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Crappies on Union Lake


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This is the time of the year that they usually start catching a lot of crappies on Union Lake. Going to try by the campground this weekend, I'll let you know how we do.

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Thanks,

Have fun fishing! At least some us us still are able to get out! Starting a family can cramp the style of an avid fisherman!
Remeber that guys. Didn't the DNR just recently lower the limit to Three children??????

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Thanks,

Have fun fishing! At least some us us still are able to get out! Starting a family can cramp the style of an avid fisherman!
Remeber that guys. Didn't the DNR just recently lower the limit to Three children??????

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I don't know where I am fishing this weekend yet. I have many options. This would be a good trip if I can catch some fish!

I have fished a couple of the lakes in this area during the spring. I haven't fished Union though. Where is the campground you are talking about? What is the depth you fish? What about Lures and bait? Typical Red lake fare?
What size are the crappies people catch through the ice on Maple and Union?

I don't mean to hound with all the question everybody, but no one likes to put all the effort into a long fishing trip to get skunked.

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I'm thinking that ice conditions are still good with the recent cold snap. Am I I wrong?

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The ice conditions are still very good. The snow will be nice so a person won't slip on his a-- so much. Fished Maple on Monday night with little success though. MIght try it this weekend. Good luck.

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Union Lake Sarah Campground is the one I'm talking about. Take the gravel road that splits Union Lake and Lake Sarah apart. On the West side is Union, to the east is Sarah. I believe there are some houses out now by where you can usually catch some crappies. I'd say depth from 11 to 15 feet, they're often suspended this time of the year, so they're sometimes difficult to find.

The crappies aren't Red Lake size, but I have caught a few nice ones, and you can usually get enough for a good meal or two.

As far as bait, I've used waxworms, minnows, powerbait,...

Usually evening is better than during the day.

Hopefully I'll have something to report. If the weather is bad, I won't be going at all.

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Hey Killer,
What other species do you usually catch there? Also, can a guy still keep perch?

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Northerns mostly, a few walleye and perch. I think you can still keep perch. The guys on Winnie are going nuts over them yet.

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    • Bobberwatcher
      I don't see ice going out til April. Some more 50 degree temps on the way, but still getting near or below freezing most nights and an extended forecast I saw is showing highs around 30 and even some single digit lows at night for the last couple weeks March. Little if any rain too. 
    • Bobberwatcher
      I don't see ice going out til April. Some more 50 degree temps on the way, but still getting near or below freezing most nights and an extended forecast I saw is showing highs around 30 and even some single digit lows at night for the last couple weeks March. Little if any rain too. 
    • CigarGuy
      Looks like there's plenty of ice still in Spring Bay! Kids snowmobile racing.
    • BWpineisland
      My wife is in total agreement with yours. I love the quiet and remoteness, my wife hates the ice travel!
    • SkunkedAgain
      There aren't a lot of cabins in the bay to begin with, a whole other bonus! For the folks on the south side of the bay, it's an access issue as well. People in general are less likely to go in the winter when you don't have road access, because now you introduce ice conditions, snow depth, darkness, cold, and other factors into the trip. While I have always enjoyed those challenges, it is much different to drive up on a Friday night and pull up to your place versus get there at 10pm, unload machines and gear, and go across the lake at night with gear in tow. I love it. My wife hates it. My daughter is in the middle.   Enjoy it up there.
    • smurfy
      yea that ice looks like its about on its last leg!!!!
    • Rick G
      Being we had a few hours of weather cold enough to make ice I decided to check out one of the small shallow lakes in the St Cloud area.  Ice was in surprisingly good shape this morning, had about 6-7 inches of hard ice again.   Found a pretty decent bite in 8-11 ft of water.  Crappies were riding high in the water colom while sunfish remained close to the bottom for the most part.  Best bait for me was a 3mm motoroil/chrome with a impulse mayfly. By mid afternoon we could definitely tell the ice wasn't as firm as it was in the morning. By the time we left at 4pm I had put all thoughts of returning tomorrow morning out of my mind.  At no point did I feel unsafe, we were prepared for whatever, floatation suits, ropes and ice picks at the ready😏😁.  Today was definitely my last day on the ice for the yr...next stop, spring carp/suckers😁   VID_20240229_150704553.mp4
    • Rick G
      Just trying to make as little noise as possible once holes have been drilled.  
    • CigarGuy
      I take my sxs all the way down Phillips Rd. road to Cains driveway and turn around at the entrance to Laura's and her son's Brian's driveways, Brian bought Davey Crockett's old place.(I think that was his name). You see them fishing on his dock at the beginning of the narrow part of the channel heading in Black Bay. They have the only 2 driveways that are plowed during the winter down Phillips Rd. My neighbor, whom you met, used to plow his boat house road so we access the lake easier in the winter for ice fishing, but he doesn't ice fishing much anymore, so just sleds down that road. I think I know who lets you access the lake, nice of him. I'm surprised more people in Black Bay don't use their places in the winter. I'm heading up in the morning!
    • chucker1101
      I drove on I-35 over Albert Lea Lake on Jan 5. It wasn't even partially frozen, and it's like 6-8 ft average depth or something like that. Those lakes in Sourthern Minnesota didn't even get 2 months of ice this year.
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