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Jim W

I thought I should give a report on this forum as well, since there isn't much for ice fishing lakes in SE MN.
Sarge and I fished Lake Madison Saturday.
There was a really good crappy bite happening from about 1:30pm until dusk.
We found them in 28feet of water. They move up into 24 feet closer to dark, then stopped biting!
They were very finicky, but were caught on small Swedish pimples, buckshots and plain hook tipped with small minnow heads.
More aggressive fish took just about anything!
Had to really work the fish up off of the bottom. Once they came up 3 feet off of the bottom, you would get a hit!
A nice soft rod is highyl recommended. I was geared more for walleye and paid the price.

A local was pulling them up left and right only 10 feet away from me while I struggled to manage a few, using the same presentation!!
It was fun either way!!!!

Very nice size white crappies and black's as well!
Couldn't get walleyes to go where we set-up at.

So if your sick of catching stocker trout and aquarium size crappie at Foster Arends head West!!!

Keep the rods bendin'!!!!

Jim W

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I don't know what to say?? am I happy that its a nice warm winter? or sad? I just bought new shelter, auger last year, and haven't had a chance to use it this year yet.. It was a great year for coon hunting around SE MN. the coon were running until Christmas time. I guess I got spoiled last year with the nice ice conditions my boy Hunter and I caught lots of nice crappies, bluegills last year,, just hoping for a few days on the ice this year.. I fish around the Faribult area, so, any info on the ice around there will be helpful. see ya all on the ice.

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Hey Trappermike, good to from you! I am probably in the minority here, but bring on spring! Nice to hear from another who enjoys coon hunting, you should post on the hunting forum it would be nice to get a few more coon hunters active on the board.

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