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Just wondering how far you'd travel to find some open water to fish this time of year.  Yes I'm talking about my northern bretheren and there is no need for my southern brothers to be dissin' us.

For me, it's like a 300 mile drive and I don't know if I'd be willing to pull my boat out of storage, but I'm getting pretty desparate.

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In 43 days and it's taking FOREVER  . . . . . . . . .

 

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I would be willing to travel 2.5 - 3 hours one way. Still going to be a long time for me up here. Everything is still frozen and ice is building every single day. No open  water for atleast 6-8 weeks if we get a big time warm up.

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I regularly make trips over 300 miles but only when I'm pretty sure I have a good chance of doing well. If I was only going to wet a line and was probably going to get skunked, 30 miles is closer to my limit.

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For me, it would be more than a matter of "open water".  If I'm going to tow my rig any distance, it's going to be to a place where the fish are likely to be biting.

 

I'm certainly not going to tow to open water with expectations of mediocre fishing.  For me, that would probably mean towing to central Florida or further.  And, if I'm going to tow that far, I'd want to spend at least a couple of weeks fishing. 

 

Since we go to the races at Daytona, and spend ten days there, it's not likely that I'd tow my boat and leave it unattended at the motel while we are at the track, or going out to dinner.  Take Daytona out of the equation, and I'd have no problem hooking up my boat and traveling the 1300 miles or more for a couple of weeks of fishing. 

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From Green Bay: This year to Guntersville in March. Last three years to Ky.lake, year before that, Rayburn in Texas. Tablerock x2, Rayburn 4 other times. Don't mind traveling to fish when there is 3 ft. of ice on our lakes.

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This one is tough.  Especially so because I don't have a boat.  If I knew of a watering hole 5-6 hour away I would most likely take the trek for the chance to get a lure wet.

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The problem for me is not finding open water, but time to go fishing.

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The further I'm gonna drive the longer I'm gonna stay there. And I'm with Rhino, if I'm traveling a long ways, you can bet I'm not going for mediocre fishing. I went to Florida two years ago for a whole week of toad stickin... Wouldn't have driven that far for a couple days of maybe catching a fish.

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About 3000 miles every couple of years! Sucks being the wrong side of the Atlantic any time of year! :)

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Not as far as I used to, I can tell you that.  Once I went with my cousin's husband (and his brother) to Pickwick Lake (about a 6 or 7 hour drive) in late February-obstensibly because that's when the big female smallies start to bite.  We didn't catch a single smallie during the whole time we were there-let alone any big ones.  My cousin's husband brother even went so far as to hire a guide (on the second day) and THEY didn't catch so much as a cold, either.  I'm not saying there aren't times when this isn't true but I'm not drivin' that far just to freeze my potatos off.

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Head down to Newton. It's hp restricted but I believe you can run your TM

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I live less than a mile from a C&R trout stream that has average fish of 14" and quite many more bigger. If I NEED to fish I will go fish it till the bass lakes thaw, or if the erie tribs arent frozen Ill go fish for steelhead.

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Zero miles...........I'll wait till it's thawed out around here. Untill then I'll ice fish. Even after it thaws, I don't travel much. I hit the local lake that's 15 mins. away 125+ times year, and I usually get on a couple other lakes within a 50 mile radius a few times.

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Couple trips to lake of the ozarks in Feb and march...so about 5 hrs apparently. 30 minutes to Power plant lake if we get some days in the 40s.

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Right now, About 5 ft., I'll pitch and flip into my aquarium ;) In all reality I'd stop as soon as I found soft water.................... 

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Zero miles...........I'll wait till it's thawed out around here. Untill then I'll ice fish. Even after it thaws, I don't travel much. I hit the local lake that's 15 mins. away 125+ times year, and I usually get on a couple other lakes within a 50 mile radius a few times.

 

Chatuaqua?

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Chatuaqua?

No......Silver, Conesus, Honeyoe, are my rotation.

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