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Sunny/Crappie mix biting on north end of West Rush. Evenings are a little better and the action seems to follow the warming days.

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We were up in the park last night and on Saturday night. The crappies were in on Saturday night but did not see a single crappie caught last night. Just sunnies and they were small for the most part.

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The bite is on. Multiple limits being caught in many parts of the lake. Mostly in the channels and other protected areas like the bays. Warmer night time temps really helped push the crappies in tighter. Minnows have been best but leeches and waxies on flu flu jigs have been getting bit too. It's no secret there's lots of crappies in rush. Hopefully some of those fish get put back so it can keep booming.

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Hopefully some of those fish get put back so it can keep booming.

Right on! Be selective and don't over harvest.

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that is no joke guys, we were out by frandsen park wed and thurs there were so many people up there keeping everything they caught and i mean everything. alot of them brought there extremely young kids with just so they could take home more limits. fishing this time of year is the most fun i have all year but it wont last if people keep over harvesting.

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Only thing you can do if you see them out keeping more than their limit is call TIP. I am surprised I didn't see a DNR officer there yesterday while we were fishing in the boat. With the quantity of people fishing that spot, there needs to be some enforcement as I would venture to guess a few rules were being broken.

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We were fishing on rush yesterday and were catching mainly sunnies i pulled up a fish that was about 6-8 inches long had large silver scales and red fins anyone have any idea what it might be?

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No it didnt have a sucker mouth, when i saw the red fins that is the first thing i looked for.

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Anyone doing any night fishing on W. Rush? Im on this messed up work schedule this week and would like to get some fishing in..

I read about using lights to attract bait fish, but gonna be shore fishing.. Was thinking about heading out from 1am to whenever..

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I'm thinking Golden Shiner. Did you eat it?

Fishing was slow on Saturday, I did see one guy going for very large crappie/sunfish using a bass size spinner bait.

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no we deffinately didn't eat it but i'm sure alot of people up there that day would have.

using lights to attract bait fish in mn is illegal you can do it in wisconsin but not here.

i think the water is still a little cold for them to be hitting on spinners yet. i could be wrong but i think it would be a couple more weeks yet.

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The Rush is on. With the crappie and bluegill biting in the shallows as they are, the only thing that can stop a masacre this weekend is the weather.

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Sounds like the rain is gonna hold off and there will be plenty of time to fill a bucket... or a couple hundred. There's really that many fish in shallow. Biggest I've seen yet was 13 1/2" (crappie). Have fun out there tmrw everyone.

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Didnt catch anyhing on Rush fishing on shore with the crowds... Is this lake over harvested or are they just not biting? There seems to have been 10000 people fishing from shore. But nothing was caught from anybody, not even the boats.

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was out in the boat yesterday with everyone else. did ok but was getting bombed by people on shore with their bouy bobbers alot of perch in their couple crappies 9" . 4 of us kept 12 crappies and 15 perch.

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There is heavy fishing pressure in certain spots and the fish are only in certain spots. The area you fished might have had a big harvest lately but there are definately a lot of fish in the lake. There are few trophy panfish around but they exist. It's nice to find your own spot or get away from the crowds once they get big and harvest totals get up there.

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The cold front that came in just shut the fish down wait a few days for the weather to stabilize and head back it will be better

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How is the boat launch at West Rush? I've seen the water levels in some of the lakes in the north Metro and they were very very low.

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Just got back from fishing Rush. The landing on west is fine. Water level looks to be normal. And the best part is, the crappies were hungry. grin

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So, I fished Rush this morning for the first time during open water season. I had a great time... I enjoyed the scenery, especially the birds. The sounds of the loons certainly beats an auger cutting through two feet of ice!

Didn't catch a fish though.

Would anyone be willing to give me a suggestion on where and how I could catch a crappie on that lake? (I'm talking general info... depths and/or baits, not GPS coordinates or anything).

Thanks!

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shallow bays 5 fow at most we've been using lead heads with plastic tubes

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Find dark bottom, shallow areas where the water is warmer.(we were catching them in 3' of water) Plastics far out produced crappie minnows for us.

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    • redlabguy
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