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Any reports on potato for eyes? Will be there this weekend. Plan on fishing around sunken island, main lake north end, (south/east corner. Plan on setting up in 18-20', tip ups in 14 and 24'. Any suggestions appreciated, Rick

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Rick-
How have you been? Any luck on Lake Alex. since I saw you last?
I have a cabin on Eagle lake which is connected to Potato. We fish Potato a few times each summer but the last few years it hasn't been very good. I haven't tried ice fishing it yet but might try it next weekend. Please post how you do. Can you get on Potato at the public landing on the west arm with an ATV? Wish I could be more help. I do have some GPS cooridinates for some of the mid lake reefs if you need them.
Good luck
Nels

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Nels, good to hear from you. No I have not been fishing since seen you last. My mother passed away in Ohio and I'm the executer, so was gone a couple weeks. I have a time share on potato, a week in feb and another in october. In winter, I go from condo with atv right onto lake. I have a gps so I know a little about the lake. This past fall, 1st week in oct was decent fishing. Last feb got shunked, fished 10-12 hrs a day for a week and nothing. Past years have had decent luck, but last year one high pressure after another. Hoping to get a few this time. Will start around the island and go deeper in day. I have a couple areas to try. Will let ya know and good fishin, Rick

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Nels, not much luck with eyes. Only caught 2. 1 (18) & 1 (16). Caught 1 in 17' and another in 26'. They were in west arm, on NE area by entance to main lake. Tried main lake area at big sunken island. fished 10' to 30 and only northerns. Went about 150 yds south, into 30-45" and nothing. Oh well, will wait now for soft water. Dood luck, Rick

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It looks like my wife has different plans for me this weekend. Oh well at least you didn't say that you caught your limit. That would have just added salt to the wound. Thanks for the report. Hope you have better luck this summer.
Nels

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    • rundrave
      @Rick G   have you changed your approach or how you are fishing with no snow cover this year? It seems to really have changed things. Fish are spooky to  any movement above the ice.  Even just jigging a rod with your hand etc. spooks fish. Weed lines are not dying off etc., fish are staying up shallower etc.   I have had a lot more luck just dead sticking and bobber fishing and being away from holes or intentionally drilling holes in slush pockets or drifts to eliminate shadows etc.
    • smurfy
      Awesome cause Rick!!👍👍👌
    • Rick G
      Fishing has been pretty good for the most part with the exception of a slow day mixed in here and there. Been on a few different lakes in the last week. Ice conditions continue to fluctuate depending on warm and cold spells.  Right now there is 7-8 inches on the lakes I have been on. Snow cover is just about gone again, and with the warm days coming I think our ice season might be coming to an end locally.  Today I fished with a good buddy and we were on a mission... To find enough fresh fish to feed the folks at a local veterans home Friday dinner.  Mission accomplished!!!   Found a good mix of perfect eater size fish😁.   
    • leech~~
      Thanks for clearing up your statement.  So what is the daily limit down there?  
    • SkunkedAgain
      How thick is the snow on the lake? Is there any left?
    • Kettle
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      Maybe I'm confused, but I hope one guide is not killing anywhere near the birds as an entire state of hunters?  
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
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    • Kettle
      There's only one Waterfowl guide in the country that I went to. He runs about 20 trips a year. So he harvests about 185,000 less teal a year than some of the individual southern states. In MN, lots of the teal are gone before the early teal season 
    • leech~~
      Wow, don't want to be one of those guys.  But, you don't think such liberal limits down there, hurts the northern population next spring?  
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