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18" on an Ultimate Jerk Shad (Crackle)
4.78lbs Jerk Shad (Crackle)
Goal Achieved on 5-18-18
 The wind was supposed to blow out of the SE this evening instead it diminished and was out of the South, bummer.  But with the way the weather was, I thought the eyes would really be snapping anyway.  I don't think 4 eyes between the two of us counts as snapping, but I'll take it.  Steve might have had a couple of hits in a Rippin' Rap as well.  We would have undoubtedly caught more, but that stupid 10PM night ban cut us off as they started to bite and Steve figured out what they wanted.  No bugs at all.  Such a pity we couldn't fish until 11 or midnight.  Too bad, I didn't suggest stopping at the Grumpy Old Man Hole before I took him home as there was practically nobody there when I went to check it on my way home.  I didn't fish it either, doh.
Good job, Steve!   
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Todd and Mallory came up today and Todd did some needed work to reinforce the dock.  After that was done.  Dad and I came down and we put the dock in.  Steve and Kim's help wasn't even really needed. Turns out all that is needed is one person, a level bar, and the rolling pipes underneath once the dock is at the bottom of the hill, easy peasy.
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We dumped the Trophy into Sullivan Lake around 7:30PM tonight. I wanted to fish the Sullivan Platte River Outlet (SPRO) area so I put in at the NE Sullivan Access.  Everything worked, but the jury is out on pretty much everything about the trolling motor (battery, pull cord, and the trolling motor itself); It worked fine for tonight, but it was dead calm.
15.25" Teckel Sprinker Frog
I caught my first fish on the real Teckel Sprinker Frog Tonight. My frogging skills are a bit rusty as I caught 3 fish out of about 15 blow ups or follows between the Sprinker, Zoom Horny Toad, and Mad Maxx.
Sunset over the Platte River Outlet
Last years rice beds in the SPRO are thicker than I would prefer, basically, treble hook topwaters and buzzbaits are out in this part of the lake. I will be back and better prepared next time.
But that won't be tomorrow most likely.  East wind
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24.5"/4.93lb Grass Pig
11:45PM-3:30AM Eddy's Jetty
Conditions: 50's, Clear, No Wind, Water Level Low and Clear
My arsenal tonight
I was pleasantly surprised to see no ice at Eddy's.  The low clear water made for some awesome fish viewing.  I went to the North Jetty harbor mouth.   There were suckers and walleyes swimming together in the harbor.  On my first cast, I had a small pike follow the grass pig.  Also, a small dogfish checked it out.  On about my fifth cast, I got the 24 incher.  I thought this could be good.  It wasn't.  I was about to give up at 1:30AM when I got another eye on the Grass Pig.
18" Grass Pig
The rest of the night was spent watching fish not bite.  Saw a couple of ski's dozens of suckers and many eyeballs swimming around.  When I was packing to leave a SW breeze came up.  I didn't think it would turn them on and I needed a break, so I went home.
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I don't remember what my reaction was when Mom called to tell me that she would be bringing my brother Steve's recently adopted dog back home with them from Florida.  We still lived at the lake place in 2005 and she bolted several times over the first few years both at the lake place and here where we live now.  Her and Patti Lou made fast friends.  She was often my bed buddy sleeping up by my head or under the covers.  She got along OK with the cat.  Her and Kaylee not so much, mainly because of the fact that Kaylee doesn't play nice with other animals much of the time.  The little yipper won me over with her personality and I'm sure going to miss her. 
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I was unable to get out to verify it for myself, but Bear Trax Facebook Page reported it.  I will hopefully have the Trophy in the water on Sunday or Monday.  Thanks to Dads help I was able to get my way too complicated trolling motor situation mostly figured out today or so I hope.  We will see how it works once I'm out on the water.
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5" T.H.E. Jig /maggot Bulldog Lake
It can only get better from here.  The only bite I got tonight. I fished at Rock, Bulldog, and the GOMH.  Ice is out on Bulldog and Rock.  Platte is about 60% out.  I think I'll probably be able to call Platte tomorrow.
Rock Lake

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I gave it good shot fishing from 7:30-10:30PM, but I didn't catch a thing tonight or this month.  I might have missed one bite tonight, but I'm not 100% sure it was one.  I fished at Bulldog for about half an hour then the rest of the night at the GOMH. I was the only person there.  I really thought the warm temps today would be enough to bring some bullheads in, but that obviously wasn't the case.  It was a beautiful calm night with 70℉ temps when I finally left.  I did have a beaver give me a tail slap on the Se side.  Also had an otter come through before it got too dark.  The cloud cover was to thick for the moon to make an appearance.
Bulldog 20% Open
Rock Lake 50%  or more

I think Rock goes out on May 1st

Channel Inn Bay past SISP

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Right after taking this picture I briefly had a bullhead on. Pretty sure it was a toothy. It turned out to be a really nice night and loons were calling back and forth.
Sullivan Platte River Outlet Mostly Ice Free

I'm thinking Channel In Bay to the Small Island  will be Open by Tuesday

Rock Lake open by Friday???

Bulldog Lake


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That was the question I asked here at the blog in 2013 on this date. I put my chances in that blog post at 10%.  I then went on to lose a jumpin' bullhead and snag a carp and not catch a fish in May.  I put the odds at 50/50 for this year.  What I've got going in my favor are sun and warm temps which may bring some bullheads into the GOMH.  What I've got going against me are sun and warm temps which may bring other fisherpersons to the GOMH.  With the way the forecast is looking I am highly confident ice comes off the area lakes, minus Mille Lacs, sometime this upcoming week.  And if I don't get a fish by Monday I'm pretty sure I'll be catching by Friday.

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