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droptine06

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hey guys, im just wondering if somebody could tell me where there is a good ice fishing lake for this upcoming hard water season. i just moved to the area and im attending college so havent had a lot of time to scout the local waters. thanks in advance for any help you can give me. smile.gif

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In the wintertime, I've had good luck on Bass, Otter, and Cedar lakes.

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Where are you going to school? That way we can get you set up so thast you're not wasting too much money on gas(leaves more for bait and stuff). Lots of good options out there for panfish and pike. Afew decent options for walleyes.

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I have great luck on Pleasant, Grand, and Pearl. You can target mostly anything.

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droptine06- Lots of options around the St.Cloud area for ice-fishing. Crappies and sunfish will make up the majority of your catches. I have fished Pearl and Pleasant (Annandale) and done decent on these lakes. I have also fished Clearwater a handful times for crappies and have had some success.

Bring on the questions and as we get closer to the ice season, reports and more information will flow in.

These last 2 mornings have me thinking the season is around the corner smile.gif

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Had some pretty good jumbo perch action early ice on Little rock lake last year too. Thats just north of St.Cloud.

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Good Point Doods....I totally forgot to mention something about perchin'. Little Rock does get a little pressure for it's perch fishing. I know several of the members that live in the area fished Little Rock this last winter. I think it is more numbers than size there.

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Some good lakes for panfishing would be pearl and Goodners. There not always the biggest fish but you'll catch a decent amount. Little rock lake has it's times for crappies but the lake gets fished pretty hard. If you like perch you'll have no problem catching them. Good luck at school and see you on the ice.

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im going to school at st.cloud state. im going to have my portable and stuff down here. so ill be able to go any where. how are the lakes around here for ice. do any of them have spots that a guy should look out for. like places that are always weak. thanks for all the help guys.

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Most of the lakes in the area usally have good ice. I will warn you that the Horseshoe chain does have some iffy spots so be carefull when ventureing out on this system. (The chain is a multitude of lakes inside a river system so there is always current. Most of the bait shops are up on ice condidtions and I will also report ice conditions as I get on the ice frequently!

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Rice, Little Rock and Koronis all have some suspect spots. In fact with the warm winter last year I don't think I drove a vehicle out. Others did but not me.

As long as you stay away from current areas(usually necked down areas)you'll be ok.

Some of my fgavorites include; Rice, Koronis, Big Lake, Grand, Pearl, Goodeners and the horseshoe chain.

Good Luck!

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I am writing a general interest article on ice fishing for Cloud Magazine (you may or may not be familiar with it), for the Winter issue, and would like to possibly interview, via email, a local ice fisherman. I would prefer a moderator if that would be possible (IceHawk, Borch, Captain BRK), but help from anyone would be appreciated. If anyone is interested please email me at andrewuphus at hotmail Thanks, Andrew Uphus

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any of those choices would be great, but Borch jumps out as someone who seems especially knowledgeable of this area. He would be a great resource.

I'll keep an eye out for the magazine/article.

SA

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Lots of good Ice anglers around! Does it matter what lakes they fish on?

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Al jr- you have mail!

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    • fins_n'_feathers
      any  reports from today? we pounded through the washing machine waves all day and got nothing! Lead core,jigging, spinners haha! Ended up getting all our keepers within a mile of home when it was all over! Who else was out there? Am I the only one that did poor today?
    • proguide
      Cool nights and only a few warming hours each day have water temps coming down into the 50s this week.  This is actually pretty normal for the last week of September so there is nothing to odd here. 
        The catfish have slowed down over the past few days with this cool off.  They are still around to catch.  They are hanging near structure, usually on the drop off to the channel right next to it.  They are also on the softer side of the current in holes.  It seems that longer sit times are in order this week to allow the fish to come out, find and decide to eat the bait.
        Sucker seems to be the bait of choice right now.  Frogs just have not been getting any attention.
    • leech~~
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    • FishinCT
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    • gizmoguy
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