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okstate

any reports on north long or round?

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okstate

just curious if any one has had any good reports on these two lakes.

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MinnetonkaMan

I was up their about two weeks ago on North Long In Merfifields bay. Easy driving even with a permanent. Becareful if u go of the access that u stay to the left becuae someone got stuck on the right. We fished on an inside weed turn in about 10-12 feet. We had caught 25 sunfish that were half pound or bigger and our biggest was almost a pound whihc had nice fillets on it. I would highly suhhest an auger extension because we barely brooke through without it. Also caught a bunch of rockies and saw a bunch of walleyes come through. It was also benfitable to have a camera and watch the light panfish bites. Didnt find any crappies but the sunnies bit better as it got darker until they shut down a half hour after sunset. sunday wasnt as good they were not as aggressive as saturday. Hopefully this is helpful for people heading up this weekend. Sorry no pics my dad started cleaning them before I got to the camera! Good luck fishing and have lots of fun on these warm days before its time to hit open water crappies!

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Traxxx

Fished the 371 bay of NL tonight, access was in rough shape, drove through 20' of water to get onto the ice. Ice was good on the lake 30" or so. Fish would go if ya find em.

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shadow886

I don't fish this lake that much because it gets over fished. But I happened to do a scouting mission in Merrifield bay. I tried to fish weed lines and islands were people were not present. I caught over 100 small little sun fish (size of a mouse on computer) and found a school of crappies hanging on the edge of one of the island that no one was fishing. But the crappies were pretty small. being honest and not telling a fish stories is north long really have any pan fish that are 1/2 lb or bigger? I know it gets lots of pressure but there has to be that 7 to 12 year class somewhere in that big body of water.

don't have to give me fishing spots just give me some hard evidence that there is still a year class thats not stunted.

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shadow886

I don't fish this lake that much because it gets over fished. But I happened to do a scouting mission in Merrifield bay. I tried to fish weed lines and islands were people were not present. I caught over 100 small little sun fish (size of a mouse on computer) and found a school of crappies hanging on the edge of one of the island that no one was fishing. But the crappies were pretty small. being honest and not telling a fish stories is north long really have any pan fish that are 1/2 lb or bigger? I know it gets lots of pressure but there has to be that 7 to 12 year class somewhere in that big body of water.

don't have to give me fishing spots just give me some hard evidence that there is still a year class thats not stunted.

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ASMOLEY

I was up there seval weeks ago and managed to catch a few decent eater sunfish and crappies and just when we were about to pack up we got tangled up in some slabs! We pulled in two that were 15in the fish are down there as for numbers or where on the lake i am yet to figure out....... Good Luck!

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Traxxx

Its a big lake with lots of spots. It may take more than a time or too to figure out. Check the weed flats. Sometimes the are shallower than you would think.

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shadow886

I will keep trying, I just don't like fishing on top of people, So I greatly limit my searching space. You can mark my word I will find them, Maybe not this year but I will find them.

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Coach1310

Shadow...how is the access to Merrifield? A couple years ago my bro-in-law and I were out there because we couldn't get on any other lake, but that access was still in great shape. Is that the norm or were we just lucky? Thanks

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shadow886

sorry for getting back so late. The access is iced over, But very rough. Stick to the left and you should be fine for a week or two.

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JP Z

Shadow,

You been on N.L lately? I am thinking of going tonight or tomorrow, haven't been out since Tues. Still Driving out there?

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shadow886

been down with a cold, I might get out sunday, But I will have to see if I will good enough to get out. I would really like to find these so called big crappies in north long. Maybe next weekend I can hit it hard.

good luck jpz

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squigglybert

They are there. Trust me they are.

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jerk bait

You bumped your head squigglybert North long is the dead sea. Only small fish in that lake.

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JIMBO55428

Seen lots of peolpe out on Round when I passed by it on Sunday, still driving trucks out also

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JP Z

Tried NL and it was pretty much the Dead sea. Access was fine, but that was Saturday and it did start to get sloppy. Then moved to Hubert and caught a few but the wind was a bugger so I bolted.

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okstate

keep thinking it is the dead sea. keeps it less crowded. went out sat and caught a ton of 8-9 inch sunnies and afew crappie. biggest 12 inches. so ill continue to fish it.

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JP Z

Good Job!!! Out of MField bay can I ask?

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okstate

actually on 371 bay. i was out there yesterday. the morning was miserable conditions. hard time catching sunnies or crappies. too many northerns. i fished in three different spots throughout the day and probably caught at least 8 northerns in those three spots. the few fish i caught were nice. a few 9 inch sunnies and 12 inch perch.

hard day of fishing for me. pulling in the northerns was fun but not what i wanted to do all day.

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JP Z

Thanks Ok. how was the access? you walking or Wheeling?

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okstate

wheeling. i dont know about the access. but the shore by our beach is starting to have open water. saw some people walking from the access. some some people wheeling from around the access by the BIR way. dont know if they came from there or not.

the point between 371 and the big lake has open water.

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