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D-man/ if they are fishing in Brainerd then my little panfish lakes must be froze. I'm going up as soon as I can. I wonder if the big G is froze?
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Are you sure we'll still have ice in March? lol If there is enough ice on Mille Lacs I'll be pullin out my little red shanty. Hopefully the big pond will freeze tomorrow night. DNR website said 8 degrees for Aitkin tomorrow night. Pray for no wind.
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D-man/ I can't see theres 4 inches, Steve Jr. was ther today got a limit of crops. Going there Tuesday.
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Ray and the breakfast club went there today. They are going to give me a report tonight. Steve said that Hickory and Little Pine were also froze. So many choices!
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The big "G" is not frozen with safe ice yet. there are still open spots. The big "G" is a secret. sssshhhhhhhhhh.
I did catch some huge crappies (13.5 inches) on a different area lake though

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Anyone here have an idea as to what a big Bluegill really is? Typically I don't consider a bluegill nice until it reaches about 9 inches(3/4#)and big until about 10 inches. Those are nice gills.
There is also a trick to get a bluegill to hit, much as a Crappie. Its all in worm positioning and jig orientation.

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"Gaurdian Fish" is something that few people are aware of...and would never know exist without the aid of electronics.
But gaurdian fish can hinder an effort to catch fish. A gaurdian fish is typically a single fish suspended about 2-4 feet above the rest of the school. Other fish will not come above this fish, and typically the so called "gaurdian fish" is not catchable.
However, if you do catch the guardian fish it is typically a large sized one. Are the fish really that smart? I dont know but its a trend I have seen on many lakes when fishing panfish.

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Pro Crappie Guide,
Are you for hire? If so, How can I get ahold of you?

Seabass77

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Fleming has a large population of Crappies, however the size runs mainly in the 4-8 oz. range.
A few years back Crappies ran 10 oz and better, but now due to some really strong spwans in the recent 3-4 years, the smaller fish dominate.

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Just wanted to know if any one had heard of a ice report for Minnewawa or Big Sandy. I was going to call Big Sandy sports or Willy's to see but I always like to hear from the other people. Last Sunday there were 3 brave souls in the middle of minnewawa's main bay, but no one in the narrows. I am taking a friend and his family up there this weekend and need to see if it is ok for walking
Lets pray "ice"

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Big Sandu is a lame duck yet...still lots of open water. Some of the bays have ice, but open spots speckle the ice cover. Still going to be a while for Sandy'.

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    • Brianf.
      There's not much snow left from what I can see on our Ring cam.  This is facing North across Niles Bay.  Also, the temp is 44 at this moment so what snow might be left is going fast.  
    • 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
      His guide business harvests less than 1,000 teal a year. The state of Louisiana harvests over 150,000 teal a year and over 2 million ducks total. If that makes sense. 
    • leech~~
      Maybe I'm confused, but I hope one guide is not killing anywhere near the birds as an entire state of hunters?  
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...   Ice fishing continues strong and it is still winter on the border.    Overnight temps in the teens and twenties are maintaining ice nicely.  Fishing continues to be excellent.  It has been an incredible year for walleyes and saugers with both numbers and size.     Resort fish houses and sleeper fish houses are available.  Some ice roads are allowing pickup trucks pulling wheelhouses as well.  Check with each individual ice road for specific limits.   As always, and certainly this year, it is important to stay on the resort ice roads.  It is tempting to go off on your own as there isn't much snow, but that is a risky move any time of the year.  Resorts and outfitters keep their roads on the best ice and monitor it numerous times per day.   Lake of the Woods enjoys an extended ice fishing season each year.  Fish houses are allowed on the ice through March 31st, the walleye / sauger season goes through April 14th and the pike season never ends.   The majority of ice fishing for walleyes and saugers is taking place in 24 - 34 feet of water.  Jigging one line and using a live minnow on the second line is the way to go.   Pike anglers fishing shallower shoreline breaks and reporting good activity and big fish.  Pike activity will only increase as we approach the month of March.  Arming your spread with a mixture of live and dead baits will allow you to quickly figure out what the pike wants that day. Alewife, smelt, herring, numerous sizes of live suckers, or even large shiners work well. On the Rainy River...  Most ice fishing is taking place on the lake.  There are a couple of resorts that ice fish on the Rainy River.  Know ice conditions or work through a resort or outfitter for safety.    The river is open east of Birchdale.  Those who enjoy the spring open water season on the river are optimistic the river will open early.  Is your boat and fishing gear ready when it does? Up at the NW Angle...   Another very good week of ice fishing up at the Angle.  Walleyes, saugers, jumbo perch, eelpout, pike and some big crappies in the mix.   Water conditions are clearer this winter compared to most.  For that reason, the morning and evening bites have been stronger than midday overall. Jigging one line and deadsticking the second line is the way to go.  Electronics help in determining what the fish want that given day and will up your catch of fish.   Ice fishing has been excellent, come on up.  It's still winter on the border! 
    • 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 
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