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QUESTION ABOUT ICE FISHING NORTHERN ON SMALL LAKES

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My folks live on a small lake where the deepest part gets to be about 9 feet. The only life in it are Northern, perch, and bullhead. I catch northern all summer, but can never seem to catch anything during the winter. I was drilling holes all around it trying yesterday, and was wondering if anyone had some tips on how to fish a small shallow lake in the winter. I drilled a couple holes and pulled up some very fresh looking foliage. I was wondering if maybe i should drill holes on either side of the foliage or directly in the foliage, or any tips would help...

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on smaller lakes i always seem to find them in the dead middle of the lake i dont know if its just my luck or thats where they seem to go all i do is go get a few suckers or shinners and put up 2 tips up on a foot or 2 off the bottom and one a a foot or 2 under the ice and i seem to have good luck

hope that helps

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if the lake is only 9 feet deep just use tip ups just under the ice level use suckers that arent ungodly big and i like large shiners and if you can bring a buddy or 2 spread your flags out and dont make alot of noise being only 9 feet deep they may spook easy

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I agree with the other posts, i've had great luck in shallow water. it's pretty easy to. I've had flags as shallow as five feet, just below the ice with a nice sucker, or a good shiner just about the weeds. Obviously the more people, the more lines you can have. If nothing else, drop some flags, pull up a chair and enjoy this spring like weather. I'm sure looking forward to cold days to match the cold nights. As nice as it's been to sit on a bucket, i'd rather clam up and light a heater so the lakes can make some ice! shocked.gif

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My brother and I fish a metro lake that is 2ft-15ft deep and we do quite well at the 6-8 ft range just below the ice with a mix if med. sucker and shiners. Four tipups with action. We get 8 minnows and are done in two-four hours. Make sure to use a bigger hook and a leader.

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