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graf703

Bass through the ice

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graf703

I've never targeted smallies through the ice. Is there a pattern or typical location they follow? I'm heading to Mille lacs in the next couple of weeks and would like to try it if Walleyes are hard to find.

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fish_hunt_guy

All i know is that when you find them you find them. I was out perch fishing a couple winters ago and drilled a bunch of holes. One of the holes everytime you would drop your bait down it would immideately get attacked by a smallmouth. We did it for a while until it got old and then moved on. It was weird becuase it was only that one hole. We had other holes near it but never caught a smallmouth in them. Must have been right on top of a nest or something.

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Redlineracer12

I've always wondered about this too. From the little bit of reading I did it sounded like they head to deeper water in the winter? Most people don't target them because they are more likely to die if brought up fast out of deep water. Big schools grouped up together like mentioned by fish_hunt_guy. Sure sounds like a good time if you could find a bunch of those upper teens fish and release them unharmed.

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elusivecrappiecatcher

I have a spot on the north end of the lake I like to go for smallies in the winter. Its a pile of rocks that is about 50 feet wide and come up off the bottom about 15ft. It has sand all around it. I had the aqua view down and just watched them cruise around that rock pile. Drop a spoon down and they would smack it, then hold on. It's a blast, and I managed a few walleyes out of that spot as well. Can't wait to head back up this winter.

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bassfshin24

Can I please have the exact GPS coordinates haha! Just kidding. I'll have to check out some of my rock piles I have marked with a camera sometime. Would love to get into some smallies ice fishing.

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Stick in Mud

They seem to be streaky....one year we'll catch tons of them, and then three or four years without anything at all. I have no idea why. Most often we catch ours in fairly shallow water (10' or so) fishing low light conditions for walleyes, but we have caught a few out on the flats.

They sure are fun to catch through the ice, though. smile

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graf703

Thanks everyone! Hopefully it's productive for me this year.

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elusivecrappiecatcher

Can I please have the exact GPS coordinates haha! Just kidding. I'll have to check out some of my rock piles I have marked with a camera sometime. Would love to get into some smallies ice fishing.

Haha. I will just say it's by garrison reef.....

I stumbled upon it by accident. We got away from a crowd and popped some holes and wam wam...smalllies yet my brother in law wasn't getting squat. We were stumped as to why. I dropped my camera down and notice I was literally on the edge of the rock pile dead on the transition. He moved and started catching fish. Not a shack around either.

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