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big trav

ice fishing the 'sippi?

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big trav

has any one tried to fish thru the ice up here on the mississippi?so many fish and so few people fish this resource,i fish it alot in the summer and i might see 15 boats the whole year.any one have any info?or maybe anyone want to hook up and be retarded together and try it?

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deerwoody

It is definetly worth a shot Trav,not so sure about the ice though.Do you by chance drive a black ford truck?

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fishfearme

There are quite a few backwater bays around the airport that can safely be fished in the winter.

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big trav

yep woody, black with yellow graphics.

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big trav

I know of the backwater bays,and have fished them.I was thinking more on the lines of fishing the main flowage.maybe!LOL

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Bobb-o

there is some pretty good walleye fishing right off of the trommald landing on the 'sippi. also get some decent crappies every so often.

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big trav

hey woody,are you the Aaron originaly from hayfield Mn?

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blanch

I'm not very familiar with the river in your area, but I know the fishing has been very good south of the Little Falls area. Alot of northern and walleye action.

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deerwoody

You guessed it Trav,we will have to try to hook up sometime.

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big trav

ya we do,i havent run into you since that night at the hawk.LOL or dont you remember HA HA HA. you want to go try the river this weekend or afterwork this week,i will go first since im the smallest(did i say smallest i ment dumbist)?

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big trav

hey blanch,do you fish the main river or back waters?

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deerwoody

I have nothing going all week,I am done with work @ 3:30 everyday.The hawk night was a dandy,I think.Call me this week 218-838-4250.I have also been on a good bite on Mille lacs,we could try the river too.It has been a while since I have tried the river,the only place I have ice fished was private access but the guy has since moved.Call me tommorow my phone is dead tonight.

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big trav

ok i'll give you a call tommorow,i'm done with work at 1:00.If we dont hit the river we can hit the ice somewhere,so many fish,so little time.

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blanch

A little of both. But it's been better in the backwater. For some reason anywhere from 6-12' has been the best. Although I was out last night after getting back from OT and didn't snag a thing.

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      The 6.5 is A great round.
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