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My Dad & I will be up next Fri - Sun staying in a 2 man from Kelly P / Johnny P. I'm wondering what everyones thoughts are on the winter full moon bite on URL. Does the Jan full moon influance a better bite like it does in open water? If so, what is everyones experience with timing? I realize that the heavy snow cover could change the timings, but I was just curious as to what is typical for a winter full moon bite. Also, I was curiuos as to whether or not drilling holes close to the houses causes too much flooding due to the heavy snow. Am I better off putting a sucker rig down in the house or will I be alright drilling?

I can hardly wait to get up there.


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Rule #8 "Do not drill holes along side or close to the house, it will flood you out"

You are better off to put your sucker rig out away from the house a ways. Pike are very sensitive to human noise such as foot steps and things dragging across ice house floors. Another thing is many pike wil hang around a bait for a very long time, really don't want a predator pike hanging around under your prey crappie/walleye house.

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