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Good Lake for January Trip

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Each President's Day weekend, myself and a group of about 12-15 guys from a church I attended in the Twin Cities travel to the Park Rapids area for a weekend fishing trip. I lived in the Twin Cities up until this summer, when I moved to Perham. The guys from the church in the TC are still planning to make the trip to the PR area in January and I've been tasked with finding a good fishing hole. For the past two years, we've spent most of our time on Straight Lake outside of Osage (that's where we stay). But we've caught very few fish. I'd like to stake out a lake or two once the lakes freeze over to see if I can increase our catch this year. I'm wondering if anyone might have some recommendations. We'd like to stay close to the Osage area if possible (within 5 miles). Mostly we'd like a lake that has a good panfish bite and a good stock of pike so we can chase some flags.

I appreciate any help. These are all good guys who respect the sport of fishing and understand the idea of supporting the locals.

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