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lindy rig

How's the area panfish bite? Crappies?

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lindy rig

Just curious on the general level of activity. Guys finding a decent crappie bite lately?

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Tyler D

Well I caught probably 30 tonight but they were all 10-11 inchers so they werent really worth my time. Caught them in 20 feet of water mostly suspended starting just before dark.

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Traxxx

Theyr'e going good...worth my time. ;\)

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storm_rider_1

been worth my time also.

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skies_and_eyes

Just walked in the door from crappie fishing, it was a pretty good bite from 8:00pm till 12:30am. I started marking fish at 5:00pm, but I did not get a single bite till 8. Then is was pretty good fishing till 12:30ish. I was in 36 ft, and the biters where about 6-14 feet off the bottom, time for bed

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jeffyo45

Anyone willing to help a guy out? Family is coming up to Breezy Point this weekend and would like to get my wife and little brothers-in-law on a good crappie bite. Not looking for GPS coordinates but a lake suggestion would be appreciated. Email me if you wouldn't mind. Thanks!

jeffyo45(at)hotmail(dot)com

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shadow886

a lake lol joking

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shadow886

gull river not to bad, neither is rice lake.

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BigFish1

Was out on pelican by resort last night and caught over 50. Lots of smaller ones but a few bigger ones too! Stay by resort and stay in 20+ depth. They start biting at dark. Good Luck

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lindy rig

We have a cabin on a smaller lake east of Brainerd. Sounds like I should head up. Thanks for the info.

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fishroger

sibley lake. If you want some action for the kids go out from the access to the group of houses. small glow jig with waxie or minnow.

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djwood

gull river has a steady bite anywhere south of the hwy.210 bridge in 12 fow useing c. minnows and lite jigs . gulp maggots work well on the sunnies as well, most fish bit at 5 to 9 feet down . the bite starts at 9:30 am to 1:pm and then again just before dark .

djwood aka (woodchuck)

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goggy eyes

Was on a small local lake and found the fish stacked up on a weed line just outside a large bay. If you can find green weeds hang on to your pole.

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maddowg1192000

Has anyone tried a late night trip for crappies this year? I plan on going out around 8 or 830 and trying til midnight or so. Any good advice would be nice. Deep, shallow, worth it or not?

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djwood

cory ! have you tried the nwest end of round ? this time of year it has a good nite bite just off the old access and left over by the reed bed in 20 fow (off the steep bank ) going to fish there real soon . as soon as the weather warms again and no wind ? like them 1/2 pounders and better . djwood

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maddowg1192000

Never tried that area, sounds like a good spot. tonight it sounds like we are going to pillager to do some fishing maybe pick up some tullibees too. I might have to try that end of round one night this week. Good luck when you do get out there, my season has sucked so hope some of you are doing good.

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BeerMe

Dawg, have you tried Placid in pillager? I heard there are some nice crappies. I've never fished it but know others that did this past summer and did well. They caught alot of small ones but at times got into some slabs out there.(like 15"ers)

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djwood

placid has a bite that comes and goes as with a lot of the smaller river lakes. i have done my best there after dark around the culvert going to big water . and north up river heading towards the church campalong the bull rushs. djwood

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ImissReeds

Or you could try west of the muskrat house downwind of the eagle nest and upstream from the spot where the willow used to hang over the water until the beaver dropped it on the night last year when the moon was out...

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djwood

lol ? ok i think i remember the spot ? thats the one you showed everyone that turned out the ice cream bucket full of 16 " crappies ! the total was what ? lets see none if i dont remember ? lol djwood fish on and gone!

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goggy eyes

Maddawg If I may ask what lake are you going after the tullies?

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maddowg1192000

pillager, I was a terrible night nothing but problems. Got set up and were marking fish but they wouldnt bite then the flasher died and after that we couldn't keep the heater running so we were out for about 1hr and went home, had planned on staying out til this morning but that was a no go.

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norbecker

Has anyone else had luck with tulipee by pillager or any other areas? heading up this weekend and have had enough with wally fishing, time to change it up

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icefishing21#2

10 to 11 in crappies were not worth your time really? where do you fish?

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Bluegill1510

he prolly fishes northern minnesota, don't catch crappies like that consistantly on any lakes in the st. cloud area or metro.

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