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Any action on Big Lake for eyes or pike? Any decent panfish?

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I haven't fished it this year, but I can tell you I went out electroshocking with the DNR a few weeks ago.
Tons of bass(5 over 19 inches)
Very few pike
1 walleye
Not one sunfish anywhere near 7 inches that I saw. Billions of little sunnies a couple inches long.

Obviously the timing of the shocking dictates what you may come across. We were targeting the bass.

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Go look out on the big bar out from the park for bluegill beds.

The best crappie spot on the lake was once to the south of the channel on Big Lake in 12-15 feet of water.
Also was straight out from the channel in 12 feet. find the curly top cabbage. or as I described it,Candlstick cabbage, and you find the crappies.
If you ever snag a fish basket with crappies skeletons in it on Big Lake. those were 12 inch fish from about 1978.
Yep, been awhile since I fished them lakes.

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Hoggs,

I haven't fished Big Lake in the summer, but we caught tons of pike there last winter. We had a party of six with 12 tip ups and we caught 20 northerns and had probably 40 flags. We were fishing with suckers and shiners so I'm guessing almost all the flags were pike. We caught one bass. All the pike were at least 3lbs with the biggest being 4.5 lbs.

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

This is the time of year were the crappies stack up on the steep break along the hiway. Usually starts late june and heats up through July.

Borch

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Last weekend my daughter(age 9) caught an 8lb. 1oz. channel cat while trolling for walleyes. We've had pretty good luck for eyes so far this year, too!

*Please release walleyes under 14 in.*

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