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Buddy and I are re-instating the annual trip this year to the chain, staying at the State Park.

Anybody fish the chain on opener? Anybody pick up any walleyes? Or should we just cruise for pike? Or should we load up the boat and head to Miltona or Ida or somewhere else?

Thanks all...these forums are great for the info, and terrible because I can't stop thinking about getting out there.

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