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      Fishing Minnesota had added a new menu item (see above) called Fishing Report Clubs. It's a way to keep the really good fishing reports coming and being shared only with those who also provide detailed fishing reports. We will only approve new members who request to join if they have already posted a recent fishing report in the area forum, associated with the Fishing Report Club area  you want to join. We are going to limit the number of regular memberships, in the Fishing Report Clubs, to the top 20  members in each Club, to those with the best frequency and quality fishing reports provided in the club and less so in the regular fishing report forum open to all members. The higher quality fishing report reserved for the club of course. If  you want fishing reports  around your area, I would Join Now, some of the clubs are starting to fill fast. Use the Fishing Reports Club link in the Menu above (after you've posted a fishing report in the regular area forum) and request to Join.
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Tipup101

Where do you guys look for midday panfish. I was told always look deep. But I see so many guys pounding the 10-12 ftw. When I scope around thoose areas I never see fish or catch any. Mabey one once and awhile. Ive seem to have some luck at 20-25 ftw. I've caught alot on mazaska and french in 40 ftw. I guess what i'm asking is where do you guys look.

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harvey lee

Many times I will fish over a muddy bottom area next to a deeper hole. Yes, there are days where I may punch 15-30 holes but, usually one can find some fish if they keep searching. Today I was out on the lake and the first 9 holes gave me not a fish. Then we moved and fished the same depth but on a different location on this flat. Crappies and sunnies were there but were very finicky.

I would tell one to just keep moving around the area until you locate a active pod of fish. I personally like to fish a muddy bottom flat area as this usually produces.

Typically, I will fish a depth of 7-15 fow for those pannies on a flat area. Now, if you can find some wood or green weeds, all the better.

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french_lake_kid

4 french its almost always deep, 25-52ft, but they're small, so if I were you I'd just change lakes for a while. I'm thinking about changing my display name... grin.gif The fish I found mid-day 2day were in 10-15ft. on a mud to boulder transition, they tended, like harvey said, 2 be on the softer bottom. I punched 30+ holes also, & only 2 produced anything crazy.gif Just stay mobile & keep looking, & 4sure bring a positive attitude, it makes searching & coming up empty handed, not so hard 2 take wink.gif

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Team Otter

In this order, all in 5 - 20' of water:

1. Cover

2. Steep Breaks

3. Transition Areas

4. Stained Water

5. Flats

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