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Its kinda quiet hows the fishing? Heading up there this weekend with my buddy and four kids. Will be rather limited on what we can do with six in the boat. Are the fish still on the first break or do we need to go deeper. Will be staying at the state park so we will be fishing that side of the lake. Any tips would be great besides looking for Jonny boat.

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First off I will be smallie fishing this weekend so you will need to head to the Grand Rapids area to find me. wink

But if you choose to not go to Grand Rapids I would head up to the north shore. The fish have been hanging very shallow and have been suckers for a dark colored jig, browns, black, purple etc, under a bobber. Six people flinging bobbers in six directions on a slow drift can cover a lot of water!

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The fishing was fantastic last weekend. We fished 6-8 feet drifting across the sand and fished from shore. We got fish both ways, I jigged with a white jig head and some of the other guys used Lindy rigs with a red hook. We spent most of the time getting Dead Stick Mike acclimated to fishing a new style for him but in four hours we where done and spent most of the day doing fish fries and joy riding. We fished the South Shore.

I did talk to some guys that fished the North Shore and they fished in three feet and did well also. Most Crappie reports were from that shore also. If you plan on fishing that shore talk to Jon at Beacons, while he was showing Mike the resort the fisherman told me Jon had given them some great tips on where to go.

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Thanks for the advice. We didn't catch a ton of fish but the kids had a great time. We caught more eyes off the dock at the campground then on the main lake. On Sat. the wind was howling pretty good and decided not to make the trip to the north shore and stayed around the river area and caught a few.

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    • Naturboy
      Those were caught from a shallow lake (17’) in 9 feet of water at the bottom of the first shoreline break. I was using a UV buckshot and minnow head since the water was murky. The crappie is still swimming the walleye not so much. I didn’t get the exact location. Sorry  
    • Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

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      North and East of us in Canada, big Crappies are coming in on light tackle setups out of 30 feet. If you are looking for walleye, they are everywhere!

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      Most likely our last trip up this year unless we go up for crappies but i'm running out of weekends. We had another great trip this weekend the fish are so fat this year more than I remember in the past.  Got my old man out for a good walleye bite he had a blast and caught a ton of fish. One day they just attached the bait as it was coming down they would come up and smash. Next day you put in the bottom and not even see the lure on the vex bring up a tad and they would smack it. Fun and a lot of snow hitting yesterday when we left.
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      Switch to regular Budweiser and they seem to just jump out of the hole. No, seriously the way I improved my landing success through the ice was to go to small treble hooks. One small one on a 6' leader, a weight and Colorado blade above the leader seems to work for me. If you are on the flag right away, you don't risk gut-hooking them. I also recycle my Power Pro musky line and put it on tip ups. Also, I should add that I always  have a jaw-spreader and 8" forceps for quick and easy hook removal.
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