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Please help me decide....

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Me and 3 buddy's want to come up for a weekend of fishing but I only have experience with "Reel Adventures" fishing service. We are thinking of staying in sleepers, even though there isnt really a nite bite(it will be nice to be ready right at sunrise).

What date should I look at going and what place would you recommend for clean sleepers and willing to put you on the fish? Also, It would be nice to save a buck or 2....

Thank you for any help!


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Its tough to predict a time frame that is going to be right on. I was there right after Xmas which has always been good for us the past 10 years and it was very slow. I'm headed back in a week and that time frame has also been good. Last week of March is also a good time, and we have had great fishing for many years. The major changes and swings in the weather patterns as we've been having can make predicting a real [PoorWordUsage] shoot.

Riverbend, where we have gone over all of these years has some really nice sleepers. They move them as much as needed trying to stay with the bite. I've never stayed in one as we prefer the cabins and lodge on shore, but I did stop and take a peek into one that was empty and they were very nice. Someone posted pictures of them about 2 weeks ago on this thread. You could give them a call, their toll free number is at the top of this page on their sponsor link. Good luck with your choice and hang on. Bill

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Hey, as always I'm recommending Bob's Ice Fishing. He's real reasonable price-wise and always does a nice job putting you on the fish! (That's the main thing) Info. and number at www.bobsicefishing.com

As for a time-I'd get there as soon as you can get everyone up there!

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Matt, I think I bought a jon boat from you a while back. Email me at [email protected] for some suggestions.

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