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shaky legs2

Just might have to plan a trip to the big pond sometime this spring.

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bturck

Hey Dick I was wondering how long it would take before you got bored and had to head north again. Is Doc your partner on the open water as well? Good luck. Say hi to Kelly and Jonny.

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traveler

I could use a partner this weekend hunting crappies...:) We never did meet up this winter.

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shaky legs2

Looks like we are only going part-way up North to chase some crappies this weekend.

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Random guy

Why not come to chase the crappies on Red, they are starting up ya know.

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bturck

Shaky, sounds like Jonnys onto something, you might want to throw in an extra gallon or two of gas and head up there..... smile

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Random guy

Orange and brown Watsit jig or orange Fuzz-E grubs, scoop of minnows and away you go, it really is that simple.

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shaky legs2

Looks like I am not going to make it up there - too many irons in the fire. mad

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bturck

Jonny fished the Watzit last fall on our lake for crappies. Very satisfied with the results. They definitley hit 'em with gusto. Have a great summer. Had fish fry last night and the guys are ready for another hard water trip......

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DocJpa

Jonny, With all the talk of low water,will there be problems launching boats and getting out on the lake?? Any places a guy should not try to launch? I have a glass 20 ft. boat Thanks in advance for your help!

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toddb

I had my 620 out of Tamarac last Thursday and it is low. Big sandbar well past the last green can. You will polish up your skeg if you come in hot. Trim up and go slow to the break and you should be safe.

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Random guy

It is going to be nip and tuck but most boats should be able to get out. Worst case is one will have to trim up and push pole for a few feet over a bar. I have been out from Mort's and the mouth of the river with the Crestliner and no problems. Westwinds Resort had the canal cleaned out so that is also in good shape.

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    • IceHawk
      First Welcome to FM, They definitely can be caught during the day but the water is really clear usally on that lake and I have found over the years of fishing it that the evening into the dark bite can be way better. Don't rule out trying to target those fish you saw.  Some options are fishing  on a cloudy day, or try down sizeing your presentation as you may surprise yourself and put a few topside.  
    • IceHawk
      Electrical tape for me nice and smooth. If your worried about the residue at the end of the season a little tip is rub  toothpaste on the cork work it around then wash in water.  Cleans them up takes the scum off and they look good as new when done. 
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      I broke a bunch also at first  my bear paws just squeeze a little to hard! You definitely need to be carefull when putting them on to much pressure and another one bites the dust. Great bobber and concept can be used for a slip or fixed bobber just a little fragile. 
    • IceHawk
      Some good sticks there!
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      Looks good Royce hopefully you can put it to good use soon. The ice is sure getting thick if it keeps up I will be ordering a extension for my K drill soon or bring out the  StrikeMaster and extension. 
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    • eyeguy 54
      will be there with camera to get pics.  
    • eyeguy 54
      thanks Matt and thanks Clam! 
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      Looks like I need to resurrect this one... sorry for the long delay...  It's been a whirlwind of a winter already. A couple dozen guide trips in the books and over a dozen different lakes across the Metro and surrounding areas.  Chisago... to Minnetonka... to Clearwater... to Prior... to Big Marine... and other places in between. The good news:  we have good ice and the season is definitely in full-swing!  It's making up for past years! That being said... big word of the day... WEEDS, WEEDS, WEEDS!!!  The biggest fish are constantly coming out of the weeds.  Sure there are numbers out deeper and throughout the basins, but if you want to consistently catch big Metro fish (panfish) then focus on the weeds.  Even larger walleyes are coming from the weeds.  Spend some time with the underwater camera and/or sight-fishing... force yourself to get out of your comfort zone and fish in the weeds (if you don't already).  Also turn to plastics instead of live-bait.  These few ARE feeding, they are not dormant.  Fish plastics and get after 'em! I've spent most of my time targeting fish in less than 20 feet of water.  You basin bite is holding fish during low-light though, so if you're going to hunker-down over a deeper pod of fish then make sure the focal point is sunrise and sunset, otherwise chase-down the shallow fish during the day and stay moving until you find biting fish.  Our best bites are mid-day in the weeds... or those first couple hours after sunrise on some lakes.  Haven't had to focus on the night-bite a whole lot, but if that's your window of fishing then definitely go for it--you'll still get bit! The tip-ups have been a little quite lately. Haven't put a ton of time into them, but they haven't been flying much. A handful of small pike, that's about it. Might need to go on a tip-up excursion soon though! Hopefully everyone is out enjoying the season! Good luck, be safe, and have fun!  
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