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We will be going to 3rd Crow Wing this weekend for the first time. Would appreciate any helpful hints on the area and which of Crow Wing lakes are good for fishing. Thanks, Jeff

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Third Crow Wing is a great lake because you can access first, second, third, and fourth through the river. On third crow wing your best bet for walleye would probably be the sunken islands. They are really easy to locate and there are usually other people fishing there. Pike like to hang out a the river inlets and outlets. I have had luck casting spinners and using large suckers for pike. i have not had much luck with bass, but the few that i have caught have been right off the weed edges by rivers. good luck.
fisher13

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We would like to catch any of the big 3, walleye, northern, and bass. Also, some of the guys like to do a little crappie fishing. Thanks, Jeff

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3rd Crow Wing is an excellent crappie lake. Check out the many reed stands that line the lakes shore. The water may be a little cool yet but it won't be long.ScottS

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Fourth is a great crappie and bass lake. The crappies can be hard to find in fourth because its so shallow. Right now they should be up shallow getting ready to spawn in fourth. The bass are easy to find. I do good fishing for them between fourth and third. There is a huge reed flat between the two lakes thats about 4 feet deep. I pitch jig and pigs or try top water here. This time of year look for them shallow at the north ends of both lakes.

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

When you get up there give Big Timber Lodge a call (Located on 3rd Crow Wing). They usually stay on top of the fishing.

You can get their info at:
http://bigtimberlodge.com

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Thanks for your help everyone. I will let you know how we did. Jeff

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does anyone have any updates on second or third crow wing. i will being staying at sunny point resort the week of june 15. im guessing the walleyes are starting in a littleas well as the pike. thanks for your help
fisher13

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Well, we were a week too early I think. The fish just were not biting at all. We caught a few small crappies and a few northerns but nothing else. Could see them on the depth finder but the water was just too cold. Good luck to everyone else. Jeff

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If you don't mind alittle drive with the boat try middle crooked. Not much pressure, not many boats,nice boat ramp. Start at the lily pads with spinnerbaits, I had a pike follow, head the size of a bowling ball. Or go to the NW to the back bays. i lost a 30+ on my flyrod. seems chartruese, with white and alittle brown. or black bucktail. My broinlaw had a 48" follow out from the shore. He about crapped his pants. StM

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    • JerkinLips
      There were a lot of ATV/SxS running around the lake but I found it quite slippery even with AWD engaged.  I did see a couple of snowmobiles crossing the lake.  There is enough snow to keep the slides lubricated, especially when the temperature is above freezing.  If your track is studded that would help traction and slide lubrication.
    • SkunkedAgain
      It looks like it's ATV/SxS season on the lake. Snowmobile season is on temporary (or permanent) hiatus.
    • JerkinLips
      Was back Tuesday-Thursday this week after I discovered that walleye season ends on Sunday, February 25th.  I thought that the season has closed the last day of February in recent years.  I see that I fished on Monday, February 28th two winters ago so lucky I didn't get busted then.   The ice was in very good shape.  I found 15-18 inches of solid ice in the areas I checked.  There was no standing water on the ice and very little snow as shown in the 3 pictures of the McKinley Park landing from Thursday afternoon.  When the temperature was below freezing, the ice was very slippery.  When it warmed up mid day it wasn't as bad.  The landing was starting to deteriorate today, but with the cold weather on Friday it should freeze over.  It may start to get bad again by Sunday when it warms up.  Full size vehicles were still driving out close to Birch Island so apparently that path is still good.   Fishing was very good for late season.  Most of my walleyes were again 9-12 inches, but I did catch a 21, 24, and 27.  I was lucky to catch my limit of 14-15 inchers today to bring home for a meal.  The walleyes preferred small rainbows, but also liked lively chubs.  I caught four fish on the same small rainbow today when I was running low on small ones.  I finally gave up on that minnow when I went 20 minutes without a bite.  I had 3 rainbows come off the hook on their own; one when I dropped it in the hole and the other two when I dropped them to the bottom.  I think that happens when you hook them in the soft part of their body.  I caught my first tulibee of the winter (15 inches) and it really stunk up the house.  I also caught a lot of perch for the first time this winter.  I only caught 1 perch the previous 14 days I fished, but I caught 11 perch in these 3 last days, including six that were 11-13 inches long.  I wish I liked to eat perch so I could have kept them.  The hardest bite I had this week was by the pictured 8 inch walleye.  This little guy grabbed that full sized minnow and pulled it quickly to to bottom of the hole.  (However the 27 inch walleye did peel off a bit of drag bringing her in).  Morning bite from 830 to 1230 was best.   If you venture out the last weekend of the season, good luck.  Be cautious of ice conditions since the sun can really melt some holes in the ice this late in the season.
    • smurfy
      i cant speak for out that way but check the st cloud thread.......Rick gavee a pretty decent report on the ice around the area. he fishes a ton in the winter and is thinking of calling it quits............that tells me something!!!!
    • Mike89
      be careful!!  
    • mulefarm
      Thinking about one last outing, any information on the ice?
    • Brianf.
      There's not much snow left from what I can see on our Ring cam.  This is facing North across Niles Bay.  Also, the temp is 44 at this moment so what snow might be left is going fast.  
    • rundrave
      @Rick G   have you changed your approach or how you are fishing with no snow cover this year? It seems to really have changed things. Fish are spooky to  any movement above the ice.  Even just jigging a rod with your hand etc. spooks fish. Weed lines are not dying off etc., fish are staying up shallower etc.   I have had a lot more luck just dead sticking and bobber fishing and being away from holes or intentionally drilling holes in slush pockets or drifts to eliminate shadows etc.
    • smurfy
      Awesome cause Rick!!👍👍👌
    • Rick G
      Fishing has been pretty good for the most part with the exception of a slow day mixed in here and there. Been on a few different lakes in the last week. Ice conditions continue to fluctuate depending on warm and cold spells.  Right now there is 7-8 inches on the lakes I have been on. Snow cover is just about gone again, and with the warm days coming I think our ice season might be coming to an end locally.  Today I fished with a good buddy and we were on a mission... To find enough fresh fish to feed the folks at a local veterans home Friday dinner.  Mission accomplished!!!   Found a good mix of perfect eater size fish😁.   
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