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Has anyone been on the ice yet? I've been too busy to check it out myself. I hope to get out there this weekend for some R and R.
Thanks guys.

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A few people have been out everyday in portables. A few guys have tip ups out. I live on the lake but havent talked to any of these guys yet or fished myself. I will bet a few more will be out this weekend if the weather is good. Hopefully sombody posts that has been fishing.

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Thanks for the update. I'll be heading out there Saturday with some tipups. I know the northerns are big, but they can produce some good action. I think my biggest one in the last 3 years is only about 3 lbs. Has anyone caught anything with a size out there?

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We had out lines in from 9:00 to about 11:00. Two flags in the first 15 minutes, two more over the next hour and a half. We had shiners on two lines and suckers on the other two lines. All flags came on shiners. We caught one northern 26", the other two were throwbacks. Overall, it was fun for the first time. Hope to get out again soon.

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ER,
Thanks for the report. It sounds like you had fun on a nice december day. E-mail me if you plan to visit Francis again and i will help you if you also go after panfish. I was out tonight and did well.
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Elk River. Thanks for the offer Joker, maybe I'll look you up if I head out there again anytime soon.

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Fished francis on Saturday and Sunday during the daylight for sunnies and northern. The northern bite went well in 15ft of water but the sunnies were a no show. 13 inch of ice in the middle of lake and vehicle travel just starting up. Will be out some nights the rest of the week. good luck to all. <////<

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