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I was hoping to gather some info. regarding Crescent lake and lakes in that area for a two to three day trip I'm planning in the last week of June/ 1st week of August. We have a campsite on Crescent and have a depth map of the lake as well. I fish the St. Louis river primarily, but have little experience in that neck of the woods. Any help as far as fishing tackle, techniques, presentations etc. would be Greatly Appreciated. Thank You.

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One thing about crescent is that it's LOADED with structure! Rock bars, points, sunken islands, bays, islands, etc. Lindy rigging inbetween the islands is quite productive...ol' reliable leech of course. Perch colored crankbaits are good as well. Because of all the structure there's no one particular spot that stands out, so you'll have to do lot's of searching. Even though the water is on the stained side, there's a great evening/night bite. The lake is also full of dandy smallmouths, and if your camping they'll provide a nice shore lunch. Also there's lot's of small muskies, pretty fun to catch on walleye or bass gear. You should do well on crescent, not a single house on the lake, not too many people fish it, and it's full of fish...campground is great too.

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Like said, lots of structure, some very obvious but don't overlook the not so obvious stuff. Rigs and spinners in the deeper flats. Jigs on the structure, that time of year I'd be working over the base of the structure. Come evening work the contours and tops. Trolling cranks just above the vegetation on the flatter areas. Not a lot of boats but the campground is always full on the weekends, well the lakeside sites anyway. Two or three days won't be long enough to become board with Crescent but you could take the narrows into Bouder.

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Thanks a ton guys, that's plenty to get me started. I do plan on going during the week so as to avoid the crowd. I just became a member of this site and I must say that it is one of the best run forums for fishing that I have ever seen. Great info, relevant topics, friendly, and a willingness to help others. What more could a fisherman ask for? Thanks again, and I'll let you know how it goes...lines tight with any luck.

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