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I don't know about the other mediocre fishermen on this site, but the reports these guys posted were killing me. 30 inch walleyes? In February?? What the hell was going on? I finally decided it was time to get my line wet for the first time in a long time, and after looking at the forecast for the week, I decided tonight would be a good time to get after it. So I put on the wool socks and took a risk by going to place that isn't exactly known for its walleye fishing.

I underestimated how cold it was really going to get, as after a couple hours my gloveless hands were starting to lose feeling. It also didn't help that I lost my heavy jacket on campus today! If I could just grind out another hour or so I could be content with at least putting in some effort. Then I finally hooked up with this guy.

I had just switched to a new cadence that didn't involve pauses when he bit, so I decided to stick with this pattern. Eleven casts later I hooked up with another just a tad smaller (no pic) and two casts after that I landed this guy.

The only reason I took a picture was because I was wondering if this was a saugeye? Forgot to look at the tail, but he had the splotchy patterning and spots on the fins.

At this point, I am feeling good about my chances to get a big fish....and thats exactly what happened!! At least big by my standards, a new personal best at 27.25. Kind of upset that I couldn't get a weight, as the new scale I bought required a 9 volt battery I didn't have. Was thinking maybe around 8 pounds?


So in conclusion I thank the three aforementioned colorado fisherman members for giving me the motivation to go out in the cold and try to stick a big one. There is nothing like being fishless for four months and nailing a personal best when there is not another soul at the lake. One of my greatest fishing experiences yet. All fish were caught on a purple darter rogue (figured it was my best bet with the fullish moon) jerked down a few feet and slowly retrieved with some twitches.

Good luck and get out and fish!
 

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Bet you're hooked now, damn the cold, full speed ahead.
Great report and sweet pics.
Congrats on getting it done with a PB!
 

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Wow no gloves and look at the wet hand in the last shot...gawd that gets cold...buy a few pairs and they will take the sting off and help with your sanity until the bites come...great job!!!...one way to tell for sue at the time of catching fish as to the species...run your finger over their cheeks...walleyes have smooth cheeks and sauger and saugeyes have rough cheeks...check this out for id...

http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us/content/download/7063/34347/file/
 

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Hell yeah! The saugeye vs walleye ID is super tricky.

I've seen eyes that take on the camo like a saug, and saugs that are pale and you can barely tell the diff.

2 biggest factors for me in ID is the mottling on the dorsal and the much smaller white spot on the tail

After gettin off the shitter and looking at the pics on a full size screen, you have walleyes.
 

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very cool... CF doesn't really suck!
 

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Thanks everyone.

slayer- there is a big difference between casting open water and sitting on ice looking down a hole, even if both instances involve frozen hands haha.

Zman- thanks for the id tip. I kind of like the hand suffering, makes catching fish feel that much better!
 

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I kind of like the hand suffering, makes catching fish feel that much better!
F**k that!! My hands are always the first thing to get cold and usually within about 20 minutes. Don't get me wrong I suffer through it, but in no way, shape, or form do I enjoy freezing hands. The only reason catching a fish feels better with cold hands is because they actually start to warm up in the process :D Nice fish man great job!
 

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Good Job. I have a feeling your PB wont last very long. It's always hard getting the first one. Once you get that dialed in you might want start bringing a net with you, and a Boga grip.
 

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Glad you got inspire to get out there! I was inspired by other folks on this forum mysfelf. I used to be a fair weather fisherman... :D Now, go get that 10 pounder! :thumb:

The snow is falling again today. If we had open water around here, I would get out tonight. I had actually planned to take the rest of the week off to fish the full moon hard. Just gonna go to work and stay home now. :mad:
 

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Dudes around here tie a cinder block to a long rope, toss it out onto the ice, breaking it. Retrieve, move a couple feet to the left, and repeat.

An hour after the bust-job, they return to the spot and fish open water.

I probably won't be doing that any time soon, but folks do it all the time out this way.
 

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Glad you got inspire to get out there! I was inspired by other folks on this forum mysfelf. I used to be a fair weather fisherman... :D Now, go get that 10 pounder! :thumb:

The snow is falling again today. If we had open water around here, I would get out tonight. I had actually planned to take the rest of the week off to fish the full moon hard. Just gonna go to work and stay home now. :mad:


We can go fish for suckers and perch! And drink some Keith Stones'
 
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