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Indian Lake Ice ...

I walked on the channel just a few ago, but I am lerry of the edges & gettin' on & off. We have alot of snow cover that will slow the ice formation on this round of ice, with some bein' new ice cover along with a appx 1.5" old slab in the backwaters & channels. I'll try to make the rounds tomorrow afternoon to see if our "Show is on the Road" in the panfish bays. The main lake has open areas & snow slush pileup & there is current flow in the feeders.
 

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Friday 27th ice

Drove out Long Isle road to the tube bridge to Long Isle .. no one was on the ice & there was a small open area between the bridge & Sport point on Pony Isle. I could see one guy fishin' on the ice on NF from the Long Isle road. I put the Bi-Nocs on him & he was on the island side of the NF trap ~ how he got out there I don't know, I didn't see any walkin' planks or snowshoes on the ice.

I then drove to MW/SF it was entirely covered with new skim ice & toward the lake old ice. The Main lake is appx 50% covered & a half mile or more of ice out from the shorelines .. no castin' Ops.

I figure the young brave ones will be on the iffy channels/backwaters tomorrow .. play it safe!

Ray

PS .. John if you read this, our fishin' Bud Gene Hicks was down here visitin' from Minn this afternoon. We swapped alot of I-info & he had a great year guide-in' with many interestin' client storys ~ he said to tell you hi & asked alot about you & talked about Jack Kohls, Gene Kern, Philips & etc. Send him a E sometime
 

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Well crap on that ice for not being strong, decisions decisions. I guess I will have to drill off the docks and use minners and maggots and see what happens. I gotta get my cousin to catch a saugeye somehow or another. Thanks for the report ray.

Bill
 

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50s Monday

AUGLAIZE-CHAMPAIGN-HARDIN-LOGAN-MERCER-SHELBY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BELLEFONTAINE...CELINA...KENTON...SIDNEY...
URBANA...WAPAKONETA
841 PM EST FRI DEC 27 2002

UPDATED LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT

TONIGHT
MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOWS 15 TO 20. SOUTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10
MPH.

SATURDAY
MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGHS IN THE MID 30S. SOUTHWEST WINDS
10 TO 15 MPH.

SATURDAY NIGHT
PARTLY CLOUDY. LOWS IN THE MID 20S. WEST WINDS 5
TO 10 MPH.

SUNDAY
PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 30S.

SUNDAY NIGHT
INCREASING CLOUDS. LOWS IN THE MID 30S.

MONDAY
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS. MUCH WARMER. HIGHS IN
THE LOWER 50S. CHANCE OF RAIN 40 PERCENT.

MONDAY NIGHT
SHOWERS LIKELY. LOWS IN THE MID 30S. CHANCE OF RAIN
60 PERCENT.

TUESDAY
A CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE MORNING...THEN BECOMING PARTLY
CLOUDY. COOLER. DAYTIME TEMPERATURES STEADY IN THE MID 30S.

NEW YEARS DAY
PARTLY CLOUDY. LOWS IN THE LOWER 20S AND HIGHS IN
THE MID 30S.

THURSDAY
MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF RAIN AND SNOW. LOWS IN
THE MID 20S AND HIGHS IN THE UPPER 30S.

FRIDAY
A CHANCE OF SNOW...OTHERWISE MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOWS IN
THE MID 20S AND HIGHS IN THE LOWER 30S.
 

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1-6-03

There were 4 shanties & a handful of guys out on Bear Wallow by the old Golf Course when we drove by a hour ago. The NF & MW are both open water, but the current flow has slowed in both. The water flow over the dam has slowed & is runnin' clear.

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Should get nice and hard this weekend brrrrrrrr.Good luck guys and be safe on that stuff we don't need to see the air boat out this year.
 

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IL Info ...

John Horstman

15/1/2003
13:39:09 ICE FISHING
Hi Ray, fished the lake on monday and tuesday. We fished cranberry and long island. I saw 1 saugeye and a handfull of crappie and gills at cranberry. long island alot of small gills 1 crappie. out of 60 gills I only had 9 that were keepers. If we get better ice I think we will be able to go where the fish are. As of now the fishing is slow. too thin of ice in the areas I like to fish. The cranberry area was hot but came to a standhill the last 3 days. CYA ON THE ICE SOMETIME JOHN

jeff

15/1/2003
15:35:58 ICE FISHING
hey ray ,ray.........are there good ice all over the lake or just in spots

Linda

17/1/2003
20:07:03 ICE FISHING
The ice ranges from 0" to 9". A little water is still running over the spillway so you really need to test as you go. Straight out from the Moundway channel is is still thin. The South Fork at Moundwood is 8" along the shoreline and only 3" in the middle. Report is from the Park Rangers on Thursday Jan. 16, 2003. More info at http://indianlake.com/forecast.htm

jeff

18/1/2003
08:11:25 ICE FISHING
Thx Linda for the link.....i fished it today. done so so over at blackhawk.think'n about go'n back there tomorrow..Hey thx again for the link

Kevin Heeter

18/1/2003
23:30:14 ICE FISHING
Where is Cranberry? Has anyone done any good today at any of the locations at Indian Lake?

Ray

20/1/2003
03:27:09 Where is Cranberry?
Here is the exact location of Crannberry on a Indian Lake Map ~ just put it in your browser :)

http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?z=17&n=4486645&e=256864&s=25&size=l&u=2

I stayed in where it was warm this weekend & this nearly 60 yro fart didn't go fishin' LOL ...

Ray

20/1/2003
03:31:30 RE: Where is Cranberry?
PS .. I forgot ~ it's the Red Plus in the center of the map :)

Grisez

21/1/2003
17:43:13 ICE FISHING
Coming from Toledo and don't want to waste my time. How is the fishing (saugeyes)and the ice thickness?

Monte Keever

22/1/2003
16:08:57 ICE FISHING
Would like a current report and lacations for ice fishing as I have a 2 hr.drive.

Thanks

MK

John Horstman

23/1/2003
18:16:42 FISH LOCATION
Hi Ray, I sure see alot of guys jigging for saugeye this year. Some are catching them too. I'am mainly a panfishing person. So far this has been one of my better years for big gills. Location is the name of the game. If you are in the right spot you will catch some. However if you rig too heavy you will catch alot less. Too many guys just can't seem to down size. 4lb test line is the heaviest you should use. and try your bait at home. Use a bobber that will just float your ice jig. And don't be afraid to fish a foot or more of the bottom at times. Keep your noise to a minimum on the ice. Keep on fresh bait, and always keep your holes free of ice so when you get that bite your bobber can move without being stuck in the ice. I have been ice fishing for over 40 years and hope I have helped someone.

Ray

23/1/2003
20:33:19 ICE FISHING
Hi John .. You made a Great Post on how to go about riggin' up for panfish & bein' quite on the shallow bite. It seems like a long time since our 1st ice the first week of Dec & the easy early bite is long gone .. now it is more of a knowin' the location bite for the active fish is how I look at it. I haven't been out for S-Eyes lately, but when I do it will be after dark & by myself .. lookin' for some warmer temps to give it another shot.

Take Care John .. see ya on the ~~~~~
Ray

PS .. I got my bucket down with 7 or 8 P-Fish ice rods in it & never gave it a shot this winter. I just make the rounds & do a few S-Eyes after dark when I think I have a sure thing ~ gettin' old I guess!!! :)

slackjaw

24/1/2003
23:33:49 ICE FISHING
ditto on the downsizing comments. When I first started ice fishing I would just grap my summer rigs for bluegill and crappie and just put them on shorter icerods. After getting skunked many times I started switching to smaller jigs lighter lines and that has made all the difference. I personally use 2lb test leaders tied onto 4 lb test line to help those tiny ice flies sink with a little more action. I use a vexilar ice flasher and I can tell you that fish snub there noses at big bulky lures when that waters that cold.

Spinbug

25/1/2003
03:23:14 ICE FISHING
Can anyone tell me how to get to Long Island area to do a little fishing

toddfish

25/1/2003
05:48:33 ICE FISHING
last sunday the fishing was pretty good back at blackhawk. just wanted to know if people are still catching fish or has it slowed down with the big cold front that moved through. I also was wondering if anybody has heard of anybody fishing in haborview bay by tacobell and if they ever done any good. thanks, " remember to keep your rod tip out of the hole because it just might freeze off!"

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catching fish

Hi Ray, went fishing today at long island. The water is murky, the fish are still there , but I think they are having trouble finding the bait, because of the dirty water. Did'nt catch any good crappies but did get some nice gills in the 8inch plus range. Fish were spooky and bitting lite. three of us had 40 keepers with that many or more small crappies and gills that are still swimming except a couple that the blue herons had for lunch I talked to a man who said that he did well on the saugeyes sat. at blackhawk. He was using a orange colored rapalla. Looked like a number 5.

CYA ON THE ICE SOMETIME
OLD JOHN

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Can't believe they are still out on the ice fishing?????????
 

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Yep lake is still frozen up here there is alittle open water but not much
 

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Finally open water up here on the lake but still alittle ice around the edges but should start seeing more fishing activity going on
 
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