Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
woody1975

Nearest Baits hop

13 posts in this topic

I was wondering where the nearest bait shop to Crystal Lake?

Thanks,

DL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Woody -

Lakeland and the Co-op in Pelican are the closest probably, and it's probably a horse a piece on which one's closer. Generally speaking the Co-op has better bait. There's also a place off of CR 31 (on the right hand side over 59 just before you get to the Pelican Lake access) that has pretty good bait.

Be nice to those walleyes on Crystal - they're friends of mine wink.gif

Cheers,

Rob Kimm

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Rob.

First year up here, so we have a lot to learn yet.

DL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Rob - How did you become friends with the walleyes in that lake? I've become acquainted with them a few times here and there, but its pretty hit and miss.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey shooter -

My family's had a cabin on the lake since the '60s (grandparents' place, which I know own), and I'm from Pelican Rapids. My grandfather was a teacher at Concordia, and spent all summer at the cabin. When I was 5 my mom went back to work, and since my dad didn't really have time to run a dairy farm AND keep me from killing myself, I pretty much got shipped off with grandma and grandpa to the lake all summer. I basically grew up on the lake.

Crystal's kind of a tough nut for walleyes. It doesn't have a high population overall, and it's almost all natural reproduction - the stocking they do is pretty minimal - so it's real year class dependant. It's not a lake where you're going to go catch 30 or 40 a day. A handful is a good trip. Plus they just do different stuff in that lake than the do on some nearby lakes.

I kind of worry about the lake these days frankly. It's REALLY overrun with small pike right now, and the perch have virtually disappeared, probably because of the pike. Catching perch while you walleye fished was a pretty common occurance in the past, but I can't remember the last time it happened. I think I marked one school of perch while I was walleye fishing last fall. Used to see clouds of them. Plus I'm seeing fewer and fewer shiners every spring. High pike numbers probably add to that too, and the bait dealers seigning the bejeezes out of the creek between Crystal and Franklin doesn't help either. It's a lake where I'd dearly love to see special regs on pike...

cheers,

Rob Kimm

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I usually get my bait in Vergas on the east end of town since we are closer to Vergas. Is the bait in Pelican Rapids better usually(as far as shiners go)? Is that "Co-Op" in Pelican on the intersection when you are coming into town from the west(by that big gun)?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Rob -

I agree 100% on the snakes and the need for special regs. Also, I think they need to start shutting down the northeast bay in the spring like they use to. I know the lake is capable of producing huge crappies (i got into a school of 16"+ fish about 12 years ago). I've never been in that bay in the spring, but I hear it gets pretty crowded when the crappies start biting.

My extended family has one of the first cabins on that lake, on the east end. Maybe you know them? I won't post their last name on here; shoot me an email if you want. pede3@hotmail.com

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

RK,

I also grew up fishing Lizzie, Crystal, and Rush as my parents had a cabin on Lizzie. We used to do really well on Crystal from time to time, but as you say it can be spotty. It is one of the best summer crappie lakes I know of though. Your not the guy that trolls around with a ski mask and gloves on in the middle of the summer are you?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ski mask and gloves in the middle of summer......sounds like a good way to keep people from crowding you. smile.gif

To answer an earlier question, the co-op in pelican with bait is at the northwest corner when you come into town from the west. Good bait shop.

Now that we've got a few people who grew up fishing that chain of lakes.....has anybody noticed the influx of north dakotans in the past decade? Those lakes have become pretty popular, and I can't help but notice all the north dakota license plates! Not that there's anything wrong with that. wink.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Prairiefire - Hahah - that's not me in the ski mask, but I know who you mean. See him out there now and then. I have to think it's some kind of medical issue with the sun or something...

Yeah, Crystal is a good crappie lake at times, but since they quit posting the bay in the spring the size average in there has really declined. The locals used to call that bay "Loudmouth Bay," because as soon as word got out they were biting in there, Ray Jensen, the old game warden, would come and post it. I wish they still did.

Shooter - might not know your folks but I'm sure I'd know the cabin.

Yeah - North Dakotans.... smile.gif I don't mind really, but my neighbor on the other hand...he's a big duck and pheasant hunter, and took the non-resident hunting rules over there pretty personally.

If some of you guys that fish the lake would be up for helping me get the ball rolling on asking the DNR to put pike regs on that lake, I'd love to hear from you, because I think it really needs it. I'm really concerned abotu the perch decline and the explosion in pike numbers with fish under 20". That lake is getting a lot more pressure now with the slot limits on Lida, and between the pike, the perch numbers, the pressure, and the fact that the lake is almost totally reliant on natural reproduction, the walleye situation there scares me a little.

Cheers,

Rob Kimm

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I figured the same thing; Must have a skin condition or something. You know he's a diehard though because it can be 85 degrees out, I'm sweating just wearing swimtrunks, and he's all bundled up and out there fishin.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

RK, I am all for any kind of regs that will help take care of the hammer handles. I have seen what special regs can do after fishing Melissa and Sallie. Feel free to email me. huntnfishmn at yahoo

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

RK - Has there been any contact with the DNR on this? feel free to shoot me an email and let me know if I can help. pede3@hotmail.com

I'll be on the lake saturday.....have you been out lately? Any idea what the water temp is?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Wanderer
      Yup!  I can see how that would be annoying!    Welcome to Fishing Minnesota though.  Glad to see your posts. 
    • Jim Almquist
      Got out on Saturday along with my brother who went out in his boat. So much mud that we went our separate ways searching for better water. With 3 in his boat he caught 5 Coho and 5 Lake Trout. I found a nice spot and went 2/5 before the wind messed up the spot. Sunday morning went out with my brother to the same spot and had a double before the third line was out. Ended up going 7/11 before a storm with red in it chased us off the lake. Loonasea was correct on the nice size of the Coho's right now. All fish were caught with stick baits on top.
    • maxpower117
        Ya, I Was corrected already. Sorry. 
    • Rick G
      Soooo many spots to hit, your going to love the yak, JC!   And Royce is right about an anchor. This would be my first investment.   
    • lawman
      My unit is not a link unit. I thought they worked the bugs out of these units. 19 years ago they recalled all of these when almost all of them failed. Fingers crossed I guess.  
    • Cret Jigs
             Hi guys - went out on Blue lake yesterday .... water temps around 61 -62 on the surface.    Tried for some walleye with ripple shads in the weeds with no success, did manage a nice Bass.  we switched to crappies and managed keeping a nice meal.  Let a nice monster Blue Gill go (9.75") and kept some nice Sunnies for the frying pan.   Pan fish were pretty active if you hit the right spots.  A lot of people out there and the access was not a place to be in a hurry!!   We had to work for the crappies and the ones we caught were 9"-10" crappies full of eggs.  I would guess that although the ice was out early, many of the species are now late and delayed on the spawn.   if this weather don't warm up quick, i think the bass will drop their eggs and it won't be a good year for bass spawn this year.    Talked to some anglers out their bass fishing and they thought it was very slow and were puzzled.   Cret
    • Sushilicious
      I apologize for my word choice. I'm from chisholm n most of my camping trips growing up were decided after work on Friday n we can't do that now. The only positives that have come from the reservation system is ppl who have never been 2 the park (5%) now don't have 2 worry about a spot n the fishing guides don't have 2 worry about finding a place 4 shore lunch.
    • Wanderer
      Sorry I had to edit your title.  I've been hearing some people are upset about the change.  But I also heard there were some positives about it too.  I can't say anything one way or the other since I'm not affected.
    • Wanderer
        It does have lakers but I think they closed it for harvest.  I thought I read it was due to those lakers being a different strain and getting fished down a little too much.   That laker Rob caught was a hawg!  Too bad he got it taken away.
    • Sushilicious
      The fact that ppl have to reserve a campsite is absolute BS. The only thing the park accomplished by making ppl reserve campsites is lowering the amount of ppl who visit the park.