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Crappie Bite

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opsirc

most everything I have read recently talks about the eyes, anyone fishing for slabs recently and done any good? Or is everyone going after the eyes again?

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shaky legs2

Crappies are a bonus fish now where once they were the primary species targeted from 1998 to 2005/06. You will still catch a few slabs if you are on the migratory route but not like it was. The lake has always been a walleye factory and hopefully it will stay that way as much as I miss the slab days. Every once in awhile you can get into some numbers for slabs but it will probably be later in February and into March until ice goes and then in open water until the middle of June.

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kelly-p

Through the years late Febuary and until ice out has been the best crappie times.

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Quackaddict9

what kelly said

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kenpaul1

Hi, Just got back from 2 day trip out of Hillmans. We did manage to catch a few crappies. They were very light biters and a good sesitive fishing rod was the key. My buddy had used a rattle wheel the whole time and did not catch any of the crappies. My son caught most of them using a spring bobber. The spring would barely move and set the hook. Hope this helps. Plannning to go up again when the temp. warms a bit. Good luck fishing

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shooter_mcgavin

Great report. Glad to hear the spring bobber was working, I plan on using one when I go up. May I ask what you were using for bait when you caught the crappies? Plain hook and minnow or jig? Were you out deeper? Thanks.

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Jimmy from Cottage Grove

Were the crappies you guys caught two to three feet off the bottom?

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    • 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"
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    • 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.
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      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. 
    • Mike89
      I like the idea!!!👍