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Kingman1876

Hello. I have only lived in MN for 1 1/2 years and am new to ice fishing and this website. My neighbor took me ice fishing last January and to say the least ... I am "hooked".

I have been having pretty good luck catching crappies, sunnies and northerns this year. I even managed to get 5ish lb bass above the ice, but can't seem to locate or catch any walleye.

Any advice on what lakes, debth, presentation and/or weather patterns for targeting walleye would be much appreciated.

Thanks

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Jesse Drummer

welcome to fm! all i have been hearing is depth wise. that is 27 fow on a break to 30fow plus.

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Kingman1876

Thanks for the info

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Team Otter

Hello. I have only lived in MN for 1 1/2 years and am new to ice fishing and this website. My neighbor took me ice fishing last January and to say the least ... I am "hooked".

I have been having pretty good luck catching crappies, sunnies and northerns this year. I even managed to get 5ish lb bass above the ice, but can't seem to locate or catch any walleye.

Any advice on what lakes, debth, presentation and/or weather patterns for targeting walleye would be much appreciated.

Thanks

Please don't take offense to this but how much time have you've spent targeting walleyes thus far during the hard water season?

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Kingman1876

No offense taken.

I have been out 15 or so times on three different lakes in the area thus far this season.

The lakes have mostly been in the Faribault area.

Just looking for any tips that could be shared.

Thanks

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7outof10

im not saying that you have not put in your time but don't let it get to you if you go for awhile with out getting any .....last year i got all my hard water walleyes in dec. and none the rest of winter ...lol

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Kingman1876

No wories ... fish or no fish, still a blast getting out!

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7outof10

and i still don't have one yet lol had one on but did not get it in

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Team Otter

Do you read the weekly fishing report provided by your's truly that is accessible from FM's home page?

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Kingman1876

That I do.

It's given me some things to try this weekend.

Thanks

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Team Otter

That I do.

It's given me some things to try this weekend.

Thanks

Wonderful. You know; I forgot the most important part - Welcome to FM!

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depopn44

yep, same thing for me also. Put in 30 or 40 hours trying to target walleyes and have probably only got into them for about 1 or 2 of those hours. One of these days I will figure it out

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fbluvr27

walleye, northern, crappie----Id take anything as of late. I got my daughter and wife hooked last year but I have to reel them in this year. Havent had much luck consistently to be able to let them enjoy. Hopefully it will warm up soon and we can get back out.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Feel free to email me at [email protected] if you have any suggestions for us.

Thanks.

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pikerliker

Kingman I have been out a half dozen times specifically targeting the eye's this winter, and have yet to catch a single fish. I haven't given up hope though and I will just keep searching until I find them. Hang in there.

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Cold_blood

hey fbluvr you got mail

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fbluvr27

Thanks Cold blood, I appreciate any advice that I can get. My family just started to get into ice fishing last year. I took my then 4 year old out for the first time last year and she caught seven crappies---this year she has only caught one that I had to jig and hook for her. I dont want her to lose interest. A man can only watch so much Hannah Montana, and I have had my fill. laugh

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Kingman1876

Thanks for all the advice and postive comments.

To be honest, I feel pretty fortunate to be catching what I have and hope to have some good results to share after this weekend!

Thanks

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Cold_blood

not a problem always glad to help something i forgot to add was to try by the farthest narrows in the back bay in bout 8-10 ft thats where i was havin luck don't be afraid to drill and move either

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BIG DIESEL

Without giving the lake away since I have been having some luck, all our walleyes are coming between 4-6pm. We have been fishing from 20-30 feet. The key for us is fishing breaks and moving. If you don't find something move to the next hole after 10-15 minutes. If you don't feel like moving around and drilling holes, then I hope your lucky and find a good spot! Good luck.

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