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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

Whats a keeper sunfish and crappie to you.. I caught a pile of 8-9 inch sunnies in town. My buddies said he would keep that size any day. How about you guys? Would you have kept that size. Plus I was told i was nuts cause I will nit keep a crappie under 10 inches. 8-9 crappies a keeper size to you guys? Cause if I'm to fussy I might lower my keeper size a little and take a few home now and agian.

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crazyice

An 8-9 inch gill is great eating in my book. I typically let smaller ones than that go so they hopefully can attain that 8-9 inch size. And for crappies, I usually set 10 inches as a minimum size to keep.

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FishinCT

Same here...8 inch sunfish, 10 inch crappie

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Tyler Holm

7.75-9.25" are nice gills. Anything over and under I would release.

Crappies 10"-12" are very nice eaters. Again, anything longer and shorter I prefer to release to keep some fish in the system.

Larger fish than mentioned above take nice pictures, but aren't quite as tasty. I kept a 13" crappie this past fall from Lake City and the Y bones didn't even cook out of the fish. Plus it didn't taste nearly as well as those 11"ers.

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Tipup101

Yea I made the river crappie mistake. I kept a couple 14inchers they tasted like mud and where tough. Well I might have to keep a few sunnies next time I head out. Thanks boys.

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crazyice

The only 14 inchers I have ever kept came from Red Lake, tasted great! And two more on the wall to remind me of what it WAS like when the crappie fishing was good.

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Bugman

How big were the one's you mounted? My budy caught a nice 15 incher last weekend on Red and he was debating on having it mounted. Just curious.

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crazyice

Both are right at about 14". Nothing to stand outish, but just nice fish.

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Reservoir Dawg

"Whats a keeper sunfish and crappie to you" I think it depends on where you are fishing. Some bodys of water have an over abundence of under sized fish in that case whatever size you want to clean is OK. Myself I've cleaned 7 1/2" sunfish and 9" crappies. I'd much rather see the bigger fish returned. I very rarely keep anything.

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Tipup101

Sunnies 9.5 to 10.5.

Crappies 10 to 12

But I live by a rule on sunnies. First keeper "to me" goes back. Cause that will more often than not be the only one I catch. I'm not much of a sunnie guy I would much rather have a bucket of perch. Thats why i can't wait till last ice up north I go perchin.

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    • IceHawk
      First off welcome to the site ! Fish that area quite often and have seen some good flocks around there.  I would get out and do some glassing in the area , especially around some picked corn fields. Right now they are wintered up but will break  apart once spring gets closer. Maybe hit up a local bait store and ask around if anyone knows of a spot. Or look at the landowners list that received permits in that area. They legally have to grant permission to hunt there land but unfortunately a lot of landowners will tell you they are full even if there not  Good luck in your search. 
    • Bisonguy
      this will be my first time chasing Minnesota turkeys. Any tips on where to go around Lake Lida area? 
    • AlwaysFishing23
      When i was there all could find was perch but i only fished for about 3-4 hours all weekend. Not sure on panfish but i know the walleye bit is still pretty good. I'm sure theres plenty of panfish to be had back there though to.
    • Wanderer
      +1 here.  I miss the hills of SE MN but when I have birds walking through my yard it’s hard to leave Central MN. Its not like they’re gonna be super easy but I’m trying to get my first with a bow, and that’s not easy.  Not yet anyway.  The more days I can get in, the better.  And sticking around home makes THAT part easier. When I first started hunting turkeys it took me three seasons to kill a bird.  Then every year after that was a score with the shotgun for about 20 seasons maybe?  I’m going into my second legitimate season of effort with my bow.  Hoping two times is a charm.
    • JFitz
      I spent a little time last summer looking for weed walleyes in Niles Bay. About 10 minutes into my experiment I caught a chunky 22" on a spinner rig over a weedbed in about 10'. The weeds were growing about halfway to the surface but that fish had no problem smacking my bait. I'll keep experimenting this year.... can't wait for open water!
    • Rick
      I hear the panfish are kicking it up a bit? Any word out there?
    • Alex wilhelmi
      awesome feedback! thank you so much for the info! Ill get up ther next year, i dont want to keep any i just want to catch some nice eyes and northern.....hell, whatever! ive been in a sleeper 5 times on LOW and we only had one real good trip. upper red lake once in a sleeper caught 3 eyes in 3 days. i dont mind if i catch one or two fish, its all about the experience for me on the big water. but the girlfriend is a hard one to convince at times for a return trip if the fishing is slow. were headed to fairbault this weekend, i hope we get into something. thanks again guys! ill post a report on our trip. good luck on the ice!
    • IceHawk
      Well who else is going after long beards this spring? I was drawn for season B again no surprise. There were surplus tags left as there were last couple years.  Really like the new approach to not having to apply for the later seasons spreads the hunters out and gives guys like me the opportunity to get after them early   Been out doing some scouting and been seeing some big wintering flocks one I was glassing other day had over 60 birds in it! They have really been working over the picked corn lately.  Oh cant wait to hear the first gobble of the year 
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    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Pat, July is my best time for walleyes in the weeds! I did not cast spinner baits but did pull spinners with 1/2 crawler right along the edges in about 3' to 4' deep water. We were so close to the boat with our lines that we could see our spinners and actually see the walleyes charge out of the weeds and grab our baits! FUN!! Now, thanks to the rustys, those cabbage weed beds are gone. Cliff
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