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crappies on fish lake in MG

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Ive taken a break from throwing muskie baits a couple of times lately to fish bass and crappies. Has anyone else been to fish lake in Maple Grove and seen the thousands of dead crappies floating all over the place? Is it an oxygen issue or ???? Though there are tons floating, they are all 4-6" and nothing bigger. All I have caught are the same size as well

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Moby1 - I was out on Fish about a week ago and also noticed quite a few dead crappies floating. Not sure what caused it, but I do have to say the water quality in Fish seems to be getting worse every year. I live less than a mile from the lake and have been fishing there since I was a little kid, so I've really noticed the decline. I'm guessing part of it is due to the fertiziler folks are using right up to the water's edge on their lawns. As for the crappies, there a few nice ones in Fish, but like you said the majority are pretty small.

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This is an occurence every spring and summer on lakes all over the state.

It happens for a couple different reasons, and most wide spread cases typically only affect Crappies.

When it seems to only impact smaller fish, it's easier to shrug off. But I have seen cases where numerous slab fish appear on the lakes surface, and that gets frusterating.

One small pond on located private property winter killed one time years ago, and in the spring, it revealed Crappies in the 14" range, Bluegills at the 9 inch mark, Walleyes up to 26", and Pike that pushed the upper 30's that dwelled in a small puddle that even the owners of the property said "I never knew...."

The "puddle" turned out to be 30 feet deep, as one winters investigation proved.

That's a bummer, but Ma' Nature is in control.

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