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I have fished Red hard the past 5 years for the slabs and have always had good luck.

I was up there this past weekend and drove out of Hillman's. I fished all 8 of my waypoints on the north end from 9 AM until 7 PM and did not catch a single crappie. The thing that interested me is that I could not keep the 14 - 17 inch walleyes off all day. I'm sure, bewteen my father and I, that we caught well over 100 walleyes. This has happened to me in the past and traditionally when the sun hits the tree line, the crappies start and the walleyes quit. This trip that didn't happen. I am seeing scattered good reports and wondering if anybody else has noticed this???

Also, where are you guys catching these fish? On the South End (Roger's, Benzo, Morts)?? I talked to at least 50 different fishermen in passing on the ice and on the phone after returning from my trip and they all had similar luck a I did. I am very used to catching limits every trip to Red and this time things just didn't click in the crappie department. It's not that I didn't have fun, but just thought I'd throw my observation out on the table.

We made up for the lack of crappies with a big time walleye bite out of Long Point on Saturday and an even better jumbo perch bite on Winnie on Sunday.

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Reading your story intrigued me because your experience exactly matches the experience I had on Upper Red this year. We went up there and caught lots of walleyes the same size you mentioned and some pike, but not a single crappie. We had all the right equipment and were there for a good portion of the day including the evening hours. We talked to some guys who caught one or two crappies near Roger's but thats it. Where are all these crappies being caught????

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Some things that can be changing the bite. A lot of baitfish. A lot of walleyes. The lake is low. A hot dry summer raising the water temps. The crappies are not schooled up yet. The most important thing,,,,, it's January. shocked.gif
GPS points help but the crappies cann't read them so they do not know you expect them to be there. smile.gif This time of year "hot spots" can change in a day. People depending on last weeks or last years info are not going to do as good as the people out trying new areas.

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4 years ago I made all these waypoints and since then I have caught fish at those spots. I agree with you though Kelly...point well taken. I was just taken away and almost besides myself that I couldn't catch a crappie, especially after doing so well in the past at those same spots. For a brief moment I alomst felt as though I forgot to fish for the big slabs. Hopefully, later in the year the fish will school up like I think the most of us are used to.

Don't worry...I'll be back for revenge. (haha)

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When we were up last week my screen was crazy with shiners. From 2 ft. off the bottom all the way to the bottom of the ice. When they left we caught fish. Especially the Northerns would spook them off.
Has anyone ever seen this many shiners up there in the winter?

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I was on the lake this weekend and noticed there must be ALOT of baitfish in the lake because I was catching perch after perch with 2 or more minnows in the mouth but they weren't not crappie minnows we were using. I never seen them before so I couldn't tell you what kind of minnows they were. However, on monday evening after the perch and the walleyes quite the crappies went crazy for about 45 minutes and then slowed down but they were still down there because i would be able to jig them off the botton and catch one every 15 minutes or so. Many crappies however follow your jig and swim back down.

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