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jeepguy

Saw some guys using tip ups yesterday. HUH?

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jeepguy

Ok so I am driving across Buffalo Lake and I saw some guys come out of thier shack waving thier arms at me, then I saw what the big deal was. They had tip ups out and I was about to run them over. Well I felt stupid, but then thought to myself. Why would someone have tipups out after the walleye and northen season has closed. It makes me dissappointed to see people breaking the rules like this.

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eyepatrol

They could very well have been fishing for crappies. Hard to know without seeing what was on the end of their line.

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jeepguy

true, but I have not, at least in my lifetime, seen someone use a tip-up for panfish.

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dilleyo

They might have been fishing channel cats???? I have had to tell a couple of my buddies that the season for pike and walleye was over on Sunday and they didn't believe me. Does anyone know why they don't just make it go the couple of extra days and have it over when the liscences expire?

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jeepguy

Not sure, but a coupel extra days wouldnt hurt anything. I thought it went till tomorrow, but I read the DNR web site and was informed differently.

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sticknstring

Very possible for crappies. I've done it many times up on Red. Fire up the grill and relax for awhile. Works great. But the tactics up there don't necessarily work around here... I wouldn't get worked up about it without knowing for sure.

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Shack

What kind of tip ups? The windlass works great for crappies or perch. their is a lot of perch on buffalo. I also have a finky'f fish factory i use for perch on millacs. Works great! I will include a couple of pics of it for people who do not know of it.

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The Grebe

I've used tip-ups for crappies before....you can use em for perch to....no law against using a tip up at anytime....now if that tip up has a sucker and a quick strike rig on the business end, there might be some 'Splain-in' to do!

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bassNspear

Im sorry, but who fishes for crappies with a tip-up. The reason i say that is becuase, there to finaki to be fishing them with tip-ups. Just my .02

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Ole the Guide

Maybe they were fishing for bullheads! Or dogfish??

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Shack

I have caught crappies on a windlass and in my fininky's fish factory. If you dought me, I will meet you out on Michell in big lake and show you (if i can find my windlass). If you get on aggresive crappies, they will take

down a walleye bobber, let a lone a light setted drag, power jigged tip up. The finickys fish factory is very sensitive. Its good for perch, but I have caught many crappies on it. In a bet I would put the factory before the windlass. But set correctly and weather cond. (windlass) are right. You can catch crappies on a tip up. smirk.gif

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I will this week (god willing) some how get video of catching a crappie on a tip up (factory), or invite who ever would like to come down were I am fishing and watch.

thanks!

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I have seen T.V. shows catch crappies on tip ups. Midwest outdoors. E-mail Dave Genz and ask him. CLICK BELOW

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BKB

We also use them for perch, when fishing for eyes when it is open I have caught perch that were almost the same size as the minnow, you just have to set the flag light, works great for the kids to be outside running around watching for flags.

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ScoutII

Fishing tip-ups for crappies is just like dead-sticking. I've noticed crappies only wanting the dead stick, that any jig movement would spook them.

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bassNspear

So it really works to be able to get them with a tip up uh?

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The Grebe

Yup, not always, sometimes they are to finnicky and you have to work for em. But sometimes, they will come up, vaccume that little minnow in and be on the way.

I've never tried it for crappies in deep water, mostly the shallow stuff, 8-15 feet. Some will blow it out I'm sure, but some won't and then it's "Flags up!"

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mpester

I was fishing a small, secret lake in WI over President's Day weekend. I got a good number of Red Lake sized crappies on tip-ups baited with small shiners. On my regular rod, all I could get on wax worms or a spoon were the "small" 9 & 10 inch crappies. I got over 20 Red Lake sized crappies on the shiners before they ran out. It was the first time I used a tip-up for crappies but I may start doing it more.

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bassNspear

I might have to go and try this. From what i have read, and what i have learned about crappies and tip-up, it might work. I was thinking different when i first started reading this topic, but after its all done, im going to have to try this. Great information everyone.

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dilleyo

I am heading to my wife's uncle's lake they live on and they are having a fishing contest for the people who live on the lake and their families. 15-20 people, mostly just a reason to get together and drink..I might just have to try this. I think it might be interesting trying it at least. I will let you all know how I do after this weekend.

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bassNspear

SHould be a good time with the way the weather is now days.

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Jacob

Two years ago it was a few weeks past the closed season and a big group of guys were fishing tip ups in the 30' area and the dnr was watching them in their suburban behind my portable. A guy pulled up a big ol pike with a huge smile on his face and threw it on the ground and the dnr cruized over and busted all of the guys. So, you never know out there.

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