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lrrpinman

Is anything happening on Pokegama in Pine City?

I heard that the lake has a good crappie population.

Any walleyes?

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GenzisGod

Went out last Sunday afternoon. Caught a dozen nice crappies and one bluegill. Marked fished 80% of the time that were 2-3 feet thick. After 5 the bite slowed down and you really had to work hard to get them to bite. They would chase the hook all over but wouldn't touch it. Not sure on the walleyes. Good luck to you!

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meggielou9340

(fyi: based on summer fishing experience only)

Walleyes are few and far between. My sister pulled a 10 1/2 pounder out of there a few years ago. Nice crappies are abundant and the sunnies are the some of the biggest I've seen. Ever had to weigh your sunnies before deciding to keep them or not? We do in the summer or we'd be over our limits in an hour! We use the little red glow jigs meant for ice fishing in the summer with a little gob of crawler or angle worm. Heck, they'll hit the jig with no bait sometimes!

Please let me know if you find 'em and I'll join you. I'm off to Mille Lacs this weekend but maybe next I'll try Pokegema. Good Luck!

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TRITC

How's the ice look, are they driving out?

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GenzisGod

We took a 4-wheeler out, but people were driving all around with full size pickups. I would take a pickup out also, the next time I go. About 14 inches of good ice everywhere we drilled. Use common sense, we did not check the whole lake out obviously.

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Northland Sportsman

So how was the fishing? I was thinking of trying Pokegema this weekend but haven't heard of how the bite is.

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rosspj59

Genzisgod, Are very many of the crappies you catch white ones? The dnr website says there is a fair number of white crappies in there. Also, any advice on depth you had success in? I will report if I make it there. Thanks for your post.

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GenzisGod

Went out on Saturday, drove the pickup out, and didn't do good at all. Went to 17 feet of water, same as last weekend, and didn't mark many fish at all. Drilled about another 20 holes and couldn't find fish anywhere. There were a lot more houses by us and also a lot of traffic going by. Don't know if this makes a difference or not. Not sure about the white crappies, didn't catch any. Time to move to our other "honey hole" on this lake. Neighbor went out Sunday, and left in 2 1/2 hours as he had his limit.

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Fished saturday from 9-1:30 pm. Caught some good sunnies and crappies. Fished in 15 feet of water. Fish were very spooky and picky. Try to fish away from others and be quiet. Once I caught a fish I had to wait a while till they would come back in. I think because the water is so stained the fish here are more in tune with noise and vibrations than other lakes because they cannot rely on sight as much. Most of the fish would come and look at your bait and not bite. I think these were sunfish, but I don't have an underwater camera to verify. Also caught a few fish in 19 feet of water when I first arrived at the lake. Keep moving till you find them. You may have to wait a while for them to come back to the hole after you drill. Caught my fish on chartruese ratfinke with waxworm. Never tried minnows, but talked to a guy who caught a crappie on one.

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