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droptine06

hey guys, im just wondering if somebody could tell me where there is a good ice fishing lake for this upcoming hard water season. i just moved to the area and im attending college so havent had a lot of time to scout the local waters. thanks in advance for any help you can give me. smile.gif

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tonyjor

In the wintertime, I've had good luck on Bass, Otter, and Cedar lakes.

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Borch

Where are you going to school? That way we can get you set up so thast you're not wasting too much money on gas(leaves more for bait and stuff). Lots of good options out there for panfish and pike. Afew decent options for walleyes.

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alwaysfishin

I have great luck on Pleasant, Grand, and Pearl. You can target mostly anything.

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Captain B.R.K

droptine06- Lots of options around the St.Cloud area for ice-fishing. Crappies and sunfish will make up the majority of your catches. I have fished Pearl and Pleasant (Annandale) and done decent on these lakes. I have also fished Clearwater a handful times for crappies and have had some success.

Bring on the questions and as we get closer to the ice season, reports and more information will flow in.

These last 2 mornings have me thinking the season is around the corner smile.gif

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doods

Had some pretty good jumbo perch action early ice on Little rock lake last year too. Thats just north of St.Cloud.

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Captain B.R.K

Good Point Doods....I totally forgot to mention something about perchin'. Little Rock does get a little pressure for it's perch fishing. I know several of the members that live in the area fished Little Rock this last winter. I think it is more numbers than size there.

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mrth0201

Some good lakes for panfishing would be pearl and Goodners. There not always the biggest fish but you'll catch a decent amount. Little rock lake has it's times for crappies but the lake gets fished pretty hard. If you like perch you'll have no problem catching them. Good luck at school and see you on the ice.

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droptine06

im going to school at st.cloud state. im going to have my portable and stuff down here. so ill be able to go any where. how are the lakes around here for ice. do any of them have spots that a guy should look out for. like places that are always weak. thanks for all the help guys.

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IceHawk

Most of the lakes in the area usally have good ice. I will warn you that the Horseshoe chain does have some iffy spots so be carefull when ventureing out on this system. (The chain is a multitude of lakes inside a river system so there is always current. Most of the bait shops are up on ice condidtions and I will also report ice conditions as I get on the ice frequently!

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Borch

Rice, Little Rock and Koronis all have some suspect spots. In fact with the warm winter last year I don't think I drove a vehicle out. Others did but not me.

As long as you stay away from current areas(usually necked down areas)you'll be ok.

Some of my fgavorites include; Rice, Koronis, Big Lake, Grand, Pearl, Goodeners and the horseshoe chain.

Good Luck!

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al jr

I am writing a general interest article on ice fishing for Cloud Magazine (you may or may not be familiar with it), for the Winter issue, and would like to possibly interview, via email, a local ice fisherman. I would prefer a moderator if that would be possible (IceHawk, Borch, Captain BRK), but help from anyone would be appreciated. If anyone is interested please email me at andrewuphus at hotmail Thanks, Andrew Uphus

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Sartell Angler

any of those choices would be great, but Borch jumps out as someone who seems especially knowledgeable of this area. He would be a great resource.

I'll keep an eye out for the magazine/article.

SA

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oldguide

Lots of good Ice anglers around! Does it matter what lakes they fish on?

Old Guide

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Captain B.R.K

Al jr- you have mail!

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