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Rice Lake

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Was out on Rice last night, three of us caught only 4 keeper crappies. (12 total) Had to work real hard to get them to bite. Weather related? Anyone else get out somewhere last night and have any results? See ya out there.

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Rice was listed (again) in the Minnesota Sportsman I just got, as a December walleye lake in their 2006 month by month "hot spots" article.

I know I'm biased because we have a place on Rice, but between Minn Sportsman and Outdoor News I think it's been a "hot spot" or the the lake of the week about 4 times in the last couple years! I know 2 years ago Minn Sportsman had it as a Top 10 opener lake, and now they list it again. It's only 1500 acres, I think it's a little different than listing Cass, Winnie, Leech or Mille Lacs!

Oh well, expect to see more people out there!

There, I feel better after venting.... smile.gif


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Would you prefer that your lake be terrible fishing? No fish or only stunts? Seriously, I know what you mean. I think that it is because 1)proximity to cities 2)excellent numbers, with good possibility of larger eyes 3)it is relatively easy to work because of size, as opposed to Koronis or the "inland seas" you mentioned. OOPS , now I've gone and done it too shocked.gif.

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You know as well as I do it's been published a few more times than it should! Oh well, they can harvest all the bullheads for us!

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You bring up a very good point and I feel the same way. The banners these papers run for people to go and attack a lake that "MIGHT" have good fishing is a joke! Yeah Koronis is pretty big and has a lot of walleyes, but Rice is much smaller(1/2 the size) and less structured with fish being more concentrated in some areas.

I'd be much happier if they just gave general reports if any, since they feel the need to fill up pages in the papers. These articles by the big papers do nothing but get the local people upset. There was an article about good pheasant hunting in the Paynesville/Willmar area a couple years back and there was nothing but chaos on the public lands, but thanks to some poor weather, most 612'ers went home and never came back for the 'good' hunting.

I know there is the whole issue of bringing in business to an area and getting people out fishing, but there has to be something said about these guys and their ideas on where the good fishing is.

I love to fish my local lakes and make trips around the state too. But when I am pushed off by herds of people, I get a little frustrated.

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