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Ghotierman (and others)...Going to be up on Ida again Thursday night for a 4 day weekend. WooooHoooo...Just wondering what the outlook for bait this upcoming weekend is? Mainly the availability and size of the redtails and leeches (are the jumbo leeches really JUMBO??). Also, I know I have asked this before but forget now, I don't think I'll be in Thurs. night early enough so what time is someone going to be around there in the morning? I'll be waiting at the door (unless I choose to go to Miltona on Friday for some skies'???)

One more thing. On Jay's area report he mentioned eyes moving to "spring staging areas" What kind of areas on Ida would you put in this category (shoreline points, mid-lake structure, etc.)just curious.

Once again I will be in a 2001 blue and tan 1775 Lund Pro V with a 75hp (tiller) 4 stroke mercury, Vantage trolling motor on the back side. If anyone is out on Ida stop on by and say hi, I'll be out there. Have a safe weekend. See Ya!!!

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WW...we've got redtails, shiners, fatheads, nice crawlers...but alas, the leeches are about done. Jumbos have been gone for a couple weeks, and the M/L i've got left may be my last batch. Redtails seem to be the minnow of choice...or the river shiners.

Staging areas on Ida would be off the deep points, and the deep humps. The bite there still seems to be running in the 28-35 foot range. Look for the 'eyes to start some shallow foraging as the water continues to cool. If the weather continues as it has...try picking 'em out of the weeds. A little more work, and they tend to be scattered, but they'll use the shallow weeds all summer....'course you'll have to fend off the bass....

Best pattern (most efficient) would probably be to rig the edges of the deep humps.
I'll be opening at 5 am on Friday!

good luck and good fishing...

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915 Hwy 29 N NE
Alexandria, MN 56308
(320) 763-9598

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Helpful as always G-man, thank you. I am really starting to get fired up for this weekend! Like I said, if I don't decide to go to Miltona on Friday morning for skie's I will be there waiting or shortly after you open to stock up. Good Luck to everyone else!

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