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50inchpig

Anyone been on clearwater lately that would care to share some general reports?

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fishinalot

Very Dull!!!!

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50inchpig

thanks, might stay a little closer to home today.

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castindad

Y THE BAIT DEN FOR THE LATEST REPORT PLENTY O SHINNERS

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bassNspear

huh?

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baitshopboy

i bet that guy is the owner of the Bait Den... in st.cloud... idk why he would post shiners!! its crappie season now!!

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baitshopboy

for the lake, i havent been out there in 3 weeks... but you should try it, we always get some nice crappies about this time of year....

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jigginjim

Check to see how big the shiners are. 2in. shiners may get you some real danny crappies. Thats what we use in Alabama.

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Playdoubt

Anyone catching any nice crappies or sunnies?

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LakeDocktor

Was out this morning, had a couple light bites, but no fish to show for it. I drilled about 250 holes on the west side of the lake in my typical spots and read very few fish. I wouldn't waste my time on Clearwater.

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Playdoubt

That's dissapointing. 250 holes is pretty impressive!

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Kyle Sandberg

I would. Earlier this year I spent time out there and found a very large school of crappies. They were all differen sizes, some up to 14", and even some walleyes were thrown in.

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mike morris

 Originally Posted By: LakeDocktor
Was out this morning, had a couple light bites, but no fish to show for it. I drilled about 250 holes on the west side of the lake in my typical spots and read very few fish. I wouldn't waste my time on Clearwater.

250? grin.gif

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LakeDocktor

I figure that I drilled about 50 holes in each spot I was at and I know I checked at least 5 spots. I was there from 7:00 to 11:30. I didn't go through much bait, but I went through a tank of gas in the auger! As far as the schools of crappies go.... I haven't really had a problem, until yesterday, locating schools of fish, but getting them to bite is another thing. Typically, the higher suspended fish are more aggressive, but that didn't seem to be the case the last couple of years on Clearwater. The majority of crappies I caught were the deeper fish and I did manage a few walleyes fishing this way as well. Actually, more walleyes than crappies oddly enough. I have seen a decline in size of the fish also. Fishing in 40-50 feet earlier in the year and the odds of releasing a 5-6 crappie are very slim, so I basically abandoned my typical deeper spots looking for shallower fish without any luck.

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Stick in Mud

Have you bought any carbon credits to offset your ecological footprint?!?!?!? grin.gif

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crappieslammer

Any new updates on those clearwater crappies

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noodlerod

what are you doing over here I thaught you were on sylvia with me

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crappieslammer

noodlerod I haven't been cathing the fish like you have, so we must not be together

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Kyle Sandberg

noodlerod, there are other lakes in the area.

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fishinalot

Noodlerod, spell check "thought" ... just havin fun!

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noodlerod

ya I know , I can't brag about my grammer , but I can brag about my fish'n LOL

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