Are you hard water fishing for them or soft water?
I like fishing them on the ice but soft water is ok to. I own down riggers but rarely use them anymore. I'd rather let out 60-80 feet of anchor rope and jig them.
Here's one I got last winter about 500 yards from my house.
I saw this laker on my finder at about 40 feet. I was jigging near the bottom. I reeled up to where I saw him and he slammed it! There was nothing I could do but hang on so I figured I'd snap a pic of the finder.
This is my biggest laker through the ice. About 20-30 minutes to get to the hole.
Let me know which you prefer. I'll steer ya right!
They're not all that big. Most are in the 5-8 pound range with 10-12 pounders thrown in. There are many other lakes in my area. Let me know what you need. There's a few that you can drive to and walk right on and other's you need a snowmachine to get to. Also do you need a resort to stay at or is it just a day trip?
A very small inland lake. It's known for it's big fish. Actually the Linders come up and fish it once in awhile. Nice to look out the window and see some famous fishing guys out there fishing. This lake has huge walleye in it also.
Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954