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· Gary B
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I’m working on a trip to Michigan this winter. Can anyone recommend a lake? I’m thinking Ann Arbor area maybe.
I go every year but a lot farther north and west. We fish Cadillac and Mitchell if nothing else is solid. Otherwise I like Bear lake, portage lake, and Manistee lake. My buddy owns a camp in that area with several cabins and a campground.
 

· Gary B
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as I get stuff around for this year, Still gotta find a good drill for auger, what u guys use 20volt?
I use a rigid 18 volt brushless and it works really good. If you happen to have any of those direct tool outlets in your neighborhood, they have great half off deals a few times a year where every tool in the store is half off. Great time to buy things. I am pretty sure that there are other threads on this site regarding that subject too. If you do a search you'll get lots of ideas.
 

· Gary B
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Been looking into a snowdogg machine to pull all my gear out, this old age is sure making the drag out harder and harder. I look at ways to lighten the load just can't seem to be able to accomplish that. Weight and all your gear is a issue. Smitty sled helps tremendously but once the snow piles up or your get the slush it's a bear.

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Hey kit, I have one of those and I love it. I took it up to Erie the one day last year when you hooked me up on where to go. Pulled out myself and my buddy and two sleds without any trouble. I've also taken it up to Maine for a week and it worked well up there. Four wheelers were getting stuck and this thing went right across the snow without any problem. Also had it out on Milton. I would recommend it for sure. I've also loaded up three deer in the sled and pulled them out of the woods with me sitting on the deer. The only time I really had any trouble was up in Michigan one time when the ice was really smooth and it did slip some on the ice when I was trying to pull me and my buddy out at the same time. I basically had to run the stuff out to where we were going to fish and then come back and get him and that worked fine.
 

· Gary B
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That's awesome to hear, just wondering if it will be a problem using it on inland lakes. My buddy said he talked to a ODNR officer and he said he didn't see any reason we couldn't use it. Sure would be nice to get a solid answer before pulling the trigger on a purchase!!

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I know you can't take it on mosquito. In Michigan and Maine you still have to get ORV permit. I believe the odnr treats it like a snowmobile with regards of what lake you can go on.
 

· Gary B
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Any of ypu guys getting excited seeing the extended forecast?? Lakes will be cooling quickly starting Saturday.

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Hey kit, yes I just saw that. Making ice at night. I'm keeping my eye on the Wisconsin weather also as I have a trip planned for December 10th for one week up there.
 

· Gary B
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And was nice to you Wivvywoo
Hey CRB. Yeah always nice to meet fellow OGF's out on the ice. I was also at the North end of Skeeter and ended up catching several dink bluegill and crappie. I got a new hummingbird megalive scope that I've been playing with. I think I spent more time trying to learn how to use that than fishing today but it definitely put me on to some fish that I chased around. They were just all dinks.
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· Gary B
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I used Mega Live for the first-time last year ice fishing and really enjoyed it. Seeing fish come from far away to attack or check out the bait being jigged is a lot of fun. Enjoyed in my boats during the soft water season also.
Yeah I just got it when I bought my new boat this year and then rigged it up for the ice also. It is quite awesome. It's hard to take your eyes off of it. I actually enjoy it better than I did the camera that I had. My camera broke last year so this works much better for me. I just need to get the settings down that work the best for it. It is a bit cumbersome to carry around so I need to get a better rig for that but overall it is fun to use. I was definitely able to find a school of fish yesterday out on the ice that I probably wouldn't have found without it. Unfortunately they were all dinks
 
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