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Ron Burgundy

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Ron Burgundy

What's the ice like on Lake Onalaska?

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Walleye #1

I have no clue, but do you fish it much?? I have always wanted to make it over there and try it out in the winter. Any advice??

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Ron Burgundy

None. I'm in the same boat you are.

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Walleye #1

Are you originally from SE MN Ron Burgandy??

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Ron Burgundy

I grew up in Peterson. I've been in Utica for about 6 years.

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Walleye #1

If you don't mind me asking, where did you go to college??

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Ron Burgundy

Very briefly at Winona State.

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Walleye #1

I did some research on Onalaska and from what I can find is that the ice is decent 8-11", and guys are catching panfish but are having to do some sorting.

I know alot of guys go out by Shaffer's. I think it is a bati shop, and also quite a few go about by the sailboat harbor.

That is all I can tell you. A guy I fish with fished there alot in college. I will try talking with him some and pick his brain.

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joeltjen10

I've seen a lot of guys who walk from Airport Beach out around the point near the interstate.

I haven't really ice fished it much but I plan on trying sometime this winter so if you hear of something let me know and I will do the same.

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prodriverunner

Shaffers is a bait shop on Brices Praire, just little north of Onalaska. Last time I was there they were catching bluegills and crappie in 8' to 10' ft of water out in front of the shop. There are also some fish cribs in that area but I don't know if they are fished in the winter, Shaffers will have a map and the info you need.

Buck

P.S. none of this info is first hand I have yet to fish the lake in the winter, just what they told me at the bait shop......

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Ron Burgundy

Thanks, you guys have been very helpful.

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Steve Gorder

I fished out of Shaffers one time about 3 years ago. Bait shop guy was helpful with info and the map. We moved around quite a bit and didn't catch much. Lake was very weedy and shallow where we fished. South and east of Shaffers.

Steve

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    • IceHawk
      First off welcome to the site ! Fish that area quite often and have seen some good flocks around there.  I would get out and do some glassing in the area , especially around some picked corn fields. Right now they are wintered up but will break  apart once spring gets closer. Maybe hit up a local bait store and ask around if anyone knows of a spot. Or look at the landowners list that received permits in that area. They legally have to grant permission to hunt there land but unfortunately a lot of landowners will tell you they are full even if there not  Good luck in your search. 
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      I hear the panfish are kicking it up a bit? Any word out there?
    • Alex wilhelmi
      awesome feedback! thank you so much for the info! Ill get up ther next year, i dont want to keep any i just want to catch some nice eyes and northern.....hell, whatever! ive been in a sleeper 5 times on LOW and we only had one real good trip. upper red lake once in a sleeper caught 3 eyes in 3 days. i dont mind if i catch one or two fish, its all about the experience for me on the big water. but the girlfriend is a hard one to convince at times for a return trip if the fishing is slow. were headed to fairbault this weekend, i hope we get into something. thanks again guys! ill post a report on our trip. good luck on the ice!
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      Pat, July is my best time for walleyes in the weeds! I did not cast spinner baits but did pull spinners with 1/2 crawler right along the edges in about 3' to 4' deep water. We were so close to the boat with our lines that we could see our spinners and actually see the walleyes charge out of the weeds and grab our baits! FUN!! Now, thanks to the rustys, those cabbage weed beds are gone. Cliff
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