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fenwick4life

What are your favorite lures for Brookies through the ice. As a creature of habit I ve never experimented with any other combinations besides my go to lure the Swedish Pimple ( usually a red with a little silver )on it and tipped with a minnow or small Krocodile spoons. Just wondering what other people have had luck with?

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reinhard1

that's what i have caught most of mine on as well. very small pimple with eurolarva or waxie have been good also at times. i caught my biggest brookie [ a three pounder] out of Topper lake off the Gunflint on a charteous "ant" type panfish jig with a minnow head. the brookie is mounted. good luck.

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splakeshaker

I caught a 19 incher in open water on a buckshot spoon a few years back..Kinda regret not putting that one on the wall..I told myself if I hit a 20 incher that I would..Oh well..got a nice framed picture of it on the wall. I'd better get back out there and try for that 20!!

As for Ice fishing, yea..Pimples work great, as do frostee jigs and rat finkies..kastmasters are another one..tipped with something..waxies, minnows, ect.

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LunkerCity

Just wondering, do you target them in shallow water like you would rainbows? I fished Miner's this summer before I bought my pickup, plenty of rainbows but never saw a brookie come out of there. I would like to get out there and chase some rainbows this week and would love to catch my first brook trout as well.

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reinhard1

as far as i'm concerned [on lakes] i fish them shallow on hard water. dont fish for them in summer [in lakes] but in the fall it's the same pattern, shallow. that's when they spawn. fish them most in streams for the most part. good luck.

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Surface Tension

Swedish Pimples with the treble hook switched one size larger or 1/8th - 1/16th oz Go Devils all tipped w/chub head for sure. For Bows 2' under the ice. Brookies start close and shallow at early morning and have all you holes drill so you can move around in deeper water when the sun gets higher. Having a step break close by or the point off a rock slide is golden.

Ice Ants tipped with waxies under a bobber. The bite detection will look like a Gill or in other words when the bobber moves set the hook. Bows will take this but I'm more prone to use it for Brookies.

There are other baits that work just as well but those two you should have along.

Flutter Jigs tipped with half a crappie minnow or waxie will work.

Reinhard, Been to Topper many times starting in the 70's and that was where the Brook Trout State record was from at the time.

Hottest bait there is salamanders. If you fished Topper much you might have had a Brookie cough one up. If you put the on a hook and sent it down the hole you'd have another Brookie.

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fenwick4life

Thanks for some of your tactics for Brookies. I ve had great success with Swedish pimples and figured there had to be other options out there. I ve been to Topper about 3 times but never experienced the Topper Whopper as in reference to the large Brookies that had been pulled out in the past. Matter of fact I think I've only iced one Brookie at that lake. Now Topper is just a lake to cross to go after lakers.

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Surface Tension

All those streamer lakes cycle.

Its a matter of not much pressure and a year class or two taking hold. Your must be referring to South. I used to run all over that area. Came in from Topper and from Loon lake.

If your bushwacking over the hill from Topper its a nice climb. smile

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fenwick4life

We winter camped at south for two nights earlier this year and caught some nice lakers but not as good as years before. I refer to the hill as the nutcracker it makes the trip pretty fun. Btw it appeared people had tried fishing Topper a week early during laker opener as there were holes all over the lake. That's what trout fishing doesn't need.

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reinhard1

the day we did well with the brook trout at Topper it was 28 below with a lot of snow on the ground. we had to shovel 2 feet or more of snow just to get to the ice. were i fished i would say there was three feet of water under the ice. the ice was thick and hand augers were the tool of the time.

at the time we stayed at the resort on Popler lake two weeks before it burned down and killed the owner in the proccess. real nice guy. we would drink into the night and played some pool. the owner [a big man] ended up sleeping on the stairs one night.

we also fished Mayhew while there and did well on small lakers. Topper is a beautiful lake. the brookie i caught there was the first fish i ever mounted and still looks great today. never thought of salamanders there for brookies. very interesting. love that area. good luck.

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