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Does anyone fish area lakes for whitefish through the ice?

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snowfighter

The only lakes in the area that have white fish ,that I know of are Big Turtle and Big Ballclub maybe others, most lakes have tulipees that you will catch right with the crappies, they are usually higher up from bottom.

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deerdragger

I've picked up one or two over the past few years on Pokegama - usually when I'm targeting crappie.

I stumbled into a decent bite just this past week out there, actually. I've been fishing Windigo Arm, over about 30 feet of water. They come through about 15-20 feet below the ice and seem to prefer the good ol' time tullibee rig: a daredevil spoon tied upside-down (treble removed), with about 14 inches of mono tied to the end - with a small panfish jig tipped w/ a waxie. Jig the heck out of it. Color hasn't really mattered.

They're averaging around 15-16 inches - perfect smokers.

I've lived in the GR area for about 5 years and it has always surprised me that there aren't many people who target them. Or maybe the few folks that do are really protective of their spots.

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I got into some on Sherry's arm this past weekend. Sure was nice out there on the ice. I have always been hesitant to eat them since they smell so awful. You say they're good though...true?

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I just saw your post in the recipe section and see that you were pleased with the smoking results. Great! I'm excited to try it next time. They are such a beautiful fish, it would be great to enjoy them on the table, too.

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Smoked, they taste every bit as good as salmon. I've never had them any other way. They are a stinky fish to catch though.

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