year after year, but at different times. This could be caused by the amount of snow at the time...Everyone's input is great. Looks like some are real scholars.
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