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I have been out on Maple a couple of times in the past couple weeks and have caught a couple of nice walleyes and a couple crappies but nothing great so far. Graphed alot of fish but couldnt get most to bite. I stopped in at the bait store and all the reports were that they have been doing quite well on maple for walleyes. Have heard a couple of other people saying they did well last weekend. I think I will go out tonight or tomorrow morning and see if I can find them again.

I was wondering if anyone else had any information on Union lake for winter ice fishing. I know it was good this summer for walleyes but I dont know exactly where to fish. Has anyone been out there? Any reports would be cool.


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Have been out on Maple acouple times. Seems that the bigger fish want a lot of action. I have been out twice and put one rig down with Crappie Minnow and little jig and a swimming Rap on the other. I have gotten five nicer walleyes one around 4 on the rap and on little walleye and a small crappie on the Live bait. So lots of action is key to what I have found out. Where have you been fishing on maple at? Not that familiar with the lake that much just started fishing it this winter. Keep me posted with Union Haven't fished it but Christmas Break is coming up.

Keep your stick on the ice

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Thats pretty good. On saturday a buddy and me went out and caught four nice eyes out from rocky point. Too much fishing pressure to really do much moving around. Yesterday we went out from breezy point and didnt do so hot. Saw a few nice walleyes caught but not much from out houses.

Might try again tonight but not sure where we will be going. I know the eye bight on Union was good this summer and would like to get out and try it sometime but I am not too sure of the ice conditions on the lake yet. I will send in a report tomorrow morning on how we did.


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Is the rock point on the east side of the lake? I have been going out right in front of a little access which to me seems to be on the North East side of the lake. I'm not up to date on the lay out of the lake yet. Did you have any luck tonight? Homework kept me from heading out there. Might hit up the lake on Sunday and just wondering if the crappies are starting yet.

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No luck last night, one walleye and one crappie over four hours of fishing. Some poeple are beginning to drive out there which along with the snow made for very slushy conditions. My buddy and I were walking out and he fell through a 10' hole that had not been frozen over but was covered in snow. Man o Man you should have seen the look on his face, he thought he went clean through!!!
Talked to one guy that lives on Union and he said that there is not many fishing but a lot of people are beginning to spear and are doing quite well.


Chuckster

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Are they getting any size out there on Union? I don't know for sure where it is for sure. None of the guys have been out to Maple for acouple days. WHat have you been using for bait?

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OK..thanks Fisky.

I wasn't sure if it was a smaller set of lakes off the upper Red River or not. I took a gander at the map, long way off the rivers.

Eh..But I don't care.

Just so not TOO many lake rats find there way in her is all.

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Maple Lake has been pretty good but that lake can be so off and on day to day.

I was out there last week from 12:30 to 8:00pm. 10-12" ice. I took home 3 eyes @ 2-3#, 3 crappies that went 10+", and gave away 2 nice Pike. I also had on two fish that snaped my 15# ice line?????? Must have been large Pike??

Best bite time starts at 12:30 noon. 11 feet of water and 10-12" off the bottom.

I was out from Breezy point.

Happy fishing fellas.

Union lake is another story.. This summer was not very good for eyes... with any luck winter will be better.. Now is the best time for eyes on Union.. be careful of the ice though.. that lake takes a long time to get good ice and watch out for springs.. that lake is dangerous if you dont know where you are going.

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Crookston, MN
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