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Doctor J

Anyone ever fished Bear lake, off of Hwy 52? If you have, was it open water or ice fishing and how did you do?


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hookset 31

Its been a few years since i've been on bear-open water -A few eyes & crappies.

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Doctor J

Thanks. Anybody ever ice fished it? Looked pretty barren up there last week when I drove into the access at the campground.

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    • Tlund
      How many feet of line were you letting out trolling 17-19’? And what speed? 
    • james_walleye
      A quick report. I messed around last night for a couple hours. The pods I had fished earlier in the day had dispersed. I checked a few areas that had some fish. I caught 8 on this outing but one was a 29". A couple came rigging crawlers. A couple on bobbers and leeches. A couple came trolling the shoreline later in the evening.  This morning the pods in those couple spots were completely gone from yesterday morning. I didn't snoop to much but instead decided to try leadcore in an area I've done well on in July in the past. I caught 4 but they were all 15-16". The flat was 17-19 feet. There was not alot of activity yet on the flat yet. Didn't see many fish and just a few clouds of bait. 
    • james_walleye
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