Sturgeon Spearing, Winnebago County

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6/27/16 @ 9:45 AM
jimbo55will
jimbo55will
USER since 1/17/07

Just a heads-up to those diehard spearers--there's a documentary on streaming Netflix called "The Frozen Chosen" and it's about the sturgeon spearing on Winnebago. But if you're a diehard you probably already know this. OK, that's it.

Jim

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3/1/16 @ 7:30 PM
Br-Mug
Br-Mug
MEMBER since 4/7/02
Yes to each there own, BUT I have to agree with Ole 870 when it comes to transporting and cutting in by yourself which I have done quite often. When it is below zero and things ice up fast it is nice to be able to cut the hole then put the saw in the warm truck and let it thaw for the next hole. Again that is the nice thing about this sport you can be creative and use what ever work best for you. Bottom line is how you treat and care for your equipment that will dictate how it will work for you.

BrMug

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3/1/16 @ 10:28 AM
FISHING REPORT
Walleye Warrior
Walleye Warrior
USER since 8/23/01

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter
Post Season update.....

Congrats to those who scored. We tried a different spot for most of the year out from Faro Springs. We had 3 feet more of clarity (12 ft) while scouting and had a lot of red worms. Set up 6 shacks, no fish seen. Most in our group called it quits when the water sat on the ice. We made a move the second Saturday and went back to our normal fishing spots. fished 3 days and 1 out of 2 shacks saw a fish and missed. By the end of the season we could see clearly 15ft down out of 18ft. All the talk of clarity issues never really effected our efforts this year. The ice stayed good on the east shore. We did pull off Saturday afternoon. All in all an enjoyable season for the CAL PARK STURGEON PATROL. -WW

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3/1/16 @ 10:00 AM
Walleye Warrior
Walleye Warrior
USER since 8/23/01
vote for a sled saw for sure. After many years of cutting with a saw, here are my thoughts. I was sick of getting wet, more than 3 holes a day is rough on the back etc. Had a sled saw made this year. 6hp engine, 38 in bar. Cut 4 holes, didnt get wet and my body thanked me the following day. All personal choice here (Ford vs Chevy). If you like your saw or sled, good for you. Cool

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3/1/16 @ 9:45 AM
Fish Hound
Fish Hound
MEMBER since 1/29/02
Definitely a personal choice thing, everybody has different preferences I guess.

My sled saw goes in and out of my trailer easy by myself, no assistance needed. If I can't drive it fits easily in my otter sled and the cover still goes over the top. Cuts as fast as you can walk and only has to go about three or four feet past the holes, we would clean more snow then that back to "brighten" the holes anyway.

Years like this year a sled saw may be over-kill but when your cutting a bunch of holes in 30" of ice it sure makes a difference.

Again, seems to be personal preference, no right or wrong answer.

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3/1/16 @ 9:26 AM
beachcomber II
beachcomber II
USER since 12/7/13
with the ice thickness we had this year my husquavarna cut a hole in 45 sec . had a guy time it. nice light saw just let the saw cut and walk it around hole. set up four shantys in 45 min. never do that with sled saw.

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3/1/16 @ 9:03 AM
ole 870
ole 870
USER since 6/27/01
Wow, there's certainly a lot of difference of opinions here. I would just like to say to each their own, but I'm 100% with Steiner. Here's why I would recommend a chain saw over a sled saw: My chain saw is light, I don't need 2 or 3 guys to lift it in an out of a truck bed or trailer. My chain saw (42" bar) is long and narrow so it fits nicely in the bed of my truck, or in the back seat of my truck on the floor boards if it's really cold so it doesn't freeze up in between holes, or easily straps to my 4 wheeler when vehicle travel doesn't work, you can't do any of that with a sled saw. Also, I only need to remove the snow from the hole I am about to cut, I don't need to clear a 20ft circle of snow to get a flat surface to run a sled saw. Lastly, my holes take less than a minute and a half to cut when I'm taking my time and there is no sled saw that is even going to come close to that. Anyone looking for a sled saw, please pm me as I have a buddy that after watching us cut holes this year, is selling his sled saw. Thanks.

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3/1/16 @ 8:18 AM
Fish Hound
Fish Hound
MEMBER since 1/29/02
Go with the sled saw!

I've cut with many different saws over the years including the Husky 385 mentioned. No way would I go back to a stand up saw after having my sled saw. I keep a Stihl 066 Magnum as a "back up" or to borrow friends if I'm unable to help them with the sled saw.

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3/1/16 @ 1:42 AM
regalt45
regalt45
USER since 2/7/09
I agree with recliner. The only thing is skip the grease canister. It's a gimmick. Run vegetable oil. The water actually lubes the chain when your cutting. The vegetable oil keeps it from freezing when your done. That big canister hanging on there is a joke!

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2/29/16 @ 11:54 PM
steinerrecliner
steinerrecliner
USER since 4/8/02
I can cut with a husky 385 as fast as I can walk. I could carry it 5 miles after I'm done it's so light. Like you said to each their own. Get a 42 inch bar with a skip chain and grease canister and your good tp go.

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