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World Record Perch

          EAGLE, Idaho -- Last winter, 12-year-old Tia Wiese and her dad went ice fishing expecting to catch some big fish. The Wiese's had no idea just how big one of their catches would be. On March 1, 2014, Tia and her dad, Gary, set up on Lake Cascade expecting to catch a yellow perch. Tia's line went screaming off and the fish got tangled in two other lines. With help from her dad, Tia was able to reel in the giant perch. Gary weighed the fish on his personal scale and knew it was close to a state record. He rushed to Cascade to have her fish weighed on a certified scale where his suspicions were confirmed. "I couldn't quit smiling," says Tia. "It was the biggest perch I've seen. I was kind of hoping it was a state record." Tia's yellow perch weighed in at 2 pounds 11.68 ounces, making it the new state record holder. After visiting the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Wisconsin, Gary learned that the world record for yellow perch caught while ice fishing w ...

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Weekly Ohio Division of Fisheries Lake Erie Fishing Report

            Weekly Ohio Division of Fisheries Lake Erie Fishing Report January 2, 2014   The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15 inches. The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie. The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 2 fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches. The daily bag limit for black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 5 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for black bass is 14 inches.  Walleye  Where: Walleye were caught last weekend between Cedar Point and Huron, east of Kelleys Island, and around Cleveland harbor. How: Anglers trolling are using deep diving crankbaits (deep husky jerks) and shallow diving crankbaits (husky jerks and perfect 10’s) in the top half of the water column. Anglers fishing the shoreline and pie ...

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Walleye fishing a major holiday surprise -- Fishing Report for Dec. 26

        Walleye fishing a major holiday surprise -- Fishing Report for Dec. 26 Frank Kovach shows off a trophy Lake Erie walleye he caught on a Smithwick Perfect 10 Rogue lure while fishing with Art Panfil off Cranberry Creek recently. (Photo courtesy of Art Panfil) Print By D'Arcy Egan, The Plain Dealer Email the author | Follow on Twitter on December 25, 2014 at 1:24 PM, updated December 25, 2014 at 1:26 PM     CLEVELAND, Ohio – The winter walleye fishing is still luring anglers to the big waters of Lake Erie, where trophy fish are being caught with regularity, especially after the sun goes down. Windy weather had slowed the fishing a little bit, but unseasonable warm weather and southerly winds should provide angling opportunities this weekend. The steelhead trout streams of Northeast Ohio and Steelhead Alley are high and muddy or stained, but are coming down. Weekend ang ...

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Techie Tools for Me and You

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Lake Erie Walleye hatch good, yellow perch even better

by D'Arcy Egan, The Plain Dealer       0     Reddit     CLEVELAND, Ohio – Lake Erie is resilient, bouncing back from some mediocre spawning seasons over the last decade to produce a 2014 hatch that should boost yellow perch and walleye populations for future fishing season ...

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Guide-Proven Walleye Plays For Early Ice

          Guide-Proven Walleye Plays For Early Ice by  Jason Herter   Legendary walleye guide Tom Neustrom shares strategies for first-ice ‘eyes The venison is neatly wrapped in butcher paper, labeled and squirreled away in the freezer; the orange outfit retired for ice fishing bibs and slip-on cleats. In a perfect world, there’s little snow and good, clean ice is forming throughout the Ice Belt. Whether you call ice fishing’s honeymoon phase “early ice” or “first ice,” one thing is certain: it’s hard to beat, especially for walleyes. Grand Rapids, Minnesota-based guide Tom Neustrom encourages anglers to hit up fall walleye spots during early ice – could be deep, shallow or somewhere in between. Simply, if you caught walleyes there in Oc ...

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Trust Your Depth Finder For More Ice Fishing Success

          Trust Your Depth Finder For More Ice Fishing Success by Bob Jensen     The pond froze over early this year, at least two weeks early and in most years it would still be a month before ice comes to the small body of water that I see most days.  Although the ice isn’t safe yet, if the weather stays like it has been the past few days, we’ll be walking on the ice within a week.  This time of year, safety is the Number One consideration.  There’s no need to take an icy bath just because you want to catch a few fish through the ice. There are a few things to keep in mind throughout the ice-fishing season that will help you catch more fish from under the ice from now until ice-out.  The most important thing to do for ice-fi ...

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Great Late Ice Options

        Great Late Ice Options by Ron Anlauf                                                      Great late ice options should definitely include some bluegills.  By late winter you can expect ‘gills to stay active and actually turn it up a notch and is when you can do plenty of catching. Some of their positive attitude can be attributed to diminishing snow cover and increasing light penetration which pumps up the oxygen levels.  It’s a good situation for anglers who want to get in some serious pole bending before it all comes to a screeching halt.       Finding hot pockets of late winter ‘gills isn’t all that tough and includes deeper flats near shallower summer haunts like weed covered beds and sh ...

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Movin Out for January Walleyes

Movin Out for January Walleyes by Ron Anlauf   Good ice came earlier this season than it has in recent memory and was welcome news for those chomping at the bit to get it all started.  In the northern part of the State anglers were even out before Thanksgiving on the shallower lakes like Red and the walleye action was red hot.  If there is a downside to the early start it might be the possibility of the notorious mid-winter slump showing up a little sooner.  Even so; January is still a great time to be on the ice and there are more opportunities right now for keeping your pole bent than at any other time during the hard water season.   Access is the key and by now you should be able get just about anywhere you want to go.  If that’s the case the next question is; where do you really want to go?  Deciding on a starting spot can be a bit of a head scratcher especially on bigger water like Red, Winnibigoshish, or Lake of the Woods.  There is just so much water to co ...

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Take Your Pick for First Ice

Take Your Pick for First Ice by Ron Anlauf   There are plenty of good first ice destinations but these are my personal pics and they’re some dandies.  From big walleyes to giant pike to eye poppin perch you can take your pick and it really is all good.  Sure they all probably require some extra drive time but they are all about as close to a lead pipe cinch as you can get.   First on the list is Lake of the Woods which puts out tons of walleyes every year.  From the Rainy River, to Pine Island, to the NW Angle; the fishing is always good.  Sure there are times when it’s better than others and you can run into difficult fishing on occasion but even then it’s still good, especially when you compare it to any other fishery.  The early season action starts out relatively shallow along the break line off of Pine Island and moves deeper and deeper as the season progresses.  Same thing for shoreline breaks all the way over to Long Point and beyond.  As good ice develo ...

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