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2011/02/03 19:28:14 (permalink)

Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011

I think its fair to say at this time that this ice fishing season in the bay is a lost season.

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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/03 21:37:37 (permalink)
    All I have to say is you have to be mobile hit the inland lakes , different colors am you gotta move to find em my buddies and I have dis pretty good so far but still not as goo as last year but they are there just gotta know how to fish em!!
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/03 21:39:21 (permalink)
    And yrs the bay is horrible bit there are few spots that are still decent
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/04 01:18:26 (permalink)
    i have to disagree with this post there are days that i went out and limited out and days that i went out and only got a couple on the bay but have yet to be skunked. you have to be willing to move more and use a variety of baits and jigs. i have had most luck on perch with the minnow than grub. also i am a firm believer that a camera is pretty much a must have for fishing the bay for perch, they are hitting so light that you cant see your pole move or they hit but they are just chewing on the tail or the head of the minnow. my camera has been used way more than my vexilar this year with all of the gizzard shad it is for the most part uselis. try to hook the minnow in different spots and try stirring up the bottom a lil bit then let your bait hang about a half inch off the bottom with another jig tied on about 8 inches up. but all in all without a camera you midis well twiddle your thumbs cus you are not going to get as many as a guy with one... perch also have been coming and going verry quickley this year so moving 10-30 foot is a great idea i have done good just moving a few feet.... good luck and sounds like ya better try some different tactics
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/04 06:40:25 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: NeFiShNeTiMe

    i have to disagree with this post there are days that i went out and limited out and days that i went out and only got a couple on the bay but have yet to be skunked. you have to be willing to move more and use a variety of baits and jigs. i have had most luck on perch with the minnow than grub. also i am a firm believer that a camera is pretty much a must have for fishing the bay for perch, they are hitting so light that you cant see your pole move or they hit but they are just chewing on the tail or the head of the minnow. my camera has been used way more than my vexilar this year with all of the gizzard shad it is for the most part uselis. try to hook the minnow in different spots and try stirring up the bottom a lil bit then let your bait hang about a half inch off the bottom with another jig tied on about 8 inches up. but all in all without a camera you midis well twiddle your thumbs cus you are not going to get as many as a guy with one... perch also have been coming and going verry quickley this year so moving 10-30 foot is a great idea i have done good just moving a few feet.... good luck and sounds like ya better try some different tactics

    Nice post.....

    I agree with the fishing. It has been a fairly productive year, but not quite as good as the last couple years. We have had some different weather this year, and yes, the shad are making it difficult. I look at it as good and bad. The good part is that the pressure has been off this year at the bay.....I think we are in for a fantastic spring. The bad is that a lot of families fish the bay and I believe this had detoured family from taking their kids out. It is a convenient spot and a lot of people fish nothing but the bay. Inland lakes can be intimidating for a family outing, especially new to ice fishing, mostly due to the lack of people out. It can be nerve racking to drag your wife or kids out on un-explored ice. Safety is first with family.

    I also agree with being mobile. Too many times we set up our shanties and sit in the same spot even when the bite is off. It can be a huge pain to move all your equipment around numerous times. A few feet does make a difference, especially when you are fishing the "channel". If the fish prefer 24' rather than be in say 21' of water.....a few feet can put you in the sweet spot. Also, a lot of people overlook a few very good spots. Right now the panfish are way down in the weeds (except most perch). You have to get down into the weeds even if it is tough fishing. No one likes pulling out weed after weed, but you have to find them. I look at it like this : you are sitting in one spot, so eventually if you pull enough weeds out, there will be enough room to weasel your jig down into the deep weeds. Also, my best outing at Misery this year was not more than 15 feet off the bank. The deeper I moved, the more shad I seen. I did not see many in the 3-5' of water. We had a great day of catching gills and crappie. Try those spots and fish where you have never fished before. Fish don't always go back to the same spots year after year....you might be surprised.

    I sort of dis-agree with the camera deal. I have both a vex and a camera....and yes, I find my camera most useful in the bay. The vex is great when you are over 25 FOW, even with the shad. You need to zoom your vex into the bottom 5-8 foot to stop the false signals from the shad. If you try and view the entire water column, you will just see the shad primarily. Of course, you can't beat the camera for weeds. You can really see how to get your jig way down there.

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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/04 09:17:19 (permalink)
    i wouldnt say a lost season but you really have to be patient and pick through the crap...move here and there...try new tricks...new places...and ask everyone you come in contact with about anything that may help you find the fish
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/04 09:19:33 (permalink)
    by the way....does anyone have good info on large #s of fish....so i dont have to be patient, move, try new things, or talk to everyone...info would really help alot of people out
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/04 19:44:46 (permalink)
    Listen my son..I think I did. Unless your eluding that I left a spoon-fed post ? In that case....I just laugh. Gives an old man amusment on a Friday night.

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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/04 19:59:27 (permalink)
    BTW...The fish were active at the stink hole today. I just talked to a buddy (Bassackwards...AKA..My dumbass SON !)). He is there and the crappie are pretty active down low this evening. He is in a blue clam expedition, roughly 9-11 FOW, over weeds. Not a lot of keepers, but a few nice fish. Said the gills were on and off...mostly off....A nice 5-7" of ice from what he said...not a lot of slush. A far walk anyways off the city side.A couple nice perch and and three 12"-13" crappie. He just set up at nightfall. It's a long walk from the chestnut street boat launch...but he has been out there all day. A couple perch off the convention center, then worked his way across the bay. Said the ice right off the yacht club was a little slushy/sketchy. Went right across the bay to the lighthouse...but decided on the stink hole. He is fishing till morning and I am meeting him around 7:AM for breakfast.....then back off to the bay ! At least he does not have to walk...but I worry.Ice and 4 wheelers make me worry !

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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/04 20:05:43 (permalink)
    nice report...thanks for the good info
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/05 12:53:30 (permalink)
    I Wish I left my hut in storage and never tried going out to PI..  Out of over 20 outings, counting on fellow anglers and myself, we managed 0 keepers(we moved and tried everything).  I am not doubting that people are catching them, but those days are far a few between in my opinion.  
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/05 15:10:43 (permalink)
    yea...its been dead since the thaw aroiund the new year...we killed em before that just about anywhere we went...i think the thaw and the shad really have things screwed up...hopefully things pick up as ice out approaches
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/05 17:38:02 (permalink)
    I would have to disagree also. I have caught near limits of perch every time out. Be patient, it has been a very very light bite every time out, but pretty much biting like crazy. FISH RIGHT OFF THE BOTTOM!!! Seems to be a mix of sizes, half will be keepers, half will be dinks. The abundance of shad in my opinion has not slowed the perch at all (maybe just made them a little pickier than usual). So unless you rely on a fish finder I donรขโ‚ฌโ„ขt think shad have anything to do with it. Go back to good ol' fashion fishing techniques is my suggestion.
    Quick tip: Jigs have only managed small ones!
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/06 18:30:20 (permalink)
    I couldn't agree more you people an your finders is very annoying fish the old fashioned way with NO underwater cameras I dont have one and I always get lots of fish. You just have to know how to fish and what to use
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/06 19:36:02 (permalink)
    With all due respect, you have no idea what you are talking about. Electronics are tools. All things being equal, I would outfish you with my flasher.
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/07 00:11:30 (permalink)
    yea maybe last year in the bay or this year on inland lakes but a camera will deff out fish the flasher this year i have both and will deff take the camera before the flasher if i had to.. i always take the flasher but a man with a camera will deffinatly catch more fish in the bay this year with all of the gizzard shad and the verry light bite. just face it you can see when the fish has the hook..
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/07 07:36:29 (permalink)
    How well do you see the fish that is 6 inches above your field of view? Oh wait, you had no idea he was there.
    post edited by saltydog - 2011/02/07 07:39:50
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/07 10:05:24 (permalink)
    i think that its no more than preference....some people will do better with one or the other...im looking to eventually have both but will be starting with a camera...i think (my preference) is to see how hte fish are reacting to your bait and this should give better info as to how to catch em...just knowing they are there is only half the info you need
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/07 18:20:13 (permalink)
    I'm def not tryn to Argue or start anything I just prefer to fish with no electronic devices and I don't even know what a flasher is lol
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/07 18:22:48 (permalink)
    But I do think they are cool
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/07 18:34:52 (permalink)
    I'm Talking about the cameras being cool I take it a flasher is a sort of a camera too Im not into the underwater electronics so all I know about is the camera. But it's whatever I catch my fair share of fish without one and I didn't think someone would get all upset and offensive from what I said.
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/07 19:47:25 (permalink)
    no offense taken here...just shooting my opinion into the mix
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/07 19:47:52 (permalink)
    i hope i didnt offend anyone
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/07 20:26:30 (permalink)
    None here either
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/07 22:11:04 (permalink)
    Use the right tool for the right job,flashers can be indespensible,if you don't own one i would say start big. Anyone who fishes perch would agree perch go after baits they have no business going after. Start large and down size systematicaly based on your response.
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/08 09:36:05 (permalink)
    i fish alot with my nephew and our preferences are completely different...he likes the large presentations and i like the small...it helps us figure out which way to go pretty quickly...it does seem to me that the small perch will definately go for the minnows as large as they are...but the jumbos, if youre lucky to find them, love the smallest minnow you can find...maybe its just my experience
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/10 09:07:58 (permalink)
    Has the bay ice fishing improved, I have been so busy working that I have not had a chance to get out, looking to get out tomorrow! how thick is the ice?
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/10 09:56:12 (permalink)
    I dont know what all the whining is about in the ice fishing reports.I have been doing very well off the foot of Chestnut all season.You must walk till you are looking directly out the channel to the lake and set up.It is quite the walk however it has been paying off for me with limit catches.Green and yellow glow jigs tipped with emerald shinners.You need to have some kind of tip on the end of your pole to see the hits,They are almost unnoticable without them.I use the wire tips with a bead on them.They are just sucking on the bait.Leave your cameras,Flashers etc. at home.Go back to the basics,This technology wasnt needed 5 years ago and is a waste of time,They are for entertainment purposes only.You can either fish or you cant.Ice is anywere from 10 to 14 inches thick depending on were you go.Lots of 4 wheelers out there as well.Good Luck and I hope i pointed you all in the right direction.
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/10 22:16:27 (permalink)
    Thanks alot great info
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    RE: Presque Isle Ice Fishing Season 2011 2011/02/11 12:50:31 (permalink)
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    post edited by saltydog - 2011/02/11 14:07:35
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