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Wade Joseph

Anyone care to divulge their GO TO lure for Northerns on Sandpoint in mid May? I was planning on throwing spinner baits and inline spinners in the shallow bays since we'll be lucky to have Ice out by May 1st.

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Capt. Quicksteel

Natural Mepps, silver blade, small white twister tail, spinnersizes 3-5. I raised 3 boys on that lake. That's the lure that taught them to cast, play fish, unhook and handle fish etc. Never found anything that worked nearly as well. You've got the pattern figured out. Another thing to try is trolling big Rapala's like tail dancers along and off the rocky points. That works better later in the summer but you'll eventually catch a REALLY big one doing that.

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89Bronco

Gold Rapala Husky Jerk. Biggest one that they make.

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Wade Joseph

Well, I got som HJ's and a few X-raps. Some spinner Baits and a few inlines. Now I gotta figure out how NOT to go mad waiting for the next 29 days to go by.

Is the ice out yet?

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89Bronco

WJ,

Look in the Crane forum a few topics down for "web cam". You'll find links to webcams of Rainy, Crane and Kab. I'm checking them several times a day now. The ice is darker and farther from shore all the time. Won't be long!

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    • delcecchi
      Pepin is natural feature of Mississippi, not man made.   Seems the Chippawa dumps a lot of sand in that causes the mississippi to back up, forming lake pepin.  But the ice going out on pepin is probably due to runoff starting and raising the river level and flow as much as anything.    If I were to compare stuff I would look at average temp for Virginia in march and april of those late ice years compared to this year.  Throw in May for good measure.
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      I can not remember the starting dates on those years but Brent would know! Cliff
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      Yes, had it on wife's iphone when that was the only smartphone in the family.   I think I would have to have one of the huge phablets to be able to see anything but I am old and don't see that well anymore, when it comes to fine detail.   But good you mentioned it since I had forgotten about it. 
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      Thanks for your updates Cliff . Out of curiosity , if this date holds true of Monday April 30th for the start of this years event , would you happen to know how this date sits with past late ice out years , for instance 1996 , 2013 ?
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      Thanks Cliff for the update, and thanks Brett for the info too!