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Chatty 1/09/08 AM

Post By: IowaIce      Posted: 1/10/2008 5:40:52 AM     Points: 30    
Iced Chatty this morining. 6-8" of ice. 3 slimers.
 Reply by: JED      Posted: 1/10/2008 5:54:03 AM     Points: 4264
If you dont mind me asking, where did you catch the slimers, and what were you using?
 Reply by: Fishinbud      Posted: 1/10/2008 7:48:01 AM     Points: 0
Ya, I got out to Chatfield as well. I fished out from the swim beach in anywhere from 12 to 18' of water. The action wasn't fast and furious but it was consistant, with fish moving through about every 15 minutes or so (in flurries).
The moring started out nice, sunny and warm and then the weather moved in, turning cloudy, windy and downright cold. I stayed out an extra hour or so (freezing my a$$ off) because it's always tough to leave when the fish are still cooperating. In the 4 hours that I was out, I landed 8 rainbows (all returned to fight another day). They ranged in size from about 13 to 18" in length. Below are two of the nicer ones on the day.
What was working? Minnows (fatheads) both on a slip bobber set up and on jigging spoons. That always seems to work at Chatty and you always have the chance of picking up some walleyes. That said, it's always good to bring along some meal worms as well, for the few instances where minnows aren't #1 on the menu.
This last cold spell has really thickened up the ice, it's anywhere from 8-12" on the south side of the lake. As always use caution, especially on the southeat side and the closer that you get towards the dam. Also, watch your step while getting on or off the lake, as the edges can be soft (but they to are also improving). Someone was fishing right out from the tower (yikes). If whomever that was is on this forum, please let us know what the conditions are and how you did. Well, that's all for now, take care and best of luck!
 Reply by: Walleye Wackin      Posted: 1/11/2008 12:02:56 PM     Points: 62
I made it out on the ice last saturday, in the 60 degree heat wave. Little spooky walking out but made it to the bridge (6 - 8 inches). I wasn't the first one out there, there were lots of holes already. Fished the top of the road-- nothing, north/south abutments --nothing. I punched a couple holes just off the bridge deck near the center of the channel in 34 feet of water and had a couple of marks suspended 8-10 off the bottom. I dropped a jig head tipped with a shiner down to them and caught 3 small walleye right away. When I say small I mean small 10 -12 inches. I have not caught walleye that small at Chatty before. TLO if you read this do you think these are the result of a natural spawn or did I find a few fish that have recently been stocked? Any other experience catching walleye in the bottom of the channel near the bridge? I saw a few perch being caught from the road bed near the point on the way back, good sign.

 Reply by: Fishful Thinker      Posted: 1/11/2008 5:36:15 PM     Points: 12707
IowaIce, I love the picture and doggy boots! It just makes the whole day look like fun to get a light hearted photo like that. Kudos! CL
 Reply by: IowaIce      Posted: 1/12/2008 2:40:38 AM     Points: 30
Fishful Thinker, 1 more for ya... she's quite the dog!

 Reply by: Matt      Posted: 1/12/2008 9:40:00 AM     Points: 95313
That's awesome - I too am a softy for dogs. Great fishing partner. Maybe we should have a dog-fishing photo contest.
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