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Capt. Russ

If you're looking to fill the gap that the end of the walleye season brings it may be time to turn your attention to these speckled beauties.Fished several different lakes this past week for crappie, and am starting to see more action each day.

As far as numbers go, both Bass and Low lakes were topping the list. For nice ten to twelve inchers, East Twin, Fall and Birch led the way with the larger fish, a pretty sixteen incher that tipped the scale at one and a half pounds our of Birch.

Almost all fish were caught in sixteen to twenty-two feet of water on the smallest of minnows.

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Steve Foss

Thanks for the report, Russ!

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Rymann

I have had similar success on all those lakes except Fall. No idea really were to go on that lake. Went to a little lake called Range at the end of the Cloquet line on Thursday, and managed to pull up some really nice fish in the 11-13 inch range, and also a couple over that. We fished anywhere from 14fow-21fow, and like Russ said, on the smallest of minnows.

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BFJ

Capt. Russ, What time of day seemed best for you?

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Capt. Russ

I actually had a good morning bite this past weekend, but I normaly fish afternoons just for the fact I'm in the shop normally in the morning.

From the other guys I'm fishing with, the bite happens more so in the afternoon.

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Capt. Russ

Rymann, I just had a guy in the shop that came from Fall Lake and they fished at the N.E. end of Mile Island. They caught a few really nice ones and one in particular was a 16"er.

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Rymann

Cool deal Russ, thanks for the info!! I have had the best bite times in the afternoon as well, with 330 being the hottest.I have also really been nailing some real nice sunnies in 7-11fow on white and oarange jigs, and jigs with the two blades on them around the eyelit. We should hook up sometime and head out, or anyone else for that matter.

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goblueM

i'll be coming up to ely this weekend for the first time all winter... have a job interview on tuesday so i figured why not spend the weekend fishing!

never ice fished up there before, ever. my uncle actually lives on the cloquet line so i might be somewhere near you? rymann or anybody else if you're interested in giving me a couple tips i'd love it...

canoe_crew at hotmail dot com

thanks!

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BRULEDRIFTER

What's the interview for if you don't mind me asking? I think we are both in the Natural Resource field and I'm wondering if I missed out on something or if it may be a job I applied for.

Oh, and Good Luck, BTW! smile

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goblueM

thanks Bruledrifter...its for a seasonal position in the Superior Natl Forest leading backcountry trail crews

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BRULEDRIFTER

Ah, yes.. I didn't apply for those.

I do know a few folks that will be doing that. One of them will be your boss/supervisor, I believe...

Should be a fun gig!

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Rymann

Hey goblue, sorry it took so long to get back to ya!! Shoot me an email on what ya wanna know, and I will get back to you with some specifics!! [email protected]

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