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Big Dave2

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I moved my house from Waconia over to spring lake today. Anyone having any luck? No one has been talking about this lake lately so I thought I would see if anyone has any comments.

I fished it today in about 20' of water along the north shoreline. 3 of us caught probably 20 or so small crappies from 2:00 till sunset then not another thing. There were still fish down there but they were not interested in anything we threw at them. None of the crappies were large enough to keep and they were all about the exact same size. There must have been 1 really good year class.

I'm going out again tomorrow and probably try a few more spots and see if any thing different happens.

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AceintheHole

I was out from 1-12 today got some small crappies and sunnies and a 24"walleye and a 35' pike. Fishing 21' using fatheads, crappie minnows and shiners.

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Quetico

Where do u start looking on Spring? I was out there with some friends on New Years and no one out there seemed to have any idea where to even start looking. We ended the day far too early but got a few perch, very tiny. We were out of the south end landing to left along the shore before the first point.

Any advice on where to start looking for spots?

Thanks

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walleyeJoe

first our second point gentleman.... anywhere from shallow to deep. remember walleyes move deep to shallow all day..... also theres is a nice 3 foot trench in the middle of the lake try that...... not going to give up where abouts ..... but find it.....

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Big Dave2

Was out again today. I didn't get to fish much myself because I brought my wife and 7 yr old son with.

The fish seemed to be even more tight lipped than yesterday. I went and drilled a bunch of holes from my house towards shore. Shallowest hole was 8ft and my house is in 20 ft. I put a jig down in each of the holes so I could see on my vex if I could bring in any fish. No fish were spotted until I got to about 18 foot depth. We ended up catchingabout a dozen small Crappies and 1 small perch. I have yet to see a sunfish.

Ace, is it just me or are there a lot fewer houses out there than in years past? I use the winter access on the north side and usually right when you come on the lake there is a pile of them in that deeper hole right there.

I'll probably move around a little and see if I can find anything better.

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AceintheHole

There are not nearly as may houses out there as in resent years, don't know why. I have been out there a few times this year with mixed sucess. Last night was one of my better outings but thats saying much. We have been fishing out in front of th creek. Half the house is in 19' and the other half is in 21-22'. I did pick up a few small walleyes 10-12' jigging at sunset with a fathead head. Didn't think they were worth writing about earlier. Had fish on the Vex all night, thinking they were small crappies. Headed up to lake of the woods in the morning should be fun.

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MuleShack

 Originally Posted By: Big Dave2

I fished it today in about 20' of water along the north shoreline. 3 of us caught probably 20 or so small crappies from 2:00 till sunset then not another thing. There were still fish down there but they were not interested in anything we threw at them. None of the crappies were large enough to keep and they were all about the exact same size. There must have been 1 really good year class.

I have been out there a few times over the last couple weeks. Was over on the East side in deeper water....5" crappies. Then went to North shore center in a little shallower...5" crappies. THen moved to south side in mid 20's and more 5" crappies. If you drill and find the school, you can catch them all afternoon, but they are all brothers and sisters...5" crappies.

I might go out Monday and do some more scouting and try to find some sunnies....haven't caught one of these yet this year in this lake.

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AceintheHole

I got quite a few sunnies out in front of the creek. 21'

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AceintheHole

The one pike I got on sat. evening had a white and org. demon in it's jaw. Free lure and a nice fish

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Big Dave2

 Originally Posted By: AceintheHole
The one pike I got on sat. evening had a white and org. demon in it's jaw. Free lure and a nice fish

That must have been one hungry fish!

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Big Dave2

Ace ar anyone else, Have you been catching any fish after dark out there? Sat night they just slammed on the brakes as soon as the sun started going down. They were still down there but they were not going to bite! How about the eyes/ Any of those after dark?

I know it is a pretty stained lake but it seems clearer to me than 4 or 5 years ago when we used to put our house out there regularily.

Just wondering if it is even worth staying after dark.

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MuleShack

I usually packed it up by 6pm each time i was out there, so can't speak for spring lake at night.

But was on Tonka saturday, and was getting decent panfish action all afternoon, and finally set up the house over some active fish in 15' of water about 4:30. They were biting until the sun went down....they didn't move as they were still on the graph, but wouldn't bite anything.

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AceintheHole

I was hoping it was a nice walleye but instead i get a snot rocket

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350cobra

You can stay usually till about 8;00pm , BUT the fish will not get any larger they are small just like last year. Guys in the boats & all the houses 2 seasons ago cleaned out the spawners. There was a great fry hatch but it will be 2- 3 years down the road.

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Joe28

Anyone who wants to try to find the sunfish I would recommend saving your time. I think the big ones are very few.

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Big Dave2

Thats too bad. It was just a few years ago that there were nice ones in there.

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MuleShack

Big Dave,

You been catching anything on spring this week?

I am going to hit it up Thursday, or go back to the dead sea of Fish lake and try that again? One or the other.

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Big Dave2

Muleshack,

I havn't even tried it since sunday. I work in Glencoe so Spring lake is a little out of the way to stop and fish on the way home like I did when the house was on Waconia.

When I was out there this weekend nothing bit after dark for me anyway. I think I will move the house and give Spring 1 more weekend. After that doesn't work I don't know what will be next!

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