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Shirleys Hardwater Decline

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Re: Shirleys Hardwater Decline

Postby Fishoholic » Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:00 pm

Was out Sunday evening for an hour or so with the dog. Got there and set up around 3:40. Went past all the shacks. Caught 2 walleye in no time and then the wind picked up and dog got cold so I left. Gold Swedish pimple tipped with a frozen minnow head for first one and tipped with full frozen minnow for 2nd one and the bigger of 2. Had some other marks as well. Was set up in 10ft.
Key is to stay away from middle of crowd. Sundown is always key for the eyes and there are plenty out there. I always stay away from the crowd and usually get a few walleye anytime I go out. I usually don't fish there mid day though so no comment on how that bite is...

I don't fish there too much though. Good luck.
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Re: Shirleys Hardwater Decline

Postby smitty55 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:24 pm

scarkner wrote:I've tried to get to that red zone, but not nearly enough ice the last couple years for a, but there. Probably 6 inches at best (you still see some guys drive there). Great for pop ups though!


I find that a bit odd Steve. I don't recall there ever being an issue with ice on the inside edge of that hole. It's not in any current or maybe a bit at most on some days. Now the outer edge of that hole could well be in more current. Like I mentioned earlier there used to be quite a few shacks in that area and folks were driving all over the place. The main road basically used to run in a fairly straight line from the ramp to the point with offshoots running off either side. The current line is generally in a line between Innes Pt and Beatty Pt which puts that inside edge out of the current. Perhaps when you were looking for it you were more towards the outside edge. One thing for sure, with 16" of good ice out there now there wouldn't be a problem there with ice if you ever decide you want to move your shack.

Here's how the road used to go from what I recall. Notice it's not far off that inside edge of that deeper hole
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Here's how I figure the current line runs approximately. The outer portion of that hole would be in the current area for sure.
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Re: Shirleys Hardwater Decline

Postby CCLad » Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:28 pm

Well on the topic, we got a little bit of a late start to the season as we were building a new hut. That said, our numbers for the year have been good....

How are the rest of you making out?
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Re: Shirleys Hardwater Decline

Postby scarkner » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:53 pm

I would say numbers are up this year, especially perch. I am also catching more walleye than Sauger this year.
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Re: Shirleys Hardwater Decline

Postby Fishoholic » Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:52 am

C'est good news skarkner and cclad good to hear! Hope the season keeps going that way for you guys.
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