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The river wasn’t quite as ice free as expected

Skim ice was pretty much shore-to-shore when Alex and I launched his boat just before 7 this morning, and for the first couple hours, 90% of our fishing was done with the line straight up and down through small openings in the ice, as it was pretty much impossible to cast. Kind of like ice fishing, but from a boat.

Every now and then while we were moving around under electric power, we’d get surprised by a big sheet of ice that was way more than just skim.

The ice didn’t so much melt as it drifted down river when they started running water at the dam, and didn’t really clear out much until the wind came up out of the north. Most of the early morning ice eventually got blown down as far as an ice jam just south of Sunnyside. But plenty more ice came over the dam to replace that, and we did a lot of ice breaking when we were headed back toward the ramp just before one.

Alex had a couple keepers on the day, including this 33 incher.

Alex had a couple keepers on the day, including this 33 incher.

The fish were not particularly active, but we managed to catch a hundred or so between us.

 

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