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kingspade651

Big Lake off Echo Trail

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Just curious how the ice fishing is on this lake and if people drive vehicles out there or is the snow too deep. I was up a couple years ago in the summer and did well with walleye and caught a monster northern about 20lbs. Thinkin about coming up in march when it warms up a bit. Just curious how the bite is.

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Only panfish season will be open on Big in March.

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Im aware, i caught a lot of panfish too

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Kingsspade651,

I have a place on Big and there usually isn't too many people that fish it in the winter. I haven't been up this year yet but most years when I have been up the only tracks I see are from snow mobiles. As far as going up in March to Big to fish for panfish if I was you I would go somewhere else. You say you have caught panfish on Big lake but I have never heard of or seen anyone catch any. You might be thinking of a different lake.

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    • Wanderer
      There's still driveable ice in the Ely area.
    • BassThumb.
        We were fishing tip-ups for pike and jigging spoons for perch over by Terry's the last few weeks. There were quite a few perch in the 3-10" range. Sometimes we had ten marks on our screens at once. They were in shallow, 6-8', and the big pike were chasing them.   Also, Rocky Reef had some pockets where the perch were thick this winter. Those tended to be in 11-16'.    I still think the perch are in there, but they're difficult to find under the ice.   Get the boat out there and idle around side-scanning for baitfish pods, kand you'll see a lot of what look like perch schools.
    • smartguy
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    • delcecchi
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    • eyeguy 54
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