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Pine/Big Pine near Finlayson.

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I have not fished this lake for a few years. My family used to have a cabin on the south lake but we never ice fished it.

Does anyone fish Pine in the winter or would I be wasting my time driving up there to chase some panfish?

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there are some slab crappie in der.all u need is a vexlar and some minnows , stop off n ask doz guyz at petrys they will point u in da right direction. good luck hope u slay em.

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Actually, upper pine is a decent lake for crappie fishing in the winter. On the last point on the east side there is a green cabin, fish about 100 yards south of this northernmost point. Find 20 fow and drop down the line, I have a cabin on this lake and it has been fantastic in the winter when mille lacs has been slow.

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woaa bigtime.... it may not be a good idea to give away specific locations. General info is great, and thanks for the providing it, but part of the fun is finding the hot spots on your own. Keep in mind that thousands of unregistered users lurk on this site and a good portion will flock to a hot spot that is posted. Needless to say, that spot will quickly become cold.

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Hey Bigtime,

Thanks for sharing! Unfortunately john.wells is likely more right than we want him to be.

Unless, of course, thats a community spot which can get a person a good start. smile.gif

If Neighbor Guy is willing to take his neighbor guy with, I appreciate having a start spot.

We were just discussing the influx of people on spot X on Rush that yielded 20 crappies in an hour. But that one is the definition of a community spot. grin.gif

It would be nice to get some input from more unregistered users though! Whatya guys say? grin.gif

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We have a cabin on Big Pine and have not done well in recent years except for a bunch of 4 inch perch. This past weekend we found 4-6 inches of slush in the aforementioned "Honey Hole" but 8 inches of good ice underneath. Haven't had the same luck on this lake in recent winters as mentioned above, unfortunately.

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I wish it wasn't this way either. I don't want to come off sounding jaded, but regretably the reality speaks for itself. Big pine is no "secret" lake by any means, but there are spots that are better than others out there. I just wouldn't give the specifics, that's all.

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I understand. Hope ya didn't think I was doggin ya about it. wink.gif

To add: I wish too, that there were more follow up reports from those who request info before going to Lake X. I see them sometimes but maybe 10% or so vs. asks. Just my thoughts.

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Actually yeah, that spot is fished pretty heavily by locals. Dont want to offend anyone by giving up spots, that is one of mine. Not gonna catch any monsters but you will have a good time. There really isnt a secret on that lake, it can be cold one year and hot on others. Not too worried about seeing too many new folks, quite a hike to get to this spot, especially when the big pond is so close. I am going up there in the coming days and will post an update on what I find. Hope everyone has a happy new year, and good fishing.

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