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Heading up to grand rapids next weekend to grab a fish house and do a little ice fishing. We will be near little split hand. Have done ok for crappies on that lake but never any eyes so trying to find a lake near it thats good for eyes/ perch. Is Siseebakwet a pretty good lake to try?

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I should be up in the Splithand area also this up-coming weekend. Sounds like the ice is "safe" at least for walking. Will be going up with my brother and two other buddies so we will be spreading out duiring the day trying to hammer a pettern then setting up the 4 man shack for the night bite.

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sugar is a tough lake might be able to find something by the sunken rocks in the evening or the early morn.

Jason

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is this lake also known as sugar then? Any suggestions on a good lake around there then. Will be working on the ice house mostly but would like to get out for a couple hours.

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Hey wmn luv me walleye fearme how goes the battle? Its been a a while.

Hope you are well

I've had great perch fishing on Winnie since the last time we spoke. I spent quite a bit of time fishing up there this past summer and did very well. Even managed to catch a few eyes in the process.

The wife and I are heading up in January to fish the Ice series and maybe try a couple different lakes in the area.

Enjoy the new fish house.

"Your bobbers down!"

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Whats been up bobber boy. I havent been up to winnie for a while. Got one trip up to lake of the woods mid january and hoping to get up to winnie this year in march. Starting to look like I'll be doing more work on the house this week then fishing. Splitting a house with a buddy and putting it on independence for the winter. If i get some time maybe I will hit pokegama instead. Good luck to ya this year

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Checked the ice on Sherry's Arm last night-4 to 6" until you get to 12-14 ft of water than it thins to about 2 1/2". Been seeing some houses out on windego side but don't know how much ice. Good luck & keep your stick on the ice.

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WENT OUT ON SHERRY'S ARM TODAY AND HAD 5" IN 28 FEET. I HAVE FISHED IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE FOR THE PAST THREE DAYS AND HAVEN'T HAD AS MUCH TROUBLE WITH SMELT AS LAST YEAR. ANYONE ELSE HAVE TROUBLE WITH THE SMELT BEFORE DARK LAST YEAR?

GOOD LUCK cool.gif

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norball-where bouts on the arm are you fishin? Went out last nite before dark - 4" in 24' of water and the ice is good and hard. Had a few smelt come thru bout 18' but not like last year. Sometimes last year the smelt would take up just bout all the screen on the locater. I'm out bout 250 yds off shore. More ice closer in. Good Luck & Keep Your Stick On the Ice.

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Hey guys,

What's yer preferred fishing depth out there for walleyes and slimers? I was out on the north shore of Sugar Bay yesterday afternoon and found alot of small perch from 22'to 27'. I set a tip up in 13' with a salted smelt and jigged in a couple different holes in 22'. I only caught 1 3-4lb slimer. With all the small perch around, I thought I would've caught a few more northerns. Do the 'eyes and gators relate to deeper water with the smelt that are in there? A couple years ago I speared this same area and every gator I got had smelt in it's gut. Lots of 3-5lb gators, perfect eaters. About 6" of ice where I was.

Brian

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Ended up going to splithand out of dirty d's I think its called. Was only out there for and hr and a half. 8-9 inches of ice, no fish though

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bmc-20 to 25' is where I try t fish for walleyes and get northerns there too. I don't fish for northerns but manage to get them any way. Used to put the spear house in bout 12' so I'm thinkin the northerns just go any where they want to. Been gettin a couple eye's now and again but sometimes not- thats fishin! Feels real good to get out on hard water again. Good Luck and Keep Your Stick On The Ice.

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hookset 31 I LIVE ON THE THIRD BAY FROM LITTLE POKEGAMA OFF OF SHERRY'S ARM RD., I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM WITH THE SMELT FILLING THE GRAPH SCREEN LAST YEAR AND HAD TROUBLE CATCHING EYE'S. TWO YEARS AGO I COULD JUST ABOUT GET MY LIMIT EVERY TIME OUT. I HAVE BEEN GOING UP TO WINNIE AND ICED A FEW EYES LAST NIGHT. MOST OF THE TIME I DON'T USE TIP UPS AND JIG TWO SWEDISH PIMPLES OR DEMONS ON POKEY. HOW BOUT YOU WHAT HAS BEEN WORKING IN 22 FEET?

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norball-been usin the same stuff-anything that jiggs with action. tippin ahalf minnow- workin bout 2" off bottom. been kinda slow lately but manage to pick up 1 or 2 most the time. Couple years ago was great- wouldn't even have to jig sometimes and they would just smack it.

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