1. Made a trip to the pond this morning. Ended up with a nice meal (or two) of crappies and gills. Most caught on Waxworms, but a couple crappies on minnows. 11 crappies, ...more most 9" gills! Big rains coming tomorrow with 55° and ice was just under 5"thick, so this might be the last ice fishing here. 😒😒😒

    11 in. Black Crappie with a Waxworm and Minnow

    1. Nice catch
    2. Tom Brack 0
      It's fun catching them, then the work begins. But well worth thr rewards.
    3. Thanks CharlesπŸ‘Š
    4. Now that's a mess of fish.
    5. Thanks guysπŸ‘Š
    6. Rich Pardy 0
      Nice way to end the season if it was your last day too, I might be in a kayak by next weekend if this rain and warm spell keep up.
    7. Edward Payne 0
      YEA BUDDY!!! Fish fry at your place again. Hahahaha!!!πŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺπŸ”ͺ
    8. Eric Telban 0
      nice catch, just got off lake Erie, super tough day,4 perch missed a walleye 10-12" ice but it poured all afternoon
    9. Michael Balog 0
      Atta boy u r a good fisherman when u lose ice there's always northern Wisconsin lol
    10. Jhan Pyles 0
      Nice job
    11. Joe Shock 0
      We should have a National Fishidy Members Fish Fry!!!
    12. Thanks everybodyπŸ‘Š. Lol Shawn.... sooooo true on that temp!
    13. nice work πŸ˜€
    14. Kraig Carter 0
      I'd love somewhere to take my kid and do some pan fishing
    15. Lol! It will be a while until Robert sees 70.
    16. Top water is kicking good right now. Water made 70
    17. That's a nice mess of panfish!!
    18. Thanks Morris. Now that ice is disappearing, I can't wait to throw the Plopper later this year in here!
    19. Sweet fishing pond you got there brother!!
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  2. Had to add a little humor to todays' posts! Still laugh every time I read this!

    1. ronald duprey 0
      did u get hit with a down rigger ball lol
    2. David Walsh 0
      Need a hard hat for fishing!
    3. Ed Ballinger 0
      Damn, five pound lure smack ya ?
    4. Bryan Harper 0
      Ouch! It’s bad enough to lose a snagged lure but to get nailed!
    5. comp User 0
      You won't be laughing when it happens to you, and it hurts you even more when it happens to your wife!!!
    6. OUCH!!!
    7. Lmao on that 1 Robert. thats a good 1πŸ‘
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  3. Not much fish-ing this weekend with all of the snow to move, but nephew took today off to go with me. Water was a LOT clearer than the last time we were here. Don't ...more know if it was the weather change or the clear water, but they were NOT biting very well today. It was tough going. Mike nailed this nice 15" - 1#13oz. Crappie to at least make a decent meal with the few bluegill we caught.

    1 lb. 13 oz. 15 in. White Crappie with a jig & minnow

    1. Dave Seay 0
      Really nice white!
    2. Thanks guys!
    3. comp User 0
      Nice catch! When every fish is a meal it makes them worth cleaning.
    4. Nice one!!
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  4. Started at a pond at 6am that I fished last weekend. Plenty of cold weather this week but ice was only 3" thick 10 feet from the bank. Backed out of there and ...more headed to a different pond. Pulled about 20 gills out of this one. Biggest was 10.25", most 9-10", a few dinks. Released everything.

    10 in. Bluegill with a Spoon with Waxworm

    1. Joel Norikane 0
      Way to go letting those big gills go!!
    2. beautiful
    3. Truman White 0
      Chunk gills!
    4. Biggest I've ever caught in this pond is 11.25" last year. I'm hoping they will reach 12 by this summer or next winter. Can't wait til I can pull ...more one of those through the ice!
    5. Rich Pardy 0
      Same with us Robert, the public lakes are pounded so hard and most dont follow the size regualtions so its tuff to catch quality fish on any of them, its hard ...more to find a 6 inch gill here in Chicagoland. Those are some quality gills brother, I have never caught one that size let alone 20!! Looks like fun!!
    6. Chris P. For us in Iowa, our best chance is private farm ponds. Anything public doesn't have a chance with everyone keeping everything they catch! Which is ...more sad, but that's how some people fish. If I find a new pond, I go ask the owner. It's amazing how nice MOST are and Will let you fish... and then you have the flip side. But it doesn't hurt to ask!
    7. what's the secret to finding these really big ones!!?? had a mess of 8inchers the other day but nothing 9+ which would be considered very big here.
    8. Very nice!
    9. get* = feet
    10. Thanks guys and Melissa. Chris, I was sitting in 12 feet of water and the bigger gills were actually 2-3 get off of the bottom. Keep an eye out for suspended ...more fish!
    11. Chris Hoakley 0
      Big gills in there I heard so maybe ill post a gill today that'll match yours hopefully 🐑🐑🐑 Perchin'
    12. Chris Hoakley 0
      I'm headed out this morning to a fist time shallow pond max depth is 10 deet and its a fairly good size pond. I'm probably wasting my time but ill try it ...more out. Bout 16 inches of ice ill try the 8 to 9 foot area then if no luck ill hit the weeds in 3 foot water.
    13. nice gillsπŸ˜€
    14. Michael Balog 0
      Very nice my friend!!!
    15. Bryan Harper 0
      You’ll get it!
    16. Thanks everyone! Bryan, luckily this is a private pond and not too many get to fish it. Hoping someday they reach 12"!
    17. Bryan Harper 0
      Nice job Robert! Love strong,bigger Gills! A couple of lakes within an hrs drive of my house used to have lots of big 10”-12” Trophy Gills.I don’t know if it’s the ...more fishing pressure or the lakes transitional stages but haven’t seen a Gill over 9” in a while.On one of the lakes an 18”+ Walleye choked on a 6” Gill! That lake is shore only fishing and there’s some big Walleye’s lurking out there.Someone caught a 27” Walleye a few years back.Not very many Walleye lakes in the far west of Colorado!
    18. Derek Stitt 0
      chunky gills, nice job Robert
    19. karen eichman 0
      Nice! So jealous, can't wait to get back out there!
    20. Jimbo Harwood 0
      Great gills!!
    21. Looks like some fine dinner!!!
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  5. Ray and I went to an old private gravel pit today and got enough for a meal. 2 biggest crappies were 11.5" & 11". Caught them first then it was all ...more bluegill and the 2 smaller crappies the rest of the morning. Ice was waaaaay better here than on the farm pond I was on yesterday.

    11 in. Black Crappie with a Spoon with Waxworm

    1. Michael Balog 0
    2. Hmmmmmmm..... I will keep that in mind Michael! πŸ‘Š
    3. Michael Balog 0
      Very nice catch Mr Coleman you run out of ice it's not to far to northern Wisconsin!
    4. Lol Morris! Right on Edward! πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘Š
    5. Edward Payne 0
      Fish fry time!!!πŸ‘πŸ»
    6. Don't you just hate it when big 'Gills crash the party?!!!!:)
    7. thanks Melissa!
    8. nice job πŸ˜€
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  6. Friend and I headed out on the pond today. Warm weather all week and the shorelines were a little spongy going out. Took forever to even mark any fish, but they ...more eventually started biting. Very slow morning, but we poked out around 20 bluegills to eat. My bass was 18" - 3lb 4oz. But my buddy got the big one of the day..... 21" - 4lb 9oz!!!!!! Nice Hawg through the ice! We left at 2pm, temp was 48° when we headed back to shore...... 3 feet of water between ice and land! Needless to say, it was a quick step and jump into the water to get back.

    4 lb. 9 oz. 21 in. Largemouth Bass with a Spoon with Waxworm

    1. joe b 0
      nice ones!
    2. nice!
    3. Thanks everyone!
    4. nice catch πŸ˜€
    5. Bryan Harper 0
      Awesome 🎣 guys!
    6. Jimbo Harwood 0
      Great catch Robert!! πŸ‘πŸ‘
    7. When you get down here You won't have to work that hard:) nice bass buddy!
    8. Thanks Ray! We'll get them tomorrow!
    9. Nice fish buddy!
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  7. Ray got the big girls today! 19" - 3lb.6oz 20" - 3lb 10oz Released for the summer Whopper Plopper bite!!!!!

    3 lb. 10 oz. 20 in. Largemouth Bass with a Spoon with Waxworm

    1. Jonny Sprague 0
      always fun through the ice! nice!
    2. nice catch!
    3. And a sexy beast of a man also!!
    4. way to go!
    5. Alan sallee 0
      nice one
    6. Nice
    7. Rich Pardy 0
      Them bad boys might be able to make it thru the ice for a whopper plopper now they are so big :)
    8. Thanks everybody!
    9. Bryan Harper 0
      Love the Whopper bite!!!
    10. Bryan Harper 0
      Nice job!
    11. Good ones!πŸ‘
    12. Nice bass !! That pond is a fish factory!!
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  8. Friend and I headed out to a farm pond this morning. Fished from 7am til 3 pm. Got a nice mixed bag of nice bluegill, crappie, and a few eater largies. Didn't ...more keep the BIG ones.... pics coming next on those!

    9 in. Bluegill with a Spoon with Waxworm

    1. ....would fit nicely in my frying pan!
    2. Paul S. 0
      Looks like breakfast, lunch, and dinner! The only things you didn't catch was the beer to go with it all :)
    3. Ever make it to Iowa City Rich, I'll show you! πŸ˜πŸ‘Š
    4. Rich Pardy 0
      What were the directions to that pond again :)
    5. Thanks Chris! πŸ‘Š
    6. nice haul
    7. Thanks everyone!
    8. nice work πŸ˜€
    9. Bryan Harper 0
      Gotta love Gills especially 9” or bigger!
    10. Jimbo Harwood 0
      looks like a fish fry at your place, right Robert!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Sweet catch πŸ‘Š
    11. Sweet!!! No cooler needed:)
    12. that's a sandwich..or 2. nice catch!
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  9. For all of the ice fishermen out there that have ever had a fish wrap your line around the transducer before you could reach down and pull it out: tie a string ...more onto the lower float stopper on the cable, run it up and over one of your shack cross bars, then tie it off on one of the side brackets. When you hook a fish, just pull down on the string and the transducer swings off to the side out of the way. Voilà! Not the most technical way, but functional. And it helps save the lower back!

    1. Red Whip 0
    2. I like that idea Doug! LolπŸ‘Š
    3. Only a fisherman could come up with that. Not a suit........,So when we see that integrated into an ice shanty, you should get a free one for the idea!
    4. Rich Pardy 0
      Great idea buddy, thanks for sharing!!
    5. Randy M 0
      Just drill another hole right next to it and you won't have that problem. That's what I do. Doesn't take away from the flasher and what your seeing
    6. Jimbo Harwood 0
    7. Took me a while to understand that oneπŸ€’ I don't think I will need that one either, down here in Texas😁
    8. You're killin' me Morris! You have sooooo much ice down there! LolπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘Š
    9. I will use that one !!! :)
    10. Joel Norikane 0
      Great idea!
    11. It does! Simple, yet effective.
    12. Jimbo Harwood 0
      Smart tip buddy!! πŸ‘Š looks like it works pretty good.
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  10. This guy was a blast through the ice! So much fun on 2lb test. And he did NOT want to come up to the hole. Finally got him up for a pic and a quick weight check.

    5 lb. 6 oz. Channel Catfish with a Spoon with Waxworm

    1. That it was Chris! The drag was humming with this guy! πŸ‘πŸ‘Š
    2. Chris Hoakley 0
      2 lb test dang that must of been a blast.
    3. good job!
    4. Thanks RichπŸ‘Š
    5. Rich Pardy 0
      Nice cat and thru the ice to top it off!!
    6. Bryan Harper 0
    7. @Tyler.... same farm pond as those crappies.
    8. Thomas Jones 0
    9. Tyler Ketchum 0
      Where did you catch it
    10. Lol, thanks Frank! Thanks Mike and Karen. πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘ŠπŸ‘Š
    11. Bob Coleman. Master Fisherman
    12. I know .. right?
    13. karen eichman 0
      your winter catfish put my summer catfish to shame!!
    14. Catfish through the ice heck I can't seem to catch them when I actually fish for them .... awesome catch Robert!!!
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I live in Iowa City, IA. Love to fish for anything that swims! Have the Iowa River close by and lots of farm ponds. Travel north every year ...more for ice fishing trip and once during the summer. Can't wait to try deep sea fishing and notch that one off of my bucket list.

Fishing Favorites

  • Species Smallmouth, Largemouth, Walleyes
  • Waterway Wherever there is water!
  • Lure Crankbaits, plastics and live bait