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Springtime Open Water Update!

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I figured it is about time to give an update on whats going on here in the Nisswa area. I've been receiving calls and emails like crazy from anxious anglers. Our lakes seem to be a little behind the rest of the state. In fact the last few days people have been out catching crappies on top of nearly a foot and a half of ice. I'm guessing we are at the end of the ice fishing. The lakes started looking real dark yesterday and today. The only open water right now is the channel area near Zorbaz. With a little luck we may end up with some small lakes open by this weekend. I'm crossing my fingers. We really need some wind and rain, then she'll go fast.

We are cranking the new bait tanks up tomorrow and filling them up with crappie bait. We are finished hanging about 2/3 of the new tackle and should finish up by the weekend. It's all looking pretty nice. I know that our guides are fired up for those springtime crappie fishing trips. They've been getting their boats shined up and the crappie rods and ready for a few weeks now. All they need now is some soft water.

Jason Erlandson

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What a crazy spring. I was down on Lake Minnetonka this past weekend. We could see the crappies in the shallows, but the were real finicky. Water temp was 47-51 in spots. I had to go home Sunday, i'm sure they hit real hard Monday with temps in the low 70's.

Im guessing with the late 10+ inches of snow cover we got it insulated the ice. Oh well, gotta love the anticipation. I think i like preparing for fishing more than fishing. Ok, maybe not.....

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Talked to my folks last night, and the small lake they live on over in Deerwood is open. 371 bay on North Long is looking really close. Gull and Round, a little farther behind.

It's supposed to be windy the next couple of days. That should really help with the break-up.

It won't be long now....

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How is Pelican coming?

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I haven't been up there to check but I bet there might be some water in the bays/canals by the weekend. We'll see.

Jason Erlandson

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Still a bit of ice in bays on pelican

. could be gone by end of weekend with wind and sun

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How about Crosslake? Do we have open water yet?

Thanks

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White Sand and perch in Baxter are completly open. smile.gifsmile.gif

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small lakes around deerwoood are open and i'm guessing serpent will be open by the weekend.

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It looked like Crow Wing lake just south of Brainerd was open this afternoon as I drove by. Things are starting now.

Jason Erlandson

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371 bay is now open! (north long)

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cross is still iced up this morning, but is lookin like it will go anytime. big pine is mostly open a little ice on the south side. most lakes should be open by the end of the weekend around the crosslake area.

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Anyone seen Lake Alexander today?

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We are really making progress now. As of this morning everything is ice free except a couple of the bigger lakes like the main part of Gull and Whitefish. And those should be open within days. Plus the crappies are starting to bite. Lots of sunfish too. Time to get the boats wet!

Jason Erlandson

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Right now my boat is getting wet sitting in my driveway from the rain! LOL grin.gif

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I live on Gull and it's now wide open... Nice to see spring is finally here. I would think that all the local large lakes are now open given the rain today...

The rain is very welcome given the recent dry conditions. The small marshy areas are now holding water. Really good!

Spring fishing should be terrific this year.

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Round lake near garrison opened all the way on Saturday morning. GAME ON!!!!!

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Pelican Status??? I am guessing if Gull is open then Pelican is open or at least close.

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