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Planning on making my way up to the area the weekend of Jan 5th.  Wondering what Ice thickness is looking like?  Does it even pay to bring wheelhouse, only have a half ton as a means of getting it on the lake.


Also, how much snow is on the lakes?


Looking at lakes like Julia, Campbell, Turtle?



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Made the trek up here Friday and Saturday. 

Ice was 12" -14" everywhere we checked.  Although lake travel was fine as far snow depth was concerned, slush was a real issue. We found a nice high and dry spot for the house.  By the time we left the ice had flooded and slushed up within a 75 yrd radius. Easily 2" of water on the ice.


Due to the slush issue, I did not hole hop and do a great amount of searching for the spot on the spot.  3 pairs of footwear soaked by first evening.


Fishing was fair at best.  We only caught 2 species, perch and pike.  We had expected to catch walleye as well but no luck.   Fish came from as shallow as 5 ft to as deep as 20ft.  Did not drill a hole deeper than 20.   We caught a fair amount of perch for the trip ranging from 8- 10" keep a dozen for a snack for the family.  largest perch was caught on a sucker.  Most perch preferred a slender spoon with a head.  They prefered a shiner on the bobber lines.

We did quite well fishing for pike.  Landed 25 for the 2 days, size was fair, ranging from 22" to 32" with a lot of nice 4 to 6 lb fish.  All pike where caught on sucker minnows, larger minnows preferred for sure.   They would not run with a shiner.  Best depths for pike were 8 to 14 ft.


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    • PRO-V
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