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Here's what I've learned about the area lakes over the past week from word of mouth and first hand observation.

I found pretty good ice, 5" to 7" on the big lakes. ATV travel seemed pretty safe. I also found lots of people. Seems I wasn't the only one chomping at the bit. The fishing was O.K. I found good numbers of somewhat skittish crappies. But in my endless quest to find bigger and more eager fish, I frittered away most of the daytime hours and never returned to the ones I found. The walleye fishing was poor. I only iced one the in 3 days. It was a little over 23", but that barely made up for the amount of time I put into it. But hey, they call it fishing not catching.

I also heard a rumor of a 10lb. walleye out of Rush (East or West) during the week. Did anyone else hear that?

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Hey Bornofice, I did not hear anything about Rush - But then again I did not ask! I will do some asking of the local anglers and Sport Shops and let ya know what I hear. My experience on Rush has not been that good. I must be doing something wrong. I only catch small crappies (everytime I have been out there. Fair numbers of them but to small to keep, 5 to 7 inchers. If you know more about this lake let me know.

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