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Two of us went On Tuesday Dec. 11. Fished about six hours Not one fish. We used ATV and crossed Pine Island and came out about in the middle of all the shanties. Went to the far right where the shanties ended and fished our way back. Tried many holes and 15-26 feet of water. Marked exactly one fish in first holes. Never saw another fish come through let alone bite.

We stopped and talked to many other anglers. The best anybody else did was 3 fish. One of the rental shanties (4 guys) in 15 FOW had been there all day without one bite. About 12 inches of ice everywhere we tried.

We left before dark due to equipment problems and talked to a guy at ramp. He said he had been doing well every day but nothing before 3:00 p.m.! Wished I knew this before I left home. Could have slept in.

There is lots of postings on this site but very few details of the actual bite. Don't want your GPS coordinates. Time of day and depth of water plus number/size of fish would be extremely helpful.

Wished I had more useful info to post.

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mnhunter 3815

last weekend we been catching fish at zipple bay all day.18 ft of water.14 to 16 inch saugers and walleyes.was there yesturday and 2 of us limited out on walleyes and 1 short of our sauger limit.

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Just got back from Zipple, Fishing was so-so but the roads were great. We finished with 12 walleye 6 saugers and 1 huge perch. Probably threw 8 small ones back. Not fast and furious but enough to keep you interested. That total was for 4 people.

The Ice was pretty good although we did have a little trouble. We got there late sat night 4:45, punched holes and fished till about 8:00, TOO LATE, not a bite!!!. Then we realized we were slowly sinking. We had to pick up and move in the dark cause we had 5-6 inches of water on top of the ice and it was getting deeper in a hurry. We moved and found some thicker ice to spend the night on. First spot was 11 inches, next spot was 15 and we had no trouble. Just a reminder to be carefull out there, the ice varies quite a bit, expecially for pickups. all in all a pretty good trip.

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We have had lots of guys that came in with real nice buckets of fish. Most have been fishing outside of Pine Is. from East to West ends in 15 to 25'. No one spot has been the predominant spot. Couple of groups complaining of small fish but most getting nice eaters.

Wish I had more of a first hand report but wife says I got to much work to do. Have been out 3 times from 3PM till dark and have kept 3 or 4 nice fish each time and Carl (our new manager) released a beautiful 26".

Have been in 17' towards the East end of Pine. Don't know what the rest of the day would be like there but we haven't caught a fish before 4 PM. Not marking lots but catching most we do mark. Majority of fish have been 14-19".

I have been catching with a white rattle varmit/shiner head and Carl on pink Frostie/shiner.

Have had to lift most at least 3' to get a strike. One was 10' off the bottom before he would commit.

Hope to get out longer and deeper this week!

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ROGERATADRIANS

WELL ITS CALLED FISHING IF U COULD CALL OVER HERE AND WE COULD TELL U YOUR GONNA CATCH 4 WALLEYES AT 10;43 AM THEN U COULD GO HOME WE WOULD BE RICH GOTTA PUT YOUR TIME IN ITS CALLED FISHING NOT CATCHING

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Sutty

Two of us were out Friday and Saturday. Friday we had a tough day got on the ice around 10:30 or so and fished till dark. We fished pine island from 18 to 25 feet and caught mostly small fish, kept a couple. Saturday was a little better. We caught about 30 fish kept a dozen, mostly sauger between 13 -15 inches. We started in shallow (12 feet) at sunrise and worked our way deeper all day till we got to 26 feet. Best color was red glow with a full minnow. No hits on chubby darters. Caught a big pout in shallow which was odd... Thought I had a nice eye on.

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Northland Sportsman

A group of 6 took wheelers out Fri-Sun. Friday ended up with 16 keepers for the afternoon. Sat was slow with some nice streaks ended up w/ 22 keepers + 4 perch. We also had 2 #8-#10 pout. Sun morning it was just 2 of us and we had the best bite of the weekend w/ a limit of eyes in about an hour in 22'. Fri was 28' and Sat we started shallow (15') but didn't get any until we moved to 29'. It was a good weekend for us with a lot of smaller ones mixed with the keepers.

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dirtking

Fishing was slow on Sat. and Sunday morning - my Dad caught a 18.5" a few nice saugers but only about 8 keepers - my uncle was 50 yds away and only kept a couple fish. Maybe we were too deep at about 27 feet. - Out from pine island

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