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Headed out today lookin for some good ice fishing to do on the Zumbro. I was heading out to get a look at the ice and how its holding only to find a guy walking back and he told me there was nothin biting today. Hearing this I decided to head out to Fisherman's Inn for the open ice and just bobber fish for something. A buddy came down to chat with me and he ended up catching about a 10" northern on his first cast. As for my luck, I had a few nibbles here and there, but nothing even aggresive enough to take it. Plenty of fish were up and rolling on the surface as I headed for home at about 6.

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I have been working right by there, in the new developements, and thinking about doing the same sometime after work. How deep is it and what are you using.

Has anybody else noticed all the geese in the morning standing on the banks of the ice next to the water. It looks like all the geese from Sliver lake found there way down there. Just an observation.

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DZ....Those are the same geese. With mild weather they are not forced by ice to stay on Silver Lake.

If you are speaking about the condo going up, the fishing is not so hot there. The water is shallow and structureless.

Go to Fishermans and cast off the dock to your left as you drive into the parking area for the public fishing access. You'll find the water at about 9 feet in front of you with a gentle current moving from left to right. Use a slpi float and get down about 6 feet for crappies and near the bottom for the panfish.

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CT is right on that one. Currently though, the left side is still frozen over with about an inch or two of ice. Straight out on the pier is for the most part without structure, but you will have a few wandering crappies and bluegills out there. The northerns are usually hitting if you fish the edge of the ice sheet with a spoon.

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I have been working at the housing developements by Fisherman's Inn, and drive down there every morning just to see how the ice is doing and always wondered how the fishing was in the open water. Thanks for the tips guys.

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What are the rules on how many poles you can use. In open water it is one and on the ice you can have 2? Why is that?

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DZ,

Correct. 1 rod if fishing open water. 2 rods if standing on ice.

Rules are rules bud. Who knows exactly why they came up with those numbers. In SoDak its 2 on open water and 4 atop ice.

I'm sure the figures have something to do with how much water you can cover. Also, the more rods you have, the better chance of deep hooking a fish, or letting a fish swallow the hook.

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I figured it had something to do with covering the area, Just wondering if there were any other reasons, guess not. I grew up fishing the mississippi (most ofter) and when I got back into fishing it was kind of a shock to see I could only use one pole in the boat. Thanks Tyler

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