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I haven't been over to the area much lately, but heard the opener was very tough. With the weather warming and the shinners spawing, the eyes should start snappin' soon.

Good luck to all this weekend. I have been getting fish in 18-20 feet of water on jigs and shinners slow jigging. Couple soft jigs and let the jig sit. That's when they are hitting. I'm fishing rock, sand transitions on the windy side of the lake. The rougher, the better.

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Not a good weekend 3 days 7 lakes 2 eyes. Both on big sand tough to fish when 15 boats move in. Talked to a couple guides from the area that said fishing is the worst they have seen in years. But know of a couple people who have caught limits. Hard to figure out but wont stop me from trying.

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I thought the fishing this weekend was better than the past. I caught eight eyes on Big Sand, they were all to big to keep 18-23 inches. Caught two of them in 8-10 feet, and the others in 18-20 feet. Jigging with a minnow or leech seemed to work the best. Hopefully this weekend will be even better!

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Just to let you know...

My buddy was out on Two Inlets lake last weekend and pounded the SLAB crappies.

No joke here, they were all 15 to 16" fish! They boated over 40 fish in two days. These are some tremendous slabs. 4-8' of water, plain hooks and minnows thru the tail, right in the bullrushes.

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I would hope that they released them all as well....or only kept what they were going to eat. Yes, I think the crappies are definitely an option. I found many fish up to 15" on opener. But those fish here in DL have since vacated their spawning grounds.

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I was on Eagle this past weekend and caught plenty of crappies (kept enough for a meal, released the rest). My neighbor at the lake caught some larger crappies on Potato.
Neither of us had any luck with walleyes.
Nels

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    • Brianf.
      Saw on MPR that this year had been even warmer than 2012.  If this weather pattern continues, Lake V will be ice out before the March 28th date from 2012. 
    • Dash 1
      Awesome fish. Way to go.
    • gimruis
      That is a true giant slab around here.
    • chucker1101
      I did a lot of crappie fishing in 2012.   I'd say April 1 is a conservative guess. March 25 seems doable. Depends on the rain and the wind in March. 
    • CigarGuy
      Do you park at The Landing or have someplace closer? That would be a hall from The Landing!
    • SkunkedAgain
      I hate to start this thread early, but this ice doesn't have much of a chance this season. It's about half as thick as it should be, there is no snow cover to protect it from the March sun, and it continues to be abnormally warm. Let's hear those ice-out predictions.   I expect the smaller bays to be open by the last weekend of March with the main lake soon after, likely prior to April 1st. Earliest ice-out on record is March 28th, 2012.   On the plus side, the spawn be done long before fishing opener. Combine the reduced walleye harvest with the longer growing season, and this should translate into a better walleye class for the lake.
    • SkunkedAgain
      I walked into my place late Friday night. It was beautiful - a full moon, no snow and single digits so the lake was making all kinds of noise, wolves howling, and the kicker.....no wind. The only difficult component to walking was the ATV and snowmobile impressions left in the ice. Every once in a while my foot would catch a rise in the ice and I would stumble and almost fall. Besides that, it was a perfect night. Unfortunately I had a schedule to keep, otherwise I would have started a midnight bonfire to stay out and enjoy the evening even longer.
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    • Kettle
      Maybe a replica but it's still swimming 
    • smurfy
      So is it going on the wall??
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