Nice catch, way to go kolbas.
Here are my reports for the month of Jan., 2018.
Well, a new year is upon us, and, with that, new fishing opportunities.
The first report is from Jan. 8th.
My uncle and I make our way to Fishing Lake for an afternoon of ice fishing from 2:00pm - 5:40pm.
The weather is decent at -5 deg C / 23 deg F. The wind is lite from the SE, and there is a mix of sun and cloud.
We found a spot on the edge of a group of shacks in a bay and settle in.
There were 6 other trucks in the general area.
Since the last time I was out, the ice has really thickened up due to that cold snap we had in Dec.
I was almost at the full length of my ice auger by the time I made it through.
The water in this area was quite shallow, with only 3 to 4 feet under the ice.
It was a while before the first fish hit. I was watching the camera, and, looked up to see my set rod pulling downward. I set the hook, BANG,
fish on! After a few horizontal runs, the fish was iced.
It was nice to ice my first fish of 2018.
While we were there I saw 5 pike and 3 walleye on camera.
2 of the walleye and 1 pike were larger than average size.
Finally, near dark, I was able to entice one pike to hit on camera.
My set rod got the most action this time.
The total for the day was 5 pike for me, and 1 for my uncle.
Here is his fish.
This one turned out to be the big one of the day at 27".
We kept a couple for a meal and the others went back.
I was pleased with my first fishing day of 2018.
The next report is for Jan.9th.
Encouraged by the day before, my uncle and I decided to try our luck again at Fishing Lake.
We decided to try one of our shore fishing spots, to see if we can still find fish there during the hard water season.
When we were leaving home, it was sunny with quite mild temps. As we got to the lake, the wind gusted up rolling in clouds and fog.
The temp at the lake was -8 deg C / 18 deg F with a sharp wind from the SE, really cooling things off, and filling in the holes with drifting snow.
There were 5 other trucks near their shelters to the NW of us.
Despite the blustery conditions the action started off quickly for me.
I just walked away from baiting my set rod when it registered a hit. I waited for a second, to see if the fish stayed on, and, then set the hook.
First fish of the day was iced.
This scrappy little pike.
After a quick photo it went back.
I had just rebated, and was setting up my uncle’s set rod for him, when my own set rod had another strike. Another pike grudgingly came up the hole. Wow, fast action! :woot:
After that, things slowed a bit, but still, the action was decent on the set rods.
As the anglers left for the evening, some stopped to have a chat, and, see how the fishing was. Most of them reported 1 - 3 pike, and all reported a very lite bite. It seemed the fish were biting the bait off just in front of, or, behind the hooks, without getting caught - sneaky fish.
In the first area where I placed my camera I only saw 1 walleye pass by. In the 2nd area I saw 2 more walleye and 5 pike.
I caught the largest that day.
The final results were 4 pike for me + 2 that got off while I was jigging. My uncle iced 1 as well.
Since we kept a few from the day before, all of these fish went back.
For the kind of day it was, I was happy with our final results.
The cloud and fog hung over us all day. By the time we left, there was freezing rain.
It’s Jan 17th and my uncle and I decide to try our luck at a different lake this time - Whitesand / Pelican Lake.
We were on the ice from 1:50pm - 5:30pm
The temp was not bad at + 2 deg C/ 36 deg F, but, once at the lake, it got cloudy with strong 30 - 50 km/h winds, making things chilly.
We see 8 other trucks, and 1 snowbear type of rig, scattered all around the lake.
We decide to follow the W path down the lake, setting up on the first point where some other shacks were. There were 3 trucks out there.
It took a while for the first fish to bite, and, I was able to see it happen on camera. The pike came in fast and hit hard, for a little guy.
First fish of the day.
After that there were several longer spells between bites, but, in the end, we managed 4 pike, 2 for me and 2 for my uncle.
We even had a bit of double header action.
My uncle got the big fish that afternoon. @)
I only saw 1 other fish ( a pike) iced by the other groups.
Here is a shot of the sunset that evening.
The next day (Jan 18th).
We went back to try Fishing Lake again for the afternoon, this time in a new area on the N side.
I have always had luck in this area, during open water season, so wanted to try at this time of year.
This area had a bit more snow than the other areas where we have been, and it was more built up where we got on.
Once on, we found a spot, and fished from 2:10pm - 5:40pm.
The weather was - 2 deg C / 28 deg F with a mix of sun and cloud, and, some intermittent wind from the SW.
There were 9 other trucks out on the ice, 3 were close by.
It was fairly busy, and as soon as one truck would leave, another came out to enjoy the nice day.
I just finished setting up all the set rods, my underwater camera, and started jigging, when one of the set rods had a hit.
I went over and iced the first fish of the day, this walleye.
A while later, my set rod got hit again. Another walleye is iced after a few runs.
This one is larger at 19.5".
Two pike get away.
One of the 2 escapees was a dandy big fish. I was first alerted to her presence when my camera started to violently shake. She had come up from behind, grabbing it in her mouth. She then hung around my area for 10 min or so. All the while, I am trying to tempt her with various styles and types of lures. She came in, and checked them all out, only to leave until the next one was presented. She seemed to be shopping for the right one, but, none of them appealed to her taste. I finally offered her the largest frozen bait I had - an 8" herring, and, put it on my own homemade loop-rigs, hoping maybe that would do the trick. This got her immediate attention and she came right over and snuck up, nose to nose with it. I gave it one little twitch and bang, Fish On!
Since the area I was fishing was quite shallow, she had no where to go but out, and she did that multiple times. On one of those runs she got herself tangled around my underwater camera. It was a good distance off, but, she found it. I could see the camera cable jumping in the cable holder, but could not do too much about that for fear of letting the pressure off the barbless hook. After finally getting my uncle’s attention, he tried to untangle her and the camera, but alas, it was not to be, and, she broke free. NOOOO!
She was for sure the largest fish I have seen this season.
No other fish were caught following that.
I did see a few of the closer anglers ice a pike or 2.
I will be back to that spot some time to see if I can find her again, or 1 even larger.
It’s Jan 22nd and my uncle and I are at another new spot at Fishing Lake.
Our mild weather is starting to leave us and it was a bit cooler at - 6 deg C / 21 deg F with a fair wind from the SE.
There was very low cloud cover, and a coating of hoar frost adorned the trees around the lake.
In this area there were a few shacks in groups here and there, but only 1 other angler out that afternoon.
He leaves as we set up, and, we are alone for the rest of the time.
We set up, and fish from 1:40pm - 6:00pm.
We move to 2 spots before we get on fish, but, once we do, we find a few.
I see a total of 4 pike and 2 walleye on camera.
In the end I ice 2 pike and have 1 walleye shake off, just under the ice. My uncle ices 1 pike.
One of my pike is the largest at 25".
We leave the lake to the sound of howling coyotes and barking dogs.
My uncle and I are back at Fishing Lake to see what’s biting this time.
It started out as nice day at home, but, as we got closer to the lake, it got colder and darker. By the time we were on the ice,
it was windy from the NW, with high humidity / fog and, hoar frost in the trees. The temp was - 10 deg C / 14 deg F .
While there we visited with a few other anglers, before finding our own spot, a little ways from the main group.
I set up and we waited for some action. The fish were slow. It was half way through the day before we get the first hit on a set rod.
I get the fish (a pike) half way up, but it’s just barley hooked and is gone. With the slower action, I walked to a different area, and try there.
This pays off, and, I ice a pike jigging.
I persist at this spot. Just as the sun sets, I see what looks to be a log move past the camera and stop below my lipless rattle bait. I slowly raise and jig as the same time.
The log comes alive and BANG fish on!
This fish feels decent, and again, it makes several horizontal line peeling runs. I signal to my uncle that I need a hand. He hustles over and removes the underwater camera. Now no chance of wrapping around it this time. After a few more runs I get her back to the hole. She opens her mouth once, and blocks it. I wait until she closes her mouth and up she comes. She is a chunky one and the 8" hole looks mostly full of fish. After a quick photo or 2 her hooks are taken out and she is free to go.
She takes her time, but leaves with a splash.
She was 3 feet (36") long.
We pack up once she is gone and leave with the 1 little pike and a story.
As it turns out this is the last report for Jan.
Feb. is usually slower, for the most part, but, lets hope for some days of action as well.
]Here are my reports for the Month of Feb. 2018.
The first one is for Feb. 14th.
My uncle and I took the ladies out the day before for their Valantine’s Day supper :-* so we were good to go fishing today.
We tried our luck again at Fishing Lake in the area that has been fairly consistent for us this winter.
It was a cloudy day with strong winds from the N mixed in with a few flurries and some drifting snow. The temp dropped from - 3 deg C /27 deg F, when we started, to -13 deg C /9 deg F by days end.
We were out from 1:30pm - 5:40pm
While we were setting up, friends from around home arrived, and, fished for the afternoon with us.
There were a few other anglers out as well here and there in the general area.
Fishing was decent for our little group with myself icing 5 pike and my uncle 1. The others that joined us iced 4 pike as well.
We kept 3 for a fish fry and the others went back.
Here is a sample of the action.
I also saw 10 pike and 1 walleye on the underwater camera.
We all left when the weather got a bit worse.
Hopefully this weather warms up soon.
On Feb. 23rd. The family and I thought we would go to the N side of Fishing Lake and see where the “Fish On Fishing Lake” derby was to take place.
After we saw where it was, I though I might as well fish for a bit, so, we moved to a different beach.
I was the only one prepared to ice fish and went 4:30pm - 6:10pm.
The temps were not bad at -6 deg C / 21 deg F, but, it was still a bit chilly with a fair wind from the E.
The sky was a mix of sun and cloud.
Fishing was slow, not a good sign for the upcomming derby.
In the end I saw 3 pike and 1 walleye on camera. The pike came in, looked and left.
The walleye was a bit more aggressive and hit without hesitation.
It was a keeper and made a good meal for 1.
Feb. 24 and the day of the “Fishing Lake Fish On” derby.
I am up bright and early and off to the derby to get regstered and wait to pick my spot. Once the spot is picked the fun begins trying to chisel through the several inches of ice to reopen the holes that were drilled the day before. I had a spud bar with a chisel on the end. By the time I cleared away all the fresh ice, it was almost time to start the derby.
I was lucky to have set up around folks I knew from around my area so at least I had someone to chat with. At 12:00pm the bear banger went off and we all dropped our lines down the hole and hoped for a strike. J
There were 400 + anglers out that afternoon so they had a good turn out. I would like to be able to see a shot of the underwater world with all those lines dangling down through the ice. It would be like a forest of lures and lines.
There was not too much action to report. Out of all those anglers, 1 fish, a pike, was iced. I saw the guy running with it an hour or so into the fishing. I think they said it weighed 3.5 lbs, and, won the lucky angler, from Hudson Bay SK., a new side by side or cash. He went with the side by side.
There were a few strikes here and there and I could hear the outbursts from few anglers that lost their fish. We did have a bit of acton in my area when a young boy right beside me had a fish on, but, unfortunalty lost the fish before he got it up the hole. It was really unfortunate, as it looked like he had a big one, and, I dare say would likely have been “the winning fish”. Tough break for sure.
At 3:00pm the bear banger went off again signaling the end of the derby. Since there was only 1 fish caught, the other 24 prizes had to be drawn for, but alas, my name was not called for them either, nor was it called for the 50/50 ticket raffles .
Oh well, at least weather cooperated in the end. At the beginning it was - 20 deg C / -4 deg F, but by the end it - 3 deg C / 27 deg F with sun and a lite SW wind.
Feb. 25th and I am back at Fishing Lake hoping to make up for no action at the derby.
My uncle, friend, and I try the spot where we have had the most luck this winter.
We get there at 1:30pm and fish untill 5:50pm.
The afternoon is sunny with a temp of -6 deg C /21 deg F, but, as the day goes on, the temp drops to - 12 deg C /10 deg F. The wind is steady from the W to SW.
The fish still seem to be in a slump. I see several pike on camera, but, none of them seem interested at all in what any of us have to offer.
In the end we ice one pike. It’s kind of a duel catch. My buddy reels in the fish and I maneuver it through the hole and hoist it from the water.
It was 5.2 lbs on the scale.
It’s his first one of the season so he keeps it for a future meal.
Feb. 28th is a mild day, so, my uncle, aunt and I are back at Fishing Lake for a part of the afternoon.
We set up a bit deeper this time, just off of our usual area.
We ice fish from 1:15pm - 5:40pm
It’s a nice afternoon to be out, the temp is only -3 deg C / 27 deg F, the sun is shining, and, the wind is lite to calm at times.
The good news is, the fish are biting today.
In the end all the bites happen on our set rods. I ice 3 pike and my uncle 2.
We should have had a few more, as 3 get off, before being iced.
I see 5 pike on the underwater cam, but only one of them strkes for me, and, that’s one of the fish lost.
First fish of the day.
We even get into some double header action. @)
A shot of the moon as it comes up even before the sun has set.
I am glad to see the action has picked up, hopefully it will continue into March. J