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Minnetonka Crappie Contest is back on

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Just read this on the strib.

Crappie contest revived

The Lake Minnetonka crappie fishing contest -- for 43 years a harbinger of spring that kicked off the fishing season -- is being revived after dying last year.

Minnesota Bound host Ron Schara said he's bringing the contest back on May 5. It will be dubbed the Minnesota Bounty Lake Minnetonka Crappie Contest.

"It celebrates fishing in this state in a big way,'' Schara said, explaining why he decided to revive the event. "It comes when everyone is anticipating the fishing season. It gives us an excuse to get out there and bring our families.''

It again will be based at Lord Fletcher's on Lake Minnetonka. Details are still being worked out, but Schara said the entry fee will be $5 and portions of the proceeds will go to charities

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Matt C

Awesome! I have always had fun at this event in the past! wink

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Matt S.

Yeah! More boats in an infested lake!

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Thanks Ron. I really really don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth but May 5th? It's a week before opener.....

The one thing that I absolutely loved about the crappie contest on tonka was that it always coincided with the NFL Draft in late April. I can remember freezing my butt off in rain and wind listening to the Vikes blow another draft pick. I do remember the day we picked up AP. We got some good crappies that day, it was probably 65 degrees. I also remember when Tice and the gang skipped their first round pick and eventually got Kevin Williams. That was probably a 70 degree day. I remember when we didn't get Steve McNair like Denny wanted but we did get Randy Moss.

The crappie contest's lure was the harbinger of what was yet to come but better, what was yet to be fulfilled. I guess you must be a long suffering Vikes fan to relate.

May 5th? frown I will fish walleyes on the Croix instead.

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The local Lions Clubs around Lake Minnetonka are putting together a Charity Crappie Contest for April 21st, 2012 with the weigh in at Maynard's. May or may not be as big as Ron Shara's but it's completely for charity and the door prizes include a boat and motor package, trolling motor, fishing gear, etc. Definitely worth the $5 entry fee.

Check it out here - 2012 Lions Lake Minnetonka Crappie Contest

Suddenly Summer, I agree with you, May 5th is missing the boat, Mid april was always a great time!

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