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does anyone know of any traditional spots for crappies for when the ice goes out. it dont matter if it is from shore or if you need a boat. all i know of is beebe and constance, which i am sure constance will be not as good this year. thank you

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jbell1981

People were already lined up on the ditch connected to the east side of Pelican Lake last night. I talked to a couple of the guys and they were not catching any yet, but with in the next couple weeks you should be able to get some crappies there.

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fishtank

Was out on Pelican tonight, nothing doing - they will probably move in within a week or two. A guy I talked to said he was at a lake near pelican with a creek that ran through it. He said he pounded them - big one's too. Not sure of a lake near pelican with a creek that runs through it? he didn't want to share any info - don't blame him.

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jigginjim

I would look for fish to be in deep water yet. I have caught larger crappies suspended in several lake after ice out. Waverly would be another on my list for eary crappies.

But if want some real fun deer lake has carp sitting in front of the spillway. Some will go over 30lbs. on lite tackle (7ft. med/lite rod, 6lb line,) that is a real blast.

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Mo Gator

30 lb Crap??? I'll stick with the crappies!! grin.gif

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jigginjim

The CARP can keep fun until the crappies move in to shore or the docks set for boating.

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Fishin'Mad-Mandan

does the big lake still have ice on it yet?

how long tell the crappies will be in the ditch?

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Pulling-M-In

where is the spillway on deer, might have to get the bowfishing rig out to shoot some of them dmn things. getting pumped for suckers to start running

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fisherking01

Note tht spearing, bowfishing, for carp and other rough fish usually opens on May 1, check regs for sure. I'd hate to see anyone get their bow confiscated because of heading out in a closed season. Good luck when it opens. Brent

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jigginjim

Several lakes in the area are now open. Ice on Buffalo blew to the south end of the lake late saturday. Stupid rain, I was all set to for a boat ride today, I guess it'll have to wait. Go out looking for the suspended crappies, before they come into the shallows. Anyone else have their boat really?

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The Grebe

I put the finishing touches on getting the boat ready yesterday. Charged both batteries, filled the tank, filled the lower unit and cranked it over a couple of times.

It's ready, I'm not! It's gonna have to get alot warmer then this before I take the boat out! I'll fish from shore for a week or so yet.

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    • Hoey
      OK - we made it back!!!  Every trip is different with it's own potential perils.   I finally got into my house on Friday around 11am.  My guests were rookies, so i spent time with each of them, getting setup, heaters started, Vexilars set, houses banked, lines prep'd and set, bait, etc...  The bite was somewhat slow and many small ones.  The day got better 3 to 430pm.  Ended up with 6 nice eyes (19, 18x3, 17x2), 13 jumbos (most ever for a day), 12 small sauger which we ate for dinner.   On Saturday we headed up to the south shore of the Angle, longer ride, so again did not get started too early.  Ended up with our 6 eyes for our limit, these ranged from 15 to 16 inches and a 4-pack of sauger.  Again the bite seemed to pickup at 3 or so and was done by 430pm.   Ice as 3 foot or so.  Snow depth varied a lot, depending on the condition of the ice.  Smooth areas were blown off to crusty 6 inches or so.  Rough ice surely held a lot of snow.   The drive back on Sunday was somewhat tough from Baudette to Emily, winter storm warning.  Slow go, low visibility, and icy roads, sometimes down to 15 mph.   Next scheduled trip is with my wife, son, and three of his Gopher swim teammates for spring break in three weeks.  
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      Switch to regular Budweiser and they seem to just jump out of the hole. No, seriously the way I improved my landing success through the ice was to go to small treble hooks. One small one on a 6' leader, a weight and Colorado blade above the leader seems to work for me. If you are on the flag right away, you don't risk gut-hooking them. I also recycle my Power Pro musky line and put it on tip ups. Also, I should add that I always  have a jaw-spreader and 8" forceps for quick and easy hook removal.
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      Funny...seems like when the Emerald run slowed down up there 4-5 years ago, the fishing followed suit!
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