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BigVTim

I'm headed up this weekend to dust off the camper. Is it worth bringing the boat for Crappies? Any one heard any reports? I'm assuming they are still deep but maybe with the early ice out they are already up in black bay. Cheers! I'll be nice just to smell the cold north air again.

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Been fishing the neighbors dock in Partridge River the last 3 evenings and have only caught 2 crappies. Don't have the boat in the water yet.

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2 hours ago, CigarGuy said:

Been fishing the neighbors dock in Partridge River the last 3 evenings and have only caught 2 crappies. Don't have the boat in the water yet.

 

Maybe you have to switch to your dock? 😄

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My dock is still up in the air🙂

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SkunkedAgain

I hear that to catch suspended crappies, it is best for the fisherman to be suspended as well. I suggest crawling out to the end of yours!

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2 hours ago, SkunkedAgain said:

I hear that to catch suspended crappies, it is best for the fisherman to be suspended as well. I suggest crawling out to the end of yours!

Funny guy🙂. Got skunked again 🙂 tonight. Might need to try your idea. Lots of boats heading to Black Bay this evening. Saw the new barge service heading that way. Wonder how long before the local barge service will be down here?

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Raven77

Agree with all of that Pat, except perch and smallmouth.  IMO I would suggest keeping no smallmouth and all the perch you can catch up to the legal limit of 40.  Not that I've ever caught 40 perch in one day on LV :)

 

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20 hours ago, Raven77 said:

Agree with all of that Pat, except perch and smallmouth.  IMO I would suggest keeping no smallmouth and all the perch you can catch up to the legal limit of 40.  Not that I've ever caught 40 perch in one day on LV :)

 

Sorry Raven, but if I didn't keep some smallies down here on far west where they are abundant and walleye weren't I would rarely have had a fish dinner.     And the perch down here are only slightly bigger than smelt so it would take a bunch to make a meal.    Not sure 20 would do it.

 

To each their own...

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1 hour ago, Raven77 said:

I don't have any problems catching walleyes on the west end but keep the myth alive. 😄

I'm going to have to start following you around😀. Look out for the guy with binoculars checking out your fish catching system and marking those spots on my gps😀😀😀. I know your ice house spot!!!  I didn't see you out there in the winter, wanted to stop by and say hello!!

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6 hours ago, Raven77 said:

I don't have any problems catching walleyes on the west end but keep the myth alive. 😄

How far west?    

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6 hours ago, Raven77 said:

I don't have any problems catching walleyes on the west end but keep the myth alive. 😄

How far west?   I am open to any clues..  

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Head O' Lakes, Wakemup, and Niles bays have all been productive.  Use your electronics.

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