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nmitchell17

Black Lake Report: 1/4

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Got out on Black Lake today because I figured I could get out of the wind on the west side. Moved all over the west side punching holes and dropping the camera. Tried deep and shallow and finally found a TON of fish suspended 5 feet up in 20 feet of water. Fished there from 2:30-6 and caught 2 crappies. Tried everything I had but they would barely even look at my bait. The school I was over was mostly crappies with a few sunnies and perch mixed in. They were very negative and barely moving.

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shakojdub1425

Wow. Sounds weird i never had that happen yet this year. I have cought my limit almost every time. But we always go by the bridge.

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magic_minnow

What were you using? I almost always limit out on finesse plastics. I seldom use crappie minnows anymore.

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nmitchell17

I tried fatheads (whole and just the head) as well as maggots and Bro's scud-bug

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magic_minnow

I usually do really well on waxies on Black, until about dusk, then its plastics and/or minnows. I was on Crystal bay a few days ago, and you really had to lift your jig 5-10 feet up the water column in order for them to take it. Once you lifted it, and they wanted it, they would dart super fast and take it.

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rosspj59

Got out on Black Lake today because I figured I could get out of the wind on the west side. Moved all over the west side punching holes and dropping the camera. Tried deep and shallow and finally found a TON of fish suspended 5 feet up in 20 feet of water. Fished there from 2:30-6 and caught 2 crappies. Tried everything I had but they would barely even look at my bait. The school I was over was mostly crappies with a few sunnies and perch mixed in. They were very negative and barely moving.

I attribute the tough bite sunday to high pressure. We had set lines down that produced a few fish, but jigging spoons or small jigs/waxies/minnow heads enticed more fish to bite. We saw the same thing, the fish were lethargic, but if you kept jigging they would be more likely to bite.

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shakojdub1425

So any updates on Black Lake? Are the crappies moving deep yet?

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shakojdub1425

cmon any reports?

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    • Reid Saarela
      28.5, but the fattest walleye we’ve seen. My dad and I both agreed it was a bigger fish than my 30 last summer. Wish we would have weighed it but I would rather have the fish swim off healthy! 
    • delcecchi
      I don't confront people on the water about what they do.  Expressing an opinion in general is fine.  Getting up in people's face is different, as I hope you agree.
    • IceHawk
      That's awesome Don. Very creative and looks like fun. 
    • Wanderer
    • delcecchi
      Gotta be careful to keep the holier than thou attitude under control whatever you decide to do. After all not much difference between bass, northern (looking at you harpooners), walleye, even gills.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I have eaten quite a few small mouth bass from Vermilion and a few large mouth bass from other lakes. The smaller small mouth are not bad table fare! The larger fish taste like mud to me! All large mouth taste like mud to me!!😛 If you were to suggest to these fishermen that eating the smaller fish will make a much tastier meal, not to mention a much safer meal because of the contaminant level in larger fish, that may make a difference in what they decide to keep.????  But as you said, they can legally keep them of all sizes. The DNR approach of a size limit would be best! Cliff  
    • Harry Goodliffe
      a sign that ASKS people to selective harvest, releasing the bigger fish to keep those better fish genes in the population if you keep fish eat smaller fish...the old bill dance quote "limit your kill not kill your limit.... catch what you can use and release the rest to fight another day"
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Nice walleye Reid! How big? Cliff
    • Wanderer
      I respect your conservation minded approach but trying to TELL people not to keep those fish will just get you more of the same response you already got.  I also agree <15 inch bass are better keepers.  I keep a few myself each year and rarely keep anything over 16, preferring 12’s for the table. I’ve been a bass tournament angler in the past and have also promoted staunch C&R, much like the modern muskie culture, but have grown wiser with age.  I still target bass quite a bit just because they’re fun! On a 300 acre lake I agree a small group of anglers can and will have an impact with constant return visits to harvest large fish but the only two things you can do about it is, 1) As mentioned, lobby the DNR for protected slots, and 2) When people are happy to show you their catch, congratulate them and mention you like bass too but find the smaller sized fish much better table fare.  And maybe that you also fell releasing the mature fish keeps reproduction up to sustain a quality fishery.  And be nice about it.  Once you turn people off they’ll stop hearing you. That’s about all I have for ya.  Good luck.
    • Reid Saarela
      Bite was OK for us this weekend. Marked tons of fish but they only seemed to bite in small feeding windows due to abundance of mayfly larva down there. When they decided bite, they were inhaling our leeches though.  Rocks next to mud was best for us. Highlight of the weekend was walleye pictured below.