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Night Eyes
02-06-2016, 01:01 PM, (This post was last modified: 02-06-2016, 01:03 PM by AtticaFish.)
RE: Night Eyes
Oh, no denying...... the walleye bug has me pretty good.  I think it got worse this fall with all the 20"+ fish i caught.

As for their winter behavior, i really don't know yet.  This is the first i have honestly ever tried to get out and cast for them in February.  Water is way down and crystal clear at the moment (city has not started pumping water in from the river yet) so i spent some of the time with my head light on checking the areas that i know hold the most small bluegill/bass during any other season.  There were still plenty of those prey fish up in the shallows.  If the food is there...... predators should visit i would think?  The upground reservoirs i fish are hard to compare to any other surrounding reservoirs that are river/creek systems that get dammed up.  The river/creek reservoirs are a little more natural with points and drop-offs.  The majority of upgrounds are simply all angled drops from shore to a deep basin.  The guys in those central OH reservoirs that are a little more natural are still catching a few from shore on rocky points and up against the dams when it has been free of ice.

There was a report of a pretty darn big saugeye caught through the ice a little over a week ago from one of the reservoirs only 30 minutes or so from me.  I don't get to this reservoir much, or at least i haven't fished it frequently in the past.  May have to give it more focus this spring.  It is a little newer of an upground and has some manmade structure and contour that was added specifically to help the stocked fish populations to reproduce.  Check this out....... : Co-Founder
02-07-2016, 01:42 PM,
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Gotta join to view.
02-07-2016, 07:08 PM, (This post was last modified: 02-08-2016, 12:00 AM by papaperch.)
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Russ- Just read this thread. Got something for you in case you want another weapon to add to your arsenal. Check your local Wal Mart. For a plug that is named the Pond Minnow. I have caught just about every fish that swims on them. Used in the pond shallows they are D-E-A-D-L-Y. They are made by Strike King and are also called the bitsy minnow. Berlin has a shallow water walleye pattern also. You can almost guess what colors to get by what you been getting out of their stomachs. Other companies make small plugs but I think  there are the cheapest that are still effective.

I think their profile is what sets the gamefish off on them. As it so closely resembles what they are smashing. They are only 1-1/2 long and weigh an 1/8 oz.
The scenario in your post almost is perfect for these little fellers. LM bass can't or won't leave them alone either.

Fish with 6 # test and use loop knot. Berkley fast snap will also work but I believe the loop knot allows this particular lure to perform to its max.

You can buy me a beer to thank me. Cause if you get some you will be singing its praises just like me.

This review reveals I am not the only fan of the little lure that can. I get a chuckle out of some the real young fishermen on u-tube. Seems like each of them think they are the only one to discover what the bitsy is capable of. Their enthusiasm is quite evident to say the least.
AKA- hays47
02-07-2016, 11:56 PM,
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(02-07-2016, 01:42 PM)Hawnjigs Wrote: Gotta join to view.

Ooops, keep forgetting they changed their permissions on OGF.  Here is the picture of the fish the guy caught.  They sized this saugeye at 29.5" and pushing 10lbs! : Co-Founder
02-08-2016, 12:00 AM,
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papaperch - I will look it up.  I have 2 plano boxes i take with me now.  First box is full of jigs.... tied, twisters & swimbaits.  Other box is for cranks and still have some room left for a few more. : Co-Founder
02-08-2016, 09:53 AM, (This post was last modified: 02-08-2016, 09:53 AM by hookup.)
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Dang that's a big fish

And that ice looks really thin too
02-09-2016, 02:29 PM,
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I don't know the guy who caught it so no clue how the ice was that day. When it is black ice like that, it is very hard to tell from a picture. Sometimes it is hard to tell even when you are standing on it! Someone claimed this particular reservoir was last stocked in 2004 with saugeye, so that could be a pretty old fish. Quite big and beautiful dark color, just has that look of an evil predator.

Actually made it back to Willard reservoir again last night for one more try before we get the next cold snap that will likely lock up the lakes here again. Casted for about 2 hours and not even a bump. Tried cranks, tied jigs, swimbaits and twist tail grubs. I gave up when the calm water along the shoreline (was hiding on the up wind side to try and stay warm) began to skim over with ice. Walleye will have to wait i guess........... : Co-Founder
02-10-2016, 12:50 AM,
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Man, what a BUT !! Dude must be thick skinned or hot blooded.

Can't believe how much fish can fit thru those little ice holes. Must be lots of fun if you snag one.
06-19-2017, 01:42 PM,
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With my walleye canal plummeting from awesome to pathetic, likely due to Summer harvest pressure, I figgered I needed to change tactics. So, just ordered a cupla Bitsy Minnows firetiger on sale.
If my pole breaks from an oversize wally on the light gear needed to cast a mini crank its on you Papa.
11-24-2017, 07:46 PM,
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The canal I fish has just been featured in a nation wide magazine article  titled "Monsterzander possible". The author knows his zander and the mark and assumes that while fish in the 40-50cm range are being caught plenty, it must produce far bigger ones into the 1m range which would behave more like zander do in lakes - stay away from the banks and suspend far out of the reach of regular casting tackle (boat angling is strictly prohibited). The canal is suited for ocean-going vessels and 125m wide, more than twice the width of any other canal in the country - or continent for that matter. He is a very good zander angler but since he has no imagination of a suitable  crank bait or plastic that would cover 60-80 meters casting distance, he´s effectively given up on them. And with 3 million people and thousands of zander-crazy anglers  in the hamburg metropolitan area only 40 car minutes away, I have no desire to prove him wrong.  

These here are Finnish cold water seatrout spoons from various brands and craftsmen. They have a metal core embedded in resin, ideal for long casts and slow, shallow running action - exactly what you want for your nordic coastal seatrout fishing. Or open water Zander. I choose natural colored 16-22gr versions, enhance visability with holo scale foil and large glow eyes and calm down the action with a dressed treble or double hook that  also builds up a slender profile.  Unfortunately, the one I like best is discontinued and I have only a hand full from flee markets etc. It is very counter intuitive to bluntly cast that far out but after two fish (one keeper) on my jigs I gave it a shot today. 
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