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Re: Time for Ice fishing pics! [Re: noduck] #8482800 01/18/14
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When I broke through, there was only one "turn" of my auger clear above the ice, and I had brushed away the chips just before that. My manual auger, I might point out!


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Re: Time for Ice fishing pics! [Re: RockyRaab] #8492865 01/20/14
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Couple shots from this season.

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Re: Time for Ice fishing pics! [Re: mtmiller] #8495164 01/21/14
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Great pix mtmiller!


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Re: Time for Ice fishing pics! [Re: tipmover] #8497138 01/22/14
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Yes very nice fish. I really like cold water pike.

Finally, in my 40's I've learned how to completely debone those pike slabs. It makes one of my favorite fish to eat even better.


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Re: Time for Ice fishing pics! [Re: northern_dave] #8498483 01/22/14
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Originally Posted by northern_dave
Finally, in my 40's I've learned how to completely debone those pike slabs.


I just learned as well by watching youtube videos as I cleaned the northerns I speared. Makes you feel kind of silly once you realize it's not that hard! lol


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Re: Time for Ice fishing pics! [Re: Rooster7] #8501734 01/23/14
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I know.

It's always been one of my fav fish to eat, but deboned brings it to a new level.



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Re: Time for Ice fishing pics! [Re: northern_dave] #8501778 01/23/14
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Yes, and then you can pickle the removed Y strips for a tasty treat, as well.

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Re: Time for Ice fishing pics! [Re: Yukoner] #8528794 01/30/14
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There are two ways to prepare the Northern Pike to eliminate the bones without losing a wedge of flesh.

Method One: Scale the fish. Filet the fish without removing the skin. Cut the filets into panfish sized pieces. With the skin down cut the flesh crossways about every 1/4 inch almost down to the skin. You will feel the cutting of the Y bones. Use your favorite batter. Get the oil in your cast iron frypan almost smoking hot. Place the pieces skin side up into the oil. Turn when golden brown and remove when the other side is golden brown. The hot oil goes up into the slits and melts the Y bones, they are gone!

Method Two: Scale, gut and remove the head from the the fish. Place one or two slices of slab bacon in the body cavity. Spiral wrap one or two slices of slab bacon around the fish. Wrap in aluminum foil. You can place diced onions, carrots and potatoes in there too if you want. Bake right in hot coals or, less preferably, in a hot oven. Y bones disappear. Don't forget to eat the cheeks!


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Re: Time for Ice fishing pics! [Re: jackfish] #8531423 01/31/14
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Had some spectacular sunsets last weekend and a nice 41 1/2" Northern too boot!

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Re: Time for Ice fishing pics! [Re: tipmover] #8531621 01/31/14
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Nice pics, GREAT pike!


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Re: Time for Ice fishing pics! [Re: northern_dave] #8533520 01/31/14
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HOLY CRIPES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Re: Time for Ice fishing pics! [Re: noduck] #8536415 02/01/14
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What do you do with a Sturgeon..? Fish fry..?

What's the difference between a Pike and a Musky.? Look about the same to me...

Really enjoy you guy's ice fishing threads...

It's like you're living on a whole other planet...

Re: Time for Ice fishing pics! [Re: Deerwhacker444] #8539626 02/02/14
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We just got back from the lake.

Here's a look outside in the area we were fishing.

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Here's my fishing station, my rods hangin on the wall, rattle reel ready to go for night fishing.

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This here baby walleye attacked me.

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Weeny dog is always right there when a fish comes up the hole.

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This was our best walleye of the weekend.

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And the best sauger.

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Re: Time for Ice fishing pics! [Re: Deerwhacker444] #8539643 02/02/14
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Originally Posted by Deerwhacker444
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What do you do with a Sturgeon..? Fish fry..?

What's the difference between a Pike and a Musky.? Look about the same to me...

Really enjoy you guy's ice fishing threads...




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Hey whacker, that sturgeon had to be released. We can keep a certain size when season is open on them. I've had some smoked before and I thought it was really good. You steak em like you would with say... a small shark. Same thing, no bones.

Musky and pike? Musky is like the angry big brother to pike. As if pike aren't angry and aggressive enough. There are actually several different variations of musky with different markings.



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Re: Time for Ice fishing pics! [Re: northern_dave] #8540875 02/02/14
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Very cool fellas...

Any difference in eating between Walleye and Sauger.?

For a while down here in OK, maybe some of the lakes in the N. portion of the state, Dept. of Wildlife released a bunch of Saugeye.

I don't know what they were trying to accomplish by doing that, but we'd hear about them occasionally on the local outdoor show.

Love the weiner dog...my folks have one almost identical. Most inquisitive dog I've ever seen,..way worse than a cat...

Re: Time for Ice fishing pics! [Re: Deerwhacker444] #8541506 02/03/14
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No I don't believe there is any difference in taste.

I suppose we have "saugeye" as well but we usually call it a walleye or not a walleye for possession limit purposes.

I guess I figure if it's got spots in the dorsal webbing then I call it a sauger. Sometimes they will have a bit of a white tip to the tail too.


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Re: Time for Ice fishing pics! [Re: northern_dave] #8542887 02/03/14
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Hey Hawken, do you ever ice fish Lake George? Used to have a great time for the yellow perch, and they were pretty good size for the most part.

Re: Time for Ice fishing pics! [Re: lightning] #8543538 02/03/14
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What kind of rigs, and bait are landing those nice fish?


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Re: Time for Ice fishing pics! [Re: wabigoon] #8545006 02/04/14
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I'm not a picture guy like ND but I should try harder.

A coworker & I took a trip 25 miles across the lake we usually fish to get to a remote spot this past Sunday. We rode a couple snowmobiles and hauled all of our gear on them.

It was about -20*F when we took off and not another house in sight from where we set-up. It is quite a change from the south end where there are thousands of houses surrounding a person.

I could do this year around. smile



Saugeyes are obviously a cross between saugers and walleyes but they aren't fertile so they won't reproduce.


Sturgeon are amazing smoked. One of the best smoked fish I have even sampled.

ND will have to dig out his photo album for some pics of the lures we use.


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Re: Time for Ice fishing pics! [Re: White_Bear] #8545107 02/04/14
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Oh we use a lot of different jigs, hooks and lures I guess.

For me I guess I break it into 2 different approaches, the jigging lure and the "dead stick".

We (and when I say we, I mean EVERYBODY but me) use sonar flashers, fish locators to aid in our catching. We lower a transducer just below the ice, through our fishing hole. Then they sit and stare at that little screen for hours on end. They can see the bottom, they can also see their fishing lure which is usually within a foot or foot and a half off the bottom. They wait to pick up another blip on the screen, usually below the bottom and the fishing lure, then they lower the lure down to the level of the blip (fish) and try to coax the fish up off the bottom, try to get them to take the lure.

It's very effective and it is fun.

For the most part I am a boring old bobber fisher. And those jigs/lures are usually much more discrete. Sometimes even just a bare hook.

The hooks and lures that are amongst the most popular can be seen on the "JB lures" website under "ice fishing".

Their stuff is pretty popular on lake of the woods. It's definitely not the only stuff that we use but it would give you a good idea of what kind of stuff we are using.



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