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I have a lake near me I like to hit at first ice. There is a 20+ foot hole that is usally good to start with. Where does everyone else like to start looking at first ice?

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leech~~

Next to the guy who already tested the Ice! 🤣

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It's as good as place to start as any. Fall crappies move deep so first ice on a shallower lake I check the holes or basins and then work shallower until I find them.

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Rick

If you have a bay like portion, with some mud, on the northern portion of the lake, early ice crappies will stack up in it as long as the weather is stable. You also like to have depths down to 10' as well.

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Early ice the deepest i can get at is 16' at a lake near me.  The deeper holes i have to wait until mid december usually to have (walking) access to.  Walking access for me is bare minimum 3", preferably 4".  This is walking with a spud bar the whole time.

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    • memyself@I
      Did you NOT read the part of the story where the tribal fisheries was created by the BIA (whites)? Other bands in N MN also had fisheries created but did not stick with it as Red Lake did.   What I don't understand is the misinformation spread and how we always are jealous when someone (the band) has something we don't?   To me, if you want netting banned then you should be prepared to give up your electronics trolling motors and just row on lakes where you want to fish.   We're in this together. Its working.  
    • Chill62
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    • Rick
      Safety matters.   Not sure what you know about backwaters ice fishing @Bucketcastle but a newbie is best served going where others have already paved a trail. Especially in the backwaters where currents can be tricky.   So if you're new to those backwaters definitely look for parked vehicles and follow their trails. You will catch plenty of keepers that way as well.   Have fun.
    • papadarv
      Taking spud bar out Friday, if safe I'll be on Coon Sat.
    • CJH
      Be safe, still saw some open water this week.  It will build some ice in the next few days, but with the snow, its better to be safe than sorry.   NO fish is worth it.
    • Bucketcastle
      I'll be out with the spud bar next weekend taking it easy.  @papadarv I hope you have enough ice to test it out.  Looks like a fun set up.
    • Bucketcastle
      Following the crowd will get you fish, maybe not too many keepers though.  When you do follow them pull up a lake map and try to figure out why they're fishing there.  If its in your budget, a base model flasher for yourself for Christmas this year will definitely help you find fish, along with putting the time in to find/figure the fish out.  Learning a lake for average guys like me takes years.
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      That's why I said it's very unrealistic. 
    • kelly-p
      If that was tried I would guess that the Band would be in court very fast to get the boundary dispute settled. Then all of URL could be Bands waters. If you're going to poke a sleeping bear better be prepared for him to wake up.
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      Well this is 5 years old but does talk about the long term history of the problem, not just Red Lake.   https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjyntGNzafmAhVsp1kKHXHkC44QFjADegQIBRAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.startribune.com%2Fmay-3-2013-fishy-trade-in-walleyes-persists-up-north%2F205903751%2F&usg=AOvVaw3ZqjwEw_5vfkNmB2fCEjN4    
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