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masterpuppet

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masterpuppet

Three days and we will be there we can't wait. Hearing that gold is the color right now. Is there anything else we should know before we head that way? What about shiners can we find those up that way?

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Walleye Inn

We found tight to the bottom was key 2" off is all we were had to watch bobber close when it went to bottom set the hook I didn't have any luck on the suspended ones some looked for a while but not one hit it. Will keep trying though cause a buddy got a 29.5" reeling up to one last year.fatheads worked for us good luck

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2springers

We just returned from a great trip from the bay and had great success with live shiners on a plain red or blue hook. I was also able to jig up several with a gold tear drop jig tipped with either a live or dead shiner. Live shiners can be bought in Baudette at the Lucky Bait shop just before town.

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mnhunter 3815

how much does lucky charge? i bet he counts them also.thats why we dont go there anymore.fatheads worked great for us.i bought some frozen shiners just to use the heads for our jigging stick but most of our fish came off the dead stick.

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2springers

I dont remember the cost. I do know they were very generous and werent counted.

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chris63

Not being a smart $^* but considering what a night on the lake,gas to and from,auger,ect,,ect...,ect....,cost's,I think minnows are the least of your worries.c63

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Bandit

Master, you should be able to get shiners at Adrians if you don't have any then you get here.

Chris. Bait price does become an issue when you have different people coming up every weekend using your house, bait, propane, ect. Maybe it isn't a big deal for you, but don't assume everyone has your cash to burn.

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beretta

caught a few yesterday out of bablers. nothing crazy but had a good time. 29 fow. red and red/gold were the best for us

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chris63

Easy there big guy,money does grow on trees doesn't it?c63

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mnhunter 3815

price on minnows does matter.the last time i went to luckys he charged me $13 for 2 scoops = 24 minnows.i rather spend the 8 bucks on 2 scoops of chubs = many dozen and spend my extra $5 at the bar in the resort.money isnt a problem for me i come there 14 times a season.just dont like getting ripped off is all.

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mnhunter 3815

bandit where ya been.im heading back up there either on sunday or monday for a few days.you going tobe around?

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chris63

Point well taken,mental note where NOT to stop for minnows!thankyou,c63

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DOOM

if you are trying the flats (28'-37'), put one line under the ice at 10-20', Our group caught a bunch suspended. Man, do they hit it hard also!

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