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jonesy21

Crystal Lake (Dakota Co.)

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jonesy21

Anyone been out on Crystal Lake? If so any advice on where to set up. I will be bringing my 5 and 7 year old boys out in the afternoon and would like them to see some action. Thanks

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MnMike58

There are alot of crappies in about 20 fow, but they are small. Should be able to get some good action.

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catnipmn

Try the east side of the island bring some waxies all small but should be fun for the kids

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Meatwad

Waxies and crappie minnows with spring bobbers off the fishing dock in 20-25' of water.

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Quetico

During the day go to the island area. Consistent sunnies and occasional perch and crappie all day long. Take a tip-up for yourself and set it shallow right against the island. You'll have a shot at huge winter bass, pike or tiger muskie. My biggest winter bass (4lbs+) came from the thick weeds 5' on a 6" sucker close up to the island. The action wont be hot on the tip-ups but you might get a flag or two.

Afternoon and evening go straight out of the boat landing to the summer fishing pier. Look for 20' of water and the small crappies should be too far behind. They will be anywhere from 7' to the bottom.

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ZachT

Decided to go out today at 3:30 for an hour before work about 100 yards from the fishing pier didnt try too hard popped one hole and caught sunnies and crappies consistenly on euros and waxies in 20 fow. Unfortunately when I was leaving me being dumb I thought my car would be able to make it off the ice alright even with all the snow we got today well I got stuck for a good 15 minutes until a very nice gentleman help push me off with his truck I wanted to keep my momemtum going so I didnt get out and thank him personally so if you re a FM user THANK YOU SO MUCH I appreciate your help, if you see this shoot me an email my family own liquor store in the area so Ill get you a free case of beer of your choice or w/e you want. Thanks again and its nice to know there's usually someone on the ice that is willing to lend a helping hand.

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mrfish1991

fNp....wanna hit crystal sometime this winter?

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ZachT

Yeah sounds good, anywhere in the area is cool with me I got class MWF and work every week day at 5pm so anytime around that is good. I got everything but an ice house let me know.

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mrfish1991

ive got a small portable that fits two but not a good heater

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Meatwad

How thick was the ice out there?

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mrfish1991

its a good foot...or at least last time i was out

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Meatwad

nice, made about 4" in the last 3 weeks then.

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ZachT

Mr fish not really worried about a heater as long as it works, let me know when you re free and we'll work something out. I'm for anything as long as we re catching fish.

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mrfish1991

im free sunday

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ZachT

Likewise you thinkin day or night bite? I live about ten minutes from Crystal by BHS so doesnt really matter to me I want to target crappies.

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mrfish1991

i was thinking afternoon, the last 3 times ive been out there i have hammered crappies, nothing big, but they were crappies

i go to bhs btw

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ZachT

Nice I'm class of 06, yeah Im down Ill meet you there Sunday afternoon if you want. Got any fav spots out there otherwise I was thinking of trying the 37'hole crappies might have a little better size in the deeper water.

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mrfish1991

we can start where i usually start and then work from there

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ZachT

Sounds good when and where do you wanna meet up? Antything I should bring besides basic equipment?

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mrfish1991

Meeting up at the parking lot where the playground and the summer fishing dock is would probably be best... Maybe a bag of chips or something to snack on

Ur bringing the auger right?

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ZachT

Yeah Ill bring it, its only a hand aguer but its fairly new. Ill bring some stuff. So we're good on bait we using minnows or euros?

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mrfish1991

Ive had really good luck on euro and just plastics, they have been hitting almost everything i have dropped dow the hole

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ZachT

Mr. Fish thinkin we should meet up about 12:30 in the afternoon if that works.

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mrfish1991

Sounds perfect, i drive a red s10

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mrfish1991

we still on for sunday FnP?

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