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rickmp

Well, the first opener is almost here, anyone gonna be in the Chisago area lakes for the opener? If so, which one and what types of areas are you going to fish, and how do you plan to target the eyes? Bring your rain gear! See ya on the lake.

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Ray Esboldt

I'll be fishing Pokegama or the Snake River. My parents own a cabin on Pokegama, so it's a no brainer. Plus, it's good to spend as much time as possible with one's Dad while he can still get out.

I usually try pick on the shallow fish (2 to 5 feet) right away before boats start idling over the top of them. Jig and minnow seems to be the best bet most years.

Pokegama seems to be an all or next to nothing lake. I'm hoping for all, but will make the most out of next to nothing.

Good fishing skills to all this weekend. And, please show some respect to other anglers.

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