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Dunn's Lake or Lake Richardson

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walleye-cheeks

Has anybody heard or been out fishing on either of these two lakes this winter? It's been quite a few years now, but the crappies use to hit pretty good in the spring/summer just wondering if there is a winter bite at all? Any info would be great!

Both lakes are in the Litchfield/Darwin Area!

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catchin some

been thinking the same thing, last summer could not keep the 10 inchers off a jig and my wife put a 16" on the wall. Thats the last time I take her fishing on MY birthday.

post if you get out there. I know after ice out there are some big ones taken in front of the landing on richardson.

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Booster

Wow! Didn't think anyboby even knew about Dunns. I fished it most of the winter as it is close to home and most of my family lives on it. Caught a lot of small crappies with the occasional keeper. Catchin some, I am assuming the 16" came from dunns as my uncle caught a couple of those last year. I haven't heard of any this year however. I heard they have been catching crappies on Richardson but haven't been able to get over there and check it out.

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catchin some

The 16"er came from Richardson! trollin slow with a jig, we were getting pounded with 9 incher crappies and caught 6, 20 -24 inch carp, they gotta be starving out if they are hitting a leadhead and twister tail...6 feet of water and 85 degrees out!

Lots of fun on a light rod.

I have never fished dunn. My buddie and I bowfished carp on Richardson and talked about hitting Dunn.I would assume the carp population is high there as well?

Are there any decent Pike in Dunn?

Nice thing about richardson is the most boats I have been on the lake with was 2 ( mine included in that)

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Booster

There are plenty of carp in dunns. I haven't gone to dunns to spear carp for years but there used to be all knds of them in front of the outlet and in the the rock dam going out in the spring. I don't think to many pike came out of dunns this winter. There are some pike in the lake but it was a tough year for that. Not many seen or taken through the ice. Dunns gets pretty green in the summer so you probably won't find to many boats out there either.

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Boedigheimer

walleye cheeks, I grew up just down the road from those lakes. I lived in the old school house on the south side of the big W.P.A. I haven't fished the lakes for years but in the 80's Dunn lake was a full of carp, although my barber, who lived on the lake at the time, got a 12 1/2 pound walleye ice fishing. Kind of like a needle in a haystack, but man what a needle. Richardson on the other hand was a decent fishing lake. It had good crappie fishing, with both white and black crappies. The crappies would come in just under the ice, man that was fun.

I graduated with a girl whos family had property on the lake, and they would get walleyes off the dock in the spring of the year. The lake also had catfish, we tried many times but only got carp. The rumor was that it had gargantuan flatheads.

But the best fishing was for the largemouth, we fished the slop that you found in patches around the lake, I remember them being the greenest bass I have ever seen, must be the run-off. It was very unique lake for alot of reasons, and like someone said before, sees almost no pressure, if you get on a hot bite, its all yours!

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Scott M

Fished it recently. Good mix of black and white crappie, didn't really stack up until after dark. Caught fish up to 9.5". Nothing too exciting. A friendly Rottweiler from the Excavation place across the road hung out with us for a while. Plenty of action but not much for size. Saw quite a few holes on the north end of Richardson, so there might be more pressure than folks realize. Plus if people are nailing them in the spring during the spawn who knows. If people are keeping fish with some regularity, it could explain why the size was so small. I'd say we caught enough fish to get a pretty good representation of what was in the lake.

I believe that people have caught large crappies in there though. When you have both black and white crappie in a lake you can get hybridization and those F1 hybrids can grow pretty quickly and reach large sizes.

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Booster

Hey Boedigheimer I live just south of the old school on the same road. You should see the place now. Word got out that they were catching crappies on Richardson a couple of weeks ago and there were trucks all over out there.That would explain all the holes. From what I heard though they were average at best. I have heard from people who do fish the two lakes that they do all right for bass but I don't know how the fish can even see a lure sometimes in the summer. Must have to hit them upside the head with them to find it. Pretty Green.

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Booster, what a small world, I probably shot pheasents near your house. My dad managed Sparboes for 18 years, so I got to know most of the farmers in that area.

And holy cow did Richardson get green in the summer, hit them on the head was right, by far my best baits were tandem spinnerbaits and jig-n-pigs with as many rattles as possible.

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