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I tried to make swiss cheese of the lake and only found 1-2ft of unfishable water last year. Aside the lake isnt very deep 6ft max? I figure it frequently fish kills. Didnt mark a single fish. The only other people I saw on the lake was snowmobilers likely thinking I was outta my mind.

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It can be tough to fish in winter. It gets big shots of walleye fry every year because it is so high in the watershed and high in the Cannon Chain. Surveys usually find young fish and the fish move out when the waters high. The fish move downstream, from immediately in their first year of life to just a few years later.

Dora does have some nice perch. The most recent survey shows some big fish and some nice abundance. Outside of perch, it can be tough to find much else.

As far as winterkill, Dora really hasn't experienced a big winterkill. There have been small partial winterkills and the lake has been opened to liberalized fishing during the last decade, but the chances for that in the future aren't likely since it never truly kills. The word I tend to associate with Dora is nursery...it's a great place to grow young fish of many species and that's reflected in surveys.

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I've talked to some people that have netted the lake in he winter and they said they've gotten some nice northern a lot of perch and one nice walleye besides that I think it would be a tough lake to ice fish, makes a good bow fishing lake tho smile

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    • travis_td
      Hi there, I am making sure that this is the location that folks will be posting updates for Ice Fishing on Lake Vermilion this winter (2022).  I think so but want to make sure as I plan on trying to get out next weekend, December 8-11.
    • smurfy
      thanks wanderer.......even reports from lakes like leech gives me a pretty good idea of what the lakes i want to fish will be like. lot of past experience helps, and no doubt wheelers will be used soon.    we had a retiree.holiday union party last night. buddy said that his kid was on little Winnie with about 5 inches of ice and there moving all around the lake!!
    • Wanderer
      Leech lake has been 100% capped for about a week, I think.  Before you say that’s not a small, underfished lake, it’s just an example that you could prolly drive wheelers on your kind of lakes by now. 😉   I’ve been seeing a lot of 5-7 inch reports going into the weekend.  Sadly I haven’t cut a hole yet.  Still working on repairs and updates on our houses.
    • leech~~
      Here's some throw back for yea. Lets your candy azzz E-cutter battery do this!  🤣    
    • Tom Sawyer
      Oh I didn't say I don't own several versions of Teslas, just that until this hell frozen over state changes I'll always find a use for the ice diggin' anchor. Will be a great post hole digger in it's next life use too
    • leech~~
      Yep no puzzy Tesla auger for me until they pry it from my dead hands!  😆
    • Tom Sawyer
      Still waiting for global warming to ditch my Lazer Mag, always in the truck for thick, virgin ice.    Don't know if it's possible, or advisable, but thought I would throw a 8" K drill bit on it to lighten it up. Should be an adapter for such a conversion. Careful what you wish for, probably rip my arm off with a shredding combo like that 😂    
    • rundrave
      Leech I still have my old jiffy gas auger mainly for sentimental reasons. I haven’t used it for 3 years now. The only time I start it up is in the garage just to hear that pop pop pop sound lol   I will never go back and have no regrets going electric. Huge weight saver and with an extension will go through any thickness of ice. Starts first pull every time lol    we were fishing 2 weeks ago Swiss cheesing a slough here in SD on 4” of ice when someone else tried to fire up their gas auger and my buddies and I looked at each other almost in disbelief that someone was still using a gas auger.   pros and cons for sure but I think electric has more pros than cons with advancements lately     
    • smurfy
      any ice thickness reports..........especially on smaller not heavily fished lakes???????   chances are i wont be up till after christmas anyway, but............
    • leech~~
      Let me know when you go again.  I'll being my crossbow and take out the Deer when you kick them up!  😁
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