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4 of us fished on Gun lake today and did really well on Crappies. Fished from 9:00 until 1:30, had to quit, in 36' of water and Crappies were suspended from 2 to 10 ft. off the bottom. Vexilar sure does help. 12" of ice on the lake and some were driving on it but used a 4 wheeler.

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How's the access on Gun? The cabin truck is in Duluth. I may have to car it. The sled is on the fritz. I'm driving a low car for now. I try to hit a different lake (near Aitkin) every weekend. I'm guessing there's a town near the hole. You must of headed to the hole and setup just out from the croud. Am I right? Can you offer any? I have time in the area if you want to know what's up here and there. -NS-

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Only about 1" of snow on the lake you should have no problems with a car. Fished by my self north of the island.

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How's the Ice conditions on Gun? Any one been there lately? Thinking of heading up there, also, how has the Crappie/Gill bite been? Appreciate any replies.

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Rod holder I will be heading back up on sunday morning. If you are out before than let me know how the ice is. When I was up there last ice was about 12", should be more now. Good luck

kevin

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Kevin, how long ago were you up there when the ice was 12" When you were up on the 5th?
Rod Holder

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Yeah the 5th was the last time, with he cold it should be a lot better though. Will have the wheeler with just in case but I really don't see a reason for it. Will help to separate from the other guys I will be will if we don't find them right away though.
I will let you know how I do on sunday. Have a good one.

Kevin

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We were up on the 18th and there was a good 16", plenty to drive on. There was no snow on the ice so watch the gas pedal! I'm going to try Gun again this weekend if it doesn't snow. Good luck

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Kupman I will be up there sunday morning, going to start on the north side of the island and if no success there will move to a couple of other spots I know of. If you're in the area on sunday swing in and say hi always nice to meet some of the fellow FMers. I have an otter lodge green in color and there will be a blue tarp collapsable with me.

Kevin

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Will do Kevin, I'll be driving a red Ranger and either have a clam portable or be bucket fishing. We're going up for Palisade winter festival, so Sat and Sun mornings we'll be out. Hopefully it won't be as cold this time, and the fish are hungry! Dave

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Kupman, look for a blue chevy, I have a green otter lodge and will be north of the island


kevin

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12 crappies for 5 of us today, not to good. Marked alot on the vexilar but nothing would bit. You could move the jig up or down and fish would follow.

Kevin

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We fished in 34' of water and fish were suspended anywhere from 2 to 10 ft. off the bottom. Ice was a good 16", no problems driving on the lake.

Good luck and post what you get.


Kevin

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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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    • leech~~
      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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