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Chunsum Choi (JCcrappies From DupageAngler.com) and I met
before sunrise. We were at the lake to begin prepping our kayaks for the cold
water and hopefully some crappie.
I got the bright idea to ride my yak down the small embankment
into the lake. I am not always the sharpest hook in the box. The kayak slid in,
the nose dipped, and I started to roll. Thank God it was only two feet deep and
I was able to stop with my arm. It is reasons like this I carry 3 pairs of
gloves and a pile of hand-warmers.
The water was 36 degrees and the air temp was 32. A steady
wind across the lake started to slowly freeze us to the bone. Four top layers,
neoprene facemask and 3 warmers stuffed in my gloves and sleeves bought me some
time. I turned Pandora radio on my phone to try to ignore the fact that I was
freezing and the suspended fish swimming by at 4 feet were not biting anything.
Finally, as I lost feeling in my feet, my float slowly
disappeared as I caught a beautiful 10-inch black crappie!! Unfortunately this
would be the only one. I managed to scrape up one gill and lost one before the
cold got to me and I called it a day.
The bright side was that this was the first time I used my
Lowrance Elite 4X color fish locator! Let me tell you I was impressed. The
resolution rocks! The setting selection is robust! I played with the fish id
option and went through all of the settings again ignoring the fact that I was
sitting in plastic in the middle of water with sticks and strings (this is how
it feels yak fishing with no fish J) I was surprised to find an ice fishing flasher
mode. Most locators keep this mode under pages or views. I know this because I
went through every model at BPS looking for flasher modes. The flasher mode for
the Lowrance is under sonar settings and it is really good. If I had known
this, I might not of bought another company’s model for ice fishing! Live and
The next morning I headed 40 minutes North to yak a private
pond. You would not believe the difference in the ponds from the North of the
county to the South. Every pond up North had ice! Bummer! I drove back home and
tried one pond with Chunsum and we struck out. After warming up I went back out
to a small pond and managed to catch 3 small crappies and missed a couple as
well. I was just happy to catch something! Spring cannot get here soon enough…..
This year I decide to purchase a new fish locator as my eagle, although in perfect working condition is 10 years old and i wanted to take advantage of the new tech out there. DS went with me to bps. I was looking for a unit I could use with both my yak and for ice fishing. The bps staff recommend the Humminbird 546di and I was told the ice transducer sold separately for 95 buck would let me take advantage of the units ice fishing mode. 363.00 bucks later I was all set. http://www.basspro.com/Humminbird-346ci-DI-Fishfinder/product/1210111650/ After I set the unit up I could not wait to use the new transducer. The funny thing was it would not constantly lock onto the bottom. The depth would change like a baby's diapers!!!! The wird part was it would work for different periods of time. Chunsum has the hummingbird 545di and the same transducer. He too was having issues however his would work longer then mine. Since it would work sometimes JCrappies and I both thought it must be the settings as there are a ton of options on this unit. After a half a dozen tries. I finally said uncle and called Humminbird. When I told them of my combo they quickly told me that no downward imaging (DI) unit works with the ice fishing transducer! The bps guys were mistaken. BPS was not going let me take back the unit because too much time had past. But when the guy from electronics came it was the same guy that helped me. When i told him what Humminbird said he was stunned. None of the guys there knew this. He said this was their fault and let me return the merchandise. So Now I purchased two units! A Garmin 300c that has a flasher mode for ice fishing and a Lowrance 4x elite for my kayak. http://www.basspro.com/Garmin-echo-300C-DualBeam-Sonar-Fishfinder/product/10212501/ http://www.basspro.com/Lowrance-Elite4x-Color-Fishfinder/product/11090805011713/
One of our taglines for DuPageAngler.com is Be Part of
Something Special. This is not just a tagline. The members have real
interactions in real life. This weekend was one of those moments.
A fury of emails and calls bounced back and forth and before it was done, over 7 DA members converged on Lake Harrier for some late season ice fishing. There was a line of cars waiting for the ranger to open the gates. The cool part is that the whole line was made up of Dupage Anglers!!! RocknFish, JcCrappies, Brim, Sooner, Aczr711 JTC24 , dbenner, and JTC24's father.
Most of us headed to an area where James(JTC24) and Dylan(dbenner) had got some big walleyes. We all caught fish but the boys were on fire early, besides two huge eyes they rallied up a pile of crappies, bluegills, and perch. The others guys came back with a volley of walleyes, bass, and perch. Rocknfish and I started late out of the gate but we scored huge with a great gill spot and caught 35 between us in short order.
Many of us myself included are quick to point out what our
forest preserve districts do wrong. Harrier is a great example of something
done right. First and foremost the lake is catch and release only for ALL
species!!! This one rule has made it possible for any angler to have very good
chance of catching something on a trip to this lake. The district takes the
catch and release seriously. Every trip I have made here I have been checked
for my license. This catch and release policy combined with a vigilance of
protection from the district will give the county its first true gem. I have
never enjoyed the forest preserves do to the lack of numbers, bucket heads, and
law breaking. But harrier I will return to. This catch and release fishing
could be the road to fantastic fishing for all in Illinois and other pressured areas around
The variety of species found here made it possible for us to
catch fish all over the lake. bass, gills, crappies, perch, catfish, and
walleye were all caught on this day. Minnows, jigs, spikes, waxies, spoons,
Little Atom micro plastics and tip-ups all tricked fish into battles under the
Having a large group ice fishing is a blast. Lots of
drilling and electronics everywhere is pretty cool. Everyone is talking and
helping each other out. Some smack talk here and there, yahoos of success, and
the occasional curse of a fish lost. DA members got to put faces with the guys
they talk with online and make some real friends and fishing partners for the
future. This was so much fun and the right way to end the winter.