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We mainly target crappies in Southern MN. This year my eight year old son would like to get into some Northern action. In the past I have had some good times getting into them on East Jefferson. This the only lake in the area where I have targeted them specifically. Are there any other lakes that would give us a good chance at catching some decent fish? I am just looking at other options with good populations of fish. He has never caught one and I would love to see him tangle with a few of them critters.

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If you want to stay away from the crowds, and catch all of the snotty potties you can handle, fish Balantyne, Reeds, Rays, and Duck Lake.

Those lakes are norther factories, and are quite easy to catch.

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There's quite a few to say the least that i go to specifically for northerns. George lake (Blue Earth), Fish Lake (Le Sueur) are my main hitters for big northern, Ballantyne will produce also. There are some monsters lerking in Madison, Washington, German, Jefferson, Tetonka... But i like to get away from the crowds and target them in quiet lakes.

Good luck to ya!

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Kelly-Dudley is great... I haven't pulled any big ones but there are plenty of hammer handles in there... I once got 3 in 3 casts on a white spinner bait

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and catch all of the snotty potties you can handle

"Snotty Potties" Gracie? LOL

Oh the humanity....

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madison is good back in the bay behind shepards hole, grassy island and behind church bar and back in east bay also. they have a few out at big jefferson too and thats probably where i would look first to begin with.

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Thanks for all of the help! Can't wait for the opener to get here so we can get on with it. Now just have to wait for the water temps to rise a little to get the crappies to hit a litle more consistently. We'll give it a try tomorrow from shore in AL.

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