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Thanks, is the ice still walkable? Heading up the 20th.

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I can't believe guys are still driving full size trucks and even a big perm house out on merrifield bay. Bring a life jacket, a rope or have a floating suit and ice spikes just incase you decide to try and go out! Mid 60's on sunday.

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Anyone know if the public access on east side of Gull lake off of 371 is ok to walk out on. Also, is there an access on the north side? Thanks.

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Ice is getting bad quick. Went out today on a lake in Baxter. Top foot or so is honeycombed. We have lost a foot of ice as well it seems. No way I'd drive a truck on the ice now.

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Central, were you out on NL? I hit it yesterday afternoon for a couple hours with my son and we got a handful of nice Gills.

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I was out on North Long Merrifield bay on Friday...drove out and found the ice at that time to be decent. The ice was still thick and when augured it was like a snowcone ice so it was getting softer but felt comfortable driving at that time. I don't think I would have done it Sunday as I am sure the landing is only getting worse. Drilled a lot of holes and hopped around only to land a handful of decent gills and crappies all to swim another day.

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Ozzie thanks for the update. Did you find the fish in the weeds, shallow or suspended over flats? Our group is Heading up on thurs to find some pannies.

Thanks,

MNBEEF

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I was fishing shallow in the weeds and on the weedlines. Caught fish mostly in the weeds.

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No JPZ just out for a drive swung into merrifield bay to see how many guys crazy enough to be taking trucks out

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Awesome Thanks

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Any new reports?

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Pelican Lake Report:

Crappies going good in 10' of water surrounding weeds/reeds. Crappies minnows and flu-flu jigs (yellow/white) on slip bobbers. Right before dusk about 6-8' down. Multiple limits caught. The bite started again tonight. Has been off the last week. Also heard a good crappie bite starts around dawn and ends by 8:00am.

Walleyes have been caught trolling leaches on Lindy rigs on breaks around 19'. We have also caught walleyes on the same breaks jigging right on them. White jig heads with white tails tipped with either a large fathead or rainbow (if you can find them). Find them on electronics and change things up until you find what they want.

Additional tip: Large sunnies have been seen liking wax-worms/flu-flu combo. Seen the biggest sunnie on the hook in years caught on this Monday.

Water is clear and light colors have been working.

The weather is breaking and fishing is picking up.

Have fun!

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I was up at Manhattan Beach Lodge on Big Trout Lake for a wedding this past weekend and found a couple hours to escape on the water on Saturday.  Pulled #7 flicker minnows as close to the weedline as possible (yes we caught a lot of salad) and ended up picking up a couple small walleyes in the two hours out.  They hit a light blue, green and white colored crank on all fish boated (and released).  It was not a hit it hard outing, but we did get out on the water before the vows and enjoyed the day.  I hope to return to the Whitefish Chain of lakes in the near future.  It is an awesome area and would love to get to know it better!    

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I was up at Manhattan Beach Lodge on Big Trout Lake for a wedding this past weekend and found a couple hours to escape on the water on Saturday.  Pulled #7 flicker minnows as close to the weedline as possible (yes we caught a lot of salad) and ended up picking up a couple small walleyes in the two hours out.  They hit a light blue, green and white colored crank on all fish boated (and released).  It was not a hit it hard outing, but we did get out on the water before the vows and enjoyed the day.  I hope to return to the Whitefish Chain of lakes in the near future.  It is an awesome area and would love to get to know it better!    

Fished Gull yesterday afternoon, 9 walleyes, 4 keepers, redtails, off the points. What a great weekend coming!city

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so since there are no reports since October hopefully this forum picks up now that the season has begun again.  I was out over the past weekend on Whitefish chain and pulled cranks in the shallow and did ok.  Caught a handful of Walleyes and a bunch of northerns.  We would have done better if we would have mixed it up and bobber fished after connecting with walleyes but it was great to be out and couldn't have asked for a nicer Friday/Saturday.  Tried for crappies for a couple hours and struck out but only tried one lake and it appeared we weren't the only boat not catching crappies out there.  Good Luck and hope to hear some reports from the area

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Any recent reports from Gull Lake?  What's working for Walleyes? What water temps are you seeing?  I will be staying at a resort and fishing it for the first time this weekend.  

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well didn' t get a lot of time on the water this weekend but did sneak out with the boys for a little sunnie fishing on the WFC.  We didn't find too many beds but the fish were sitting out in the 6-10 weed line and we had fun catching a few.  We kept 9 sunnies and 2 crappies for a little father's day meal.  We also caught a nice 14" crappie that was skinny as could be as is expected since the spawn just ended for them I believe.  Can't wait to get out this week and try again as I think the sunnies will be really biting good!  Good Luck- Oz

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So the last post was from me back in June so I thought I would update it a little...since July I have been strictly fishing over deep water looking for suspended walleyes on the whitefish chain pulling cranks over 60-120 ft of water.  We have had some success and at times we have had no success but we are still trying to figure out how to get our baits in front of the fish.  Good times and soon the fish should be putting on the feedbag getting ready for winter.

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First time up in Brainerd in 3 years. Went to big trout on Friday, thinking it would be a guarantee (which it usually is). Nope! Not even the rock bass were hitting! Only ended up with a couple pike and a couple largemouths. The inspector at the boat launch was showing me some pics of a couple lake trout this one guy had caught a few days earlier, a 34 and 36 incher! Saturday we were going to fish gull, but it was jam packed with people! Was there a tournament going on? Ended up at a secret little lake where my wife caught bass and pike one right after the other, while I couldn't get a bite to save my life! Was good to be back up there after a 3 year absence. Hopefully I'll find the time to get up there again.

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My son and I had a great day bass fishing the weekend of catch and release only. We caught almost 30 fish and the biggest was 23" 7.6lbs and the smallest was 20 3/4" all prespawn pigs on deep cranks on wind blown inside turns on the deep breaks of points. Oh this so brought back all my memories of tournament days of Bass Fishing but never have I had this many big fish in one day and the best part was spending it with my son who is also hooked on bass fishing and has been since he was 4 when he started going with me pre fishing for tournaments. the best partner a Dad can have is his Son or Daughter. here are a couple of pics that i have on my computer I will upload more of the pigs.

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Wow, those are dandy's!

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smallest 20" that's a good day

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Thank you Gentlemen

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Outstanding bass @Timber Ghost! Starting to find some post spawned fish on the outside weedlines now, not that caliber yet though. I mainly fish walleyes until they get bucky; so far this spring the bite has been non-stop :grin:

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