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docwalleye,<P>You should not have a problem with finding fish. We have been staying at the Beaudette Motel for several years now and fish the Pine Island area. Adrians is the road you will want to use in order to fish this area. This area should be good for you around the time you are planning on going. As for finding fish, that should not be to difficult. I am by no means am an expert on this lake, but each year we come up, we are able to find plenty of walleyes and saugers. You will definitely want to have a depth/fish finder in your group. This will be helpful in moving from shallow to deep, back to shallow in the evinings, also with marking fish. I am sure there are others that can give you more information. Good Luck

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fivebucks

Mid-Dec. is about the early end for driving out on the lake on a normal year. I always use the ATV's during that time period so there are no surprises. Without ATV or thick enough ice you might want to look into Morris Point.

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docwalleye

I'm planning on heading up to LOTW with some friends to ice fish in mid December. We are planning on staying in hotels in Baudette and driving out on the ice. Does anyone know which resorts maintain roads? Is it tough to find fish for LOTW first timers??? We definitely want to be on the bite if we drive 8 hours to get there!!!

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docwalleye

We are planning on going up the 17th and will have 1 atv which we will use if needed. Are there any particular spots to hit. Any help will be appreciated. I have GPS but have never been up there before, so I got nothing as far as locations to start.

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DOCWALLEYE,<BR>All the advice so far has been sound.<BR>I have our annual trip planned for the same weekend of 12/17 - 12/20. <BR>Either Morris Point or Adrians Road are both good options that time of year. As far as where to set-up, that's the easy part. It will look like the great California land rush about 1hour before sunrise that weekend if the ice permits. All I usually do is get out as far from any others as possible and get comfortable. <BR>I STRONGLY suggest a 4 wheeler that time of year.<BR>It's the BEST bite of the year during the first ice (IMHO).<BR>100 fish days are not uncommon at all.<BR>I've been doing this early trip for 3-4 years now, and it's still the favorite trip of the year for the 3 guys I bring with.<BR>That's why it's become an annual trip grin.gif<P>In fact, I just made my reservations at the Bauddette Motel this morning.<P>Keep an eye on this forum once the lake starts to freeze and you'll get all the information you'll need to have a succesful trip !<BR>If you want some really interesting and informative reading do a search for one of Fisky's posts called "things to do on the pond" in this LOW forum.<BR>It's a great post with tons of information !!<P>Good Luck !!<BR>Twitter<BR>

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I went and dug it up........It is essential reading for any LOW hard water nut-ball.<P> grin.gifgrin.gifgrin.gif<P>------------------<BR>The Doctor is in.............Everybody stand back!!!<P>I.B.O.T. # 144<BR>Boundry Waters Chapter

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docwalleye

Thanks for all the advice!!! We will definitely use an ATV.

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docwalleye

Thanks!!! Fisky's post was very helpful and, needless to say, it's printed and in my ice fishing gear bag!

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