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Wtih gas being $3.00 a gallon and Red Lake three hours away I think I can only make one trip up this year. What is the best time of winter to fish, expecially for the crappies? I would gladly throw back every walleye in closed season if I had a good shot at getting into those slabs one more time. I am thinking the later ice, the better.

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You called that one right. Looking back through the years Feb. 15th to 20th is usually when we start to see some widespread crappie action and it keeps getting better and better from there. Last year when the crappies started hitting good in the first part of March 90% of the fishermen had quit coming.

It is my belief that about June 15th the eastern part of URL gets too warm for the crappies and they head west or to Lower Red to the deeper, cooler water. About Feb. they start moving back to get ready to spawn in the spring along the shores of eastern URL where it warms up quicker.

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