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SigTwitch

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SigTwitch

Has anyone been out to Eagle or Pelican lately? I haven't heard alot of talk. I am heading out to Eagle this weekend for some panfishing and just seeing if anyone has been out in the area.

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stretch

i live really close to eagle and heard that the crappies and panfish are doing pretty good. same with the northerns. i wouldn't waste my time with pelican but you can try if want.

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SigTwitch

Yeah, that's about what I heard as well. I heard a few guys are even heading across the street with tipups and pulling out northerns on little eagle as well.

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jigginjim

Has anyone fished Birch lake near Monticello?

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daylate$short

Not recently, was there a couple a years ago. caught alot of hammer handles.

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Bigslugger

I would try Limestone. Good for pike, sunfish and crappies (if you happen to find them) action during the day and when dusk come the crappies hit well.

A fairly simple lake to figure out also

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huntersgp

Hey Stretch are you talking the Eagle by Ida?

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stretch

yup Eagle lake just down the road from Ida.

you can catch alot of smaller northerns out of little eagle. and saw a guy pull a 32" walleye out of little eagle too. believe me if you want but it is true.

as for birch lake you can catch some nice crappies some decent northerns also.

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Drewski

Eagle has plenty of sunnies and crappies.

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Bigslugger

My buddy pulled up a 24" walleye out on Eagle yesterday

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JIGGIN'

Where is Birch located? Is it close to Eagle?

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stretch

ya it's about 3 miles to the east of eagle lake

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jigginjim

How's the access going on tou Eagle? I work in Monti. maybe some evening hit it on the way home.

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stretch

it's pretty good. they re-did the the access last year. you shouldn't have a problem at all.

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bassphish2005

Ya that new access will let a whole bunch of big boats on the lake.I liked the old access,4x4 only and kept the pressure down,the lake is fertile,but pressure will take it's toll

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      28.5, but the fattest walleye we’ve seen. My dad and I both agreed it was a bigger fish than my 30 last summer. Wish we would have weighed it but I would rather have the fish swim off healthy! 
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      I respect your conservation minded approach but trying to TELL people not to keep those fish will just get you more of the same response you already got.  I also agree <15 inch bass are better keepers.  I keep a few myself each year and rarely keep anything over 16, preferring 12’s for the table. I’ve been a bass tournament angler in the past and have also promoted staunch C&R, much like the modern muskie culture, but have grown wiser with age.  I still target bass quite a bit just because they’re fun! On a 300 acre lake I agree a small group of anglers can and will have an impact with constant return visits to harvest large fish but the only two things you can do about it is, 1) As mentioned, lobby the DNR for protected slots, and 2) When people are happy to show you their catch, congratulate them and mention you like bass too but find the smaller sized fish much better table fare.  And maybe that you also fell releasing the mature fish keeps reproduction up to sustain a quality fishery.  And be nice about it.  Once you turn people off they’ll stop hearing you. That’s about all I have for ya.  Good luck.
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