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Went back to check the ice conditions but ended up doing some fishing.

Tried out Boedecker for the first time ever. Ice was anywhere from 2.5 inches near the boat ramp to 5 inches near the pump house. I tried my luck near the pump house where it was anywhere from 8 to 19 feet deep. Didn't have any bites or even mark a single fish. Wanted to try to gravel pits I located on Google maps but the area seemed a little sketchy still. Nobody else on the lake which was nice. Only fished for 2 hours before heading over to Lon Hagler.

Showed up to the Hag at about 1000am and started off by the dock. Then moved over to the west side by the submerged brush before finally settling down by the inlet. Ice was anywhere from 3-5 inches. Nice clear solid stuff. Fished from 4 feet to 19 feet. Had one bit near the docks but nothing after that. Didn't see any other fish on the flasher. Quite a few people showed up later but they didn't seem to be having any luck either. First time I have ever been skunked at Lon Hagler but first time icing it too.
 

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Hit it up again for the second time this week. Ice has thickened to 5-6 inches but there still were some soft spots. Used Google maps to try and mark some GPS coordinates but don't think it was accurate. Tried to find the gravel pit closest to the boat ramp by marking out three coordinates which appeared to be the edges of the pit and drilled everywhere in-between but depth was only 10.5 feet. Started drilling 30 feet outside and found some 14 foot spots to the north but no significant drops. Good news is I marked quite a few fish on the flasher but they would only swim up to my jig/spoon for five seconds before swimming away. Lures were tipped with waxworms and Gulp minnows and I changed them quite often but still could not convince any of those jerks to bite. I think I need to pick up some minnows for next time. Something about this lake intrigues me and I will not give up until I figure it out. Plus it's only ten minutes away.
 

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Thanks man. I'll be going up that way to lonetree to embrace suffering, with my son.
 

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the funny thing about boedecker is you always mark fish!not convinced that what we are seeing is actually fish. there are some deeper areas along the south shore. i found seventeen ft last year and caught both white bass and crappie there, plus an occasional catfish.
 

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was out there today(sunday) don't know were you found five inches the best we could do was three.lots of slush and water on top. one white bass in 17fow and very very few marks. a lot of people say they mark tons of fish out there but I'm not sure that what they are seeing isn't methane gas. there should be no reason that the ice isn't thicker since its been capped for two weeks and when i was out there in the spring it had a ton of gas pockets everywhere.
 

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Littlemac. I was out there again today from 1-5pm. Everywhere I drilled out there the ice was still 5 inches (except for one spot towards the south shore which was 3) but yes there was a ton of slush. Still didn't catch crap but had one hookup with something that slammed my buckshot before falling off a few seconds later. Only marked about three fish today.
 

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Hit it up again from 3:00pm-5:30pm. Finally found one of the gravel pits I've been searching for Last Wednesday. Caught a few crappie that day on buckshot jigs tipped with minnow heads. Tried it again two days ago and they would come look but not bite. Finally bought some live shiners today hoping that would do the trick and nada. Same thing, they would look but just couldn't get them to commit. First time ever ice fishing in the rain and being wet and muddy was not too fun. Ice was still 6 inches thick but the top two inches was rotting and there about a half inch of water on top. Was almost tempted to go to Boyd but this place keeps having me come back.
 

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Switched to a 2lb fluorocarbon line with size 4 hooks for the minnows suspended between 6inches to 3 feet off the bottom. Also had the smallest glow jig head tipped with a mealie.
 

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2 lb fluoro.... If you're using that, it's not line-visibility, that's for sure.

Wish I could help, broseph... I'm not good enough at fishing to know more than basics. ;)
 

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Wouldn't have the slightest clue. If he's marking fish, he's probably in the right spot.

I asked about his tackle because it sounded like the fish were there, just not taking his bait.

Like I said, I don't know sh** about sh**.
 
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