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jjdouvier

We're heading north to the Ottertail (1/12-1/15) area for our yearly fishing trip, and we're wondering where their biting and where is it safe to go? Should we hit up some of the smaller lakes after this warm spell? We'll probably just be walking out, but I might bring up the four wheeler. We would really like to get into some walleyes, but we'll be happy to just be catching anything (gills,perch,crappies,snakes, anything). Any insight from the locals would be awesome. If not, we'll just sit at the Otter all weekend.

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Gissert

Check with Ken's or Ben's bait. Some of the smaller lakes are a mess. Norway is downright scary, and South Turtle has a big open spot and some shore springs working.

That said, there is good fishable ice, but due caution is advised.

Check w/ the bait shops, and avoid any pressure ridges and you should be fine with wheelers.

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GRAND DAD

Check with Kens , and for some reason the smaller lakes are scaryer to me then OT, I had great ice on OT were I was fishing, but then headed to a small lake and I was shocked to see that it hadn't gained any ice in 2 1/2 weeks but OT did. And the ice on the small lake wasnt good at all I could tell just by how much easyer my auger went throu it then it did on Ottertail. What a year think am hanging it up for the year, spent 3 weeks in my fish house up there did alraight on fishing but am going to stop while am ahead LOL

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jjdouvier

We'll definitely hit up Ken's. Thanks for the info. Keep it coming, we can use all the help we can get. We don't need any honey holes, we just want a little action and want to stay safe.

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nocsious

I've got a big fishing trip planned for the 20th on Rush or surrounding lakes. It looks like they'll be a week of colder weather before we get there. How are the conditions on Rush?

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usmcjsy

Conditions are kinda iffy all over this year. From what I have heard the ice conditions change almost daily. Where was safe one day is not necissarly safe the next. I believe thats the reason its hard to get anyone to recommend a safe place. No one just knows from day to day and they probably dont wanna recommend a "safe" locations and have someone go through.

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