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It’s my 2nd year of winter river fishing. Last year at this time, I had 1 creek chub as my tally for the month of January, and I only caught 1 more fish, a foul hooked carp, to finish the month off.  This month I’ve caught about 75 fish, all small walleyes. But I’m enjoying every second of it, and can only mention the  ½ hour drive to my spot to complain about.

I guess I’m a minnow guy now. I’ve been fishing fatheads for the last couple weeks and my success rate has increased dramatically. I’m hooking them on a 1/32 oz pearl gumball jig head.  The jig head keeps the minnow from sliding up my line when I catch something.  I look forward to breaking out the lures again, when I can, but for now, I’m just jazzed to be catching fish every time I go out.

It’s funny. At times I shudder at the thought of being out there in the wind, with temps hovering around 20 degrees. Sometimes that keeps me in my warm bed a little longer, but when the fishing bug overcomes that, the cold isn’t much of a problem. I’ve got some super warm boots , some snow pants to wear over my jeans or dockers(gotta do something before work!), 2-3 jackets over a long sleeved shirt and sweater, neoprene gloves and my Beardhead Barbarian Vagabond hat. As long as I keep my fingers moving, I’m good.

Here’s me before a recent morning outing, geared up and ready. The other shot is my first fish of the day. I’ve been getting anywhere from 3 to 8 of these little walleye in the 45 minutes I have to fish.

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redhook62 replied the topic: #6868 25 Jan 2013 13:08
JC, they're the best thing since crappie!
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JC1Crappie replied the topic: #6866 25 Jan 2013 10:22
I see it as well!

Red, aren't those little critters fun?!
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redhook62 replied the topic: #6864 25 Jan 2013 09:59
Thanks Chuck. I never thought I'd be as successful in January as I have been this year. It's more about the good spot and the good advice I've picked up than any great skill on my part.

This just in...101 is my current count! :cheer:

This is the longest run of a single species as I've had. I will probably faint dead away when something else eventually finds it's way to the end of my line.
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CSimon2 replied the topic: #6862 24 Jan 2013 23:27
I see it now. Great job redhook! 75 walleye this month is pretty awesome in my book!
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redhook62 replied the topic: #6856 24 Jan 2013 16:33
I can see it now. Thanks guys!
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It should be fixed now. Sorry for the trouble.
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not sure yet why but we will fix it. Thanks.
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CSimon2 replied the topic: #6844 22 Jan 2013 23:37

JC1Crappies wrote: DA gods, this is what I see.

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Me too
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JC1Crappie replied the topic: #6843 22 Jan 2013 23:21
DA gods, this is what I see.

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pondboy replied the topic: #6842 22 Jan 2013 19:43
Nice write up Red. Love the beard.