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JDR724

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Coming up for early ice for a couple weeks in December to fish and heal myself of another year.

I'll be fishing as much as possible day or night while there and would like to keep it to just 2 lakes. I have looked at posts going all the way back(Thank You). Unfortunately, on the Lakemaster chips there seems to be A LOT of point breaks with inside turns near weeds.

I'm GPS friendly so any detailed info would be great. I'm thinking of targeting walleye and crappie at night, morning and evening with hopefully continued walleye and maybe some pike during the day.

Of course I'm walking using any available lake access and am prepared to walk as far as necessary. But I really don't want to have to use my PFD.

Any specific info would be great and or anyone who doesn't mind a tag along with all their own gear.

Thanks in advance,

John

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Sportland_Bait

My best advise is to keep watching this site as well as our bait shop website. When the early ice fishing starts up we will keep you posted on ice conditions and the latest happenings. Some of the best fishing right away is for walleyes on Round Lake, North Long, or Gull. For crappies and pike I would take a look at some samller bodies of water like Nisswa Lake or maybe the Cullen Chain. All of these have spots accessible by foot. Be sure to stop in when you arrive, we'll be sure to help you out.

Jason Erlandson

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fishroger

There should be some walkable ice by then. Some of the smaller lakes and bays on larger lakes are usually pretty good. I have the best luck for crappies at sundown and later just when everybody is leaving. For crappies glow jigs with a minnie seem to outdo a plain minnow on a hook. I do jig with the glow jig and deadstik the hook and minnie right next to each other. A vexilar is invaluable to locate fish and if their extra finnicky you can often entice them to bite, plus the active ones seem to be suspended more often than not. Early wallys are real active on the drop offs right at sundown and about an hour later. Jigging with a minnow head is the way to go, but I do put out a tipup with a shiner. Don't always go where the crowd is. Sound can scare many a wally away. I have seen it on the aqua view. One noisy step and there gone. There are lots of good lakes around Brainerd. I like pelican lake for early ice, but the others are very good too. Good luck, have fun.

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walleyedan

Fishroger, great advice. If you are looking for a ice fishing suit that will keep you warm and afloat contact me, I will be selling a ice fisherman's/woman's dream when it comes to a winter suit. If you want ice tips and great bait, stop by S&W Bait or check out my fishing report on my website.

Take care,

Walleyedan

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tbags

I wish I was a moderator so I could plug everything that makes me money too!!

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The Crumpler

Well then, maybe you should quit your job and explain to your family that you are going to follow your dream and try to make a living as a fishing guide. Make sure to tell them all about the long hours, scant income, rude customers, and that you MIGHT see a dime of profit in 5 or 10 years. If you follow this formula then yes, you too can be a moderator of an online forum and plug your business.

Until then how about a little gratitude to the guys who give out the most information yet ask for nothing in return.

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Hopper

I second that.....

Actually i live my life through Jason at Sportland and Walleye Dan....

That is what I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving, thanks guys!

Jason i stopped by to show you my big buck, i'll email you pic's.

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Deitz Dittrich

Tbags, please keep in mind also, that just because they are moderators, they still have to pay for their adds just like everybody else. The moderating they do for the love of the sport... Thanks guys!!!

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Sportland_Bait

Hi Hopper, Definately send the pics. My Dad told me you stopped by with that monster. Congrats for the deer and from what I hear, the one on the way. Rene and I went way back into the thick stuff today with the bows, Might have been a little warm. We didn't see anything until the hike out when we bumped a buck, couldnt' tell how big. Did you sell your ice house? I had a few fellas call the shop trying to track you down. Take care and happy thanksgiving!

Jason Erlandson

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Hopper

let me know if you didnt get the pic's of the Buck. Yep a little one on the way in March, it will be fun....

Fish house is still for sale, There is a lot of interest. I will email you my cell, if you come across some guys that are interested..

Have a good Thanksgiving!!! you should get some good Bow hunting in the next 2 weeks....

Hopper

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JDR724

Thanks too all for the local info and I'll definately stop into SB&T as soon as I roll into town.

Thanks Again!

JohnR

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