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jtm

fed (Contact Us Please) crappies

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jtm

is it to late? was up there weekend before opener and they seemed to have moved in that evening into the harbors, but what about the north bay? any info would be appreciated

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GreyGoose

I was on Leech the Mon. and Tues after opener. It was my first experiece out there, but a buddy of mine that was along used to fish it alot. He had a couple of sources in Fed.Dam that said it would be worth our while to fish Leech instead of driving all the way to Winni. He was right! We had to pull ourselves away from the walleye fishin both nites to get too our crappie spots in the last hour or so of lite. As hard as it was to put the walleye stick down while they were still biting, catching crappie after crappie that where a minimum of 12" made it an easy switch. We fished a nothern bay in about 2-3 fow, near bullrushes. Crappie minnows or fatheads worked. We also got a bunch of huge rock bass and a few bull sunfish in these same areas. We kept a few to eat, but we left a lot in the lake so they are still in there. I hope this info helps.

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jtm

thanks for the info,If I make it up there this week I'll report back.

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GreyGoose

Ya, let me know. My buddy that was with me is headed back up this weekend with his family. Look for a big ol' Northwood w/Force o.b. Hope you guys get some more stable weather.

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fishinpapa

Thanks for the update goose!! Heading up with the family for a week and would love to get into some crappies/eyes...anyone know of any options a little closer to the walker area of leech (hate to burn up that much gas and get skunked) anyway thanks again.

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jtm

Sorry did'nt get up there-gas is too high. there are alot of harbors etc to fish around there but the craps are done around here[brainerd] and did not seem worth it if they are done up there. Going to millacs instead, hopfully the may flies don't hatch this weekend. Good luck though, there BIG if you get into them

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GreyGoose

Ya, my friend ended up going to Gull Lake instead too. Saved the gas and the campsites where gettin pretty booked up too. I'm hoping to get up there in a few weeks. I was supposed to be on Winni this weekend, but those plans fell through too. Maybe I'll hit the Croix tomorrow. Keep us posted if your hittin Leech. Thanx

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jtm

been going to millacs fishing is to good and about 50 miles closer.

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fishinpapa

Hit leech for 5 days last week...well actually 3 hours each evening...caught 2 eyes, lots of perch and 3 runt northerns...if leech is back,,,than I'm missin it. We worked sand, pine, goose, walker bay. Essentially where most of the boats seemed to be. Getting tired of the media over-hyping everything.

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trollenslow

yup- leech is dead, Pass this on!

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225330

Leech is, and has always been, wind driven and front driven. There are going to be non productive days. Yes, even non productive weeks, but, the fish are there.

Don't follow the boats, fish the structures that you think should hold fish given the current weather pattern. Let your electronics tell you wether to stay or move on.

Realy tough? Try a guide for a part of your stay. They can help you sort through the current pattern.

Leech has improved, considerably.

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