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    Default Ice Fishing

    Where do all the big fish in a lake seem to hang out???

    I am usually always fishing the shore and mostly get small ones.


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    Default Patience

    I ice fished numerous valley lakes last winter. I started out fishing the "fishy" spots such as points and any type of structure that I could find (I moved up from MN last summer and I was used to ice fishing walleyes). Seemed there were no area better than the other, the fish must just roam the lake and there aren't a whole lot of bigger ones in most of the lakes, usually if i'd put in half a day i'd get 1 or 2 rainbow/char that were 17" or bigger, biggest was a 27" rainbow on a lake I will not name on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zpoehler View Post
    I ice fished numerous valley lakes last winter. I started out fishing the "fishy" spots such as points and any type of structure that I could find (I moved up from MN last summer and I was used to ice fishing walleyes). Seemed there were no area better than the other, the fish must just roam the lake and there aren't a whole lot of bigger ones in most of the lakes, usually if i'd put in half a day i'd get 1 or 2 rainbow/char that were 17" or bigger, biggest was a 27" rainbow on a lake I will not name on here.

    what part of MN?
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    They do seem to roam around a bit, but some places will still have more fish then others. Generaly I fish in about 10 to 15 feet of water, but I have fished in deeper and shallower. I tend to fish near inlet streams if possible.
    It also seems like the big and little fish inhabit similar water. Naturally there are always fewer big fish. If you don't want to mess with the little fish try using a large jig.

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    Default Nnnnnnnnoooooo!!!! Not yet!!!!!!

    Lets not talk about ICE FISHING YET!!!!!!!! PLEASE NOOOOOOOOO!!!

    I know its right aorund the corner but im tryin to delay the notion...

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    Haha i know.

    I was just getting excited for the winter fishing

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    Default Can't get cold soon enough!

    Heck, part of my weekend to-do list this week is firing up the auger and getting all my tip-ups rigged and ready. All the new salmon eggs are in the fridge and looking good. Just ordered some excellent wool long underwear and a bunch of finger and toe warmer packs.

    Then I will sit and stare at the calendar and refresh the weather web page every ten minutes until it's time to fish out on the hard water where there are no crowds.

    Can't wait. Can't help it, I love the winter. Anyone who doesn't is really missing some of the best stuff about living at high latitudes. The guys in the upper midwest and the great lakes areas love ice fishing, especially where the pike and walleyes and crappies abound. Once you've done it a few times, you get to where you really hate seeing breakup come March or April.

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    Now thats the spirit.

    Ive got plenty of my cured salmon eggs ready too.

    I gotta start looking for a nice fishing tent though

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    Default Dont get me wrong........

    Dont get me wrong i love the winters i just want FALL to be LONGER....... thats all.

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    bring on the ice road!!! that is the ice road between the matsu and anchorage.. some people call it the glen
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    Default greythorn3

    I Moved up from the Bemidji area (north central MN)

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    i used to live in detroit lakes! and was born in hibbing.. been thru your part LOTS of times!
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    Default Delaying the start of Winter

    Credit goes to a good friend.Today we fished together on the Kenai.
    He said remember I told you my neighbor called and asked if I needed anything brought down from Anchorage? I said "oh yeah, you said how about 2 extra days in July"
    That's right he says, now I hope he calls as I want an extra couple days in September.LOL

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    I spent a lot of time in the DL area, my grandparents had a cabin on Big Floyd and we'd go there for many family outings, caught some hawg bluegills on that lake, not to mention the best 4th of july parties throughout the United States.

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    Default 4th of July Parties

    Quote Originally Posted by zpoehler View Post
    I spent a lot of time in the DL area, my grandparents had a cabin on Big Floyd and we'd go there for many family outings, caught some hawg bluegills on that lake, not to mention the best 4th of july parties throughout the United States.

    I miss WEE Fest.

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    **** straight the wee fest and 4th july people from all over the state came to DL.. we lived a a little outa town on a farm, so i didnt get into town much cept for school and such. i actually lived right behind the DL SKI hill.. i could watch them come down it from my field.

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    Default MN

    Seems to be quite a few people from MN up here

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    Quote Originally Posted by mntransplant View Post
    Seems to be quite a few people from MN up here

    my whole clan came up here in 1974 and they most left and i came back! hehehe
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