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Lake: Eleven Mile Reservoir

2nd annual 11 mile overnight

Post By: Speezer      Posted: 2/14/2017 2:01:22 PM     Points: 480    
Heading up to 11 mile this weekend, and with the warm temps I will be camping there overnight. Does anyone ever night fish there? If so what do you use, just the regular jigs tipped with a waxie or meal worm? Or do you use something different.

I will also try to set up a tip up for some pike, using whole dead suckers. Do ppl use a 2nd hook when doing this?Also is presentation important? What I mean is should I be trying to get the sucker to sit upright while in the water? Or is any position good?

Hoping the forecast stays the same!
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: 2/15/2017 1:39:47 PM     Points: 1737    
I've fished it open water overnight, and I use the same stuff I do during the day. I would think yes on that part.

Sucker presentation is important, you want it to "look" the part. I think the Marina up there sells dual hook rigs for JUST that reason, although I don't know that hooking it through the mid-section wouldn't work.....

All my pike have come on active rods, not deadstick. When I was a kid, we'd just ball up a bunch of dead minnows on a hook and throw that out, or a dead smelt. Didn't really matter what kind of fish, as long as it smelled like fish. I can't imagine it's much different here and now.

Now on to the meat of the topic.....

ARE YOU NUTS? It gets cold up there at night! Cold and DARK. Cold and dark and SLIPPERY (there was no snow on the ice last Saturday.) BE CAREFUL out there, and watch for wildlife.

Let us know how you do!
 Reply by: Speezer      Posted: 2/15/2017 3:30:34 PM     Points: 480    
Thanks for the info Zilla. Yea a little nuts, but the low Sat night says 30, which isnt that bad, at least it was colder during the hunting season.

 Reply by: Speezer      Posted: 2/16/2017 9:36:00 AM     Points: 480    
Does anyone have an ice update? Saw the post a couple weeks ago about the fella falling thru the ice near some rocks, and with all the warm temps I'm wondering how its holding up.

 Reply by: Azexp      Posted: 2/16/2017 10:28:57 AM     Points: 30    
The marina just updated their fishing report and showed ice at 11-15 inches.
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: 2/16/2017 7:57:17 PM     Points: 1737    
Plenty of ice last weekend, but no snow. Take your cleats! (or your skates)

I may be up Saturday, I'm kind of up in the air at the moment. Would love to get the Kayak out and go find a fishable lake, but not sure my shoulders could handle that this weekend. (torn ligaments in both and they HURT)

We'll see how much my dang truck sets me back in the morning and then I'll figure out where I'm fishing. Have to survive tomorrow first anyway.

I honestly have considered staying after dark on the ice up there, but usually by the time the sun starts dropping, I'm worn out. I guess I"m getting old or something.
 Reply by: Speezer      Posted: 2/17/2017 8:11:39 AM     Points: 480    
Thanks for the ice update AZexp, and Zilla. Really appreciate it. Good luck with the truck as well
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: 2/17/2017 3:51:14 PM     Points: 1737    
Thanks! Truck is back home now. 466 and some pennies, not too bad for a radiator replacement on THAT thing. (I know the procedure and it includes a LOT of extra BS that has to come out first.)

I'm leaning towards a little sweatshirt ice fishing tomorrow at skunky lake.....we'll see if we can go 3 for 3 this year.
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: 2/17/2017 10:04:29 PM     Points: 1737    
Well, it's set in stone. Wife says go chase the pike, so I'm going to chase the pike. Poor pike, I'm kinda scary looking. I'll be out there around 0800 or normal. Probably be half dressed by ice fishing standards by 10.
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: 2/18/2017 7:15:19 PM     Points: 1737    
Gorgeous day on the lake. 40+ very little wind. Good solid ice, just NOISY. Edges are starting to pull back and get soft. We could see AWB out on his tube before mid March.....

I got 5, all small bobos. Lost a monster somewhere under the ice. He grabbed my 1/4 oz silver kasty and hauled tail for deeper water. Cut the line at some point, all I got back was 50 feet of line.....THAT sucked.

All the slimers swam away strong, with new piercings. Saw ONE decent fish pulled out across suckers cove from me, didn't see many catching.

I'm guessing CPW set a record for day passes today though, EVERYWHERE was PACKED with people. Seriously, there were 6 cars sitting at the pass box when I got there this morning! That video on the news definitely boosted the bottom line!

I probably won't be back on the ice this year though, when it starts pulling back from the bank like that, it's time to let it melt. Good ice though, 10 to 12 inches at least...just really active. Cracking and popping all day long. I hope it gets cold again and saves the season, but I think we're in for an early thaw.....regardless of what that silly rodent said. I think I'll go chase the wipers again....or find a lake that isn't going soft.
 Reply by: Speezer      Posted: 2/20/2017 8:31:05 AM     Points: 480    
Good to hear you had a good day Zilla, I ended up getting there around 11ish, set up my tent and went fishing. Parked and hiked to one of the coves by the back country campsites. Ended up getting 1 stocker and my wife got 1 too. We also had a moment where we were hand jigging a rainbow right beneath the ice. We were holding the line in our hand and looking down the hole at a rainbow ferociously attacking our jig. Never did hook it, but the wife had a good time fishing so thats a huge positive.

Super warm out at night, didnt stay on the ice too long after sunset, but stayed nice and warm by the fire.

AS always right as the wife and i and 2 dogs are climbing into the small 2 person tent, i clip the side wall of the tent by the opening and the fly and tent poles both break. I was able to duck tape the poles enough to keep them up, but the wife was not impressed and decided to sleep in the front seat of her car (subaru forester so a decent sized car). I got the tent with the 2 dogs all to myself and slept like a baby.

Good trip!
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: 2/20/2017 3:32:51 PM     Points: 1737    
It sure was a beautiful day on the water, that is for sure. I stayed till 4, and it was still warm enough I could fish without my coat on. (I don't think I wore it except to walk in and out.)

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