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Lake: Boyd Lake
Fish: Walleye

Newbie at Boyd Lake, PB

Post By: Kithme      Posted: 2/11/2019 8:08:01 PM     Points: 208    
I was able to fish Boyd lake for an hour at 7:30 Sunday morning before daughter's volleyball tournament. Unfamiliar with the lake I reached out to Goosehunter and received awesome information, Thanks Goose. I was not targeting anything in particular, with limited time I was just trying to maximize line in the hole. Fished near the boat ramp.

Being by myself, I decided to play it safer and stay closer to the shore and followed previous tracks. (I know mom, I should not ice fish alone. I did have my PFD and ice picks handy.) Ice was between 3-3.5 inched with an inch of snow on top at all of the locations I drilled, all holes were approximately 100-150 yards from the boat ramp. There was open water, 5-8 feet wide near the end of the boat ramp. It was a little hard to see due to the foggy condition, kinda caught me off guard when I got on the ice to see the open water. I walked around with a lot of caution. There were about 20 people out there when I left. See panoramic view for open water and the people out there.

There were cruisers consistently checking out the setup most of the time I was there. One was very interested and I was able to pull it out of the ICEHOLE. I'm not very good at identifying fish. I know it's not a catfish, carp, or bluegill. Can you guys help me identify what it is? I first thought it was a walleye but others are making me rethink, it could possibly be a saugeye.

It was the biggest Walleye/Saugeye I've ever caught. It was HUGE, I have big hands!!!! 🤥 Don't judge.

With the warm spell, please be careful when venturing out.

May all of the ICEHOLEs out there be kind to you.

 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Feb. 11, 8:26:21 PM     Points: 46851    
Glad I could help. Glad you caught something too!
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: Feb. 11, 10:54:25 PM     Points: 52517    
What a whale congrats! You know that the smallest fish contest I do is just for kids right? Definitely a dink to be proud of though I’m jealous.
 Reply by: Assassin      Posted: Feb. 12, 1:24:36 AM     Points: 749    
Awh Yea! I never have had much luck at Boyd but I like the lake. Better than thank skunked! Going to try here more this year. I cracked Lonetree before they shut it down, hopefully I can figure Boyd out eventually. Any tips goose?
 Reply by: FishSeal      Posted: Feb. 12, 8:12:39 AM     Points: 9705    

That's great that you had a chance to get out and get into some fish!! Goosehunter is awesome. So milk him for all the information you can get!!

Regarding your fish... could you please send me an original picture?
I'm seeing characteristics of both species and it is possible you may have caught a saugeye.
I see the spiny fin posterior spot = walleye.
Even body coloration = walleye.
I count about 19 or 20 soft fin rays = 19 (both), 20 (walleye).
However, the lack of a white spot and having a white leading edge on the ventral caudal fin is more typical of Sauger. This could also be a juvenile walleye trait, but I need to do some research when I get to work.
As of right now... I'd label it as a "Sander vitreus?".

Here are some resources:
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I look forward to hearing from you when you have the chance!!
 Reply by: FishSeal      Posted: Feb. 12, 9:57:19 PM     Points: 9705    
Kithme, those pics you sent me were awesome!!
14 spiny dorsal rays, 20 soft dorsal fin rays (14, 20 for the ichthyologists out there)
Definite white spot on the tip of the anal fin and though it streaks down the caudal fin, definite white spot on the ventral tip of the caudal fin.

You sir... have a Walleye, Sander vitreus!!

Congratulations and well done!

 Reply by: Kithme      Posted: Feb. 12, 10:25:35 PM     Points: 208    
Thanks FS.

I came to the same conclusion with the first link you provided. I Hope to find time to beat the PB later on this year or get me a different specie. Might try Chatfield after work, closer to home.

Can I “milk” you for more information on Chatfield?

One persons dink is another persons personal best. BTW, my wife says my 10 and 12 year olds are much more mature, therefore I should be able to complete in the small fish contest. So there!!!

How do you say your name? I see two obvious ways, both are cool. BTW, I’m not done “milking” Goose, so backoff!!! Joking!!!

 Reply by: Assassin      Posted: Feb. 21, 5:24:08 AM     Points: 749    
It's just assassin but it does look like ass assin' haha. It was originally supposed to be bassassassin, but that sort of implied I was murdering bass. Sounded good at the time.

Headed out to boyd today wish me luck!