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Washington cnty, Square, Big Carnelon, Big Marine

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Was thinking of trying these lakes this winter since they are only a few minutes from home. Was hoping to try Big Marine and Carnelon for walleyes and Square for Trout Later in Jan. Also I checked out Square last week and there were a few out around the corner from the access does anyone know how they were doing? Thanks

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I used to be a regular at Big Carnelian. The crappie fishing was great around that point on the north end of the lake. The problem is it’s a long ways from the public access to that spot. I got tired of waiting for drivable ice to get out there so I started looking for more lakes with better early ice opportunities. I haven’t been to Square in a few years either. The last time I was there I caught a bunch of small perch and one nice Rainbow. Good luck and let us know how you do.

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DRH - you might try W/NW of the island in Big Marine for eyes. On any map it'll show a rock hump that comes up to about 18'.

I was out there this summer and the eyes were tight to the rocks. The graph showed that they were there, but couldn't get them to bite. As good a spot as any. The surrounding water will be upper 20's-33'.


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    • Matt Johnson
      Ahh yes, the Cool Cats!  I remember the first one!  Glad to hear this is still going on. I spend a lot of time on the Horseshoe Chain, but unfortunately I won't be able to make this event.  However, I would like to donate some items on behalf of Clam Outdoors.  Shoot me an email on where I can send them and I'll get some items sent out... mjohnson at Thanks and have fun out there!!
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