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Cleveland/Huntington 12-16-17

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Cleveland/Huntington 12-16-17
We arrived at Cleveland around 8am to find quite a few ice fisherman already out on the ice. For the first time in the history of time we were able to drive down the dirt road from the highway right down by the lake. Almost no snow at all up there, and none fell today either, pretty nice weather all day. Ice was solid 6" everywhere we drilled today. Normally we do better on Cleveland than Huntington and get some nice fat rainbow, but today we only caught 2 fish at Cleveland in 2 hours so we packed it up to go try Huntington. Right now there is much more parking at Huntington without the usual snowbank on the side of the highway. We picked a spot, walked down and went out to 12ft of water, saw lots of folks both north and south of us catching fish so we had our hopes up. There was also a small village up near the dam, don't know how the fishing was down there. We did really well, we all caught plenty of fish ranging from 12" to 18". We were using tiger colored glow jigs with nightcrawler or chub meat and some of my boys were having success with jigging raps and other minnow imitating lures tipped with chub meat. We actually got more on the nightcrawlers, and the ones on chub usually bit while jigging. One of the bigger tigers had a 4" sucker hanging out of it's mouth, so I think anything that imitates a small swimming minnow right off the bottom will work well. Fun first ice fishing trip for the kids and I and we now have plenty of fillets for the smoker.
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Re: [kblack1844] Cleveland/Huntington 12-16-17 In reply to
We did the same thing as y’all today. Caught 2 at Cleveland and then went to Huntington after. Except at Huntington we had a lot of fish on the finders but could not get them to commit. Threw multiple jigs and baits but they only gave us 1 hit and 1 bump. We were by the dam at both lakes.

Cowboy Up!
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Re: [Cowboy_43] Cleveland/Huntington 12-16-17 In reply to
We wondered if the fishing was any good over by the dam at Cleveland, never ventured over that far. At Huntington we were closer to the north end, and if we hadn't started catching fish on the highway side our next plan was to go across the lake.
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Re: [kblack1844] Cleveland/Huntington 12-16-17 In reply to
I regret not doing the exact same thing you did but we stuck it out at Cleveland and it was slow fishing all day still caught a few but nowhere near as much as you did at Huntington
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Re: [kblack1844] Cleveland/Huntington 12-16-17 In reply to
We usually fish over where y’all were at today but decided to try something new today. Most of the fish we marked was in less than 16 feet of water.

Cowboy Up!
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Re: [kblack1844] Cleveland/Huntington 12-16-17 In reply to
I recognize those kids. My boy and I were just west of you in the afternoon. We got a lot of fish as well. Including a Brown. I have never heard of anyone catching a Brown at Mammoth.
We were in deeper water ~40 feet. The bites were incredibly soft and hard to detect. Tube jigs were best for us.
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Re: [kblack1844] Cleveland/Huntington 12-16-17 In reply to
I was out there as well(9am-12). I was by myself and had a hard time catching fish. I was up on the north end and the group to the north and south seemed to have better luck. I think the minnows I had were pretty old and gone bad from a move. I threw all kinds of things down the hole and finally had some success with a small 1.5 paddle tail minnow. I had tons of fish follow my lures but I couldn't convince many to bite.