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Duke96

Pan fish on Crane for Kids?

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Hey all, anyone out there have any tips for pan fishing with kids on Crane? Going up in two weeks with an 8 year old and a 3 year old. We've made enough trips to feel comfortable finding the big fish, but have never really went after the smaller stuff. Would like to have a back up plan just to keep the kids busy if the big fish bite is slow.

Thanks!

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there are crappie in crane and sandpoint and little vermillion, try grassy bay for crappie . they do get a little hard to catch as the season move along. there are sunfish in sandpoint and little vermillion, easy enough to catch but mostly small. then again I'm not the best sunny angler. best of luck.

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use green,orange ice fishing jigs on the south end of crane in 3-10' of water in front of the landing by hanbergs

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    • CapnJack
      I would suggest concentrating on panfish this spring from a boat or shore. Your chances of success vs trout would be astronomical! These are hard earned life experiences. Learn how to fly cast. period. Trying to learn fly fishing on  trout stream will be a lesson in frustration as you will be tangled in more trees than the stream. Fly fishing from a boat or shore allows you to figure out all of the nuances of the sport before moving on to a tree canopy!     Good luck on your journey!
    • monstermoose78
      This so me and I bet it fits for some of you all as well!!  
    • tipupsonly
      Wow that stinks. I see Springsteel put up a pic in fb of 27 lb pike caught out there yesterday somewhere. Are big suckers easy to find in town right now? 
    • Stick in Mud
      I have also worried about the quality of the bite...and the absence of perch. At least on the northwest side, anyways, where we almost never mark small perch anymore.  In years past, the best indicator of a soon-to-be big red mark on the Vex was that the small perch vacated the area.  I did see TONS of perch down on the south side this year, but I don't know how the numbers there compared to years past, either.   But yeah, the bite has been excellent for, what, three years now?  We're also catching a decent mix of fish (though of course most are from the 2013 year class).  The only good thing to mention, at least in my experience, is that the fish do look very healthy and fat, very unlike the fish during the "boom years" in the mid-2000's when everything you'd catch would be a skinny 26 incher. 
    • DLD24
      Bite has been non existent for us this weekend for pike...we fished out of springsteel yesterday one flag. We are out of warroad and no flags yet... We tried as shallow as 4ft, out in 11ft now.