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JBMasterAngler

Springtime Crappies

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JBMasterAngler

How soon after the ice recedes will the spring crappie bite begin? I might head up to gull lake if I get time. Any info will be helpful. Thanks.

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Sportland_Bait

There is great fishing as soon as the ice is gone. Sometimes they won't be up in the shallow water yet. But they might be out on the first drop or hanging on the weed edge. Early after the ice goes out is when some of the biggest crappies in the lakes are active. You can find them in 8-10 feet of water right away. Sometimes it takes a little searching. You'll also catch lots of bass and sunfish.

Jason Erlandson

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pathogen

If you can find a small, shallow, black-bottomed bay or pothole that is connected to a larger lake (usually by a culvert or small channel), they usually go ice-free before the main body and it's often possible to catch crappies from shore even while the main body has a lot of ice. On a sunny day, that black-bottom bay can get quite warm and really draw the pannies. It seems like the crappies go best when dusk approaches in those situations, but at times can be caught all day long.

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fishroger

Bar harbor on gull is always a good early spot right off the docks at the resturant. Ice usually goes out there first. Good spot, you can get lunch and a beer or coffee at the resturant. good for kids too.

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fishblind187

It all depends on the water temp. They will move into the shallow bays when it gets into the upper 40's or low 50's. Hopefully we get some stable weather so they dont move in and out of the bays from day to day.

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TrophyEyes

How about on Pelican? Any advice on where to find them?

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B420

Trophy,

Jones bay used to have a decent population but they have been hammered the last five years and the size and numbers in not there anymore. The Breezy resort bay can be good, even shorefishing from the docks if you time it right. If Cree bay has any water you could find some there also. Never fished them Mousseau Bay and the channel area but see people in there every year.

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fishroger

Any of the bays on pelican are good. Cree use to be good, the water level is way down in cree, almost got stuck with the boat last year in there. They can get hammered pretty good if the word gets out. But the dock fishing in breezy bay is good because of the convenient dock access and parking there. Would be nice if we had a couple of deluges and got the water level up.

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DancesWithWaves

Dont give up yet. Just made it out today and caught 30 or so nice crappies and a ton of bluegills. The fish are a bitin' but theres not much time left.

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