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scotta

lake sallie

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Made it out to sallie saturday. We managed to get out there without getting stuck although it was tough going. No crappies. Caught lots of perch, 1 nice northern, and some decent walleyes(go figure). this was my first trip to sallie in a few years. Even though no crappies the size of walleyes was impressive.

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was there any slush out there?

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No slush. access in good shape. Just a lot of snow. You can get around with a 4x4. I was on the break between the point and the dnr. with all the snow we didnt move around at all. Is sallie still considered a good crappie lake? Im wondering if the northern slot has impacted the crappie population. Or is the lake another case of being overfished. If I could have got around better i would have made more of an effort to find fish.

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the size structure for crappies shifted to bigger fish, but less quantity. I believe the biomass stayed the same. I don't think the shift was due to NOP or overharvesting. I don't know about you, but I'd rather catch a few slabs than a million little crappies. It's been hard to pinpoint where the crappies are located. traditional spots and areas typical for holding crappies have not produced results in recent years. the spring run for crappies have also been poor the past few years. I know the fish are in there, though, because they recently resurveyed the lake and the population was stable, and I've seen the slabs in there during the walleye harvest operation. There are not many of them in the trap nets, but the average size is around 15-16"...

btw, the spot you were in, I have always done better catching big walleyes there than crappies. In fact, I've never caught a crappie there before through the ice.

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Its been some years since I icefished sallie so I wasnt really sure where to set up. It was a good walleye spot though. I got into a few of the slabs you mentioned a few years ago during the spawn. I found them in 4ft of water in the reeds. I only got a few but they were true slabs. Im pretty impressed by the size of fish in that lake. Every year I hear rumors of 8-10lb walleye being caught for milking. I dont know if theres any truth to it.I do know that a guy i work with got a 50inch muskie in summer of 05. Im not much of a walleye fisherman but i may have to try for some out there next winter. theres always decent northern action too. Is mellisa seeing the same type change also?

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I ice fished lake sallie 2 winters ago and the crappie bite was awesome 13"to15". it was a hot spot until word got out talked to local guy at fish hatchery and that spring boats were lined up and taking out buckets were the river flows from DL. From that point on fishing for crappies in Sallie in the winter is about over. To bad that people have to be hogs when you find a good bite

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Ran into crappies on Sallie about three years ago -- they were nice. Since then we have tried every March and have not done very well.

Hitman

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scotta ,we will have to get out togather and get some slabs soon, dad is really chomping to get out and fish ., im in the phone book! give me a call.,p.s. say hi to the folks. oh and are you bear hunting this year? let me know. later cuz!

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boobby --

You been out lately?

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no mark i have not ., i missed you on monday i was going to ask if you have been out., heading up to the big pond end of march and im really looking for a fun time., talk with you later .,

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I hope to get out and hammer them soon as well.

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