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Where can I go this weekend in search of some trout. It is my buddys birthday and he wants to catch some trout. Any information would be greatly appreciated. We will be staying on turtle lake in marcell, mn but willing to drive. Thanks.

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Ditto on Caribou. I fished there last Sat. and caught two nice lakers. I was using airplane jigs tipped with a minnow. You will have to drag you house down the road to the boat launch because they have the access gate closed. I used a snowmobile to drag my house.

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Doc,
Were you straight off the access heading towards the other side of the lake about 1/2 way out? I was out there last year bouncing a sweedish pimple with a little trout power bait right on the bottom about 5o ft and picked up a really nice Laker. Best eating fish I ever caught!!

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Went to Caribou on Sun. Pretty dead. The house next to me caught a 2.5lb laker in 18ft of water! We both ended up moving into the 50ft range though after not seeing anything else for several hours. Didn't help much cause we still didn't see anything. Oh well, it was still fun!

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Where is this Caribou That you speak of? Going up this weekend and I've never fished for trout.

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Kokan, Yes I did start out straight out from the access. That was me strugling with the auger for 10 min before I figured out the throttle plate was frozen! I worked across the lake and caught the fish in the corner next to the far point. Have you done well there in the past?

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Doc,
Is the far point you are referring to, on the North side of the lake? I really have not fished that side much. The one time I did, I didn't even see any. Sounds like I may have to try it again though. I usually head strait out from the access and a little left about midway. There is a bar that runs around 40-50 ft parallell to the access shoreline. I usually fish there and have done well in the past (one or two 2-3 lb)Yes, that is a good day for me!

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P.S.
The laker I referred to above that was caught in 18ft of water was on the south end near the tree structure sticking out of the ice.

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I did not actually look at the fish. but that could be a really good possibility. I have caught more Splake out of that lake than anything. But usually deeper than that. If I see that guy out there again, I will ask him.

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    • Bobberwatcher
      I don't see ice going out til April. Some more 50 degree temps on the way, but still getting near or below freezing most nights and an extended forecast I saw is showing highs around 30 and even some single digit lows at night for the last couple weeks March. Little if any rain too. 
    • Bobberwatcher
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    • SkunkedAgain
      There aren't a lot of cabins in the bay to begin with, a whole other bonus! For the folks on the south side of the bay, it's an access issue as well. People in general are less likely to go in the winter when you don't have road access, because now you introduce ice conditions, snow depth, darkness, cold, and other factors into the trip. While I have always enjoyed those challenges, it is much different to drive up on a Friday night and pull up to your place versus get there at 10pm, unload machines and gear, and go across the lake at night with gear in tow. I love it. My wife hates it. My daughter is in the middle.   Enjoy it up there.
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    • Rick G
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    • CigarGuy
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