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Zdaddy76

I was thinking of venturing north to the Hibbing area soon and was wondering if any of yous knew some good lakes around there? Also are there any trout in the old mine pits up there?

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Greg Clusiau

ZDaddy76,

Most of the unused mine pits have fish in them, especially trout of some kind. Nashwauk's La Rue Pit has nice rainbows and brown trout. It's hard to fish but you can catch them if you put your time in. Try fishing down about 20 feet and "be quiet". On the other side of Hibbing, you might want to try the Gilbert Pit. This too, has some nice trout, rainbow and splake. Go north of the Hibbing/Chisholm area and you'll find Pickerel Lake. It has some nice rainbows, brookies, and browns. Try sight-fishing in shallow water. There are others in the area as well. Hope this points you in the right direction.

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Zdaddy76

Thanks Greg!! Appreciate the info. I will try that!! Do you ever catch them through the ice??

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Z-Daddy76-

Pickerel Lake up nort' by Side lake has put out some nice rainbows in the years past. I've caught my share of 20"-24" out of there in the past tongue.gif I'll give you a hot tip.. stay away from the the people out there... go set up by yourself. The more quiet you are the better.. More people = More noise!! wink.gif It is a kinda stained water lake so you can't see down too far. The deepest I have ever fished Pickerel is about 15'-20'. You kinda watch the fish come in & whack your bait. They sure do some amazing things. shocked.gif MUCHO FUN-O grin.gif !!!!

Lare.... cool.gif Dugan!!!

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Greg Clusiau

ZDaddy76,

Yes, I catch them through the ice but it's more of a challenge. Summer is easier. If you're going to try it, try using a dark shelter and do the sight-fishing thing.

Good luck.........gc

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bigb56303

hey all are there any lakes puting out any good crappies lately will be back up in the hibbing area 2-19-03 thru 2-22--03 also any other fish hitting good just trying to catch something the st. cloud area has been kinda slow

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I have a cabin on Big Sturgeon next to Side lake and a friend who has a place next to mine just told me that a bunch of the land including the public boat access on pickeral was just sold to a private owner.

If this is the case the state will discontinue stocking efforts in pickeral, but they are looking into puting a walk in access on the North side of the lake.

I hope this is not true!!

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rockhardinmn

i am not totally sure that this will cause the old public access to be closed , if you know of the crooked lake acces areas . there is now 2 there , 1 was dnr concrete and then the 1 off hwy 8 is dirt,, the dirt one had tried to be blocked . if i recall corectly the land owner thaty did this was forced to open it back up and now there is dnr signs marking that launch also , drop Greg Clausiu a line on this web site ,, he will probly have more answers for you

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I don't think anyone is aware of this situation yet. I was going to make a phone call and talk to a friend with the trails and waterways division of the DNR and see if it would be the responsibility of the new land owner to keep the access open. Given the size of the lake and public input, the new land owner might be able to call the shots.

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Graybuck

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The access to Pickeral is still open to the public, the new adjacent land owner would love to have it closed but that is not going to happen. Last year he plowed snow up to block it but we opened it up. He did close down our snowmobile route from there to the park tho.
Folks need to either park right down at the lake or if it is full there, they have to park out on the county road and walk in.

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Greybuck...Looks like I've summoned a trails and waterway god! How's fishing been? I grew up fishing Pickeral and I know lots of kids who enjoy fishing there. A friend of mine had been telling me about the individual who purchased the land and was trying to close it. He made it sound as though the state was going to allow him to do so. Don't ya just love folks who think they call all the shots, I am glad I'm not this jokers neighbor! I hear he's the militia type.

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Graybuck

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I have been out chasing some crappies and did catch a few walleyes on Swan early in the season. I hope to get up to red and get some of those big crappies. I did get out with Duffman to chase some rainbows.

The guy on pickeral inherited the land from family. He sure has a nice spot, but he closed down the snowmobile thru his property. He can not shut down the twp road that runs right thru his place and if we ever get some snow the snowmobiles still use that road to get to side lake area.

We are hoping to reroute the trail around him.

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