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I have spent the last few months chasing eyes and its time to hit a lake or two for some nicer gills and some crappie.

Won't be long and the archery season will be upon us and the fall eye bite.

Any lakes in the area like Mankato or Faribault that the nicer gills and crappie that may be going somewhat?

How about Mazaska, I have caught some nicer ones there and Scheels years ago.

If you would rather not post here, please feel free to e-mail me.

Thanks much

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Tom...I was out on Madison last weekend for a good period of time and the sunnies are going pretty good out there. I was trolling for whatever would bite and caught 10-1 bluegills over anything else. They were pretty aggressive and fairly nice sized...big enough to smack a fair sized crank anyway. I kept a few for a nice meal. I would think if a guy were actually targeting them it would have been lights out. 5-15 ft. of water. I was fishing the S, SW, and W sides.

Fun thing about Madison is that you always have that chance at catching some decent eyes too. We latched on to a few of them too...biggest right at 25".

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TOM shoot me an email I got a another can't miss deal also. some sorting but plenty of 8"-9" glll it is a vertical presentation mid lake 7-15" feet of water. gulp and a jig occasional crappie and white bass ther stacked like cord wood !!!

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Wait, so all I needed to do all summer was ask for something like this and people would have jumped to give me info...man and to think I did all that work by myself....

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Thanks to all for the great tips. Now I have to figure out which lake to hit or fish for the next week every day.

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Wait, so all I needed to do all summer was ask for something like this and people would have jumped to give me info...man and to think I did all that work by myself....

Sorry Nick, I wouldn't help you. Toms Old Guy...he needs it. Sr Citizen ya know. :p

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luckycrank i just moved to the area. been fishing alot of lakes but not much success. would you point me in the right direction for gills? my email is [email protected] any help appreciated

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Guys are still getting big gills between 10 and 19 feet on Tetonka...gotta have the electronics to pick them out, they're off the bottom a way. Maybe bring your ice flasher with.

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Maybe bring your ice flasher with.

Not only a deadly tactic but also a ton of fun. If you haven't tried verticle jigging with a flasher from the boat, do yourself a favor if give it a whirl!

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Little late.....First time out fishing all year was last week. My 10 year old son gave me a little lesson on how to catch Crappies. Did we ever have a blast! We were out on German and catching them in about 8 feet of water, outside of the weeds. Brought home enough for a delicious meal. It was tough telling a ten year old that we were not going to bring home more than we could eat that night! After a day on the lake we headed home not because it was getting late, but we ran out of bait. Off the lake by 2:30. There was only one other boat we had to share the lake with. Haven't had a chance to go back. I got my rotator cuff repaired earlier this year and found out first hand why they have been telling me to take it easy.

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Well done slab slayer!It sounds like your fishing skills are not rusty!

Nice way to teach a young one also. Fish on.

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Sounds like a fun day slab.

I have not gone after the gill yet as the State fair got in the way on Wednesday. Then the last couple days have been less than desirable.

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I will fish the nicer day and leave the other days to others.

I have the luxury of fishing any day I would care to fish.

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Wait, so all I needed to do all summer was ask for something like this and people would have jumped to give me info...man and to think I did all that work by myself....

Pretty sure I remember someone leading you to a pretty good gill bite and I don't even think you had to ask!!

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Not only a deadly tactic but also a ton of fun. If you haven't tried verticle jigging with a flasher from the boat, do yourself a favor if give it a whirl!

Huh? who woulda thunk it???

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