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went out ice fishing in St croix country at pine lake tonight Monday 2nd. Big cold front moved in today and could see a lot of fish with my vexlar but most werent hungry. Cought only 8 small crappies. Hope others are having better luck than me. Just disapointed i cant get out till sunday again. OH yeah theres 4 inches on pine and making ice.

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Hello guys,

I have always wanted to try Pine Lake from the many visits there while passing through the area. It's a cool looking lake. I want to try Pine but don't know where to go. How deep is the lake and what should one expect for quantity and size of panfish? Thanks...


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Pine lake Has very A TON of crappies in it. You dont catch anything during the day at least where i fish then once it gets dark my vexlar filles up with crappies. A lot of 9 10 inchers but you do pull out some 13 14 inchers. Not the best for size but alot of quantity. Its around 20 feet max. Fish where the iceshakes are to catch a lot of crappies.

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Minnows or waxies work best? Aren't there any sunnies in there? Looks like there would be a ton of them. What depth do you fish em? I would love to try my new fl-18 there but I have that stupid 12 degree cone angle. Afraid it may be a bit too shallow for that.....Thanks for the info... I am literally coming apart at the seems to get out there....Maybe this weekend...

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Minnows work great smaller crappies minnows. There isnt a lot of sunnies. if you fish out here fish at night. Fish in water around 13 feet. On the lake where the boat landing is if you are standing on the boat landing the best spot is across the lake in the bay about a hundred yards out. ITs a big mudflat that the crappies are all over.

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how do the fish taste out of there? The lake seemed really green everytime I visited it. Is there Nitrogen runnoff from the farms or something? Also, 100 yds toward teh bay...you mean slightly to the right of the boat landing...straight out? Thanks..

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Sorry about all the verbage but I am dripping wet with excitement to get out... 9-10 inch craps weigh about how much do you think? A 12" dump is somewhere just over a pound...I think....

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The average crappie is around 7 or 8 sorry guys. BUT we did pull the OCASSIONAL 12 13 inchers out of there. There is a couple of pine lakes that we could be talking about. Im talking about the one about 7 miles north of somerset right next to Red Oak Game Farm. I am not sure if it will be as good as it was last year because there was a big house and they were pulling in Im not kidding 75 crappies a night. They were fishing close to 10 guys out of this thing. I plan on being out there Saturday morning for some Tip ups for northerns. maybe see one of you there.

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Are you giving me the old broken compass act? He he .... I am talking about the Pine just North of Baldwin. It's a pretty cool lake and it looks deadly for panfish but I've never fished it. If you know of the one near Baldwin, what do think?

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There's lots of Pine lakes-- Upper, Middle, and Lower-- east of Oceola. Fished them all for bass but I don't know how they are for pannies, although, Upper, I believe is directly connected to Big so they should be able to migrate easily and Big is GOOD, but tough.

I fished Pine( north of Baldwin )a few years back, early open water, for walleyes. What a circus!! There were people everywhere, in boats and on shore. Get while the gettin's good. 13-15" walleyes-- nothin bigger, nothin smaller. I guess they had just stocked it, and the word was out. Never went back.

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9-10 inchers with 3-14 inchers possible small? I consider those quite large grin.gif 7-8 inchers are keepers for me.. 9-10 inchers are about what I pull out of Spring lake; and it's considered one of the best panfish lakes in the TC metro... I've caught a few crappies when fishing for sunnies out of pine, but only around 7 inches. I've only caught a few crappies over 12" long, and most of those were caught on the St. Croix or Mississippi, and then only ONE at a time. Lucky you if you consider a 10" crappie small wink.gif

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oh and another note about Pine and sunnies last summer: I noticed an exponetial increase in the Bluegill population with mixed sizes. I caught 20 that I could keep two consecutive days. A lot of them had Narcearsus on them; but I heard that is not harmful if the fish is cooked well. The DNR or a private indiviudal could have stocked it last spring, would acount for this sudden shift. Your right though, previous years I had trouble catching them. This summer they were all over the place and very agressive. My grandpa had a few that hit the dardevils we were using in search of Northerns. Quite funny catching a sunnie on something that was just as big as it was!

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Hey Guys,
If the ice was 4" on Monday, then it's prob safe to say that by Friday there will be at least 5" or more. I think I'm heading out to Pine this weekend. Let me know if any of you FishPokes are heading out there as well.

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