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anamod

Horseshoe Lake Merrifield

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anamod

Anyone every fished this lake? Don't need to know honey holes, just want a general impression.

Thanks

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Meat-Run

It's a good bass, panfish lake.

MR

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leech~~

Pike, bass, panfish not much in the way of Walleye's. It has a lot of sand that comes out pretty far from shore in some areas so watch your locator.

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smartguy

good crappies if you can find them

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buddha

The last time I stayed on the lake it was August of 2006, so not the most recent of reports. The lake was low at the time but I followed weedlines with Raps and caught all the pike and bass a guy could want. I didn't target panfish and tried for eyes but plenty of pike and bass to keep you busy.

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Bigsmitty

Pretty darn good walleye lake. I have caught lots in there.

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hart0670

I'll be coming up with a group of guys to stay at a cabin on Horseshoe the weekend of Feb. 14th. Anyone have any tips for ice fishing this lake? We will probably be looking to fish tip ups for pike and then jigging for crappies, sunnies, etc. Any tips are appreciated!

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Getanet

My buddy's cabin is on that lake. Very sandy, very clear water. As others have mentioned, you should do well for pike and bass on tips ups. The east side of the "shoe" has much deeper holes, and that side of the lake usually is where the permanent houses set up, if that means anything. The west side of the "shoe" doesn't have as many deep holes.

My general impression...we usually go across Hwy 3 and fish Pelican.

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hart0670

Haha, ya, well we will probably just fish Horseshoe as it's easier to warm up and or get beer by just walking back in the cabin, but you're not the first one who has said to try Pelican. Thanks for the info though, much appreciated.

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Getanet

Don't worry, we never catch much on Pelican either! If it's a beer swilling kind of weekend, Horseshoe should keep you entertained.

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hart0670

Got out on Horseshoe yesterday. Fished with a group of guys from around 12-6. We targeted the east side of the lake and fished around 10-12 FOW. Caught a few pike, and got into some decent numbers of sunnies. Also caught some crappies, but none with any real size. It seemed like sunnies were moving around in schools. We probably would have caught more had we been willing to hole hop. It was still a fun afternoon.

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JP Z

Sounds like it was a fun time. Thanks for the update Hart!

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    • Troy Smutka
      2/18/18     Got out on an area lake an hour before sunrise Saturday. Got a bunch of crappies until they slowed about 9 am. Most between 9.5 and 11 inches. Sunfish started biting about sunrise and bit all morning. Half of them were 8 to 8.5 inches. Most of the rest were 7 to 7.5 inches. Kept two meals of fish--released the rest. 1/32 ounce VMC Tungsten Tubbies tipped with a single wax worm or two red Eurolarvae fished just above some weeds in thirteen feet of water caught fish after fish. Lots of good ice on area lakes. Even though walleyes and pike close in just over a week and wheel houses can't stay out unattended soon, still a lot of good ice fishing for panfish to come. Will have plenty of ice for a while, so get out and enjoy the peace and quiet and fast crappie and sunfish action that March will bring. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.
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      Had a chance to rub shoulders and fish with some of the ice team guys today. Great bunch of guys we had some good laughs and of course discussed plenty about fishing. Even shared a few hotspots. The hands on they give the people that sign up for this event is absolutely amazeing! From hands on to tips on everything to do to make your day on the ice way more productive. From what I witnessed it would be well worth the investment to sign up for one of there events , if you are new to fishing or heck even a seasoned angler.  Fished with one guy from Nebraska said he has done 5 of these events and has enjoyed everyone of them.  Fun day for sure 
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      Yes that would be the one. A friend of mine sent it to me. The guy who got it is a friend of his nephew. 
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      So that explains the traffic and also the one where they were shooting video of what appeared to be about a drill type auger. Did drive by an ice team truck on the way out also.
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      The warmer weather has brought alot of people out to the area. We are waiting for the later bite. Most are setup in shallowet water. Haven't marked fish yet but tendto see them at sunset.    Be careful with all the holes being drilled! I found one that was covered back in, got my shin, luckily not my ankle.
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      I would fish them trees
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      So I should set my house in really shallow in on those trees?? Or stay out a little bit on the drop? Going to do a over night if that makes a difference?
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      Find them trees if they are in the water. I fished a lake like that and it was fishing the crappies in the trees. I had to use heavier line to horse them out quick.
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