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Gort

Coming to Willmar area to fish...need advice

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Gort

Hello local experts...I am coming to the Willmar area from the Twin Cities to take a friend fishing this Friday. My friend is staying on Eagle Lake this winter as a winter vacation of sorts and I'd like to take him ice fishing. I have not fished the area and my fried doesn't fish. I'm looking for some information about where the best place would be to catch some crappies or other panfish. We can fish from noon to 8:00 or so. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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eyewarrior

They were catching crappies on Eagle. If you friend has been staying on Eagle this winter he'll know where. Not sure if anybody has been out with the new snow. There is slush covered with snow on most area lakes. Tough going!! Good luck

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    • PRO-V
      I always did best with frozen Cisco's suspended on a quick strike rig.
    • PRO-V
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