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markinthemslabs

Any action on Grace?

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markinthemslabs

Just wondering if anyone has had any luck on Grace. I will be coming up to Bemidji in mid march, so any reports would be great. Thanks!

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Quackaddict9

I have a cabin out there and get out from time to time for walleyes and panfish but no recent reports for me but a friend of mine has been catching crappies and plenty of bluegills with a few northerns thrown back in.

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markinthemslabs

Quackaddict when was this? Where did he catch them crappies at? I have only caught about 5 crappies out there, and I fished that lake for about 3 years. Thanks.

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Matt Breuer

markin, that surprises me, as there are plenty of slabs in Grace. We've run into them nearly every year later ice while fishing 'gills... Not loads, but quite a few.

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markinthemslabs

Yeah I know that. But they are here or there. There pretty spread out. Just wondering if the bit was better this year. I remember fishing next to this guy who was catching them almost every time he put the line back down. Not big, but they were all about 8's.

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Quackaddict9

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Quackaddict when was this?

a few weeks ago before the cold snap hit us in 12-17 foot range. I have caught plenty of them in the spring and they have reached to 15" but I have not caught one thats over 13" in the past 3 years though.

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markinthemslabs

2 years ago we caught a few 16in. That was about it though. That was on the north side. They don't seem to bite up there untill ice is almost off. That was the best time they seemed to bite.

No reports though. Thanks though!

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Quackaddict9

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2 years ago we caught a few 16in. That was about it though. That was on the north side.

these are some big slabs, there are not too many of them big ones now but theyre still in there, just now more people know they are back in Grace again. I have not tried the North for them but the walleye bite there is pretty decent for me in the winter time.

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markinthemslabs

Walleye to the north. ??? I have never hooked a walleye out there yrt. I can catch them in the summer but as far as the winter goes, I can't seem to hook one.

Has anyone ever tryed Midge? I have heard there are few crappies out there. Let me know if anyone has been out there yet. Thanks.

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mr_jman

I was out on Midge about 2 weeks ago. I drilled almost 30 holes looking for the deep spot in the lake. Since I never found the hole this report may not be accurate. I ended up catching perch and missed a "nicer" northern. The lake is very clear at least down to 5' which 90% of that lake is.

No other tracks, holes out there. It's a VERY LONG walk to get out to the deep water from where the access is! Good luck if you go out there!

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Quackaddict9

I have fished Midge lake before but not for a couple years. I found the crappies, used my underwater camera but couldnt get one to bite, there were also alot of bluegills around too. I was in about 15-22 FOW. You should be able to drive out of the access but if too much snow I'd take a sled instead. I drove out there when I was out there and was no problem.

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markinthemslabs

Thanks mr_jman. I kind of figured that the hole out there was going to be hard to find. Maybe if I knew how to use my GPS I could find it. But I'm still learning.

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mr_jman

The way it looks on the DNR map confuses you to go more one way or another. Change the way you look at the shorelines and you'll swear its somewhere else. My only suggestion is use the shoreline and dont base the hole off of where the access is on the map. I should've been out far enough to come across it but then figured I was off. Unfortunately I ran out of gas in the auger and the walk back would've been WAY to far.

PS - There was a lot of snow but with a 4 wheel drive truck you might make it fine. (I only have a car - been stuck at accesses about 3 times in the last week!)

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markinthemslabs

Is that for Grace? Or are we still talking about Midge? I was out on Grace earlier this season, right when you first could drive on the ice. I only caught little tiny sunnies.

I kind of figured out my GPS a little better. Still gotta figure it out better then I already do.

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swedishpimple

Mr.Jman....that deep hole is definately there.....the crappies are there too, but it can be had to find. The size of the fish is not too impressive imo.

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mr_jman

I guess I was still talking about Midge. The DNR reports show good size on the crappies..... However I don't believe the report is extremely new. Things seem to change a lot anyways.

Swedishpimple? Any crappies over 10"? That to me is a minimum size of a "keeper" for a crappie, to me. I release the rest to grow bigger!

I've got other lakes to try where I know they get big, but since I put so much time in finding that hole I wanted to know if they were worth chasing.

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