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William Schlafer  
#21 Posted : Thursday, November 21, 2019 3:43:54 PM(UTC)
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I got my start with a fly rod fishing for Bluegills on the banks of small ponds casting poppers. Pound for pound, the hardest fighting fish to be found, and great fun on the long rod. Plus, Bluegills are found nearly everywhere and just about always are biting when other species aren't.

Damned tasty too!


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#22 Posted : Thursday, November 21, 2019 5:04:56 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: William Schlafer Go to Quoted Post
I got my start with a fly rod fishing for Bluegills on the banks of small ponds casting poppers. Pound for pound, the hardest fighting fish to be found, and great fun on the long rod. Plus, Bluegills are found nearly everywhere and just about always are biting when other species aren't.

Damned tasty too!


-Bill



I've thought about going after them in the summer with my Tenkara, which is a 3wt equivalent.

There's always some other fishing that I'd rather do though and part of me wants my first fish on that rod to be a trout.

Have had it for two years now and still haven't caught anything with it. Laugh


As far as the fight of bluegills... I've caught some slabs and on my ultra light ice rig they don't really impress with the fight.

I'm guessing they'd be more fun on that whippy Tenkara.



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#23 Posted : Saturday, November 23, 2019 3:05:39 AM(UTC)
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Was able to get out again after work today and the ice has firmed back up nicely.

There is open water further out and At dusk heard a boat plowing through the ice chunks out there on its way home. Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr... BANG!! Rrrrrrrr... BANG! BANG! Rrrrrrrrrrrrr.... Laugh

Good amount of fish biting and I probably caught 20 again but this day it was mostly little ones.


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A guy there with a fish finder said the big ones were coming up to the bait and just looking at it and not biting and he was having to really work them to get a strike.

I obviously couldn’t see my targets but brought home 7 average-good ones.

Was the last one on the ice...


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Very peaceful to be the last one.

Good outing.



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#24 Posted : Saturday, November 23, 2019 3:09:08 AM(UTC)
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Oh yeah and stopped by Orvis on way home to grab a few white bead head nymphs and they said those were the first trout flies sold in over a month.

Seemed surprised when I told them they were for ice fishing and also very surprised there was ice anywhere.
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#25 Posted : Saturday, November 23, 2019 9:12:57 PM(UTC)
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You don’t have a flasher!? Dude they are such a help I highly recommend them.
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#26 Posted : Monday, November 25, 2019 4:50:42 AM(UTC)
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You don’t have a flasher!? Dude they are such a help I highly recommend them.



Not in the budget.

Also - I really only ice fish a bit in the fall and only for gills in shallow water and only to get some for the fryer.

If I ever graduate to walleye or deeper water crappies, I’ll give it some thought for sure.


Got out today and the fish were active from the get go. Problem was they were all small. Got over 20 by 10:00 and not one worth keeping.

Was on the fence to go home and maybe come back for the end of the day but then got a couple keepers. The bite was best from 10:30-11:30 and I stayed till 1:30.

Caught around 50 and kept 12-15. Let a few marginal ones go that I wasn’t desperate enough to keep.

This beast was my final fish of the day in the last hole I dropped into....


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I’ve been Chicken Little thinking frequently that the ice was gonna melt out, but this time I think it’s coming for sure. Tons of snaps crackles and pops out there today and the entire sheet had standing water on it by the time i left today.

I’m good and have a bunch packed and stacked and will be nice to have a second round of new ice.




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#27 Posted : Monday, November 25, 2019 7:43:15 PM(UTC)
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I hear ya, but used ones aren’t terrible price wise. I absolutely wouldn’t fish without one now that I’ve been using them for so long.

You could probably get a used Fl-8SE for like $150. They’re worth it
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#28 Posted : Friday, January 24, 2020 3:47:14 AM(UTC)
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Still getting out ice fishing but the gills have been harder to find than back in November under first ice.

Taking Lake Monona off the grid has eliminated one of my consistent sure things but I did find some today on Mendota including the smallest fish I've ever caught on a hook...


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Laugh

Caught maybe 25 gills, a walleye (small one) and a crappie in a little less than an hour before dusk.

Most of the gills were dinks, but did bring home 3 slab gills.

Nice outing in very comfortable temps.


Have decided that I will not eat any more fish from Monona which is slightly heartbreaking as I have maybe 15 from there frozen. Hate to have taken them in that light.

Will put them somewhere that the yotes or raccoons can get them.


Lake Monona



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Brought home 14 today.

Beautiful out there.



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#30 Posted : Monday, February 24, 2020 1:28:20 PM(UTC)
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Skipped the trouting on Sunday as I figured the runoff would shut down the waters that I'd want to go to. Hit the Wisco instead for some hardwater fun.

Caught mostly rays from noon until 4:00 with only 3 keeper gills and assorted other small gills and shiners.

Then the bite started up and I almost limited out by dark. Think I ended up with 8 crappies and 15 gills.

We were fishing in 15-20 feet of water and everyone else had Vexes but I was fishing blind. I actually outfished two of the guys that had them but would have been fun to get to see the fish coming.

Fish were suspended all day between 5 and maybe 12 feet. I used a tiny Kastmaster for the first time ever as I figured I needed more than a jig head to call them in. I now have a new lure that I can be confident in.

Bluegills shut off around 5:15 and the crappies moved in till dark. Crappies were suspended a bit higher than the gills at maybe 5 feet.

Glorious day with a high near 50, full sun and no wind.

I actually got some color - was smart enough to not wear my hat during the afternoon and avoid the hat tan lol.

Looks like next weekend will still be good for ice and then we'll see.


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Oh yeah and I really enjoy fishing deeper water - so much more fun than just bouncing a jig off the bottom. Plus the "fight" is longer.

Probably gonna have to get a Vex at some point.



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