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4/4/22 @ 12:48 PM
bobo69
USER SINCE 3/6/15

Last Sniff, 

Thanks for the knowledge on how you are hooking the minnows.  Just curious how others do it. Crappie minnows thru both eyes for me, otherwise both lips or dorsal area for me.  Tight Lines 

4/4/22 @ 7:26 AM
Last Sniff
Last Sniff
USER SINCE 1/15/22

Both ways, open fishes mouth insert hook into mouth and make sure hook point comes thru the fishes eye this makes it harder for the hook to skip back out since eye tissue gets caught on the barb. The next way is to hook them just down from their top fin above the lateral line and just under the spine area ( because you don't want to paralyze them ) so their able to swim freely with a small to med small circle hook, and you don't want to put the hook too far by or into the lateral line because there's a Vien that runs thru that area and if you put your hook into it the minnows won't last as long because they will bleed out and die.

You can do this on all types of bait minnows from the crappie to the medium golden roach minnows and anything bigger bait wise as well, with the small crappie minnows you have to be very careful if you're going to hook them thru the back, Lol not a lot of room there.

Edit: if I remember, the next time I go out I'll try to take some pictures of where I run the hook thru on the minnows.

4/4/22 @ 6:33 AM
bobo69
USER SINCE 3/6/15

Last Sniff.

Sounds like everyone in your family is working an excellent plan for the future of fishing. Curious about how you are fishing the minnows? Thank you 

4/4/22 @ 12:31 AM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Cloudy
WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F
AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F
Last Sniff
Last Sniff
USER SINCE 1/15/22

Got out this afternoon around 2pm and fished until 10pm when it started raining harder, the drizzle started around 9pm which wasn't bad to sit in, but for some reason as soon as it started raining harder the bites just completely stopped which was a little weird because I've caught some really nice fish in pouring rain.

Started the day with buying 2dz med roaches, 2dz med bass, and 2dz crappie minnows and in those few hours I used just about every minnow in the bucket. Great day of fishing! Sorry no pictures today was too busy.

I kept catching 11 to 15 inch crappie's so I turned every one of those back because their the breeder's of our family pit, I was bummed out because I couldn't catch any in the 7 to 9 inch range for dinner. So I kept 6 bass all under 12 inches for eating the bigger one's I threw back as well, all the bluegill caught was also to big to keep not one of them under 10 inches.

In the next few weeks going to have to do a cull on the bass from our family pit, need to take out at least 100 to 200 of the small ones under 12 inches, hasn't been done in over 4 years so it has to be done going to try and get some friends over to help out then we can have a big fish fry.

4/2/22 @ 4:38 AM
FISHING REPORT
ICE DEPTH
1 inches
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F
AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F
Last Sniff
Last Sniff
USER SINCE 1/15/22

Was out to shadow lakes this afternoon 2 to 5:30pm and we didn't get anything.

Left there and went to family pit and was there 6 to 11:30 pm till the coyotes ran us off, the only thing crappies would hit on was med roaches, wouldn't even touch med bass and crappie minnows.

Turned them all lose because they were 11 to 12 inches and those are the breeder stock, never caught one that was under 11 inches out of the 30 or more crappie we caught.

Pictures aren't that good because it was dark with the new moon phase.

3/2/22 @ 1:00 AM
FISHING REPORT
ICE DEPTH
8 inches
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F
Last Sniff
Last Sniff
USER SINCE 1/15/22

Was out fishing the shadow lakes area on Monday and ice around shoreline wasn't very good we had to use the dock ( which had 6 inches of ice ) by the boat launch to get to good ice out towards middle of the lake which had anywhere from 6 to 8 inches of ice.

Only caught 1 small perch about 7 inches long the whole day we was out till about 4pm when we called it quits, decided to take a trip to south mazonia and went to the ponderosa lake ( where we should of gone fishing, Lol ) and talked with the other fisherman and saw that they had a nice mess of crappie and bluegills for the day.

Never went fishing Tuesday the first because I didn't think the ice would be safe enough.

2/25/22 @ 1:03 PM
Bear19
USER SINCE 2/25/22

Has anyone been down to south Wilmington sportsman club was wonder how ice is holding with all the recent rain 

Couple guys out by me in Shorewood but most lakes look shoreline open 

2/18/22 @ 2:39 PM
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Last Sniff
USER SINCE 1/15/22

Fonzie: your family members should be able to get a map of shadow lakes, and on the map they are marked where they put in trees or fish beds in which lakes, we would of fished by them the day we were out but the wind was blowing right down the pipe so we hit the back lakes surrounded by hills and tree lines which blocked the wind an area that we fished in the spring of last year and had no problems catching perch, crappie, trout, bluegills bass, walleye and caught two small muskie's.

We figured we would get a nice limit of fish for a good fish fry, but that day we couldn't find where the fish were hiding and after drilling over 40 holes we called it quits.


2/17/22 @ 10:57 AM
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Fonzie
USER SINCE 1/4/09

LastSniff, I have a few family members who live in Shadow Lakes, so I've ice fished it a few times...

I've never done well at SL but I believe it's my fault. I need to find places where the fish prefer to over winter AND find the natural and man-made structure. 

I need to do that for next winter. 

2/17/22 @ 4:48 AM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Cloudy
WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F
Last Sniff
Last Sniff
USER SINCE 1/15/22

Decided to go out 9am and do some fishing out at shadow lakes in Will county before the supposed big storm was going to start dumping heavy rain or snow ( still no storm at 3:30am ) what a waste no fish for anyone, there was about 15 other people out on the same back lake and only a few bites for anyone, seems like the fish would barely tap at the bait and then leave a lot of the other's had tried a few of the other lakes earlier in the morning and same happened as well, I don't think one person caught anything today, which was surprising since the day was 50° for most of the day.

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