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Lower Cullen and the Blackhole

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Unfortunately I made a move from the area this fall, so I haven't been around to fish my usual spots much, but I am still in touch with some of you local guys. Rumor has it that earlier this year for quite some time there was a large hole the size of a football field? on the NW corner of Lower Cullen...centered over the island. Does anyone know anything about this? must have heard of it.

Was it something like what was on North Long?

Can we expect to see it again next year?

On a somewhat different note, I did get out and fish Cullen a couple of times, and would like people to know that over the past 3 years the public...all 30 houses that have been planted on the north shore...put a serious dent in the year classes of crappies. 3-4 years back, you could catch some decent fish and now it's not even worth the trip.

This is a prime example of what happens when that many people that often fish a small lake.

I just hope that the pressure stays down on that lake for a couple of years so that it doesn't end up like Nisswa.(Small and burnt out)! smirk.gifsmirk.gif

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I agree how many fish can you eat.

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Yeah I had heard from a number of folks about the open water patch. I guess I don't know why it was there but it seemed to occur on a number of lakes this winter. We had an unseasonably warm December and lots of wind during the freeze period. Hopefully it is not a trend of the future, rather just a strange year.

Over the years many of our lakes have seen overharvest of the panfish species. I really would like to see some protection of these species during the winter months. Panfish(bluegills and crappies) are very suseptable to overharvest more-so in the winter. Hopefully anglers will learn to use selective harvest when taking a few fish home.

Jason Erlandson

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