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Hey guys. I have a boys trip planned to go to Mountain Lake in a week for 4 days. I have never fished the lake before. I know that there are Lakers and a few Walleye to be had. For anyone that has fished this lake before do you have any advice on how to get into some fish? Should we use tip ups for the Lakers? Unfortunately this lake is restricted to only one one line in the water per angler so just using a tip up would be kind of boring. Please let me know if you have any tips for me and my crew. It would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to PM me if you like. Thanks so much.

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If its the Mountain Lake up near Minden , then do not go anywhere near the current by the bridge over Hwy 35 ... although I see guys setup huts close to the open water all season... not sure how far down that lake the current makes the ice sketchy ....I have never fished on the north end only the south end of the lake for that reason ... its been a hit and miss , we traveled by foot and covered a lot of area a few years ago , no luck with the white tubes did ok with minnows

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She looks sketch near Hwy 35.

The Vibrato doing good job on near by lakes.

White tube 3# Berkley power bait is what I use. 

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1 hour ago, bobowski said:

Hey guys. I have a boys trip planned to go to Mountain Lake in a week for 4 days. I have never fished the lake before. I know that there are Lakers and a few Walleye to be had. For anyone that has fished this lake before do you have any advice on how to get into some fish? Should we use tip ups for the Lakers? Unfortunately this lake is restricted to only one one line in the water per angler so just using a tip up would be kind of boring. Please let me know if you have any tips for me and my crew. It would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to PM me if you like. Thanks so much.

The dreaded one line approach, I never really fully understand the reasoning to be honest with you.  Have two guys jigging with small spoons to attract and go with a simple tiny hook and split shot with a minnow for the other two lines.  Electronics really help on a lake like that to let you know what level the fish are hanging at.

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There is a bait shop on 35 almost across from kawartha dairies, nice people i'm sure they can give you some advice. I think there is a bit of current from 35 down to where it goes into horseshoe lake, 

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Nice people in Minden Bait and tackle not much fishing help. Open at 7 am.

If you are coming from Lindsay, Norland Bait and Tackle will work better for you.

At the 4 corners NW corner Convenience Store just up the street you will see it from light. 

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The folks at Ogopogo resort are a great resource for ice conditions. They keep several huts all season, and keep a good eye on the ice. The folks at Minden Bait and tackle don't know the difference between a pike and a whitefish.

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26 minutes ago, singingdog said:

The folks at Ogopogo resort are a great resource for ice conditions. They keep several huts all season, and keep a good eye on the ice. The folks at Minden Bait and tackle don't know the difference between a pike and a whitefish.

LOL. Thats good to know as that is where we are staying.

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1 hour ago, singingdog said:

The folks at Ogopogo resort are a great resource for ice conditions. They keep several huts all season, and keep a good eye on the ice. The folks at Minden Bait and tackle don't know the difference between a pike and a whitefish.

yup ... not sure what the story is at Minden Bait but its kind of creepy ....

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Pickerel in Mountain Lake? I know they're in Gull, are they all through the Hwy 35 lakes now?

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Minden Bait and Tackle is well stocked with the right stuff.

The husband must know a bit. I buy minnows early and the wife pulls that shift.

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I like the owners of Minden Bait. Nice people, good conversation, my dozen minnows is more like 2 dozen.

I don't want my local bait shop giving out information and blowing up lakes. They must hear lots of stuff, but being tight lipped is good IMO. The previous owner Jack knew quite a bit but he was also tight lipped.

 

 

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Me too, but then I like all tackle shops.  They actually have a really good selection for a little shop.  Maybe not great if you're looking for intel, but if you need bait or tackle, it's a good shop.  Norland Convenience, is also a good spot if you're not going as far as Minden.

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20 hours ago, big guy said:

Pickerel in Mountain Lake? I know they're in Gull, are they all through the Hwy 35 lakes now?

Yep. Folks I know started catching through the ice with regularity about 4 years ago. I caught them downstream of there all fall, in spots where I have never seen pickerel before.

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2 hours ago, singingdog said:

Yep. Folks I know started catching through the ice with regularity about 4 years ago. I caught them downstream of there all fall, in spots where I have never seen pickerel before.

Interesting, will have to add it to my summer time bucket list. Always liked Mountain, easy access, a friend of mine (friend of a friend actually), that I got to know, donated the bottom end of my ice auger to the lake one day. Not sure how he did it, but when he brought it back up, all he had was the handle.

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