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CrappieFshr651

Bite pickin up?

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CrappieFshr651

Just wonderin if the crappie bite is startin to heat up around bayport yet. Unfortunately havent made it out there yet this year, but with this warm weekend coming up, im planning on hittin the WI side. Just curious if anyone is startin to get some slabs

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trollingguy

651-- Was out today and caught and released about 25 crappies. Nothing big, most were around 6"-8".

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StCroixNewB

I was out today too... didn't release any fish... all that I caught were over 10" \:D granted, it wasn't a great number of fish but those I caught were all keepers...

You should consider the less-travelled (AKA "not shanty town") side of the river, if you're looking for quality over quantity.

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chillythe1

i catch mine in the middle of the river..its to the point to where im only keeping 10" and up, not towards the "cheesehead" state or the "shanty" town....right in the middle

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superiorfishguy

where are you guys going out at?? never tried like to take the wife out on Saturday for few hours. minnows?? any time of day better??

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uwleagle

Caught quite a few crappies today but most of them were very small. Had a few that were around 10 inches and got one that was 14 and a half. Caught them between 8:30 and 11:30 on a diamond jig and minnow. They seemed to quit biting after that.

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superiorfishguy

where can I guy get out at from Mn?? able to drive truck out yet??

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blueroof

 Originally Posted By: uwleagle
They seemed to quit biting after that.

UWL - you can say that again. After getting your text messages earlier today, I got out as soon as possible... Sadly a bit too late. I marked lots of fish, but wouldn't even go so far as to say they were lookers. They just hung there. I could drop my lure past them frantically and they would just sit there. Hole after hole the same story. Managed a couple odd fish and a dink crappie that I think I snagged (in the lips)..

Stopped and talked with a couple folks packing up who said the same, had a bite going earlier, got pretty quiet after noon.

Good luck, hopefully the bite picks up this weekend. LB

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uwleagle

superiorfishguy - I dont know any of the street names so it might be a little confusing but i'll try to explain how to get on the river. You will be heading north on hwy 95 into Bayport. Right when you get into Bayport you will take a right to where you see the sign for the Marina, but instead of driving straight into the Marina you take a quick left. This rod curves down and you will go straight across some railroad tracks. Their is a sign that says this street is a private drive but their is another sign that say River Access. Follow this road right onto the water. Plenty of ice for a truck. You will see people driving all over the place. In some places I almost need an auger extension. Hope this helps, good luck!

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AuggieDawg11

the fish were small but still fun today. I was only able to fish for 4 hours but from what it sounds like, it was the right 4 hours to be out there. We even got into the walleye this morning. By that I mean I caught one that was maybe 8 inches long. UWL has the pic to prove it! I don't think that I am going to be able to make it out tomorrow but I may go out Sat. morning super early (I have to work at noon) to give it one last try for walleyes.

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uwleagle

Auggie, We didnt measure that walleye could have been pushing 9 inches.

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CrappieFshr651

Headin out to bayport in about a half hr. here hopin for a decent [PoorWordUsage] bite. will post how i do

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Big Jeff

Going to head out to the Croix for my first time ever I will be in a black z71tahoe if any of you are out. I am going to try the bayport area, but not sure what depths, bait or presentations to go with. Any advice would be great. I am thinking jigging spoons with minnows and may be some angle eyes too. Good luck I will check agian in the morning good luck out there and thanks!

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AuggieDawg11

If you are going out for crappies I would suggest green demon jigs and gold diamond jigs tipped with crappie minnows. Stay anywhere from 30 feet or deeper and don't be afraid to move if you are marking fish. Good Luck!

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blueroof

Auggie, you heading out today? I'm meeting a college buddy in Bayport at 9:30. Hopefully I can get him on his first ever fish through the ice. White and hot pink diamond jigs were working yesterday. Only got one on the gold. grin.gif What you say about moving if marking fish is true, although I think you might have meant if your NOT marking fish. Some of them fish just sit there. Find fish that will move a bit, then you'll get some bites (hopefully). With some snow moving in, might have another half hour of glory today...

LB

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Big Jeff

Thanks for the pointers, went out today just for a bit, and had some fun caught 16 all over 10 inches but it was kinda weird, my buddy who fished all around me never got one. Gold was the color but I don't know if they cared buckshot and a demon. Fished 38 feet of water and found them anywhere from about 25 - 33 ft a couple jigging and the rest on a dead stick and a bobber. I couldn't beleive it I fished about 15 holes and only the first two marked many fish and the first two holes produced all but one fish. Good luck out there going to give it a shot again next weekend hope the ice holds out, about 2-3 feet out there.

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