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McWally

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  1. Correct me if I am wrong on DSR, just curious: That section of Salmon River is a Federal Navigable water. Normally, you are not afforded under water rights on these waters. Barclay argued the language of a deed that existed before the United States, a French one I believe. Is that correct?
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    Good start

    Brutal weather today. Walleye biting all day. Just got a Muskie. Quickly released.
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    Sandy

    There was a guy around here wondering about browns. Sounds real fun.
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    Good start

    Released. They are on fire tonight. #7
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    Good start

    Fast start tonight. All tip up bites.
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    Buddy Got one loss one on tipups. Turned on late after dark when wind died. I had everything but fish finder put away and finally marked a fish. Hurriedly unpacked a Rod and sent a rattle bait down and I broke my line on the hook set. Way too short a leader, couldn’t take the shock, huge mistake. First three hours in the brutal wind without a mark zapped us and I had to leave after snapping off. Pure dejection. Love the Golden Crescent though, be back tomorrow night.
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    Good start

    Oh man! That brings back memories! Awesome. Kids are so tough.
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    Good start

    Some truly bad conditions tonight, not much hope but out here. Happy to have the shack sitting in one place with this wind. Hunting big eyes. Here’s the bait for this evening:
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    Good start

    Watching gar swim under the ice in 27’ foot today. Lots of weird/mixed action today.
  10. Better than bouncing off your head.
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    Honeoye 2/5

    Friday was a good pressure day and Saturday was when the temp dropped off and skies went bluebird here at least. I’d guess weather locked them down.
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    Good start

    Chasing flags on her snow day!
  13. That’s the most precise ice report I’ve ever read. Hats off. I’m gunna shop a nice caliper right now. Good luck this season.
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    Tried to get the kid her first ice walleye, had a few lookers, but buddy did get a decent laker for entertainment last night. She dropped two nice ones last year. Gunna get it done this year.
  15. Have made this before but it came out so good this time thought I’d share: crappie filets crappie rib cages Bacon butter celery carrot potato garlic tomato paste salt pepper italian herbs stock: melt 1/4 stick of butter and fry celery, onion, carrot and just a bit of tomato paste, teaspoon or less with salt in a stock pot. Put in rib cages, stir up and cover with 3-4 cups of water. Use the minimalist amount of water to concentrate flavor. Let it simmer 40-60 minutes. cook a couple pieces of bacon, reserve fat. add 1/4 stick butter and bacon grease to soup pot and fry onion, celery, and carrots, cook down. Add salt pepper herbs then minced garlic, chopped bacon and potatoes and cook a few more minutes. Add a little stock if it starts sticking. Add strained stock and simmer until potatoes are soft. Add chopped crappie 10 minutes before serving so they don’t flake off and stay chunky. I didn’t have several ingredients in house that could have made this better, but I’m glad I didn’t for this batch because it turned out so good. Best tip, use minimal water from the start that will cover all your ingredients in the soup. Nice break from frying all the time.
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    Good start

    Been out four or five times so far. Have had my daughter out on the ice since she was 2. She can really crank fish now. This season feels like it’s going to be a banger!
  17. My ratio for getting ahold of them is 50/50. Don’t call around lunchtime is my best advice.
  18. This was the way we fished them in Hamlin NY back in the day and the way we fish them currently on the east end. I’m talking March through early April. We didn’t target chinooks, they were a by-catch if we got lucky.
  19. Early spring is mostly a brown trout game for me. I prefer big boards with sticks. I leave the in-line boards home because unlike walleye, losing a brown is no big deal to me and I am more in it for the unimpeded fight and sport of it. We run downriggers with lighter Michigan stinger spoons and 6-8 sticks on the big boards. We get the occasional silver, steel, pike, and bass doing this in 8-20ft of water. Some guys have great luck with divers close to boat. Maybe someone will chime in with that info, but early spring, that’s my spread. No leadcore, or snap weights, or anything fancy, if I want more depth I’ll go with a suspending husky jerk or smithwicks. I just fishing the colored water which is usually best in close.
  20. Stony creek launch might be possible in the dead of winter after some serious cold temps. I’ve seen those videos, looks very fun and have brainstormed this exact scenario. I’ve caught a few steelhead in black river bay by accident. I’ve caught a brown with a super shallow shoreline tipup in Chaumont by accident. The inlets of the sandy ponds could be the ticket. The two spots you mention, especially the estuary would probably be best bet. Not the east end, but I’ve always wanted to fish the moth of the yacht club in Hamlin ny on sandy creek for whatever surprise comes through those holes. I’d say any scenario like that one would be worth a try just for the adventure of it.
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