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bucketmouth64

lake suggestion for mentor

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bucketmouth64

I mentor a 10 year old boy. Was thinking of taking him ice fishing Saturday. Don't have a portable so it won't be an all day thing. I was wondering if any of you have any lake suggestions to catch panfish easily in the north metro area. How is Coon, Crooked, or any other lake doing?

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BDR

Just up the road from you is West Rush. Crappies should keep a 10 y.o. busy. Size is small but they are plentiful. There are a ton of houses out, most are set in likely Crappie locations.

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blk94fiveoh

Might be a little far south but, Forest lake is loaded with tiny perch,sunny's, and crappies. They will bite as fast as you can get your wax worm down the hole. I was out there today, and the largest fish I caught was a 7" sunfish.

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