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Tuesday, 28 January 2014 00:00

Mid-January Fishing in the Midwest

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To say the least, we’ve had bizarre weather this winter. A couple of weeks ago, there was a high of 71°F at 4pm Sunday. Thirty-six hours later it was -3°F. Overall, it has been a colder-than-normal winter. Ice fishing started a little earlier than usual. While I’ve enjoyed a few days on the ice…

I have come to the conclusion that I don’t really enjoy ice-fishing. On the day it hit 71, I noticed a spillway had opened some water below the dam. There was a pile of rocks under water about 2’ from the edge of the ice. I could see some bluegills swimming outside that rock pile, so I was casting onto the ice with a small jig and wax worm. I’d slowly pull the jig to the ice edge, and let it drop into the water. Sure enough, I hooked up. The fish would swim back under the ice away from me, and eventually the bottom of the ice or the rocks would break me off. This happened six times before I finally gave up, but it was a blast!

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I was quite excited about the possibilities of fishing in Louisiana last week. I just needed to find a place to fish at night, or a guide, as we had business meetings all day. Long story short, it didn’t work out – big time bummer!

So today, instead of fishing in 20 sq. ft. of open water, or ice-fishing, I decided to find something else fishing related to do. I sharpened filet knives, loaded up two new reels with braid, practiced a new line-to-leader knot, and organized some gear.

I’m guessing that I am like most kayak anglers in the north – really looking forward to some open water!

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Jim Ryan

Longtime angler, relatively new to kayaking.  Love the combination of the two.  The past year  (2013) has brought the two greatest fishing days of my life.  First, on Father's Day, our young son & I went fishing - he caught a 20" channel catfish, a couple of largemouth bass over 12", and about 15 bluegills.  Then in September, my Dad & I took a guided trip at Gavin's Point Dam on the Missouri River.  We caught 10 different species that day & shared a special time together on the water.  Looking forward to more of these days in 2014.

Diverse work experience - college & high school football coach, a high school math teacher, a software developer, and a technology/operations director at a pharmacy.

Enjoy family time with wife, two kids, and large extended family.  If not working or with family, I like to fish, hunt upland birds, read, cook, follow sports, make artificial lures/flies/jigs, and watch NCIS and reruns of the Spanish Fly.  Have a lot of interests, but am not very interesting.

Currently serving as secretary for the Heartland Chapter of Heroes On The Water. 


# FERAL ONE 2014-01-29 02:55
I gotta admit I sure want to try ice fishin' one day ! hope for open water for you soon !
# Irish Fly 2014-01-29 20:25
Thanks - I found a good amount of open water along a dam. Plan to fish from the rocks Friday!

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