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my union fishing tournament is this month on lake independence, ive never fished it before, any tips on where to fish would be appreciated, Ill probably go for pike,bass, is there a good amount of walleyes in that lake, ii know nothing of this lake. if anybody wants to give up there hotspot u can email me i know the big pike r goin in deeper water so that would probably be my best bet, also is there a bait shop nearby that lake thanks guys and good luck fishin

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I had some luck there earlier in the season. There are a lot of walleyes, but mostly 10-12 inchers. If your tourney is not species specific, but a biggest fish kind of thing go for northern. We've had decent northern including ~10lb-er my buddy pulled up.

Wanna trade some info?? I just moved to the south metro (West Saint Paul) and am still driving up to the northern metro where I am more familiar. Would love to get some info on a good south metro spot. If you have a GPS I will give you some really specific spots on Indy to try. If you don't I can still point you in the right direction.

Shoot me an email at johnnydader(*)gmail(*)com if you are interested.

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Bait, I do not know. I get mine in ER before heading down.

I ice fish this lake 2-3 times during winter. I have never summer fished lake. I would say straight out access and to the left. There are a couple of deep hole to work around. Also I know on south end of lake (straight out acces and to the left) there is a 18 foot hole close to shore. This is another good area to try.

Good luck!

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If allowed, I would speed troll for the bigger pike and muskies will also hit. Buzz and spinnerbait for bass. troll cranks for walleyes.

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Gulp crawlers on spinner rigs have been working great for walleye, bass, and muskie...up til last weekend. Yeah, you read that right! No blue! I think they went deep. Explore the lake. Start in 20' and run parallel with the shore. There's a ton of structure in the lake. Some major rock piles come up from 25' to less than 10. It's always productive casting for bass around the YMCA island.

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I got 3 nice bass of from lilly pads last night, 15,16 & 18 inch. Also a 13 inch bass under a dock(senko). A 24 inch pike on the weedline 5-6 feet deep(spinnerbait). All came from the north side striaght out from the landing and to the left. (from the bridge heading north and around that small bay and a little down the shoreline. We also caught another 5 or so under 12 inches in slop weeds in the same area(senko). And an 11 incher way way out from the dock with the green canvas. it gradually gets deeper to about 13 ft and then comes up to 9 ft with small rocks (carolina rig).

Good luck

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    • Hoey
      OK - we made it back!!!  Every trip is different with it's own potential perils.   I finally got into my house on Friday around 11am.  My guests were rookies, so i spent time with each of them, getting setup, heaters started, Vexilars set, houses banked, lines prep'd and set, bait, etc...  The bite was somewhat slow and many small ones.  The day got better 3 to 430pm.  Ended up with 6 nice eyes (19, 18x3, 17x2), 13 jumbos (most ever for a day), 12 small sauger which we ate for dinner.   On Saturday we headed up to the south shore of the Angle, longer ride, so again did not get started too early.  Ended up with our 6 eyes for our limit, these ranged from 15 to 16 inches and a 4-pack of sauger.  Again the bite seemed to pickup at 3 or so and was done by 430pm.   Ice as 3 foot or so.  Snow depth varied a lot, depending on the condition of the ice.  Smooth areas were blown off to crusty 6 inches or so.  Rough ice surely held a lot of snow.   The drive back on Sunday was somewhat tough from Baudette to Emily, winter storm warning.  Slow go, low visibility, and icy roads, sometimes down to 15 mph.   Next scheduled trip is with my wife, son, and three of his Gopher swim teammates for spring break in three weeks.  
    • Naturboy
      Those were caught from a shallow lake (17’) in 9 feet of water at the bottom of the first shoreline break. I was using a UV buckshot and minnow head since the water was murky. The crappie is still swimming the walleye not so much. I didn’t get the exact location. Sorry  
    • Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Minnesota fishing has been most productive in 20-24 feet of water.  Guests are bringing home their limits of Walleye and Sauger with the occasional Perch and Northern mixed in. Fish have been most active early and late in the day and the bite has been terrific. The use of electronics continues to be very beneficial with fish taking jigging spoons, jigg’n raps or rattle baits.  Snowmobile ttrails on the Minnesota side continue to be maintained and are in great shape. We are still making ice, with most spots at over 30 inches. 

      North and East of us in Canada, big Crappies are coming in on light tackle setups out of 30 feet. If you are looking for walleye, they are everywhere!

      Until next week, 

      Sunset Lodge
    • JBMasterAngler
      On the Bayfield side of the bay, the target depth is typically 10 to 40 ft. The basswood island area is where they go after lakers. There’s a plowed road that goes out there. As of last week the ice was about 20 inches in that area, might be thicker now. Check out the Bayfield webcam, you can see what kind of activity is going on.
    • Jarrid Houston
      Wanderer, stop in at the River Rock bait shop in Ashland and they will get you pointed in the right direction.  They are always pretty cool about that.  Fishing near Ashland off of 2nd landing can be good.  Don't need nothing more than regular walleye gear, and some tip-ups and really there is no rhyme or reason where a guy should set up shop. Its a pretty wide open water and the fish that live there are always on the move. For us, most often, the sit and wait pays off.  It has been slower as of late, but still some fish..  Good luck, JH
    • cat44
      Anybody know if there is a pressure ridge/ice heave out in front of the Warroad Access? I know ice conditions will change throughout the coming weeks. Looking forward to getting after some pike.  The last few years there has been a pressure ridge there, last year it went from Springsteel over to Swift. And we've been up there plenty of times when there hasn't been one at all. Just curious to find out what conditions are like in that bay. Thanks!
    • Hoyt4
      Most likely our last trip up this year unless we go up for crappies but i'm running out of weekends. We had another great trip this weekend the fish are so fat this year more than I remember in the past.  Got my old man out for a good walleye bite he had a blast and caught a ton of fish. One day they just attached the bait as it was coming down they would come up and smash. Next day you put in the bottom and not even see the lure on the vex bring up a tad and they would smack it. Fun and a lot of snow hitting yesterday when we left.
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    • SaintPaulPaul
      Switch to regular Budweiser and they seem to just jump out of the hole. No, seriously the way I improved my landing success through the ice was to go to small treble hooks. One small one on a 6' leader, a weight and Colorado blade above the leader seems to work for me. If you are on the flag right away, you don't risk gut-hooking them. I also recycle my Power Pro musky line and put it on tip ups. Also, I should add that I always  have a jaw-spreader and 8" forceps for quick and easy hook removal.
    • Iowabrewcrew
      Funny...seems like when the Emerald run slowed down up there 4-5 years ago, the fishing followed suit!
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