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eurolarva

I remember reading a thread about a lake near Marcell that had large sunfish but was experimental and only allowed posseion of 5 fish. Can someone give me the name and county of this lake?

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kingkobbla

Grave Lake. Itacsa County. If you go there you should post how well you did.

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eurolarva

Thank you for the quick reply. I am heading to LOTW Jan 20 and might stay at a friends place in Deer River the Saturday before. I am hoping to fish this lake then.

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RonZych

That is my sisters lake and she won't appreciate you going out there. grin.gif It's a tough lake in the winter. Another possibility would be Bass lake near Deer river. It is also a good panfish lake.

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dave12341234

also my aunts lake, wouldnt like it either! lol

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glenn57

i have fished graves. nearest i can tell its public water with a dnr acess. i do here ya thou i dont care for alot of extra activity on my honey holes either. oh by the way graves was nice and clean and all fish went back.

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eurolarva

Not looking for any thing to keep. I target sunfish however I will not have a place there to clean them. I heard there are some nice size bulls in there and I want to see if I can find some. My friend says the access is not plowed which I believe is now state law so parking might be an issue. Reading ice reports up there I have no plans on driving out. I will try and sneak in and out as to not offend your sisters and aunts. smile.gif

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RonZych

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I have fished graves. nearest i can tell its public water with a dnr acess.


I was just joking around... frown.gif

You should be able to get to the access.Unlees there is a big snow fall the day before you go. We get to the cabin down the same road.

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glenn57

i new you where joking around, i could tell by the smiley face,which i havent figured out yet. i may need to try on home computer. i really was trying to create more feedback. sorry. as long as we are in the graves lake area, does anyone know anything about these smith lakes near there. many years ago i tried getting on these lakes and some guy would only let me on the south side of the road lake, i wanted to go on the north side lake. just curious if anyone knows a thing or two about these lakes.

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merc

Glenn, I've fished both of the Smith lakes a few years back and was not impressed. We got a lot of panfish and a few northerns but all very small. From what I hear it's still pretty much the same. Never tried them in winter but when I go by I never see anyone out there. The DNR test netting results don't look very promising either but you never know. I'm sure one of these days I'll give it another try.

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glenn57

thanks for the info merc, maybe a lake to put on the back burner. but did you try it before or after the barley pop? hehehe. have you or anyone else for that matter fished little ranier in marcell lately. its across the road from the forestry building on 38. used to do good on slimers in the winter before it froze out but havent been there since. one lake i need to revisit.

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kingkobbla

Anyone Having any luck out at grave???

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merc

Glenn, when I have a few barley pops all the fish look bigger, that's why when I clean them I can't believe I would keep some of them. On Smith I had a few brews and they still looked small so now you know the size. I fished Little Ranier a couple of years ago early in the season and we managed a few crappie but never tried it for northerns. Always wanted to try for a few but never have yet. I will add it to my "to do" list!!

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merc

Kingkobba, we were on Grave Saturday and it was slow, we got a few "keepers" but nothing big and very slow. Also some slush to navigate through. Good luck!!

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glenn57

merc, thanks for the info. i think im going to check it out this summer with a small boat first. like to get idea of weed structure, and ill take a few peeks with my camera.

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eurolarva

Hit Grave Saturday morning. The snow made travel difficult so I only strayed about 300 yards from the landing. The temp was around 23 below with a windchill and all I could find near the landing was some very small perch. I tried the public landing at Bass and could not stir up a fish. I noticed about 7 houses that appeared to be on a sunken island or a point with 25 ft of water around it and the point was around 7 ft with weeds. I used my camera and saw no signs of fish around. I feel sorry for you guys up there. Winter has been tough. I saw all of these real nice looking lakes and no fish houses anywhere. Drilling showed me why. Some areas have thick ice and others were less then 10 inches. That access on Grave looks like it could be a bear with a boat. The hills were so steep I was sweating it even with 4 wheel drive.

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RonZych

Their are certain times of the day AND certain spots to fish the lakes(For pannies). Middle of the day isn't one of them. The access to Grave in the summer is no problem. I pull a 17.5ft boat.

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kingkobbla

Anyone been out to Grave or anywhere else in the area for pannies?

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