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January 3rd, 2022

1-3-22 Cadillac ice fishing
My girlfriend’s oldest boy Wesley Carter got the experience to go ice fishing on Lake Mitchell with me for his first time. At 8 years old he was very excited to “catch a big one!”
We started the morning very early at 4:30am got coffee and snacks and our gear packed up and headed for the lake. We walked about a mile out on the lake in the dark while Wesley watched for cracks with our spot light.
After getting set up we caught our first 17” walleye around 8am on a tip up with a blue minnow
Then we caught a short 23” pike on a tip up that we released to grow
Next we caught a good quality 21” walleye on a tip up that ran on Wes a half a dozen times before we could gaff hook it
He was very excited to catch this one🎣😁
And to end our day we finally got a nice keeper pike on a tip up with a silver shiner
Wesley had a great time and is excited to go again. I’m sure he’s Hooked! He overcame some fears of walking out in the dark, and being on thin first ice conditions. He loved enjoying a milestone that every Michigan sportsman gets to take when they are young❤️💯
All of our tip ups have 6-8# P-line Floro-ice with a 1/4oz bullet sinker two gold beads and a #16 treble hook
Smaller presentations and light line work best for me.
Tip ups pull most of my bigger fish but don’t stop jigging big bright vertical jigs for pike and eyes.
Dead sticks with micro trebles and perch minnows for crappies
Small teardrops or steelhead jigs tipped with red spikes for gills and perch
Every day is different
Sometimes the midday bite is hot for predator fish from 11-2
My favorite color patterns for walleyes are
Clown- red head/yellow
Glow red
I prefer vertical jigs to horizontal with a whole perch minnow
Thanks for the feature👍 Wesley will be so excited!!

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