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Winter crappies
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From Princeton MN
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Fellow Anglers,
I am looking for some help finding winter Crappies on The Pond.
We are looking for a lake place 1-1/2 hours from Otsego and Walleye and Muskie’s are on my list and the wife wants crappies and sunfish.
Mille Lacs is at the top of my list and I really need some help proving there are crappies and sunfish to be had on Mille Lacs.
HAPPY WIFE - HAPPY LIFE!
Is someone is willing to let me know where to find them (crappies) during the winter?

Send me private message if you do not want to let everybody know.

Thanking you in advance!


Posted on: 2/11 19:50:05
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Frozen Battery Experience
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11/05/2015
From Princeton MN
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I just wanted to share this and I hope helps someone.
We rented an RV style fish house on Mille Lacs and used our generator to power it. It had a battery (not a sealed lead acid or dry cell battery) in it.
We hooked up the generator and fired up the furnace. After about 8 hours of heating up the fish house we started to smell a sulfur smell (rotten eggs) at about midnight. We were not sure at first what it was. We thought maybe one of the grey water tanks was not dumped and thawed out. A few minutes on Google revealed the answer. The battery started to thaw out and the inverter was charging it causing it to gas out. We opened all the doors and windows and pulled the frozen battery out of the house. We made the decision to walk away from this situation while we still could. If we would have went to bed before midnight I am not sure I would be posting this or anything ever again.

Looking back now, Since I was running the off the generator I should have cut the power to the battery and this would have never happened. Maybe!
The battery was in a vented battery box but not screwed closed.

Google Source:
Over-charging a vented lead acid battery can produce hydrogen sulfide (H2S). The gas is colorless, very poisonous, flammable and has the odor of rotten eggs. Being heavier than air, the gas accumulates at the bottom of poorly ventilated spaces. Although noticeable at first (olfactory detection between 0.001- 0.13 ppm), the sense of smell deadens the sensation with time and potential victims may be unaware of its presence. When the odor is detected, one must turn off the charger, vent the facility and stay outside until the odor disappears. Refer to Section 2.4.2 for proper charging safety tips.

I am not here to bash any resorts/people that is why I will not list names. I just wanted everyone to be safe and take care of yourself.

Posted on: 2/10 21:58:30
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Re: Mille Lacs lake fishing report
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From Princeton MN
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We have been running around in the portable from Lyback's to Red Door (East Side). Fishing has been steady.
Find some structure (Navionics App) and drill several holes. Jig and see if you get any takers before setting up shop.
Smaller jigs tipped with a minnow head has been working. Set line with plain red hook and 4" sucker (sinker 12" above hook).
Here is a trick I have doing with great success in each new hole I drill.
Clam makes a Flutter Spoon (cut off the hair from it), tip it with a minnow head and let it free fall. Stop when you get to about 6 feet off the bottom and jig it a few times. I use the Zoom option on my Vexilar to know when I am 6 feet from the bottom. If there are Walleye there, they will come up and pound it. I have had several fish come up 10 feet from the bottom and pound the jig.

http://stores.clamoutdoors.com/clam/tackle/leech-flutter-spoon-kit.html


Posted on: 1/17 13:26:31
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Re: Otter vs Eskimo for a hub?
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From Princeton MN
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Here is my two cents.
Looked at both and either is a good choice.

I went with the Otter and here is why:

1. The Inside is a lighter color and allows better reflectivity when fishing after dark under LED lights.

2. It has mesh pockets sewn into the ceiling for jackets, hats, gloves.

3. Two ports with flaps for a propane hose.

Sportsman Warehouse in Coon Rapids has both sitting on the floor. The Otter was $369.00.

Happy Shopping!


Posted on: 1/17 12:51:54
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Re: Ion Or Strikemaster electric auger
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From Princeton MN
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This is a great question and I hope to see many responses.

I have an 8" ION and the battery is going (2 years old). I can only drill about 25 holes in two feet of ice. Trying to decide if I should invest any more money in the ION (new battery) or dump it and go to the Strikemaster.

ION is having a blade breaking issue (last 2 years) and they told me they are done supplying them this season.

Strikemaster - I heard is having a battery issue (leaking battery)? Only heard of a couple of people saying this.

If you broke your ION blades please chime in.


Posted on: 2018/2/21 9:20
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Re: Mille Lacs 1/26-1/28
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From Princeton MN
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We went out of Hunters Point this last weekend. Center road to Banana's and went to the left. Fished in 26-30 FOW water in the gravel. Picked up 7 fish Saturday morning to Monday morning (missed about the same amount). Most fish caught from just before sunset to 1:00am. Around 7:00pm used Rattle reels with med suckers and plain red hook. I have about 10 feet of Mono after the braided line on my rattle reels. Jigging spoons with minnow head up three feet from the bottom. Let the jig sit for a while. Get them to chase it if they come up to look at it. Aggressive jigging did not work for us.
I had a walleye come up eight feet from the bottom and pound my sucker minnow. Walleyes ranged from 8" to 27"
Good Luck!

Posted on: 2018/1/31 17:38
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Re: Liberty Beach Access?
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I think it is now called Dickies.
Here is a link to their Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/DickiesOnMilleLacs/

Posted on: 2018/1/8 9:49
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Christmas to New Years
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From Princeton MN
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Like many others, we will be making the voyage to Red between Christmas and New Years.

We usually go out of Rogers. We are thinking of trying Westwind this trip. Artesian Spring Rd (23) is pretty rough the first couple of miles off MN-72. Maybe they repaired it?

Please let me know your thoughts and why you use either Rogers or Westwind or JR's.

p.s.
Al used to work at Rogers and he was fantastic. Took us out and showed us were to set up and fish. He came out and checked on us daily, asking how the fishing was and what others were doing. Refilled a propane tank one day. Fantastic service...

I would like to find another "Al" at one of these places.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


Posted on: 2017/12/19 15:22
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Re: Green Lake near Princeton
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That was a garage fire. No one was injured.
Still 4" of ice.
Be careful out there.

Posted on: 2017/12/19 14:39
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Re: Underwater camera
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From Princeton MN
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I will add my two cents..

I purchased the Marcum Pancam after doing a lot of research and how I would use it.
I found Marcum had the best lens.
I use it outside my house and in shallower water than my bait. Not to scare the fish with the camera the size of a small space ship. I am now sitting in my house watching my Ipad (linked WiFi to the Pancam). waiting and waiting and hoping something will show up! I spin the camera 360 degrees using the Ipad with my finger on the record button while waiting for something to show up. Still thinking something will show up soon.

If you are not catching on. I will explain:

The camera's are a awesome investment for ENTERTAINMENT. BUT, do not let it handcuff you from hole hopping or lake hopping to find fish. Kind of a pain to hole hop with a camera.
Seeing fish on the camera is fun, but I would rather see them in my bucket. I would recommend spending the money on a good flasher or an electric auger and hole hop to find the fish that want to swim in HOT OIL.

My camera sits in a closet and only gets used if I am feeling lazy and there is no snow on the ice and the sun is shinning. Never used it after dark.

p.s. I do have some awesome videos and photos of fish..

That is just my two cents.

Posted on: 2017/2/1 14:54
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