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I dedicated my season to trying new areas and have fished a lot of new areas. It has been a blast. I have always wanted to try Bowstring for crappie but have never made it over there but intend to very soon. I have no idea where to fish it, what time of day is best to fish it, or are any fish being caught there. Can somebody offer any advice? And thank you if you can!!

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The best advise I can give you is fish the north end where the "crowd" is. If you go off that access be careful as there is a huge breaker a short way from shore. You can get around it if you follow the shoreline but be careful and follow the tracks. The west access is easier to drive on from but you have to cross the lake to where the crowds are. Morning and evening bite is best with a few fish caught during the day but it is normally slow then. Haven't been out for a week so I don't know how the bite is right now. Good luck!!!

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Fished 3/15 water was running down the holes
fished for perch found em and caught em. lots of nice ones 10+ inchers not too bad grub wise. Fished community crappie spot for 3 hours and caught 2. Moved and caught a few more. Did better right of N.E. access. Trails end resort is the place too get on. N.E. Access is getting muddy and has lots of standing water on top.Heave seems to be getting bigger.This Access is not for those little trucks unless all the water refreezes.also there is a nice crack at the turn that is quite a jolt on you if you hit it dead on. Thanks Greg C

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Thank you for the information!! I will be getting out there soon and am looking forward to trying the lake.

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I am also looking for information on the lake. I was planning on heading to URL this Thrusday but am not sure it will work out getting onto the lake.

Any and all information on the condition of Bowstring would be appreciated.

Thanks

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All I can tell you it has been a pretty good bite latly on the North end of the lake they say you dont even need an auger there are so many holes and its not freezing.
Good luck
Jason

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Ice is fine on bowstring as of this past mondy . north launch about impossible to get around unless you want to get wet . ridge is about 6 to 8 feet high . we atved it from 1 of the resorts on that section of the lake ,, we were swore to not to tell where we were let on. all i can say is ask at the local resorts in the area you want to fish , other wise it looked to me that there were driving from the ontenogen road area with cars and trucks . took every bit of the auger to get thru the ice there , could change fast thou .

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