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NDSUski

Big Chippewa in Brandon

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NDSUski

A few buddies and I are heading up to Big Chippewa in Brandon this weekend. Just wondering if anyone had an ice/fishing report you us. My buddy who has the cabin up there does not ice fish so we are kind of running at this one blind. Any info would be appreciated.

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Bluegill1510

For some reason NDSU I think I know who you are

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NDSUski

Do tell. SU grad??? Does anyone have any info on this lake?

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hunterjames

not sure on any fish biting but my boss had his spear house out there earler this year and he went out there after and there was like 8 inches of water on top of the ice. i did drive by the access yesterday and there are a couple of houses out there again so it myte be better. i know a good spot for northerns walleyes and panfish is the point of weeds strait out from the access and to the left a lil bit fint the drop off or the point and you should get fish there. hope this helps. my boss had his house rite in this spot and seen like a 8 pound walley and lots of smaller fish of all species. you myte even be able to see were he was at you could use that for a referance poing it you can tell were he was at and if you have a 4 wheeler or snowmobille id bring it.

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Corey Bohn

Your best bet may be to fish Devils Lake, located right across the road from the SW end of Big Chippewa. There's likely to be a fair number of houses out there and a plowed road. You'll catch some crappies and sunnies and may even get a walleye or two. Devils is located a mile or two north of Brandon on the west side of the highway. Go past the lake and take the first left on gravel and you'll find where they are driving on, or where they typically drive on.

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Bluegill1510

Nope thank god, BSU grad... but I think you were an usher in a relatives wedding this fall? CC, SN?

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    • delcecchi
      I don't confront people on the water about what they do.  Expressing an opinion in general is fine.  Getting up in people's face is different, as I hope you agree.
    • IceHawk
      That's awesome Don. Very creative and looks like fun. 
    • Wanderer
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    • Cliff Wagenbach
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    • Harry Goodliffe
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    • Wanderer
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    • Mike89
      I like the idea!!!👍