I made my way to my back up spot and it was free of ice. Thankfully I wore my neoprene waders and I went and scoped it out. I saw some suckers and a couple eye balls, so I went to the truck and got my gear. I don't think I was in the water until right around 2:00AM. I knew I was probably going to be fishing shallow water probably not deeper than 5 or 6 feet. I decided to try a rainbow trout Berkley Frenzy Minnow because it was one of the few floaters I had with me and it casts pretty well.
I waded out in the water and had been casting for about 20 minutes when I had a hit really close to me. It was on for a few seconds and got off. I fished there for about 10 more minutes then I moved. I was in the new spot about 10 minutes when a good eye just choked it.
Once again I went out and tried to fish from the same general area. My feet started getting cold so I began to wish for a fish to end my night on. I missed the first 3 bites I had before catching this keeper to end my night at about 3:50AM.