I woke up at 3:00am this morning dreaming about ice fishing and feeling excited about getting back on Budd Lake this weekend. Then I remembered that I'm working all weekend on a new program start up and fishing will not be an option. The thought of the monster walleye that Chachi and I lost last Sunday is still driving me crazy and all I want to do is keep fishing until I get another crack at him. With work getting very busy and walleye season coming to a close in eighteen days I decided that I needed to get up and head to Budd Lake before work. I ran out to the barn and scaled down my fishing setup to what I can carry and took off for the lake. I walked on to the lake at 4:20am and was fishing by 4:40am. Fishing was slow in the dark, but I did see a few fish the sonar around 5:15am come in and look at my jig. Fishing action got hot at 7:40am when I missed a fish jigging and a few minutes later I had a tip up go off but no fish. I fished until 8:30am the packed up to head to work.
Mark and Tommy traveled up to Houghton Lake this morning, so we should have a walleye report later today.