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platte lake or sullivne

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anyone been out there this year. my parents have a cabin on platte and was wondering how the bite has been for all species. I have only fished it a couple of times for some real nice bass but need to learn the lake better.

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Platte is usually fairly consistant for pike in the winter.

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Both lakes are decent fisheries. They both have lots of Northern's, but I would say Platte is better for quality of fish. A very popular spot for tip-ups and spearing in the winter. They both hold some panfish, but the community spots are hit pretty hard. A good lake to take the kids as you can almost always find some action.

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I was out on Platte for four hours today and we did alright. I stayed away from the crowds, though there really only two communities out there. I drilled a lot of holes and moved around a bit, but we were able to put a few fish on the ice. I did bust two lines while fishing for crappies. I was using an ultralight rod both times, and the rod had about all it could handle, as did the drag. Apparently the two pound line had more than it could handle. If you head out there make sure to set up some tip-ups with some large suckers.

I enjoy fishing that area north of Hillman because there are a lot of lakes to choose from, and there is not quite so much pressure. I tend to think that a lot of folks either end up going up to Mille Lacs or the Brainerd area.

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    • Musky hunter 82
      What are you using the rod for?  Bass if so what lures are you going to be using, the reason I ask is that if you're using a Jig you're going to want to up your line weight to something like 17#.  You mentioned that you're new to baitcasting, a couple of tricks I used when I was first learning to cast to help manage backlashes, is set the tensioner knob so the lure just pulls out the line, then make a long cast and pull off another 20-30' of line from the reel, place a piece of electrical tape across the spool and reel the line back in. Now the backlash will only go as deep as the tape.
    • Jim Uran
      Sorry for the late reply, but no, the first 5 to 6" was soft but the rest was solid. I've been busy in the woods making maple syrup that I haven't got time to get out. I hope to get out tomoorrow. 
    • HugeHogChaser
      Thank you very much! I appreciate the information. I think I will run straight fluoro then. 
    • Musky hunter 82
      I have been using the Alberto knot and really like it, it's easy to tie and one of the strongest knots when going from braid to Fluoro.  I mostly have been using that knot on a spinning rod, for baitcasters I usually just like to run straight braid or straight Fluoro. 
    • HugeHogChaser
      Hey guys,   New to the forum here and I have a quick question;   I have been using seaguar knots to attach my fluoro leader to my braid, and for some reason, it is always knicking my guides, causing me not being able to cast as far. I am relatively new to baitcasters, so i was wondering if anybody had any suggestions? I was using 30 pound braid with a 12 pound seaguar flouro leader. Even tho the knot is so small between the leader and main line, it seems to knick the last few guides, and hinders my lures from dropping as quickly... any ideas? thanks in advance.