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michaelpettersen82

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Anyone been out to crooked recently? I was out on saturday night for a while, of course after the cold front moved through.We caught 2 perch and a 5 in. crappie,just wondering if anyones been catching anything out there, we were by the village off the point on the west end of the lake in about 16 fow, and a ways away from everyone, were going to go towards the deep hole by the pier but it was just too windy.Has anyone tried that deep hole this year or any other? Anyone catch any of those infamous Crooked Lake walleye the last couple years?Not looking for an exact spot, but would like to get an idea of what has worked for anyone in the past. I live like 2 miles away, and have been to Mille Lacs 5 times this year with only one walter to show for my $$$$.My wife asked me why i dont fish crooked, because 3 years ago she caught 1 12" walleye out there when we were tip up fishing. I certainly dont mind fishing that close to home, but would like to know there is fish in there. Thanx alot for any replies.

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Burnham

i have fished that lake (with 8 point) just about every weekend besides last weekend...i have given up on it for at least this year...i have also heard of walleyes but they are VERY seldom in there. also the biggest crappie i have ever caught out of there this year is 8-9 inches and the biggest sunny bout 6...perch they are all 4 inches, i thought the 26 ft area would be good for some crappies with size, but all i catch is 5-6 inch crappies there...i also havent had any luck on any other part of the lake and i have fished just about all of it. i wouldnt recommend going to crooked, but if you do good luck! \:\)

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Matt Johnson

You have to move shallower on Crooked. The weed growth is good in that lake and you need to find the weeds. The stunted fish will hold out in that deeper hole, but if you slide up towards the basin you will find some better fish. Now, I'm not saying you're going to start catching 9-inch gills, but you'll pick through a few in the 7-7.5 inch range.

Also try the breaks off from the swimming beach. Great bottom content there and it usually holds both crappies and gills...

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michaelpettersen82

Thanx guys. I will try in shallower this weekend and see if i can get on some weeds, Also what is the primary bottom content of crooked?Any rock piles or humps, sand breaks or flats, any good transition areas? Just wondering if there is a good spot to start looking for the walleyes. thanx again guys.

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Moses2531

No real good spots to look for walleyes... One of those DNR stocking them where they dont really belong deals, I'm not saying I dont mind catching a few, but in the winter forget the village, they are just hammering tiny panfish and you can tell when someone gets an 11" walleye because 4 more perms will be out there the next nite.. Open water I have found some survivors from the intitial stocking, last year pulling a 21" eye in.. Not on traditional structure or technique, I was tossing a spinner over the secondary weedline...

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Burnham

how shallow are you saying matt? just wonderin. by the beach/pier area me and 8 point havent found any decent sized panfish, but we arent nearly as experienced as matt, and i would listen to him before me! but anyways we have caught a few footlong catfish there, thought that was kinda neat

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michaelpettersen82

 Originally Posted By: Moses2531
No real good spots to look for walleyes... One of those DNR stocking them where they dont really belong deals, I'm not saying I dont mind catching a few, but in the winter forget the village, they are just hammering tiny panfish and you can tell when someone gets an 11" walleye because 4 more perms will be out there the next nite.. Open water I have found some survivors from the intitial stocking, last year pulling a 21" eye in.. Not on traditional structure or technique, I was tossing a spinner over the secondary weedline...

I think im just going to get as far away from everyone as i can, maybe going to the south end, on the breaks, or in the shallows, i will also try by the beach on the break. Is that a sand bottom by the beach? If so what does it transition to, and what depths have been producers in the past.Hey moses nice catch on the walter.The way everyone is talking maybe i would be better off going back to Martin and catching some pannies, with the occasional 14" walter.Thanx for the replies any more info would be great. I just want to say that this is the best fishing forum on the internet, this is what fishing is supposed to be, guys helping other guys, not about giving a "secret spot" or a "secret lake", but wanting to see other people enjoy the outdoors as much as we do and lets be honest its also a plus to catch a few fish.Thank you too everyone on this site who has been so informative on there fishing experience's.

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