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Dooley87

northerns on pelican?

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i would like to head out to pelican after work tomarrow and try running some tip ups for some northerns seeing as how the seasons end is rapidly aprroaching and i have some smelt to use up, does anybody have any advice as to were i should set up? is there a general weed growth depth for this lake? i would like to try and find some weeds, also does anybody have any depths that have worked before for those snot rockets? any help would be appreciated.

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What do they generally fish for on that lake?

Whenever I drive by it on weekends, the lake is just full of people in that one bay.

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Sunfish and crappies are the main target..I've had some success on tip ups out on pelican...We generally fish from about 10 am to 4 pm and then switch over to sunnies before dark and in that time its around 5 flags all day, but they are decent sized fish. We've caught 2 pike around 11 lbs this year so far. We try to set up in about 10 feet and fish them 2 to 3 feet below the ice with a big sucker. Usually we bite the tails off to make them quiver more.

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Mngoose hunter pretty much hit it on the head. The biggest ones I have gotten this year were on the north end.

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i've had my most success for pike lately with frozen smelt laying on the bottom or just a few inches off the bottom since the pike tend to slow down this time of year and they search the bottom for an easy meal such as hibernating frogs or dead fish etc. but i will definatly have to try a sucker on one.

hartner62- you say the north end has produced your biggest pike so far, were abouts on the north end, towards shore, in the middle etc.? shoot me an e-mail if ya prefer bearbait87@yahoo.com

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I was fishing with my girlfriend's brother on the south end of the lake in January and we pulled some nice pike. We were in between the points (the really big house on one side and fields on other) in about 10 feet of water. We went out from that road that runs right on the edge of the lake. We pulled two 4 pounders and a 5 pounder and later that week he pulled a 10 pounder from the same spot. I don't know if they're still there but when they were it was good. Good luck!

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well i'm heading out. not sure exactly were i will end up going yet, seeing as how it will be my first time on the lake i'll wait till i get there to make a final decision. i'll let ya guys know if i did anything when i get back. if anybody is out there tonight and see a white and tan f-350 watching two tip ups stop over.

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well i'm back, slow uneventfull night. decided to head towards the south, went aways past the group of houses in the middle and drilled a few holes when an old timer stoped by and sayed hi, we chated a little while and he pointed me more towards shore close to some spear houses, he told me he speard a thirteen pounder last night and that there have been two twenty pounders speared on the north end so far this year.

i felt good about were i set up but not so much as a touch. i checked them right before dark and my sucker tip up was missing the sucker. maybe a fish, maybe it wiggled off the hook? who knows. but from what i've heard from everybody i will definatly be back. plus you can't beat just sittin in the truck watchin tv lookin for flags grin.gif

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That is the location where I was set up as well. The houses in the middle are likely set up for panfish.

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How thick is the ice? Is everybody driving out?

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The ice is thick. Sunday night my auger head was down to the chips coming out of the hole. Few more below zero nights and we will need to think about extensions.

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The ice was 20+. Yes, everyone is driving out.

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If you want a workout bring a hand auger,whew,and a vex,after 6 or 7 holes you be very happy with your spot and confident about your truck parked next to you.I would think the ice will be safe,if not still making ice the, temp's been below freezing for a few week's.

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