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steeplechaser2

Hit Rice Lake on January 2 and noted good ice from the north access.  We had about 7" in the middle.  Fishing was very slow.  We caught one monster crappie but zero walleye.  A few guys around us were awfully excited about a few 14" walleye.  Stories from others painted a very slow bite.  On a good note, there was very little traffic, and permanent houses were being removed.  Lots of wide open areas to plug some holes.

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IceHawk

Rice has been fairly inconsistent this year so far. EYE bite was rather tough this summer and fall and I assume will follow into hardwater period. Overharvest couple years ago really put a dent in the bigger eyes especially the 17-19 inch year class. Be a few years for it rebounds back. Right now there are a pile of futures 9-14 inchers hopefully the 13 inchers are getting released back  so we see better fishing again in a couple years. There are a few 11-13 inchers floating around but also a very strong year class of 9-9 1/2 inch crappies out there right now.  They need a little more time to grow up.  Great lake was one of my favs but unfortunately from what I have  found out fishing is we are in rebuilding years out there  for now. 

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We did rather well this summer, but it was slow in the fall.  A few really beefy walleyes were c/r in the 28s. Guys we're saying smallmouth had kinda disappeared. I think u r right about overfishing.  Our best days were poor weather and empty parking lot days!

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Anyone driving trucks out from north access yet?

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IceHawk

Not that I know of yet. Saw 4 out on Long tonight on the chain when I was comeing home. 

 

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steeplechaser2

Thanks!  Long walk......

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