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I have been on a pretty good bite most of the winter, I have to get out and explore a little.

I was wondering if you were to pick a lake to explore, how do you go about it, I am not looking for the structure aspect, that is the fun part.

What I am looking for is how you decide where to go?

Do you look for a certain species to target(pannies, pike, walleye's), close proximetity for driving, reference from others.

Do you just go and end up where you end up.

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Team Otter

Pick a lake, post a map of it and we'll go to town.

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Jesse Drummer

i like otters idea. but if you were just to pick any random lake . it depends on what time of year it is and then go from some of the current patterns you have found lately. ect. ect.

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the way i pick a lake is by lookin in the southern mn lake map book and since i mostly go after pannies and like to get away from crowds i first look for some smaller lakes then i look at the info on the lake (ie stocking info, gill and trap nets etc.) then i start takin apart the lake and lookin for my spots to try since many of the lakes i've never fished so i'm usually a run and gun till i find a solid spot don't be afraid to experiment and ask fellow FMers

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    • Rick
      It's a shallow lake with a channel that runs through it. You will be better off with a canoe or kayak to fish it.   The walleyes tend to congregate where the channel runs close to shore. You can also fish the holes in the blue earth river for them. A few flatties hang there too.
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