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well, after 33 days in a row with rain here in Portland, OR, the neighborhood ark is nearlly complete...my assigned duty is to return from Aitkin with 2 crappies and 2 walleye...so, whats the bite like in the area...ripple?...cedar?...farm island?...D Man, PCG, any help? thanks

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I want to thank PCG for the lake suggestions he gave me last week for crappies/pike. My buddy and I fished Turner Lake yesterday near McGregor and had a great time. I caught the biggest crappie about 5 minutes into our trip though, it was a hair over 12 inches. We had slow to moderate action for the crappies, but it was consistent throughout the day. We caught about 15 crappies in 6 hours, which isn't outstanding...but it kept us busy. The vexilars had fish showing up on them ALL DAY long. We struggled getting them to bight. They were VERY light bighters, without electronics we wouldve missed several fish. We tried smaller and bigger baits and they just never really "turned on", even before dark.

I also brought up a pike through the hole...and we had another 3 pike on tipups, they were 19-22 inches. We also had another 3 on the tipups that got off as we were bringing them in. All fish were released to fight another day.

All in all...we had a great time and caught a good number of fish for us. We were also the only ones on the lake. The ice was about 7-8" thick. Thanks again.

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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.
    • Mike89
    • Kettle
      Maybe a replica but it's still swimming 
    • smurfy
      So is it going on the wall??
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