My 2023 Iowa season

duckhunt

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Today was a beautiful day to start my new season. I figured I would get the long rod out and try to find some open water below one of the dams around here.
My first stop was the clarksville dam on the shellrock River that was completely iced up.
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They also have a snowmobile and biking trail there so I took a quick hike since it was such a nice day.
My second choice was the Nashua dam on the cedar river.
Someone must have had to much to drink on new years.
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The north side had to much ice to fish.
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A quick move to the south side and I have open water. The current is a little swift on that side but I have to give it a try.
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What walleye wouldn't want this rig?
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I didn't end up getting any bites but it was still a great day to use the long rod for a change.
 

duckhunt

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Had a buddy call me yesterday and ask if I wanted to get on the ice. Well I told him hell yeah. He has a little honey hole on the cedar river that I've never been to. It's about a 1.5 mile walk from the nearest public parking area but he said that he has another plan. He happened to get permission to park in this ritzy neighborhood and walk through one couples lawn. Talk about feeling like a couple of dirthead rednecks in the wrong neighborhood. We found the fish but damn they were finicky. Watching them on the camera we saw northern, walleye, bluegills, crappie, and rock bass. We would watch em come up to the jig and just stare at it then swim away. The 2 of us ended with 3 bluegills, 1 rock bass, and 1 northern about 8 to 10 pounds.

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It was a great afternoon for the turkeys to be out feeding. Saw about 50 in one field and about 20 in 2 other fields on the way home.

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duckhunt

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The weather has been good for us the past few days. I decided to dig the charcoal grill out of the garage and do some backstrap. Made up some instant potatoes with it but forgot about the portobello mushrooms we have in the fridge. The wife bought some banana nut muffins so that made a good desert.

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I'm hoping to make it over to the big river this weekend for a little ice fishing. I think I'll take the poles and tip ups to see what's biting.
 

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