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I haven't posted in a while, and haven't been out on the hardwater yet. I am looking to go out this weekend. I was thinking either Big Pine Rush or Ottertail. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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Squid

Originally being from this area and knowing there's any of a number of lakes that hold good numbers of fish, it's not too important as to which lake you go. In fact, I was up this last weekend and fished a lake that I was the only person fishing the whole weekend (my first fish of the hardwater season was a healthy 24 1/2" 'eye). My best advise is pick a couple of likely lakes, get a good map to locate some likely structure on one of them and get to the lake early enough in the day to drill plenty of holes (within reason). That way you can be ready for that witching hour right around sunset.

One other word of advise, watch the ice on the lake you pick! Some of the lakes still had open water this last weekend (Buchanan was one of them).

Good luck!

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big pine is really hot- you can go out of the grandview heights access and look for fish houses

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Big Pine is very busy, lots of house, 2 wheelers, NO Auto traffic yet!

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