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My new work schedule kind of has me perplexed. I work 6PM to 3AM and Im wondering how this is going to effect fishing this winter. I have always been a casual fisherman and got on the ice between 7-8am and am rarley out past sundown.

Is hitting the Ice at about 4AM too early? I figure work till 3, grab my gear and have a line wet by 4AM and fish till about 8-9AM and head home for some sleep.

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perfect, lakes are nice and quit, and the fishing can be excellent.

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It's never too early to wet a line. We all have to earn a living so we have to fish when we can.Some of my best fishing has been during the light change period AM or PM.Watching the sun come up on a frozen lake you have to yourself....thats good stuff right there.

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Alot of books and magazines say the bite also last longer in the morning hours. But depending on lake type and snow cover the bite may start at 9 am. I used to stay in a sleeper house on a shallow dirty lake, people would come early and leave 30 min after sun up. But the water was still dark. Something to think about.

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Yeah I would welcome the change. Less traffic and competition. Nothing like being out there for sunrise either.

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Probably the coldest time to bout as well. Difficult to fish with a buddy so I wouldn't push my luck with early/late ice with your schedule.

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I've always had great luck with crappies at sunrise and pike shortly after sunrise in the winter. Morning is my favorite time of day to hit the lake. You'll do well!

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What about fishing BEFORE work,say 2-5ish? Remember,it gets darker much earlier, the sun gets to the treetops by 3:30, I've had my best crappie success from then till 6

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