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Leaving for Spider next Saturday. Just wondering if anyone has any news/tips for fishing here. Never seen the lake before. Looking at Walleyes and panfish mostly . Know the lake is pretty clear day/night bite? have printed out a map and have my Lakemaster chip also. ( not much use for this lake though.)Just a family trip but would like get into some fish as well. Thanks for any info smile Scott

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SnapJigger: Spider is a nice fishery for crappies, northern, Small and largemouth bass and Musky.. Unless the blue gills have made a miraculous recovery since last year, marginal fishery for them (used to be great, but not for a long time now). Look for cabbage and fish the crappie in low light, minnows and beetle spins (might use a light leader on the beetle). Fish bass on all points and particularly down around the small island thru the narrows.. Us e a senko rigged wacky and have a ball.. Catch and release only on the Bass and Musky, my request smile. I'll be up there the week after you 20 plus years now... good luck

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Thanks for the tip, Looking forward to getting on a new lake for a change. Hopefully the fish will cooperate. LOL.

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Look for the walleyes in 12-16 ft. of water using a lindy rig about 6ft. long using leeches and night crawlers. Early morning or evening for the eyes. Look for the crappies in 5ft. or less, using flu flu jigs. Best colors are black and yellow in any combination. Crappies are running on the smaller side. Around 10-12 oz.. The lake has been hit hard the last few years, so not many over a pound. Take out all the bass that you can in the two pound range and less. DNR says it will help with the fish population especially the eye population. They have a slot size on the Northerns. The northerns in the 24" to 36" must be released. Good Luck.

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I spent last weekend (Fri,Sat,Sun) on Spider with my family. Camped out at one of the boat access campsites on the southern part of the lake.

As it was a family affair, there wasn't much serious fishing done. Hard to pull that off with 4 and 7 year old boys, the dog and "The House Commander". We spent some time targetting crappies and found some staging up shallow, though they were not yet in spawn mode. There are so many smallmouth and pike in the lake that were very cooperative that we had a good time. Easy enough to just troll cranks along the weedline and catch fish all day. Picked up one bonus 22 inch walleye doing that.

I saw a number of people targeting walleyes working the points on the SW end of the lake. Though I longed to be out there amongst them, it was fun to sit on shore making s'mores with the boys.

Have a good trip.

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Sounds good. Hopefully the weather will be good. Looking forward to a week of R&R. Thanks again for the tip's...Scott

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    • Wanderer
      You could do Isanti to St. Francis also.  About mid way is Anderson Park that has a small sandy access.  Anderson Park to St. Francis had fewer but some bigger fish while Isanti to Anderson Park had better numbers and not as many big fish.   All upstream from Isanti to the access on Hwy 95 can be hit or miss but if you hit it, it can be good.   Up to 16’s is fairly common bit there are enough 16-20’s to not be shocked if you get one or more.   I’d never admit to this while I lived there. 😉
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      Water is really low. It’s definitely doable, but there will be a lot of spots you’ll have to get out and pull. Fallen trees in low water might be your biggest obstacle. Should be plenty of smallies to catch. They’ll be concentrated in any deep pools you come across.
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