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BIG DIESEL

Well, my dad and I decided to take advantage of the nicer weather yesterday and decided to take our chances on French and Shields. We got on to French and headed out towards the group of folks in the big hole but tried to stay alittle ways away from them. We were still fishing pretty deep and managed to catch about 40-50 crappies between 8am - 1pm. From 8-10am was probably the best fishing but we still managed to catch them til 1pm. All fish were suspended between 20 - 37 feet of water. All fish were caught on minnows.

We made our way to Shields Lake by 2:30 and was my second time ever being on the lake. After looking at the map of the lake on my Lakemaster chip we picked a spot that looked like a good place to catch some bluegills in about 18' of water away from the crowds. Within the 1st hour of fishing we had caught 4 walleyes, a largemouth, couple perch and some bluegills. We stuck around there til about sunset and had to leave just as the crappie bite was picking up.

All in all we caught multiple crappies in excess of 10" with the bigger ones around 12.5" on both lakesa. 1/2 the fish on Shields were caught with wax worms and 1/2 with crappie minnows. It was a lot of fun targeting blugills and pulling up 14" walleyes on a wax worms! Good luck to all and hopefully others had good luck with the warmer weather!

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Scott K

Great report sounds like a good time!

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MuleShack

A very nice day of fishing!!

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Team Otter

It sure felt like March on the ice this weekend.

Great report. Say "HI" to the Dr. for me.

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charlie1959

Big Diesel i was wondering you purchased your lakemaster ? i didnt know they had chips of southern mn,lakes also how much $ does the set up cost ? thanks charlie 1959

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Team Otter

The Lake Master Pro '07 is what you want and they are available anywhere from Reel Fishing and Tackle in Madison Lake to Cabela's to Scheel's to Gander Mountain, etc, etc. Dust off a $100 bill and get after it.

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charlie1959

another trip to Cabelas ,i just hate when that happens

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mnhunter 3815

my 2006 chip has lakes all over minnesota including upper red lake.they have a web site that has the listings for what lakes the chip has.i'll try to find it.

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Willy

The '08 chip is out? Are you sure? I think you're talking about the 07. I have called Lakemaster and they have made no mention of an 08 chip, or when one will be released. They are pretty tight-lipped about upgrade release dates though. They don't want everyone to quit buying the 07's in anticipation of the 08.

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Joe28

Sounds like fun. I took advantage of the weather, but the fish didn't cooperate so well for me.

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BK19

i just bought a new chip last week and it doesnt specifi what year it is it is the lkpm-mn 108-203 and says in red newly updated

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Team Otter

You're right Willy. Thanks for catching that.

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arcticcat400

sounds like a very good day of fishing in some very nice weather if you dont mind me asking where abouts did you catch them on shields? if you dont want to give up your spot i understand completely just thought i might take the wheelhouse over for a night and try it

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wooly1

18 fow, away from the crowds. grin.gif

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BIG DIESEL

Exactly. 18 fow away from the crowds. A couple of my close friends had fished that area before with luck as well so don't plan to give the spot out. The only hint is that it is somewhat close to shore...

Good luck....I will be out there again probably next weekend.

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