Sheer Curiousity

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2007/12/17 22:50:32 (permalink)

Sheer Curiousity

Anyone fish Tamarack?

I do 25 times a year for the lunge. Do pretty well too, a friend and i have caught 65 this year.
Place is loaded with fish. Bald eagles are not uncommon too, beautiful lake too.
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    ronnie84
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2007/12/17 23:00:12 (permalink)
    I hear so much about the muskie there, never fished it but I'd love to try it at some point.
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2007/12/18 08:43:05 (permalink)
    My neice lives at the end of it. Her husband does good also on the lunge. I use to fish it years ago for bass and did fairly well.

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    gizmos
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2007/12/18 09:22:49 (permalink)
    One of my favorite lakes to ice fish for ski's. Never got one over 33-34", but have had multiple flag days. If you can find big bait. Last trip was 2 years ago, had 12" ice, sunshine and 60*. Need to get back up there !

    Eat what you catch,troll for cows.
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2007/12/18 12:33:16 (permalink)
    Good to hear someone else is there. A buddys camp is right over the hill off Pettis. Ronnie get there buddy, it's LOADED with the musk. Or theres just 20 or so that keep biting! Last year we found a big dead 45 incher.

    And Mika your right, theres monstrous bass there, bar talk around there claims "State Record" was put in there by Fish and Game...
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    fisherofmen376
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2007/12/18 13:09:08 (permalink)
    Curiousity killed the cat i think....but what about the fish?

    "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."
    Matthew 4:19
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    IUP30
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2007/12/18 13:46:20 (permalink)
    Friend got this 42" out of there earlier this year off my boat.  Had a few other misses the 4 or 5 other times we fished but no other hook ups. 
     

     
     
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2007/12/18 14:56:47 (permalink)
    from what ive read, lots of 25 to 45 inchers, hardly anything over
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2007/12/18 15:28:54 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: TransAmWS6

    from what ive read, lots of 25 to 45 inchers, hardly anything over

     
    Even more 30-38
    Fish in there never seem to get the girth like they do on other lakes.  Must not be enough "good" forage for them, or more than likely too many predators in a small place.
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2007/12/18 15:55:39 (permalink)
    ya i think too high of numbers stunts their overall growth
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    Deadbolt401
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2007/12/18 18:44:23 (permalink)
    Well, I for on am content on catching 45 inchers...
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2007/12/18 19:33:43 (permalink)
    It's a decent bass lake.....It can be fickle, when they are on the whole lake is on fire but when they are off it's really tough.
     
    I would be highly suspicious that a bass weighing more than 11 lbs 3 ounces lurks there (state record is 11 lbs 3 ounces). It just dosen't have the growing season to support such a large bass.
     
    I have caught 2 that were right around 6 lbs, one of them (a 5.51 pounder) was included in a 5 fish stringer that weighed 20.33 lbs in a club bass tournament.
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2007/12/18 20:42:54 (permalink)
    tournaments kill fish man
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2007/12/18 23:46:20 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: ready2fish

    It's a decent bass lake.....It can be fickle, when they are on the whole lake is on fire but when they are off it's really tough.

    I would be highly suspicious that a bass weighing more than 11 lbs 3 ounces lurks there (state record is 11 lbs 3 ounces). It just dosen't have the growing season to support such a large bass.




    I'm not saying he's there, but the story was the PGC stocked an 11lb bass there. I dunno, now that I actually think it about it, it's total Bullmalarkey.

    I will say this though, you couldn't be more right about the bass, when they're on your arm will hurt. I know I'm gonna get a ton of stabs for this, but I use the Banjo minnow there strictly when casting the shoreline. I know, I know it's retarded, but I've yet to fish a day and got skunked. I've caught the biggest Carp, Bass, and Cat on the banjo in that lake. Ohh it's funny, but by god that thing works. I also caught a 20 inch muskie, and that may have been the funniest thing in my life. That little bastard DID NOT want to come in, and he was being chased by a large lunge, maybe i kinda sorta played him in hopes the big musk would drill him, but he was probably just making fun of him.
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2007/12/19 03:43:39 (permalink)
      The Banjo   I have a kit not opened yet, bet it would be a killer early season Pike getter.

    I'll let yinzes n/O if it works purdy good this spring.

    As seen on T.V.

    Any Flyin Lure guys out there?/
    I have a bunch of em also
    post edited by crappiefisher - 2007/12/19 17:41:51
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2007/12/19 11:19:07 (permalink)


    ORIGINAL: gizmos

    One of my favorite lakes to ice fish for ski's. Never got one over 33-34", but have had multiple flag days. If you can find big bait. Last trip was 2 years ago, had 12" ice, sunshine and 60*. Need to get back up there !



    Tom, your back!!!

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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2007/12/19 12:47:48 (permalink)
    Does anyone know if it has iced-over yet? 
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2007/12/22 18:45:28 (permalink)
    the best day i ever had at tamarack was when i had my 7 year old grandson with me & the eagle came down around 30 yds from the boat and tried scooping a fish out of the lake,  the most awsome thing i ever saw.
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2007/12/30 14:23:56 (permalink)
    What kinda baits do you guys do best on. Been up there a couple times but never had any luck. I just bought a new muskie rod and never had a chance to break it in and im hoping to next year.
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2007/12/30 19:36:33 (permalink)
    Perch colored j-13's. Fire Tiger j-13's
    Wileys, Grandma's, Jakes.

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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2008/01/01 19:06:12 (permalink)
    Do you usually plug or troll?
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2008/01/02 06:46:59 (permalink)
    Best bait we have found for skis through the ice are 5-7 inch crappies.

    "There is a pleasure in Angling that no one knows but the Angler himself". WB
     
     


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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2008/01/02 13:51:14 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: jerminator7777

    Do you usually plug or troll?


    Troll mostly, cast for the first hour then sit and wait.
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2008/01/09 13:21:46 (permalink)
    This thread does my heart good!  I grew up about a mile from Tamarack, used to ride my bike there to fish when I was a kid.  Still go home to icefish it once in a while. 
     
    BUT, if I had known there were musky like the one in IUP30's picture in the lake, I would have kept my fingers INSIDE the boat when I was out with dad in the canoe!!
     
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    (A Meadville boy, transplanted to Pittsburgh)
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2008/01/16 11:54:46 (permalink)
    So are there currently any big carp in Tamarack now------I'm talkin' 20 to 30 lbers?  It seems this lake has a pretty good predator fish population which should keep the baitfish numbers in check, resulting in hopefully larger than average carp (which is just a big minnow, if allowed to get big).
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2008/01/16 12:36:13 (permalink)
    Another Meadville boy transplanted to the Burgh.  I had a friend that lived on Tamarack Drive that we would visit often.  They still live there as far as I know.  Spent a lot of time fishing and canoeing there.  That was about 20 years ago, wow! 
     
    I haven't been back there for several years.  I will have to take my son there fishing someday when we visit my parents.
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2008/01/16 15:34:11 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: pacarper

    So are there currently any big carp in Tamarack now------I'm talkin' 20 to 30 lbers?  It seems this lake has a pretty good predator fish population which should keep the baitfish numbers in check, resulting in hopefully larger than average carp (which is just a big minnow, if allowed to get big).


    I've seen a few 15+ washed up dead. Never fished for carp there.
    I've picked up a few trolling that were in the 10lb range.
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    RE: Sheer Curiousity 2008/01/16 17:31:53 (permalink)
    Haven't fished there in awhile,might have to give it a try this year.

    I'm gonna fish more and work less.
    Have A Crappie Day
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