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HellaBass

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HellaBass

Any word on the panfish in Orchard, Crystal or Marion?

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fishgutz

I don't think it's worth fishing those lakes. If you're in the lakeville area I would suggest heading down to the fairbault lakes... Madison, shields, french, etc... or out west to Minnetonka, Christmas or Waconia. Best bets for good panfish.

You'll catch any number of panfish that you want in the lakeville lakes, but they're all stunted...

gutz

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mntrapper

If you are going to try any of those lakes go for Orchard the crappies atleast tend to have some nice size to them.

Marion about 5to8 years ago use to be great but for some reason mostly small fish. If you fish hard though you can catch a nice mess of them but it takes awhile. By next winter though the crappies will be very good eater size caught quite a few this winter that just were not quite big enough.

Good luck

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HellaBass

I fished Marion Wednesday and scratched out few small gills and bass. I think the fish are a little deeper then i was fishing, but it was windy and i did not feel like efforting to find them.

How does on get to Orhird and Crystal?

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Guido

Just south of the 35 split

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1...2...bam got him

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Crawlerman

Orchard is one of the BEST Bass lakes in the Metro, It's kept that way because unlike Marion and Crystal the acess is limited to 10 trailer stalls and it's not obvious to people (as you have to drive for about 2 miles in residental housing to get to it and it is not viseable from 35E.)

There are some crappies to be had there, but it is often hard to fish if its windy since the best spots for the crappies this year are the two sunken islands in the middle of the lake.

Prior or Spring are two other good choices for Panfish right now. I'd be careful on the Spring lake acess right now as it was in HORRIBLE shape last year, I don't know if the DNR has fixed it yet or not.

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TYMAN

where should i go for some quick action? Lac Lavon Alimagnet Crystal Orchard prior marion? also any specific sots would help thanks!

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fisherman-andy

Was out on Marion last week and caught tons of small bass, lotsa sunnies but no crappies to be seen anywhere.

Right now if your looking for Crappies, Prior Lake be your best bet in the area. Otherwise try the smaller lakes and ponds that have less fishing pressure.

Going to try Crystal this weekend. Landed a few nice trout at Holland on minnow. Caught and released.

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