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I was wondering if anyone has done well on this lake in the past, anything would help. I have fished it four times this year because my buddy bought a house on the lake and we are pretty clueless... there is a lot of structure to guess upon. Bluegills, Crappies and of course Wallys are the target. Thanks for anything Donk

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Glowin33: I haven't fished it much this year but I fished it alot in the past. Its a interesting lake I have had days when I iced a bunch of eyes, went back the next day and didn't catch a thing, same locale,weather etc. If someone ever unlocks the mystery to this lake I would like to hear about it myself. Here are some of the spots I have done good;

WALLEYES: I have found deep is better on this lake for eyes. Key on depths 20-35ft. I would try by the old beach on county rd 50, SE side. There is a underwater point that juts out, fish on the N side in 20 + ft of water. Another one of my favorite spots is the point on the S end, a area called peanut hill, there is also a bar that runs out from here, it contains scattered rock and cabbage, fish the tip or on the east side.

Crappies: They are nice when you find them, A area to try is straight S from the access there is a 30 ft hole before the sand bar look at a map.

Gills: I have neve really caught any of size but you should find some on the sandbar in the middle if your interested.

Northern. Fish the edge of the weeds, they run deep around 15 ft or so on this lake. Some nice pike to be had, key is to set your tipups deep, around 15-19 ft.

Hope this helps!!!

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Icehawk pretty much summed it up to a "t". I have been fishing the lake pretty consistently for the last 10 years or so and have never found much consistency with the walleyes. I can find the crappies pretty regular though and have actully caught more walleyes accidently fishing for crappies than i have persuing walleyes. The walleyes on the lake that I have caught have been pretty nice though. All of them that have been 3lbs and bigger are still swimming assuming other anglers used the same cpr methods as myself. I would ask you to please encourage your buddy to do the same if you hook into one of these lunkers to help replenish the population out there. If you're interested in catching some crappies I'll be out there all weekend in a blue clam 5600 near that 30ft hole Icehawk mentioned. My name is Ricky if you want stop by. Good luck(it defineately is a challenge out there).

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Thanks fellas and I will tell him that wally info... I will probably not go out this wkd, but I will see you out there soon! I gotta go chase after the fabled 16 inch crappie somewhere close

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was out there tonight guys and have nothin to brag about what so ever. i dont know what is goin on but over the last 3 years the fishin has gone from unreal to workin extremely hard for little reward. two years ago i would catch crappies that would compete with red lake and now im lucky to keep a few. i have to entice little ones to bite. has fishing pressure takin that much of a toll in that little of time? i wish i had an answer but i am utterly confused! give me some good posts from this lake just to encourage me that the lakes crappie population hasnt gone to hell. i am eager to hear from the rest of you. thanks, ricky.

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