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smallies24

Hey guys and gals,

I'm looking to pic up a few panfish so I can do a fish fry for a Capable Partners outing next week. Not that I would pass up on a good 'eye or northern bite, but I figure panfish will be a safer bet.

Any thoughts on a local lake? Have the crappie and sunnies been deep, shallow, what type of structure? I haven't been on the lakes in a while so any help would appreciated and it's for a good cause. Thanks!

Brian

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Team Otter

Standing vegetation in 4 - 6' of water is still holding quite a few pannies. There has been a nice mix of 'gills and crappies coming from this type of structure. Hair jigs and/or small jigs tipped with wax worms under a float has been the ticket.

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raymondk

German or washington just find any underwater weeds in 10 to 12 feet. size is better in washington but numbers are more in german;

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shivermeister

Just got home from Madison where we absolutely hammered the crappies again. We even had a few bonus bull gills today. You shouldn't have any trouble finding panfish in 5-10 feet. After a while switched to casting and picked up five nice bass and a walleye. Great day on the water!! Good luck!

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Muddog

East Jefferson, south side near the boat lift with the Yellow boat cover. As long as the wind isn't blowing into the area you will catch as many as you will want. If the wind is SSW, even better. Fish around the docks and in the shadows.

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Fish'n guy

Just go off Travis's dock theres always a ton of them there!! wink.gif Not the biggest but I would imagine that they are edible by now!!

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smallies24

Thanks for the info! I'll post a report after I get out tonight.

On a side note...you find any handkerchiefs out there in SD yet Andy? J/K, hope school's treating you well and you'll have to let us know when the birds are starting to work the fields out there, bet it would be worth the trip.

Brian

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Team Otter

I'll post a pan fish report shortly too. I'm headed after 'em tomorrow evening for a change of pace. smirk.gif

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shivermeister

Hey Otter

Just wondering about that panfishing report if you went the other night; I'm heading out again Saturday.

Thanks!

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Team Otter

The bite is good. Crappies and 'gills are both in 4 - 6' of water near the weeds and in the sand. Mud or gravel bottoms have not been holding as many fish. There's also been a few nice 'eyes mixed in. I'm headed back out again in a bit. I'll post a detailed report tomorrow some time.

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hawkeye43

What don't you work any more????? grin.gif

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Team Otter

I think my schedule speaks for itself. grin.gif Work, fish, hang with family, sneak in a nap. That seems to be the "norm" as of late.

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smallies24

Sorry for not posting a little sooner. We had mixed results out on Washington last Tues. Caught several crappies and sunfish from 5-12 ft of water but the larger fish seemed to be a bit scattered. The bigger fish were either aroudn some soft/hard bottom transitions but we didn't find the numbers.

Oh well, at least the kitties were hittin' on the river this weekend!

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Team Otter

I would recommend going a touch shallower, find some perch and then fish right on the bottom. The quality is there! Read a little more about this bite in my report titled "Change of Scenery".

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