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Ahhhhhhhhh,the weather maybe on the hot side, but the panfish bite is even hotter. The crappies of late have been on a mission and the past 3 days have been awesome. The crappies can be found in 7-17FOW in the weeds or on the outside edges of the weedline. Today, it was in the weeds in 7-9FOW and we were using the Northland FireFly's and the Impulse Waterbugs. The Impulse products have done a great job bring in quality fish. The colors that worked the best today were the green, bubble gum, and pink and white. We just tipped the Impulse plastics to the jig and the way we went.

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The ways that were best for catching these guy's were casting and staying above the weeds or drifting. That was the cast today......drifting. Using the wind was the way we were able to catch many 10-13 inch crappies.The nice thing about a slow drift is that you can cover alot of lake and put the jig in front as many fish as possible. In about 2 hours, we landed 40+ crappies and that is the way it has been on a few of the lakes in the area.

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With the warm temps, the weed growth is nice to see. Which means that the ice fishing season should be very good. The other thing that has been nice to see is the different classes of crappies on many of the lakes. I love seeing this and it will bring some good years of crappies.

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Until next time, be safe and I will see on the water.

Sniffer

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Well, sense they are not all 80lbs, the elbow feels fine. LOL! The GoPro camera makes a 12.5 inch fish look like a 17 incher.

Sniffer

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Nice! doesn't matter what time of the year, the sniffer will get em! I love the gopro effect on fish wink

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Not quite 80#. He's only using one hand to hold it. laugh

its bigger than his head, so it is pretty close! laugh

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Nice report as usual, Chad. These first few "chilly" nights gets me excited ...it only gets better from here on!!! Whenever I catch a nice fish, just let the kidlet hold it out....really adds some inches. The one in my avatar is only around 11 inches wink

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Fished a Sauk centre area lake Sunday night for a couple hours and did well on the crappies using beetle sons and small jigs and twister tails trolled behind the boat

Kids sure had fun kept 20 for a meal or two and released a whole bunch

Minnows or no bait didn't really seem to matter just trolled the weed edge

Sure was nice to try out my new used boat

After only being out once in July I sure got the fishing bug again hopefully one night after work this week

Good luck out there

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Crappie bite is still going strong fished 9-12 fow with beetle spins and small jugs and twister tails

Bite was good with lots of small fish mixed in with the keepers

Felt more like fall weather than mid august weather. Water temp was still mid 70's

Good luck

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You are correct there Aaron, the bite is strong and it feels a lot like fall weather.

Sniffer

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Yes, in sourthn Mn, the bite for panfish has been as good as it could be. This morning drilled the gills and nice ones at that.

It does not seem to make any difference what we throw at the fish, they will eat it. Most of our fish have been from 7-11fow. This morning, we caught the nicest gills I have in some time from 19-23fow. Way deep and on the bottom.

Good to hear others are doing well.

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