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Old 01-17-2023, 11:55 AM
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Old 01-17-2023, 01:05 PM
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Omg what a tank 😳, congrats
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Old 01-19-2023, 11:43 AM
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how thick is ice now ?
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Old 01-19-2023, 01:56 PM
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Depends where you are.
Mostly 10 inches to 12 inches but I have seen 6 inches with lots of overflow.
Crazy ice this year due to early snow and no real deep freeze.


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Old 01-19-2023, 01:57 PM
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https://www.alberta.ca/2023-24-sport...ngagement.aspx

Interesting survey on slot size for cold lake so get your say!


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Old 01-19-2023, 05:32 PM
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Fishing was slow but the sun was a blessing after a week or more of overcast, fog, sleet and snow.
Hope we get a cold snap and more sunshine.


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Old 01-19-2023, 05:38 PM
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Filled out the survey thanks catÖ.. you guys figure the early season bite is over??? Was going to make another trip up Monday as our first 2 trips were awesome but, itís a long drive when they decide they arenít hungry or play cat and mouse! Haha
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Old 01-19-2023, 06:17 PM
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Filled out the survey thanks catÖ.. you guys figure the early season bite is over??? Was going to make another trip up Monday as our first 2 trips were awesome but, itís a long drive when they decide they arenít hungry or play cat and mouse! Haha
I'll be out tomorrow and Sunday, keep you posted on the bite status but I suspect its still pretty good.
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Old 01-19-2023, 07:21 PM
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Filled out the survey thanks catÖ.. you guys figure the early season bite is over??? Was going to make another trip up Monday as our first 2 trips were awesome but, itís a long drive when they decide they arenít hungry or play cat and mouse! Haha

Make the trip cuz ya never know what lurks below the ice.
Today the bite was on early from 8-10 am then died right off but had chasers to keep me entertained
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Old 01-19-2023, 07:56 PM
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I'll be out tomorrow and Sunday, keep you posted on the bite status but I suspect its still pretty good.
Much appreciated! Iíve got a couple new modifications to the jigs that need to see water

we found the bite was better earlier as well the last trip too cat. My day starts at 4 am when I come up but, maybe Iíll get up an hr earlier lol
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Old 01-19-2023, 08:34 PM
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WOW!!! Beauty fish!!!
What a tank. No one more deserving catching a big one. Congrats
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Old 01-19-2023, 09:28 PM
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Hoping the bite lasts until feb. Small chance Iím going to make the drive from yyc next weekend.


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Old 01-20-2023, 01:21 PM
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Made it out this morning with a buddy for a quick fish. The bite has definitely slowed down compared to the previous 4 weeks. We managed 19 on the ice between 7:30 and 11:00 but its noticeably slower. Ice conditions are still bad, ice is 10 inches and lots of flood water seeping through cracks. Beautiful day out though, nice to finally see the sun for once.

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Old 01-20-2023, 04:52 PM
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Made it out this morning with a buddy for a quick fish. The bite has definitely slowed down compared to the previous 4 weeks. We managed 19 on the ice between 7:30 and 11:00 but its noticeably slower. Ice conditions are still bad, ice is 10 inches and lots of flood water seeping through cracks. Beautiful day out though, nice to finally see the sun for once.

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Agreed. Past couple of days have slowed considerably. February ice fishing blues are slowly creeping in


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Old 01-21-2023, 02:39 AM
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Too cool not to share. Happened on Jan 20, 2023 on Cold Lake with Jeff, his son Harvey and myself:

Memory of a lifetime. 3yr old Harvey has been ice fishing with the boys lasting 6-8 hours a trip between the lulls and always being a trooper. Today we were doing some hole hopping and 3 of us had lines down. A thick red mass presented on the livescope and stopped dead on his bait when he started yelling he had a fish on. This was the first fish he has ever caught in his life and it measured 31.5" long (10lb 10 oz) and Harvey is 40" tall. Normally would release the bigger ones but it was bleeding badly anyway. Most of the morning was tough going so we were teaching him some fishing tips and his secret to the catch was saying "here fishy fishy"




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Old 01-21-2023, 04:35 AM
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Too cool not to share. Happened on Jan 20, 2023 on Cold Lake with Jeff, his son Harvey and myself:

Memory of a lifetime. 3yr old Harvey has been ice fishing with the boys lasting 6-8 hours a trip between the lulls and always being a trooper. Today we were doing some hole hopping and 3 of us had lines down. A thick red mass presented on the livescope and stopped dead on his bait when he started yelling he had a fish on. This was the first fish he has ever caught in his life and it measured 31.5" long (10lb 10 oz) and Harvey is 40" tall. Normally would release the bigger ones but it was bleeding badly anyway. Most of the morning was tough going so we were teaching him some fishing tips and his secret to the catch was saying "here fishy fishy"



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That's an awesome story and the smile says it all. He will be hooked for life now just like the rest of us!
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Old 01-21-2023, 05:20 AM
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That's an awesome story and the smile says it all. He will be hooked for life now just like the rest of us!

Yea for sure. I've had the opportunity to take out a lot of family and friends this winter and I had no idea "guiding" fish is almost just as satisfying as catching them yourself


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Old 01-21-2023, 07:32 AM
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Too cool not to share. Happened on Jan 20, 2023 on Cold Lake with Jeff, his son Harvey and myself:

Memory of a lifetime. 3yr old Harvey has been ice fishing with the boys lasting 6-8 hours a trip between the lulls and always being a trooper. Today we were doing some hole hopping and 3 of us had lines down. A thick red mass presented on the livescope and stopped dead on his bait when he started yelling he had a fish on. This was the first fish he has ever caught in his life and it measured 31.5" long (10lb 10 oz) and Harvey is 40" tall. Normally would release the bigger ones but it was bleeding badly anyway. Most of the morning was tough going so we were teaching him some fishing tips and his secret to the catch was saying "here fishy fishy"




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That thereís is what it Is all about....puts a smile on my face too

Only thing better would have been to be there and see it happen.....great memories made out on the ice.

Awesome.
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Old 01-21-2023, 11:38 AM
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Enough with he wee ones please.

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Need a bigum!


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Old 01-21-2023, 12:19 PM
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Too cool not to share. Happened on Jan 20, 2023 on Cold Lake with Jeff, his son Harvey and myself:
Heckuva first fish.
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Old 01-21-2023, 08:23 PM
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https://www.alberta.ca/2023-24-sport...ngagement.aspx

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Thanks for the reminder! Done!
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Old 01-22-2023, 08:52 AM
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Why is it every time you are just about to have a sammich the fish start to feed?
When itís slow reach for a sammich!



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[IMG]When itís slow reach for a sammich!
Or hot chocolate/coffee, which you will then proceed to spill all over everything....every time...
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Old 01-22-2023, 10:58 AM
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Too cool not to share. Happened on Jan 20, 2023 on Cold Lake with Jeff, his son Harvey and myself:

Memory of a lifetime. 3yr old Harvey has been ice fishing with the boys lasting 6-8 hours a trip between the lulls and always being a trooper. Today we were doing some hole hopping and 3 of us had lines down. A thick red mass presented on the livescope and stopped dead on his bait when he started yelling he had a fish on. This was the first fish he has ever caught in his life and it measured 31.5" long (10lb 10 oz) and Harvey is 40" tall. Normally would release the bigger ones but it was bleeding badly anyway. Most of the morning was tough going so we were teaching him some fishing tips and his secret to the catch was saying "here fishy fishy"




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Absolutely awesome!!!
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Old 01-23-2023, 01:03 PM
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we were out to cold lake jan 20-22. first time fishing lakers and it showed, caught 2 total over 2 days. We did catch and release a 14lb burbot which was a huge highlight. 10Ē of ice. people are driving on but most are staying close to shore in and around the p.p. anyone else fish the shoreline around the p.p this weekend?. Was it slow for everyone or are we just terrible laker fisherman.
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Old 01-23-2023, 01:21 PM
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We were out away from the crowds across the lake near the garnet area.
Found like most years at this time they tend to chase but really hit on or near the bottom with a slight bounce kinda like fishing finicky walleye.
I put a number two Len Thompson on and really worked the water columns then once I got chasers that wanted nothing but that just to chase I dropped a white tube down and played near the bottom for hook ups.
Got them worked up with the spoon then slowed it down with the tube and it seemed to work.
I find if you can get more than one worked up eventually one will bite, kinda like a predator feeding frenzy.
Who knows what they want the next day?
Some days I wonder though and move, change tackle just to go back to my original spot and have an hour of good fishing.
Or the dead stick is killing with a 8 inch herring laying on the bottom popped full of holes to let the scents out.
That burb must have been awesome, poor manís lobster!
At least you had good weather.


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Old 01-23-2023, 01:50 PM
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Thanks for the advice cat! we will definitely try that next time we go. weather was great!!
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Old 01-23-2023, 02:04 PM
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Forgot to mention that sometimes the bite is on in shallow water at first and last light then a bit deeper say midday.

Have caught in 30-50fow first light and last light but seems to be about an hour or so then I will move out to say 80-120fow and get picked off at
The bottom.

Just a thought for your return trip.


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After seeing a post on Facebook about garbage left behind on the ice by slobs, thought Iíd put a reminder out there for the good people on AO to stop and pick up garbage you see laying around out the ice. Iíve made it a point over last umpteen years to travel out around on the lake after the season with the sxs and pick up garbage left behind out there. Itís amazing what I find. Our beautiful lake needs our help.
And now with ice shack rentals and tent cities Iím finding more and more.
Just had to say this. Thanks to those who care.
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Old 01-23-2023, 08:41 PM
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After seeing a post on Facebook about garbage left behind on the ice by slobs, thought Iíd put a reminder out there for the good people on AO to stop and pick up garbage you see laying around out the ice. Iíve made it a point over last umpteen years to travel out around on the lake after the season with the sxs and pick up garbage left behind out there. Itís amazing what I find. Our beautiful lake needs our help.
And now with ice shack rentals and tent cities Iím finding more and more.
Just had to say this. Thanks to those who care.
You deserve many props for being a good person. I'd like to say nice things about the general population but I'd be holding myself in contempt. This is why I avoid crowds and popular areas at all costs. Most people on this forum probably aren't the offenders but its still a good reminder.
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