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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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JRFISHBAIT

Matt and I fished Madison Wed. evening. One of our other employees was also out there. What a night! The crappies are active and biting. We didn't limit out, but got 6-8 really nice ones. Our employee had two limits (he fished with a buddy so he was legal). We fished Church bar. Used bobbers and jigging. The interesting thing we found is that most of the hungry ones were around 6-8' in 14' of water.

So the ice is definitely good and so is the bite.

Joe and Matt

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Team Otter

Higher and higher in the water column. It's a nice sign of things to come. Nice work gang!

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mrwalleyee

(Note from Admin,please read forum policy before posting again,thank-you)

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wanger29

N 44' 10.025

W 94' 00.171

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wanger29

Whoops, J/K... sorry better stay clear of those coordinates? Might get into some trouble???

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Team Otter

Perhaps I realize your frustration but our forum sponsor does not post often so when they do, the information is going to be exact.

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mrwalleyee

If anyone from the forum is interested in where, stop on in, tell you they are from FM, grab some bait, and you'll point them in the right direction.

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fishgetter

We are all here to learn and find spots to fish if this helps a young man take his son out and catch some fish then great. To be upset about a fishermen posting the spot he caught some fish is kind of screwed up. I am willing to bet the young man in your photo some day will be asking a old timer about a spot he fished in, or a spot he has had luck. As you did at some time. I did not have a form like this to help me when I was a young lad sure wish I had, it would have taught me a lot.

As for T.O. I think he guides and it would cost him money if he put you on every spot he fishes.

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Team Otter

I'm on the Pro Staff and a moderator in multiple forums on FM but not a sponsor.

As far as spot identification, I used to do the same but got so much flack I stopped doing it. Now, I just put up a report and/or information with enough detail that could possibly improve someone else's chances to catch fish that is struggling, for someone to compare notes who may be catching fish another way but looking to try something else or someone visiting the area or on vacation and looking for starting points.

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fishgetter

And I must say you do a heck of a job T.O.

Thanks for all your help in the past and for the future

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wallyhunter66

I am basically new to the area so the help is very very nice to have. I must also admit that T.O. has given me some pretty exact spots and what kinds of baits are working, so I think you can say he does do this. You just have to ask the right way. Besides, I have been fishing as long as I can remember, and it seems to me that there are more and bigger fish, not just more anglers. And thats just the last 30 years or so. Just my 2 cents worth.................Todd

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idratherbefishing

mrwalleyee, I am sure you are the only person on that exact location. I think the information shared on this site is great.

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tweedlap

Note from Admin,please read forum policy before posting again,thank-you.

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mrwalleyee

T O, I know you stopped posting specific spots. I also understand that you are willing to help out others. You are smart about it though. You take care of it with emails and phone calls.

This is a great informational site.

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wallyhunter66

I know quite a few guys that just find more spots with a better or just as good a bite going. Seems to me they just worked "smarter" than you? We have all had a good spot just end up being the local hang out, thats just the way things go.

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wallyhunter66

"There's a fine line between fishing, and sitting there looking stupid."

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mrwalleyee

I have no idea where to fish this time of year or what baits to use. Thanks Todd

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wallyhunter66

Your very welcome! grin.gif

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mrwalleyee

Did you mean "You're very welcome grin.gif"?

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wallyhunter66

What ever makes you feel better about yourself!

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mrwalleyee

Not having a fit here. I have a life other than the intronet. Just trying to voice MY OPINION!

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wallyhunter66

And thats great, just try to see the other guys point of view before you chew him out. I sure can't say I have been a saint on the site! I just don't think the guy did anything wrong, from what I see he was just trying to make a living. The more the fish bite, the more bait he sells, makes a lot of sense to me, if I was in his shoes..... \:\)

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zepman

Let it go fellas.

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Bigeye30"

I'm sitting at the computer laughing over this conversation, this is one of those topics that gets brought up quite a bit, the reality is there is nothing a person can do about the way another member chooses to share ideas,information, spots, lakes, etc. on this site,

I'm not a fan of posting spots or even lakes for that matter, unless it's a large enough body of water such as Mille Lacs, then I would say the lake I was on.

However I can say that this site is not the only avenue of information to find spots, people talk. It's how we communicate, I for one look at this site alot, I find an enormous amount of great information, some share more, some less, the one thing I have never done though is log on, look to see where the bite is and drive out there to hoop em. I don't even see the fun in that. As far as that location is concerned, I hate to say it but everyone knows about that spot and it gets hit regardless of a post on here. Ask anyone who fishes out there and that location is on there top five to try everytime out. Unless they hit em at another spot before they get there.

The other thing is, there crappies, they reproduce naturally in the lakes around here and theres been a great crappie bite going on all winter on all of the more targeted lakes, German,Jefferson,Francis,Tetonka,Duck,Madison,Washington the list goes on. Pick your lake and your going to find the crappies, there not a tough fish to locate in our area, finding the right color or bait, to get constant action might be a different scenario.

For me personally it doesn't really matter if our forumn sponsor Reel Fishing chooses to post a spot on a crappie bite they got into, those guys are great and if you stop in there and ask where to fish on Madison, well there going to tell you that spot to try everytime. You might be suprised at how many people don't even know about this site, next time your out there ask around, I'd put my money they didn't go online, point click and drive to the spot.

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