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Shorter days and longer nights. This time of year can seam to be some of the longest waiting times for the upcoming ice fishing season. Remember those days when we were kids,how long it seamed between Thanksgiving and Christmas ? Then before you couldn't take it any longer it was here. Thats the way it is for many ice fishing anglers across the nation.
Now is the time to go through your gear and make sure you are ready. First thing get the auger out make sure the blades are sharp and replace if necessary. Mix a fresh can of gas with the right oil to gas mixture and start her up. If you find that your auger is running rough and may need a tuneup, get it into a small engine repair shop now so you won't be stuck waiting for a fix once the ice season starts.
Next lets get out our sleds and shelters . Inspect for worn out pull ropes, broken or missing poles and repair ant holes in the fabrics. If you are looking to upgrade you shelter now is the time. The latest and greatest shelters are coming in. And with ice fishing gear they seam to sell out fast and the retailers may have a tough time restocking some items. Mostly due to the fact that these things are very seasonal and the manufactures usually only do single production runs. So once they are gone they are gone.
Lets get out our ice rods and reels . Replace any that may be damaged. Clean and reline those reels . Chances are the line has been sitting on those small spools and are frayed and full of line memory. My choice of line for ice fishing is Seaguar Abrazx fluorocarbon . 2- 6 lb test for trout , 10 - 12 lb of Lakers in shallower water , and Smackdown braid in 20 or 30 lb Pike and deep water Lakers.
One of the MOST important things for ice fishing is safety gear. Ice Picks , Check . Spud Bar , Check . Throw rope or bag , Check.
Whistle or signaling device . Check . And a First Aid kit , Check.
Now Lets check out our electronics . Charge the batteries and make sure they are holding the charge. If not replace what needs to be replaced.
Get out the lure boxes . Go through reorganize them . Make a list of what new things you want and of what needs to be refilled.
Lastly lets check our cold weather clothing , Hats , gloves ,bibs , jacket , boots. Did they work well for you or are there anythings that need to be replaced or upgraded.
So now we are ready because before you know it the season will be apron us.
 

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The first thing to do is let all your vehicles run 24/7 in your driveway to add to global warming and keep winter at bay!
 

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Can't wait we are gonna get some nice ones this winter chris
 

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..or you can cash in on this "tweener" time and head up to the hills with long rods, and catch the **** out of em until ice forms, lol.

all the mountain reservoirs (especially with a population of lake trout) will be getting good once temps get into the lower 40's. I learned over the years that fishing in grand/summit county can be effing awesome if you time it right in november and december.
 

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Can't wait to hit og in early November to knock the dust off the vex and other stuff
if it stays this warm.... that lake won't be ready....

water temps were still warm as heck there.

think more treeline spots.. or the glacier....
 

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let them spawn in peace
 
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