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Spring Crappie Lakes

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ok, i'll go first...can't beat this trio all within a couple miles of where I learned everything I know about fishing...

Nord, Ripple, and Elm Island

from shadrapla's reports it sounds like there's gonna be some big ones to look for in Nord this spring...

anyone else?


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I've heard that Blind lake is good, but I haven't tried it yet. D-man, what lake/s do you like for slabs?

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Anybody ever fish lake Waukenabo by Palisade for crappies?

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anyone have fishing red lake by palisade?? i went there 3 or 4 year ago good crappies fishing

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  • 3 weeks later...

If you guys head a little further north to Hill Lake I can gurantee you that you won't be at all disappointed. I swear to God that the DNR reports on the crappie numbers and size must be wrong. I've pulled some wall hangers out of that lake in the previous few years. Let me know if anybody heads up that far. Nobody ever hits Hill Lake, which I kind of like, but I feel like I should give up a secret every now and then.

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I'm bringing the boat to Jacobson on Friday. Where's Hill lake? I could probably try on Sat and let you know. And wheres the hotspot on the lake?

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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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