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Made it out on the ice for the first time this year. Found 3" on Baxter, on the south end. It thins a bit as you get towards center. I counted six others fishing as well. Caught a dozen small gills, but nothing really big to speak of.

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Baxter is about a mile from Blue Lake on County Rd 28. From 47, go west on 5 to county Rd 28, and then west on 28 two miles. You'll see it on the right. There is a small landing there to park.

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Baxter is a great little lake with some nice bluegill, crappie and those secret eye's. In the spring the bass fishing can be fast and furious by the outlet.

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Blue is still open in parts, and the ice that is there is not good enough to fish as of yesterday. When it does finally turn to hard water, that's where I plan to put my fish house. Another good one to look at in the Princetom area is Green Lake over on 95.

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Mr....:
You mentioned Green Lake. I typically pursue the often elusive walleye and occasionally hear of good reports from Green.I know of the crappie action there, but can you offer any suggestions for walleye?

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Hey guys. When I'm not deployed to Iraq I fish Blue lake and Baxter quite a bit. In fact, last winter on Blue I got into some decent sized perch on the hump down by the south end of the lake. Maybe when I get back to the states I'll have to meet you guys out there sometime

The Riverbasher

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Riverbasher,

My personal thanks to you and your fellow servicemen for all you have done over the last couple years throughout the world.

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Ray Esboldt
www.marcumtech.com

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Being in the service, do you have access to any hovercrafts? They sure would be useful for ice fishing this year!!!

As both Paul and Ray said! THANKYOU! You guys are doing a great job! Anytime you wanna go fishing when ya get back......You have friends here!

Cory Frantzick

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I've always wanted to fish baxter but my fishing partner says theres no fish in it. So how big are these fish? 3or 4 to the pound. or is it just the fact your getting out for the first time this year? Personaly i'm going to wait untill blue good to go those eyes where biting hard right up till ice started forming.

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There are fish in Baxter sure enough, but I have yet to hear of any woppers coming out of there. Sure there is just a good a chance as any. I know the lake gets a lot of pressure, which I'm sure has a bit to do with the smaller fish. Still a good place to go till Blue gets good and hard. I've been fishing it for a week now. Waiting for Blue also. Got a new fish house all ready for it.

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Sorry to burst the bubble, but baxter is not the lake it use to be. It was a great panfish lake about ten years ago. Then it got fished so hard that it never seemed to rebound like it could have. The decrease in water quality (more curly-leave pondweed and carp) may also be a factor in the decline. I'm sure there is some good panfishing to be had, but it use to be a little "secret" lake that hardly got fished.
Good luck.

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My experience with Baxter is that there are some nice panfish in there, but you have to do a lot of sorting and be willing to move around A LOT. I haven't fished blue a whole lot......maybe I'll have to meet up with you guys and have you show me around blue when I return to Minnesota

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Just talked to my boss that lives by baxter and blue. He said ther was 7-8 guys out in the middle of baxter and 2 portables on the north end of blue by the acess, might have been spearing it's pretty shallow there. I might have to try blue tommorow it's kinda hard to get excited over baxter.
Good Luck, Eric

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Some of you guys do well on Blue for walleyes huh? Last year, me and my buddy iced fished it alot for the 'eyes we heard about but only could pull up one,,, Got some nice perch though... Do you guys fish towards the center of the lake, because I say alot of houses in the area...
Thanx for any help & good luck to everyone!!!

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