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
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.
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.