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green lake crappie. caught a bunch of 10-12 inchers and this was the big one at 13. last thursday evening.

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Right on FishOn. Nice. What did you catch them on??

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Surprisingly it was in only 6 or 7 fow! caught on small red bare hook and crappie minnows. Also got them on a northland forage minnow w/ crappie minnow.

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Dang thats pretty shallow. You must know something everyone else doesn't. Nice catch.

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Big crappies like the shallow water, a very overlooked area for ice fishing. Reading some of Matt Johnson's post about the shallow water bites has helped me a lot...All the big crappies I have gotten over the last year have been in shallow water, my house is in deep water now and I have been getting nothing over 11", will be moving back to shallow water this weekend.

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Yeah i wouldnt have targeted crappies there probably, but a friends perm on green was mighty inviting with the cold air. thought we would only get northerns, but lots of crappies and bass! no northerns!

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thats funny this year ive been catchin big numbers deep in 20-25 feet of water but my bigger fish have all come out of 8-12 feet so it has me thinkin...................

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I was out for a few hours tonight on my slab goldmine and man, im getting worried that its going to winterkill. for weeks it was slab after slab, now its small ones and they are moving SLOW! the lake has a history of kills, but afterall thats why they are huge in the first place.

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    • popriveter
      Silver lake in New Brighton is iced over. I'm going to count one week before checking thickness on my early ice spots. Could be fishing next Friday if all goes well.  
    • fishingstar
      Hey eyes one thing nice is you have reveres to help clean out your holes
    • Spearing Machine
      Thanks Cliff! I've been very closely monitoring Pike Bay the last few weeks I'm not far from you as the crow flies right on the bay. Still sitting at 4-5 inches of ALL refroze slush. No good ice. It's flooding over pretty good with 1-3 inches water with the couple inches snow still on top. Hopefully the cold penetrates that snow and gets things going so I can run the sled right up the bay to McKinley by next weekend.
    • Stick in Mud
      The ice on the small pond on the west side of the road heading into SJU was able to hold my weight (which is substantial, alas).  I didn't have a chisel, and I wasn't about to go any further out.  Still, very good sign.  I'm sure there'll be guys out by the end of the weekend, if not sooner.     
    • Stick in Mud
      I think the fishing will be outstanding this winter.   They were certainly going crazy in early December.  I honestly don't care about keeping any fish, though it is nice to have the option of bringing one home.  I don't understand why guys drive four or five hours to catch dozens of dinks on Red Lake--especially last year when you could only keep two or three--when Mille Lacs was *insane* last year with both numbers and size.  Oh well.  It obviously sucks for the businesses, but I won't complain about having the best flats all to myself.    We were up on the northwest side out of Myr Mar.  The harbor didn't even freeze up. We did nothing special...trolled slowly using big baits, on shoreline breaks, over remaining weeds, and over rocks. It was just like the old days, only back then we thought we were tough when we fished in early November.