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wish2getwalleye

Lac Qui Parle

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I am originally from area going to be in area soon any reports on the ice conditions and how is the bite going

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Fishing where we are has been slow, I am going up tomarrow afternoon and hope to find better ice than last weekend. It has been really spotty where u will have 8 inches of ice in one spot and travel 20 yards the other way and find 11 inches. The snow is having a huge effect on ice conditions. I dont think you are going to have a problem with a fourwheeler just have some chains on if your moving a house!

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thanks for the tip ive done pretty good this year i caught my first nine pound eye on the north end im convinced there is a state record in there

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The lake has got some nice big girls in it unfortunately I don't think you will get your state record out of it. They don't have a long enough life cycle to get there. The biggest I seen was mid 14. Nice fish in there though. They have picking some walleyes up on the north side. Hard to find ones under 20. Hit or miss though. Ice formed weird on the south side with multiple goose holes. I drove my 4 wheeler last weekend around the goose holes that had froze over 3 days before. Later in the day I saw a full size extended pickup with a 7 x 16 driver almost across it. I am calling it now, someone will go swimming this winter.

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agree, wouldn't supprise me at all....

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Could you elaborate on that life cycle thing goose god? I'm from the area and haven't heard that before--could well be, just haven't heard it before. I know the growth rate is fast, as it is fertile and shallow.

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I heard this from a fisheries guy a few years back, prairie lakes, ie. LQP, western SD, grow fast and die young. If you are from the area you know how many 23-27 inchers are in there but very rarely hear of a walleye longer than 32. Fish in deeper waters like Canada live longer. I think I read in In Fisherman a 15 inch walleye in Lac seul is 8 years old but don't quote me on it.

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I think a 15" at lac qui parle is about 3 years old right? Mille lacs about 5-6-

A 32" walleye anywhere is pretty rare. There was a 31" - 11# 2oz. caught at Arnesons' on Lake of the Woods when we were up last week and that is one of the biggest ever caught (out of there guided houses anyway). And that's including a lot of fish.They do live older up there though and maybe are less 'determinant'??

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I know a game warden there pretty well and he told me prior to the minimum that 15 inch walleyes were 2 years old. The reason for the fast growth rate is what they call the biomass per acre. Now I am getting out of my realm here, but he said something to the effect of 1500-2000 pounds were acre are produced there versus 200 per acre on a deep northern minnesota lake. The whole lake is fertile producing water ie under ten foot. When you get to other lakes that have a deep weedline, not alot is produced off that weedline. If that makes any sense. The point I was getting at with hardly any over 32" is that we have caught alot of 28 inch fish over the ten pound mark. The weight has been higher per inch than say a northern minnesota fish.

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well anyway it was nice to see them eye's hitting again

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hows the ice looking now?

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14 inches on average. However, I moved my house this weekend and in one hole I had 17 and the other I had 6(that corner was on a snow bank). I also have found some new friends this year. Every time I move, they move with me. I think I will have to swap houses with my brother for the remainder of the year. I hate tail pipers.

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same deal fo rus we had 15'' somebody right by us had 8'' in the snow sorry to hear your cover was blown goose

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Blowing my cover was not the issue. The issue is if a guy moves to another spot, drills a bunch of holes to find the right place to set down only to have the same free loaders following you around, that kind of gets a guy irritated. I don't want to come off as arrogant by saying that. I watched 20 houses pull up and move and never drill a hole. Your just taking a shot in the dark by doing that unless you are on the north side flats. Last year, we had the same thing happen and put one of our houses in a dead spot. The next day there were a couple tail pipers around it already. I think I will stick to my frabill the rest of the season. Pretty uneven freeze on the south end. A guy really has to be careful. Saturday night there was a guy just flying around with his 3/4 diesel.

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Geez for houses out on the Puddle frown.gif I saw 13"-16" ice. Lac qui parle is notoriously unstable but seems pretty good this year so far- didn't hear of any heaves or cracks opening up.

The general lack of wind was a nice change of pace at least thru the weekend.

Failed to find the crappie motherlode but some of my buddies did. like you say goosegod, people aren't shy about moving in on anybody. it seems like it's the same program everywhere

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There is a good year class of crappies 8-9.5 inches in there right now. The big ones are few and far between but are in there. It seems that the busier that lake gets that the bite slows down and picks up when it gets more quiet. I had a guy who followed me to three different spots then at the third spot he came in and asked what to use, what depth etc. Kind of funny.

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