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> The countdown is on!, Chilly willy's march 8th-11th
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Posted: Mar 05, 2018 - 10:50 pm


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QUOTE (Icemanjay @ Mar 05, 2018 - 09:53 pm)
Hey FatRap, 3 more sleeps!!! the countdown has now entered intense mode, I was even packing gear tonight, I can't wait! Has anyone been fishing at chilly willy's the last couple of weeks? How's the fishing?

might as well say two more sleeps you probably won't sleep the night before you leave.

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Posted: Mar 06, 2018 - 05:40 am


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QUOTE (FatRap @ Mar 05, 2018 - 10:50 pm)
QUOTE (Icemanjay @ Mar 05, 2018 - 09:53 pm)
Hey FatRap, 3 more sleeps!!! the countdown has now entered intense mode, I was even packing gear tonight, I can't wait! Has anyone been fishing at chilly willy's the last couple of weeks? How's the fishing?

might as well say two more sleeps you probably won't sleep the night before you leave.

Haha very true!

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Posted: Mar 06, 2018 - 06:31 am


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Agreed, your night before sleep will equal a 6 year olds Christmas Eve sleep. That morning alarm can't come soon enough.

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QUOTE (Chevy @ Mar 06, 2018 - 06:31 am)
Agreed, your night before sleep will equal a 6 year olds Christmas Eve sleep. That morning alarm can't come soon enough.

I already haven't slept great the last 2 nights man

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Posted: Mar 06, 2018 - 02:14 pm


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QUOTE (Icemanjay @ Mar 06, 2018 - 12:24 pm)
QUOTE (Chevy @ Mar 06, 2018 - 06:31 am)
Agreed, your night before sleep will equal a 6 year olds Christmas Eve sleep. That morning alarm can't come soon enough.

I already haven't slept great the last 2 nights man

Sad part Jay, there's no cure

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I feel ya buddy. Back before the kids we use to leave at midnight and hit the casino for a few hours because none of us were sleeping anyways. We would be at the outfitter banging on the door by 7am to let us in. Now with kids we leave at 4am instead. I agree it's like Xmas eve! Lol

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Posted: Mar 06, 2018 - 08:13 pm


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im gonna have a couple of beers tonight so I can sleep haha! I'm super excited now though, I just got off the phone with Scott and it sounds like the fishing is great up there right now! Most of the gear is at the front door already, I can't wait

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soon, you will be doing what I did this year.......go up a day earlier to scratch that itch

still didn't gain on any sleep tho...

guys, we got it bad

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QUOTE (Longshank @ Mar 06, 2018 - 08:18 pm)
soon, you will be doing what I did this year.......go up a day earlier to scratch that itch

still didn't gain on any sleep tho...

guys, we got it bad

It's a tough life, but someone's gotta catch the fish!!
Cheers Shank!

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Been there, this year the reports were crazy and I had it bad. Ha.. try telling the wife/gf that you can't sleep 3 days ahead because of "fishing". lol

I have a new dilemma.. we only do one trip. Used to do mid/late Feb, which helps break up the season.. but the fishing is better beginning/end of season. Do you hit the January rush and live in agony until spring or book for March and live in agony from Jan 1st until then?


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QUOTE (Northhunter @ Mar 06, 2018 - 11:46 pm)
Been there, this year the reports were crazy and I had it bad. Ha.. try telling the wife/gf that you can't sleep 3 days ahead because of "fishing". lol

I have a new dilemma.. we only do one trip. Used to do mid/late Feb, which helps break up the season.. but the fishing is better beginning/end of season. Do you hit the January rush and live in agony until spring or book for March and live in agony from Jan 1st until then?

January and late February/early March sounds good to me

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Posted: Mar 07, 2018 - 06:45 am


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QUOTE (Northhunter @ Mar 06, 2018 - 09:46 pm)
Been there, this year the reports were crazy and I had it bad. Ha.. try telling the wife/gf that you can't sleep 3 days ahead because of "fishing". lol

I have a new dilemma.. we only do one trip. Used to do mid/late Feb, which helps break up the season.. but the fishing is better beginning/end of season. Do you hit the January rush and live in agony until spring or book for March and live in agony from Jan 1st until then?

We couldn't really do January and I just went with our operators advice on as late as possible. Seems to me, from the posts I've seen the fishings been good up there all winter! But I know what you mean, I've been thinking about the trip the whole time lol.

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Posted: Mar 07, 2018 - 08:54 am


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QUOTE (Icemanjay @ Mar 07, 2018 - 08:45 am)
QUOTE (Northhunter @ Mar 06, 2018 - 09:46 pm)
Been there, this year the reports were crazy and I had it bad. Ha.. try telling the wife/gf that you can't sleep 3 days ahead because of "fishing". lol

I have a new dilemma.. we only do one trip. Used to do mid/late Feb, which helps break up the season.. but the fishing is better beginning/end of season. Do you hit the January rush and live in agony until spring or book for March and live in agony from Jan 1st until then?

We couldn't really do January and I just went with our operators advice on as late as possible. Seems to me, from the posts I've seen the fishings been good up there all winter! But I know what you mean, I've been thinking about the trip the whole time lol.

Bear Creek posted this morning that the ice conditions are still good and the perch fishing is turning on, you guys should do pretty good this weekend.

What is it now 2 more sleeps

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Posted: Mar 07, 2018 - 09:50 am


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This year it stayed hot, but it was mostly 'eyes (very few perch.. that seems to have changed recently). Most years there tends to be a lull. We've never done January. Tried a couple times and it just never materialized. For different reasons we have experienced 2 years now where we weren't able to go at all, so in the end we are just happy to. We have never done bad in March, but if you book it that late ya never know what the ice will be like either. We were an operators last group on the ice one year. A day later and we would have been canceled.

We've had a couple times where we've longed for the brazen, in your face ferocity and numbers of the famed Nip first ice walleye bite and I think we hit it this year... or at least came close with an estimated 60 fish between two guys. But now having had it both ways I think I'd prefer the slower paced, more rewarding variety. Drinking a beer and keeping a line in the water should not be made a chore. Heaven forbid if you smoke too.. good luck with that lol That and I'd rather mix in a perch bite or two to keep things interesting while hoping for a shot at a keeper walleye as opposed to the same number of nothing but walleye with the same hoping for a keeper walleye. But that's just me.

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Posted: Mar 07, 2018 - 11:08 am


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QUOTE (Northhunter @ Mar 07, 2018 - 11:50 am)
This year it stayed hot, but it was mostly 'eyes (very few perch.. that seems to have changed recently). Most years there tends to be a lull. We've never done January. Tried a couple times and it just never materialized. For different reasons we have experienced 2 years now where we weren't able to go at all, so in the end we are just happy to. We have never done bad in March, but if you book it that late ya never know what the ice will be like either. We were an operators last group on the ice one year. A day later and we would have been canceled.

We've had a couple times where we've longed for the brazen, in your face ferocity and numbers of the famed Nip first ice walleye bite and I think we hit it this year... or at least came close with an estimated 60 fish between two guys. But now having had it both ways I think I'd prefer the slower paced, more rewarding variety. Drinking a beer and keeping a line in the water should not be made a chore. Heaven forbid if you smoke too.. good luck with that lol That and I'd rather mix in a perch bite or two to keep things interesting while hoping for a shot at a keeper walleye as opposed to the same number of nothing but walleye with the same hoping for a keeper walleye. But that's just me.

To me it is more about the good times with good friends,, the fishing is just a bonus and all we hope for is one decent fish fry over the four days we are up there. Early ice just as late ice you are always risking the ice conditions, it is a gamble either way. I find it is just as hard reading the posts before heading up as it is after you have been up......either way you are always wishing you were there.

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