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2nd,3rd,4th Crow Wing


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I'll be heading to 3rd Crow Wing the last week in July, and was curious if anyone had any info on the fishing for lakes 2/3/4? Crappie or Walleye in particular. I'd like to try and find some Walleye this year, didn't have any luck last year...

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2nd and 3rd are going to be your best bet for Walleye. 4th as more of a northern,bass, sunfish and crappie lake. It is shallow and weedy. Sometimes you can pick up a few walleye in the weeds. I would work the weed edges on 2nd and 3rd for the walleye but fishing is hit and miss during the hot part of the summer. I don't fish the crappie much in the summer,they seem to bite better in the cooler water and in the evening.

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We were on the 3rd Crow Wing the 3rd. week of June. Did real well on eyes and crappies.Caught some eyes trolling jointed raps over top of weeds but most came from what we call the sunken island. If know the lake at all it is just s.w. of the big grassy island. 14 ft was the magic depth then with crawlers and leeches. Crappies we caught on the south side of big grassy island useing small tube jigs. I know things will change when you are there but maybe this will give you some idea where to start. Been fishing the 3rd for 15 years and have always had good luck on it. Let us know how you did. Good luck.

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Thanks for the info. My family has been fishing 3rd crow wing for over 15 years as well, but strictly sunnies and Bass. I'd like to branch out and give walleyes a crack this year. We leave Friday, so if anyone has any recent info, it would be appreciated. Otherwise, I'll let you know if I had any luck when I get back...

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Only found a few small Walleye on 3rd using leeches, nothing on crawlers. But that's OK, the largemouth were biting great and we caught several fish over 4lbs and the biggest I caught was 4-15...happy to say all were released. Perhaps I'll be able to catch me a 5+lb Bass next year...Did also pick up a few Northern, a friend caught a 6lb, and I got a 4lb, all on the 4th in the rice. Lots of Crappies biting, but nothing large enough to keep. Wax worms and Crappie minnows. I think the bigger ones were there, but the small ones and the sunnies got in the way. Oodles of Small Sunfish inhaling the bait before it had a chance to sink. Until next year, Good Luck.

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