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blackcreekoutdoor
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1/31/15 8:36 AM CST
4th trip for me to petenwell yesterday went off long view brought my cousin down seems hard to find someone to go with me to catch walleyes anyways i fished my usuall spot caught 19 walleyes and a couple crappies we had a few missed fish too they seemed to like a small swedish pimple or just a plain trebble on a dead stick wasnt alot of people out that i could see and no one within even yelling distance from me good luck out there guys and stay on top last time i was down my buddy stepped in a bad spot walking around the heave and sunk a leg

fishing wizard
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1/30/15 9:25 PM CST
Does anyone how the lure bar landing is? Thanks in advance

Ice Ryder
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1/30/15 8:09 PM CST
Ice Depth: 17" Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 16° - 20° F
Fished daylight until after 3. Not a bad day without much wind. Hardly any fisherman out. One guy 200+ yards from me, that was it. Others 1/2 mi or more. Ice the same, seems fine, but looks like some ice making weather on the way with the chance to put some snow on top for driving next week.

I assume a bit of hi pressure moved in last night. The fish were mostly plastered to the bottom. Missed more than usual. Some light biters. Tried a new spot and only marked a school of wht bass in one hole. Caught a few. Probably set up wrong but moved to different area instead if drilling more there. At new spot I flooded the carburator and had trouble finding just that right spot. Got close enough to get a few. Finished with 8 wht bass, 3 craps, and 5 eyes including a perfect 19"er for dinner. Gotta be in the exact right spot, especially with slower fish activity. Presentation that works for me - small, slow, and low.

green1187
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1/29/15 4:22 PM CST
Haha, the guy from the youtube vid happens to be a buddy I played College Football with in North Dakota. Small world!! He was a small but hit like a truck. To funny and small world!!

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1/29/15 10:36 AM CST
Almost funny. Bill the Packer fan would have pulled that off but nice try...

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1/29/15 10:26 AM CST
While researching some late winter tactics I came across a video that makes some pretty good points I thought I'd share. Now, a lot of what this guy is talking about is pretty common knowledge to many on Petenwell based on where all the shacks seem to be setup, but until this video I wasn't totally sure I understood why.

Anyway, for all you newbs who are looking for good tips on where to ice fish this video will be very helpful.

Just trying to do my part Smile

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVZcS_yECF4

MuskyKiller4784
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1/28/15 8:06 PM CST
CharleyM I suggest a richter anchor. I use a 25 lber off the nose and it has never failed to hook up. It's a pricey anchor but we'll worth it. Paired with 100 ft of rope and a clasp to clip onto the nose of your boat, then run the anchor line thru the clasp. This gets you anchored off the the nose of your boat which helps prevent sway in current.

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1/28/15 7:43 PM CST
Honest answer about the anchor? Something in the 30 pound range. Depending on the size boat you have. A regular river anchor is usually OK. But, honestly, if you are anchoring in the really strong current, you aren't where the fish are. I have a boat and almost never even use it during the spring. My favorite anchor is my own two feet in a pair of 5mm neoprene chest waders in 2 fow.

Just remember to keep a knife in the boat in case of logs and ice chunks early in the season and because eventually you'll hang up in some rocks and lose an anchor.

CharleyM
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1/28/15 7:21 PM CST
What's the best anchor to be using in the spring when the river is high and racing? I've had a lot of problems keeping my boat in place and am curious what types of anchors those who fishing in the early spring are using.

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1/28/15 3:44 PM CST
The draw-down usually starts the first week in February. It is generally completed by mid March. It recedes at about 1-2 inches per day, sometimes less. At that rate it will take a week or more for you to notice it. When it is completed and you drive out onto the lake and are going over the shallow areas that normally 4-5 feet of water will have none under the ice so the ice will rise above the surrounding area and leave a hump. It feels weird when driving across and suddenly go uphill on a flat lake. Kind of makes the small hairs on the back of your neck stand up. It is really noticable in front of the State Park on Castle Rock.

Keep a tight line!!!

Jerry Wink

[This post was last edited on 1/28/15 at 5:04 PM]
Tigerski
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1/28/15 11:22 AM CST
Here's the release, any more info that can be added as to the effects would be appreciated as other posters have commented. Should I assume Castle Rock reservoir drawdown Sunday won't effect Petenwell?

http://www.wisconsinriverpower.com/news/newsrelease_01272015.pdf

chill440
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1/28/15 10:18 AM CST
I am also curious about Another Pier-Dweller's post since this is basically my first year out on these lakes (petenwell & castle rock)

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1/28/15 8:05 AM CST
Was out yesterday from about 8 till 1:30. Moved all over the lake and tried just about everything. The barometric pressure sure had the fish in a negative mood. Marked fish all over the place but wouldn't commit to anything. I started out straight west of the county park and worked my way down the channel for another mile or so. After getting not so much as a bite I moved up to Monroe where I have some brush marked from last year. Never even marked a fish up there.

Best thing that happened yesterday was finding a new spot with lots of wood with ZERO old holes around it. On a gradual break from 22 down to 32 fow I found a spot about 40 yards long and 30 feet wide with trees everywhere.

Picked up and went to a new body of water further north off the main river. Caught 15 eyes between two guys. Two keepers. Also got schooled by a young woman and her bf. He caught about as many as me but she must have iced 30 fish in less than an hour. The lesson I learned? 2 fow is NOT to shallow for walleyes under the ice and keeping things simple will pay off and catch you more fish than any 6 dollar jigging rap or spoon on the market.

JESSE QUALE
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1/27/15 8:40 PM CST
Ice Depth: 17"
Another pier-Dweller turm on your pm or just give me a call tomorrow. Big Smile


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Another Pier-Dweller
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1/27/15 7:55 PM CST
Hey folks - my family and I will be fishing the flowage for the first time this weekend. A friend of mine told me a few days ago of the water levels reduced by the power company. My friend was extremely freaked out by this experience as he reported to me changed the contour of the ice and left a gap between the ice and water level. I went to the Wisconsin RIver Power Company's website and they did state that:

"Flood control is another purpose. Flood control is accomplished by an annual drawdown that begins in February. The drawdown can be as much as five feet but is governed by the amount of water in the snowcover in the state's northern section."

My questions are:

a.) is it safe to even take a truck/ ford explorer out on the ice if this occurrence were to take place?

b.) does anyone know for certain if/when this will happen?

c.) Is it even safe for us to be out on the ice if this is going to happen this weekend?

Any info on this would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

APD

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