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Crappies at Bayport

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oil painter

Anything doing on the crappies yet? I know it has been a terrible year so far but was wondering if they had started yet. I have fished tonka most of the season and have yet to manage anything over 8". My buddy has been on so.center and been in the same boat. another buddy on prior same thing what gives? we have never encontered this b/4 in 30+ years of ice fishing!!! hope others are doing better, wish we will too.

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SLAYDOG

Oil Painter. I was on Prior also up until about a week or so ago(long way to go from here) and last year we would do great all the time, but that's if you like 7"crappies. Last year we caught about the same each time out but they were alot better in size.Like I said I was there up until a week ago and have now been going out on the Croix and I'm glad I've made the change. Not as many but the size has been alot better, even a couple the size I use to remember catching out there, plus a couple of bonus eyes. All very light biters,see them on the graph and most will disappear when approached, but the few that follow will hit it hard.Beats driving 50 miles each way to fish.

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LuckyNorm07

How much ice is in the bayport area.. is there people driving trucks out there?

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Roughfisher

Was out there today. Drove out in my S-10, there were big suburbans and full-size trucks all over the place. They're driving almost all the way to Stillwater! Tons of ice, two feet by my estimation. My brother caught two crappies and I got skunked. At least he gave me the crappies. Pretty slow, lots of lookers but few takers.

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bgreen82

ive been looking to try the croix out by bayport for crappies. never river fished on ice though. where is everyone going out of? and do you change techniques at all?

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hondavxr

Crappies have been really slow this year, it might be that the NSP plant is not discharing water. Most access through Bayport park and walk across to the Wis. side. I usually tell people to not follow the crowds, but on this one, follow the crowd across river. You should be in about 40 ft of water. Crappie minnows with plain hooks or little jigheads use to work for me. The crappies are usually hugged close to the bottom. If you do run into some, you are slabbers in the 14-16 inch range. Good luck

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rosspj59

How is the ice looking with all the snow on top now? Is it pretty slushy underneath?

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    • Wanderer
      We found our better pike in 20 fow this weekend.  Same weekend last year they were in 7.  That might be the reason you haven’t been seeing much while spearing? Thicker ice and more snow.  And they’ve been grabbing small minnows after staring at em for a long time.  They marked a heavy line on the sonar for up to half hour before slurping in the crappie minnow. Small shiners have been getting small pike.  Large shiners haven’t been getting hit at all.
    • Spss
      I've been out there a few times. Where are the deadheads?
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      Fished shields lake yesterday from 900 am to 6. 12 fow caught 25 real nice gills 10 perch ,all dinks. And 2 crappie about 9 inches. Pretty steady fishing all day. We were about 50 yds from all the sleepers. Lots of traffic. At least 2 ft of ice. Used a little ant , orange and bright green with some white dressing tied to it. Got em from Nagel's. He said they were good, and he was right. Tipped with wax worm. Crappie came in at 530 caught the biggest on a glow blue angel eye with a minnow head. Snowing really hard so we packed up. Tent is froze. But we're going back out here in a bit. Gonna try roberds lake. I'll post later on that. Good luck all!
    • Tom Sawyer
      You two are sure putting the smack down on some super sized Pike! Those walleye text you just sent were nice too. Your killing me man; I'm off todo more snowblowing. Though to take it when the wife's schoolin' ya', been there lots of times with Patty. Join my club, LOL!
    • Bigfatbert
      Slobslayer99 , Echo can be a fun lake to fish for Walleye and Crappie. As for being there on the opener , like most lakes , it's all going to come down to when the ice goes out , and the type of springtime weather that prevails up there this year as to how the opener bite might be . The lake is shallow and has quite stained water . Early ice out , and a warmer spring can have the lake good to go on the opener for you  for both species. As for where to fish , that also depends on the spring also , as the water starts to warm there , very shallow muck with deadheads around the lake , or the shallow rock pile with reeds on the far eastern  end are usually safe bets for Crappie . As for the walleye , they can be caught on the rocky shorelines throughout the lake . Early fishing there is best with minnows...  ahhh the opener , you gotta love it .
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      Going up the echo for the first time this opener any tips or info would be appreciated
    • JBMasterAngler
      Tried South Lindstrom today. Was able to mark some fish, but they were tight to the bottom, and would not move! Got 1 tiny perch. Was only out for a little bit, then the snow really started coming down. Talked to someone else, and they had the exact same results.
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    • IceHawk
      I've used a full body full strut before can be good or bad depending on a birds mood at the time. In certain situations they can be a killer, 
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