I am going to be up in the Big Sandy area (from Iowa) just after Chrismas and have never fished the Big Sandy or Aitkin in the winter. Is Aitkin a good icefishing spot or should we stick with BSL? None of us know either waters and with that in mind thought that Aitkin might be our best shot at successfully catching some. Any advice?
Aitkin can be very good for panfish. Truth be told, I caught my biggest 'eye in the area on that lake... 27" There is a sunken island around the northeast shore that has good drop-offs. Caught many crappies and dish-sized sunnies there.
On BSL, the north side of Billhorn is good for crappies. Caught 'eyes there too. A lot of folks fish out in that area. Parking is available pretty close, if you don't like the ice. Last year I limited out there a few times. Lots of fun. Been fishing the area for many years.
FishnHawk, Welcome to MFP, It's always great to see new users. And like Mr.No-fish said, I'm sure CK can tell you where to go. What are the dates you are going to be up there? I think I'm going to try to make it over New Years!
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988