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Coming to Willmar on the 7th of February to visit an old friend. Would like to find a lake with in 20 minutes or so that would have a good panfish bite during the day. Appreciate any info.

Thanks!

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fishing4fun

I wish I would have seen your post, I just wrote and asked the same thing. We are fishing together so anyone that is nice enough to give us advice please use this topic. Thanks

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J'sBait&Sport

If you guys wants to be close to Willmar, than I'll definitly try Footlake.....I just plowed the lake on tuesday and thursday by the park. The bite has been good for descent sizes Crappies, Bass and some walleyes here and there.Just look for the plowed paths by a bunch of houses. It almost looks like a small town of houses. Hope this helps and good luck.

Jay

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fishing 101

Thanks for the advice Jay. I take it you sell bait. Where are you located in Willmar? We'll be in need of bait when we get there.

Thanks again!!

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goose89

J, thanks for the work on plowing a road on the lake. i've only been in your shop once (last summer) but was impressed. even though i won't be using the road this winter, I hope to see you this spring. later.

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fishing4fun

Thanks Jay,
Is there any special baits or jigs. I suppose drowned a wax worm or small minnow. Where is the access right there in town?
Thanks for the information.

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J'sBait&Sport

YOU ARE WELCOME FISHING101 AND FISHING4FUN,

TRY USING A BUCKSHOT WITH A MINNOW WHEN YOU ARE OUT THERE FISHING, OTHERWISE A GLITTER CHRT/GREEN MOON GLOW WAS WORKING GOOD FOR CRAPPIES. IF YOU NEED ANY OTHER INFO CALL 222-2248, THE SHOP IS ON HW 12EAST OF WILLMAR.

JAY,

THNX

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J'sBait&Sport

YOU'R WELCOME GOOSE89,

SEE YOU IN SPRING, TILL THAN CUDDLE UP smile.gif

JAY

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FISHING ON FOOT SEEMS TO BE AVERAGE, IT HAS SLOWED DOWN FROM EARLIER THIS WEEK, BUT HAVEN'T HERAD ANYONE GOING EMPTY HAND YET. EVERYONE HAS BEEN TAKING SOMETHING HOME.

JAY

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fishing4fun

J,
What's the report this week up there? How about the snow depth on the lakes? We should be up there sometime on Sat.
Thanks for the help.

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wallygators

yeah every one is taking home little ones just like every other lake in the area then these are the people tht bi*** that there aren't any decent sized fish anymore they are small

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BLACKJACK

wallygators, you hit it on the head! I've been out to a couple of local lakes and fished them both several times, and the crappies I've caught have been in the 6-7-8-9 inch range. And yet lots of fishhouses are still sitting on those spots, so you know people are taking them home. I realize one persons catch and release fish is another persons eater, but as you said, they never have a chance to get to even average size.

I started a topic under Crappies on this subject....

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YEAH, I AGREE WALLEYGATOR AND BLACK JACK,

I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH MEAT THEY CAN GET OUT OF THESE SMALL FISH?????.....
IF EVERYONE TAKES ALL THE SMALL ONES I WONDER IF WE EVER HOOK A DESCENT FISH IN THE FUTURE?

JAY

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vexalicious

Couldn't the dnr realize there is a problem with small fish being kept and put some sort so minimum size limit on panfish. Also i bet if they checked more people for limits of fish, people would realize that they could get caught because there are a lot of people out there that keep 2 or 3 times their limit sometimes. Just my thoughts. I would rather catch and release big fish than keep smaller ones for the fryin pan.

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