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lispeej

sounds like fun times coming ahead!!

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Vlasin

Great Crappie fishing! I generally try and hit the northern end of the lake for the Crappies. Water temp might me a little high now, which might give you "mushy" fish or fish that might taste like the lake.

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fishuhalik

Pokey's my favorite lake south of the iron range in the winter for panfish. There's quite a few decent fish once you get to learn the lake. There's also a decent number of walleyes, northerns, bass, white bass, muskies, and even some sturgeon (which you can't legally target). All-in-all a great lake and if I had the $ I wouldn't hesitate to buy a cabin out there!

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jj56342

Any thing New is it still Hot Bite

Thanks JJ

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PhilTickelson

Hey guys, first time on the site and was excited to see a Lake Pokegama thread! Used to fish this lake back in 2000-2005 during the summer and caught everything from pretty large sunfish to a 25# cat! Always loved this lake, like someone else mentioned earlier, you never know what you are going to catch. We used to have pretty decent luck trolling shad raps(small to medium size) near the NE point, as well as the east side of the island. Chartreuse seemed to be the go to color back then.

Does this lake still get the ring of weeds every summer? We used to do really well on sunfish right before dusk on the inside of the weed ring. Someday I'd like to get back on Pokegama, does anyone ever find a consistent walleye bite there? I caught a 23 incher there one year, and besides a few other random wallies we could never find them consistently.

I'll never forget that catfish though…it was the most bizarre catch of my life. I had just bought a new brand of crankbait that I had never tried before, it was all of 4" long. I casted like ten feet from the boat so I could see the action on it and I must have just [PoorWordUsage] this thing off. Not 2 seconds after it hit the water it just got destroyed. We thought it was a big pike the whole way and then it got next to the boat and in the net and we all looked at each other like "what the hell?" 25# catfish while casting a small crankbait…only on Pokegama!

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reinhard1

Welcome to HSO!!. i haven't fished the lake this year. i have caught nice gills there as well along with some nice crappies [mostly on hard water]. walley's are spotty for sure. i got a nice one on the small hump north of the island. must of been a thrill to get a nice cat like you did. there are some nice pike in that lake also. good luck.

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PhilTickelson

Thanks! I have very fond memories of Pokegama, looking back we did pretty well on the panfish back in the day. There really is(was?) some good sized sunnies and crappies on that lake. I never ice fished it though, we did all our work out of our 12 foot aluminum boat with the 4 horse johnson on the back smile. Good luck to anyone out there fishing it, wish I could join you!

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Uncle Bill

I was out a week ago.

Lake is very green (algae?) and weedy in the shallows.

The north access is almost too weedy to launch.

Crappy fishing was very slooooooowwwwwww......

Water temp near 75 degrees.

Noticed someone left a pile of sunfish on shore at the access.

Why would someone keep the fish only to dump them on shore ? crazy

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budboy

Anyone check the ice on Pokegama yet?

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fishuhalik

Was wondering that myself. I might have to make the long treck up there next week sometime & see what it's like out there. Should be good to go, it usually freezes up pretty quick

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Beegreen111

I am heading up there sat afternoon. I'll post back what I find. fish and ice.

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budboy

Thank you

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Reds_Bait

Hey guys ! This is RED from the local bait shop in Pine City/Rockcreek. We're looking at a solid 5 1/2 inches on Cross & Pokegama lakes. There are just a couple spots to watch for; one on Pokegama is just west of the island and one on Cross lake straight out from the winter access on the north end. The geese kept these spots open till last Wednesday, but they should be walkable now. There is some ATV traffic and most anglers are having decent luck with panfish, with one 9lb walleye being caught on pokegama.

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budboy

Thanks for the update

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JacobG

was out today and the bite was very slow. I was able to ice 3 keeper fish and caught a few smaller fish. lots and lots of lookers but wasnt able to get em to go. the ice was a solid 5-6 inches of ice with a few spots a lil less. id suggest only foot travel although there were a few wheelers out on the lake. Fished lots of water but the results were the same. inactive fish. but tomorrow is another day.

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Beegreen111

I also was out Sat. afternoon and found the same conditions and fishing as slabber. except no keepers on the ice. Be carefull its still early ice.

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luv2fish

A buddy was telling me there is an access on the east side of the lake. I am looking at DNR maps but cannot see anything. Looking at the satellite map it looks like there is something off of Maple knoll road.

Can anyone confirm that this is a public access??

Thanks!

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ndshafer

yes there is a very small access off of Maple Knoll, great for ice fishing access but not for boat launching, plus no parking places

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luv2fish

No parking for boat and trailer? Or no parking for car at all while ice fishing? I agree with you it looks like a good parking spot for ice fishing...

Now if this warm weather does not kill the ice.

Thanks

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hamms-scooter

I was out on sunday morning and could not get on the fish. I live here in Pine city and would love to have some kind of get together out there or even just a few of us that can make it go run and gun for some hogs. I would like to land on some of the nice gills that roam this lake. My email is [email protected] . If you fish alone and want to go after them send a message as I usually go myself and meet anglers from other towns that venture here.

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ndshafer

you could park a car there but not more than maybe 2 or 3. or one car/truck and trailer.

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fishuhalik

hamms, I'll be hitting you up some time this year. And a gtg sounds like a good idea to me. Plenty of water for a bunch of people out there.

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budboy

Hamms how much ice was there?

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hamms-scooter

6 inches where I was at around the south end.

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budboy

Thanks hoping to get up there this weekend

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Reds_Bait

We got a little bit of rain on wed night but mostly fog/mist all day which made the lakes a bit soupy, but with the last 2 days being cooler the lakes are rock hard again, were looking at a solid 6 inches, there is a few guys that have been in the shop here that are using atvs and talked to a group that was out there yesterday that iced 15 nice eaters in 20/22 ft,good luck fishing!!

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budboy

Thanks reds i will be heading up tommorow will stop in

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Vlasin

Looking for an Ice update on Poke or Cross...Has anyone been out or seen portables on the lake?

Thanks

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Reds_Bait

Ice is looking great any water from earlier this week has frozen rock hard were looking at a solid 6 inches with some atv traffic, some guys were in the shop lastnight they iced 15 nice eaters!! same ice conditions on CROSSLAKE, DONT FORGET TO BRING YOUR ICE CLEATS

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SpecialK

No promises but I may try to get out for a while on Sat or Sun and will be stopping in if I do.

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