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Well I went to Erie today in search of some panfish, knowing before hand that the pannies in that lake seem to be on the small side. Well, my outing pretty well confirmed that today. Caught lots of sunnies and some crappies, but nothing of any size. Sunnies were 6" or less as were the crappies. Most of the sunnies and crappies came in 5' - 7' of water in amongst the weeds. Once I got outside the weed edge it was either dead or perch the size of your index finger. I also fished in 30fow and picked up a couple small crappies suspended at 18 - 20fow, but they were far and few, only coming through a couple at a time. Also caught a couple 2lb lm bass which was fun on 2lb test line.

A black #8 Ratso ruled the roost today, although other jigs worked too. No meat required at all. I didn't take any specific measurement of the ice, but I'd have to guess it was around 24", possibly more. Auger motor was right down to the snow before I'd break through.

As for the snow, there's a good 12" (more in some spots) on pretty much the entire lake. 4-wheel drive is definitely a must. I could get around, but it was slow going at only 10mph.

Well, that's my report. Like I said, in late May and early June when the sunnies come in shallow, they're all pretty small from what I've seen. And I saw the same again today. It was fun though getting a line wet and having a little bit of a tug on the end. And the bass were definitely fun.

Not sure what the best pannie lakes in the Hutch area are. Maybe Minnie Belle or Washington, I don't know. If anyone has suggestions on a good pannie lake where the fish have size to them, I'd be interested to hear it! smirk.gif

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