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Sinker

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Sinker

Before the weather gets nice and we all stop using the ice fishing forum until next year I thought I would just say how much fun it's been on here with all you guys this year.It was great to meet and fish with several of you.All serious fisherman.I really like the tips I've picked up on here and out on the ice.The river was much better this season than last season.I gave up on it last year and fished other places but this year it was really fun.It's not over yet! Good Luck Fishing!!!

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Mr Special

Hey Guys,
I also have to say that it was great meeting everybody. I'm only disappionted at myself, that I never knew how great the river can be in the winter. As you can see I'm not on the river yet, maybe later this evening. I had to spend this morning plowing. But with the icefishing season coming to an end, that only means that the open water season is just begining. Don't forget Sinker you will always have a spot on my boat this summer, TRZ and Chris your also welcome.

Good luck

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Sinker

Mr. Special, that would be great to fish the river in the boat.Like I said,I've lived in this area all my life and practically lived down at the river as a kid in the summer, but haven't been out on it in a boat very much.I have a small fishing boat that I leave at the camper up north but after talking to you guys I might bring it down and fish in the general area that we ice fish in until the pleasure boats take over.Talk to you later.

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Sinker

Note:On my previous reply I must have accidentally clicked on the "thumbs down" symbol by mistake.I tryed to go back but I couldn't change it.Should have been a "thumbs up"!!!

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Sturgeon46

Sinker - nothing wrong with a small boat on the St Croix. Stick in the many "no-wake" areas and there are lots of fish to be had - - also north of Stillwater can be lots of fun.

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Sinker

Sturgeon46, sounds good.It's an old 14 foot aluminum that I bought from my wife's grandfather but it's solid.The lake it's on is real small and I have an old 5 hp that does ok but I would like to get a little bigger and newer motor for it.I think I'll bring it down this spring.I know as a kid I caught alot of big walleyes right from shore in the spring on the river.Take it easy.

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Mr Special

How did everyone do this weekend. I never made it out Saturday. By the time I got done plowing, blowing and shoveling, it was 5pm and I my back was killing me. Then Sunday came alone and it was just plain cold. Hope everyone else did better than me.

Good luck


Softwater here we come

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