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JBone

Opener Lakes?

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JBone

Fishing with a relative around hutchinson for the opener this year. What are some solid lakes to hit? Thanks

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TroutYammer

Washington, Stella, Star, Bell, Minnebell, Jennie and Manuella are all good places to start... especially this year with the warm weather.

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mnguy152

but the water still is cold i would try some smaller ones first

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silverbulletguy

Washington should be decent since its a shallower lake. Especially with the warmer forecast.

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LMITOUT

Does anybody have a recent water temp? After the up and down spring I'm curious as to where it is.

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c0untryf1sh3r

Im curious to what it is as well. Stopped at a few area lakes on monday, saw a few fish checking out some real estate but couldnt get them to commit.

Is it too much to ask for a solid week of sun to warm everything up? crazy

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Hester

I will be out this afternoon and will post temps later tonight for you guys.

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c0untryf1sh3r

THanks Hester, catch some fish before the rain gets here.

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Hester

Bad news, the rain got the best of me.

I kept thinking it would rain real quick then I would get out.

Its still raining so I'm not going.

Drat!

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pushbutton

Temps are about low to mid fifties a few miles down the road in Spicer/Wilmar on a few of the "larger" lakes...would think some of the smaller/shallower ones would at least be in the upper 50's by now. Saw some crappie beds already......

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LMITOUT

Spoke to a guy today who was crappie fishing last weekend and he had 50 degrees...that was before all this rain we had the past few days.

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pushbutton

Must be a lot colder around Hutch then smile

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crowhunter14

Went out last night on Belle 57.8 to 58.5 degrees in the shallower water. Found fish, tough to get them to bite. Oh well, nice night to get out on the water.

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pushbutton

Also found a tough bite....fish are feeding up right now. Was finally get some off flys or a really small jig that let a small chunk of meat flutter slowly down.

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TroutYammer

58-Degrees on the lake at the Darwin Rod & Gun Club on HWY12. Can't wait to get at those eyes!

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sunny_smuggler

washington and jennnie should be ok but since the warm spring try deeper water like stella minnie belle and big swan

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