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So, I went to work for a bit this morning and then I decided to head South and look for some pan fish action. Lots of 'gills and crappies are being caught in the area right now but many are talking about lack of size. While this was the case for me this morning too, with a few adjustments, I was able to coax some nicer fish into playing too. I started with small Fiska jigs and "meat" and the action was literally non-stop. After an hour or so of that, I started playing around with some different plastic options. I ended up settling on a glow pink Ratso tipped with a Little Atom Nuggie and while the amount of bites declined, the quality went up.

I was fishing a slight, mid-lake break in 18 - 21' of water and with some moving around, you could stay on the fish relatively easy. They were moving in a circle, from the top of the break in 18' back down into the bottom of the break in 21' about every 10 minutes. When the fish were in 18', they were closer to the bottom and a touch less aggressive but when they moved out over the deeper water, they came up the water column and really put on the feed bag. \:D At times, I had massive schools of crappies between 4 - 8' down in 21' of water. These fish hardly let my presentation come into view on my FL-20 before they would unload. Good times!

Time to re-pack and get ready to head SW. Lake Sarah, you've been warned. \:\/

KFG and Ice Man, good to see you both this morning.

Ice Man, there are some nicer fish out there. whistle.gif

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Tight Lines,

I have been fishing Mankato area lakes(Steele,Volney,Germen,Francis) with no real panfish success. My five year old is starting to wonder if the old man knows how to fish. We moved to Mankato in August and have know real experieces on these lakes. Can you help.


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philup - try Duck Lake - although the weather has affected the bite - it's still pretty strong for crappie and sunnies - no size really, but a ton of fun.

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Like Mongo said Duck Lake you wount be dissappointed my last two recent trips produced lots of fish like stated no real size but lots of fun for the younger ones e-mail me at if you want any ideas where to go on the lake but they were all over the place as far as I know. Good to see you as always Otter you sure startled me though when you showed up at the fish house door good luck tomorrow.

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Matt and I were out at Duck last evening. Sat in about 18' of water. Couldn't keep them off the hook. Did bobber fishing and jigging and they hit both of them. You had to pick through them, but it was fun.

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Fire me an e-mail. I'll get you on top of some action.

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