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Little Pine (Whitefish Chaine) Ice Fishing

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Will be spending a fair amount of time in Crosslake this winter and was wondering if many ice fish on Little Pine. If so, is it worth setting up for walleyes, or is it mainly a pike/crappie bite?

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Pike and Crappies...

Eyes are few and far between.

junior

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I pulled an 8 inch eye outta there this summer throwing small spinners for bass!!

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Is Little Pine frozen over? Anybody been out test the ice thickness?

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Junior,

I'm not sure about Little Pine, I plan to try it out next weekend. Are you familiar with this lake? Does the mouth of the Dagget river pose a danger spot in the winter? How close can you get to the channel area going into Dagget Lake? This is my first winter in that area.

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I don't really make it over to that side of the lake....our place is on the North end...and we really don't go past the river opening...There is plenty of snowmobile traffic that go across the lake and threw the channels...but not sure what that means. There are usually a few houses that go out and stay out there on that side by the channel, so I assume it freezes up pretty good.

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little pine should have good ice it remained froze over even after the rain.

the channel will freeze, but i would stay away from the middle of it as it will open up during warmer weather.

i don't think it ever gets more than a couple inches thick there.

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Thanks, that's good info.

Is there a typical depth the crappies like to hang our there this time of year? I've always been a walleye guy, but being on this lake I think pike and crappies will be fun to chase for a change.

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i have only fished little pine a couple times, we alway's

fished the west side in 20 to 25 feet and fished 2 to 5 feet off the bottom.

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Any luck up there? I'm heading up this weekend...can't wait! Any tips on what is working and what depths would be great.

Happy New Year!

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I was out near the NE point of Dream Island last weekend at about 10pm when we arrived up there. Didn't even see a fish on the vex. I was in 15-21ft. I spent the next evening on Whitefish with similar results. There is a small group of houses out nearer the Dagget channel, but didn't talk to any of them on how they were doing. Good luck. Let me know how you did. I'll probably be back up next weekend.

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Thanks for the info, although doesn't sound like we will be catching much of anything, but I am sure we will have fun trying. We are going to stay on the Northside of the lake...near the point across from the river. I will let you know how we do.

I am assuming the ice is ok up there...is that true?

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Junior,

Where I was there was an easy 12-14".

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Excellent...I am very excited to get up there...I think we are going to stay in the 20-25 FOW and hope for some crappies....maybe set up a tip up or 2 a little shallower.

If you are up this weekend and out on Sat, stop by and say hi on the ice...we will be walking out pulling a sled and a portable.

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FYI, I was fishing on a small lake in the area last week and the crappie bite was ON very early in the morning, 5:30am-6:30am. The rest of the day and evenings produced few fish. Of cource, the bite may vary on LP.

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there were alot people out there last night, across from the old access.

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