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I'll be staying on Little Turtle over the new years long weekend and would like to find some sunfish or crappie that I can catch during the day. Anyone know of a lake or spot that they could point me towards? I was thinking about Pokegama from what I've read but if I don't have to go that far I won't. I've never had much luck on Little Turtle, but the family I'm staying with doesn't ice fish much.
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I would give Burns a shot. I believe it is just a bit East of you. Had some consistent action there in the past-not dinner plate size, but enough to make the day an enjoyable one.. Good Luck.

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There are some Bluegills and Crappies to catch in Little Turtle. I usually have to fish in the weeds on the flats for Bluegills and fish the deeper hole in mid lake for Crappies. They have been known to bite better in the evening. If you have a 4 wheeler or snowmobile and want to experiment during the day, look up Doc, Smith, Fox, Baldy or Jack The Horse Lakes on your map. These are much closer for you
and all have good panfishing. There's a little lake just south of Marcell called Forest Lake and this has been a good Crappie Lake in the past. I have not been there in a couple of years, but it's a nice little walk in lake.

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Early Bird Fishing Guide Service
Phone: 218-246-2375
North-Central Minnesota
Lakes Country
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Hey EarlyBird, do you ice fish Smith Lake any? If so which one, have you ever caught any crappies with any size?

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8 ball,

Burns is a favorite of mine in the summer. Lots of pannies and largemouth bass to keep my kid's busy. No real monsters, but decent one's depending on how the year class is. I've thought about trying it for ice fishing, but think I'd need an atv or snowmobile to get to the productive fishing. The east side of the narrows is mainly shallow I believe. Any tips you may have could be sent to me at [email protected] if you're so inclined. I may even give you a tip or two for summer fishing out there.

bmc

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Early,

Forest, eh??? I've fished forest in the summer, but I've never caught any crappies. Mostly northern and bullhead. Are there some slabbers in there??? If so where do you get them?

I'm fishing Big Ole this weekend. My first time ice fishing there after open water fishing the lake for nearly 25 years. Should be interesting. I really don't know what to expect. Worth a shot.

Fish On!

Iron Man

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Hey fellas, I'm sorry I didn't get back on here before the weekend, but I had fishing trips every day and wasn't around.

Smith and East Smith both have Crappies, but you're more likely to find good ones in East Smith. One advantage of fishing Smith(the one with the cabin on the island)is that those Crapiies will bite in the day time. I have taken people with children to that lake because of the high likelyhood of getting some good action. To a kid, 3 to a pound Crappies are okay. It's hard to do much better than that though.

Forest Lake has one fairly deep hole on your way to the North East corner. It's been a while since I've been there, but the Crappies are in the 3/4 pound range.

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The Early Bird-Jeff Sundin
Early Bird Fishing Guide Service
Phone: 218-246-2375
North-Central Minnesota
Lakes Country
E-mail: [email protected]

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