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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 02:29 PM 12/18/04 (CST)
Here's some tips from Ted Takasaki on how to get ready for a successful winter on the ice:

• Four inches of ice is generally considered safe.

• Scouting should have begun on open water all spring and summer with a hand-held GPS unit marking the locations of brush piles, weed beds and other features that hold fish.

• Didn't do that? Never fear. Use a lake map to find likely fish-holding spots. Early-season walleyes and saugeye will be at rocky rip-rap areas near shore near the fastest break to the deepest water in that section of the lake. Move to deeper structure later in winter. Focus on mid-lake humps. As ice-out nears, check spots near spawning areas.

• For panfish, check out basins with green weeds and submerged wood. Smaller reservoirs may suffer loss of oxygen over the course of winter, causing fish to slip into a lethargic, inactive mode. Avoid that problem by fishing larger lakes or the backwaters of rivers, like the Mississippi.

• Before you start fishing, use a flasher, a sonar or underwater camera to locate fish. Fishing is just too slow a way to find them.

• A six-inch auger blade is plenty -- the larger the auger, the harder drilling becomes. If drilling becomes too hard, you're unlikely to want to move to new spots. If you don't catch fish, move.

• Use rods with fast tips but plenty of backbone.

• Use jigs large enough to show up on your flasher unit so you can be certain of where your bait is all the time.

• Dress warmly. You can always take clothes off if you get too warm. But, clothes in the closet do no good on the ice. Portable ice shanties are a great investment.

• Never go alone.

• Take a floatation pillow with several feet of rope attached in case you run into trouble.

Enjoy the Experience!

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 07:51 AM 12/20/04 (CST)
Thanks for the info justnorth!



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 06:23 AM 07/15/06 (CST)
now we just need ice..lol.
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