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At what times in the winter is it best to fish the small shallow lakes as opposed to the bigger lakes (panfish of course)? I've been under the impression that once first ice is over the small lakes don't produce anymore (or as much)...perhaps I'm wrong? In late winter does it matter which types of lakes to fish? Just curious to know what some of you think about this.

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BuckKiller

YES! I have noticed that some smaller lakes don't produce much for fish in the winter and are full in the summer... where do they go? Thats a good question.

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TurnUpTheFishing

Its not that they dont produce anymore you can still get them but you have to fish harder. Many times the oxygen content will get low and cause the fish to be in a negative or neutral mood much of the time. First ice is good but so is late, late ice when the fresh water creeping in brings oxygen with it. Also many time your best bet is fishing in deeper or the deepest holes as opposed to structure.

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Maximum12

TurnUp has it right.

I love small lakes, but the last several years it's finally gone into my thick head that they don't produce the last few weeks of the season. I picked up a camera last season & it was remarkable how sluggish even the panfish were in February; by contrast, in late March they're bouncing off the weedline again. Has to be the oxygen.

I'll be hitting bigger lakes starting here pretty quickly.

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