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Crappies in S. Metro?

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Is there a crappie bite in the S. Metro anywhere right now? I want to take my aging dad out one more time this fall. Any advice appreciated, just dont yell at the old guy at the boat landing!

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Best to look for crappies suspended over deep water.

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If the weather is right, now is the time to hit Spring Lake in Scott County for crappies. There is plenty and they get very hungery this time of year. Troll a small ice jig w/ a minnow until you find them. .

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i would think you could find them pretty quickly on Whaletail. There is only one deep section, the bay on the far end of the lake from the landing. Tons of small ones, but there are some large ones in there. A few years ago, a guy pulled a 19" in the winter. Its probably easier to find them on that lake than something larger like Tonka if you dont know the lake.

Good luck out there.

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Is there a crappie bite in the S. Metro anywhere right now? I want to take my aging dad out one more time this fall. Any advice appreciated, just dont yell at the old guy at the boat landing!


If you own a boat, try any lake and you will catch some.. If you dont have a boat... You won't even catch one from shore.. So why bother?

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...A few years ago, a guy pulled a 19" in the winter...


Ahem..

19" crappie?

Fishermen do tell stories don't they?

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Upon looking at an unofficial scale, I'm estimating a 19" crappie to be over 5 lbs. Well within the world record mark. My guess is the 19 was a misprint or the guy doesn't know the difference between a crappie and a bass. smirk.gif

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That's a sheepshead... grin.gif

definitely a record for ice fishing

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Upon looking at an unofficial scale, I'm estimating a 19" crappie to be over 5 lbs. Well within the world record mark. My guess is the 19 was a misprint or the guy doesn't know the difference between a crappie and a bass.
smirk.gif


Well, he would rather be in WI. What's that tell ya? wink.gif

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I was out there two saturdays in a row that winter. talked to some guys the first saturday and then again the following saturday. they told me they saw it the previous sunday. i didnt believe it, but ended up seeing it in the outdoor news later on. they said it just missed the record by a little bit. i think that lake used to hold the record for awhile. all i can say is what i read in the publication.

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Yes whaletail did hold the state record for awhile.

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I know a guy who speared a 32 lb northern out there that had a 18" trout in its belly. shocked.gif

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Interesting................Little Long lake is just across Cty Rd 15 from Whaletail, and that does have Trout in it, although I don't know of any creeks or flowage that go thru both lakes????????? Whaletail does have many nice northerns in it!

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I remember seeing a photo of that slab as well. If memory serves, it was 18.5 inches. A half inch makes a big difference...at least that's what the wife tells me!

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That there is funny!

Icefishing is right around the corner, is there a place to access whaletail on the actual tail part instead of having to drive all the way across the lake?

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