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brettf

Prior Lake, Orchard, and Crystal Lake

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brettf

Has anyone had any luck on these lakes lately and if so where?

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fishtank

Try the Metro Board, you might find some info there.

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brettf

Thanks for the help.

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Bass_Bully

Isn't that what this is? confused.gifconfused.gif

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bobbersup

been on prior....had some luck on sunnies. getting to be lots of houses!!! seems to shut the fishing down. need to get away from the crowds. small hooks and wax worms seemed to work. need to be right on them, it a very light bit. good luck! smile.gif

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fishin789

I was on prior today.Cam works pretty (Contact US Regarding This Word) on that lake. pretty wild how you can watch all them sunnies swiming around and just looking at your bait.Crappies moved in right at dark. About a hour or so after dark they quit biting.

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fish&taters

was out this afternoon for about 3 hrs. not much going on just a few sunnies northeast of the island...

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korn_fish

It's friday and every friday/saturday the bottle bass sure bite like crazy out there smile.gif

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fishtank

Yes, this thread has been moved from the main board since.

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rosspj59

FishnTaters, what depth were you workin? Thanks for the report.

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fish&taters

we were in about 15-16 ft. the vex lit up for about 5 minutes right around sundown...thinking it was craps moving in...thinking we should have been deeper, looking for the craps suspended..next time 25-30 ft. fished a shiner in one hole for the whole time, not so much as nibble...sunnies were all on grubs..

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Whiskeywalleyes

if your looking for walleyes and northerns I work some good spots on Prior.. head west of sand point beach.. there is a small island called reeds island fish north of that.. I used to catch several walleyes from 5-6 pm.. but for some reason there is a guy out there that think he owns that area by putting out Orange pine cones.. he has cones about 300 yards all around his house.. thats the best sport on the prior lake.. weeds rocks.. and points.. but This guy out there must think that he owns all that area...

good luck fishing.. look for the ornage pine cones and your catch walleyes...

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gundy89

Had an awesome night. Went out with a buddy, didn't catch a fish and got the truck stuck! Can't beat that. Oh well, there's always tomorrow, if the wife will let me. We were on the south end by the island. With all the trouble, I still had a great time.

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Lucky Dogg

hey corn, my trailer is finally done. i'll be on prior later today and again sunday for the game. you can give me a call when your out and lets try to hook-up, there may even be a few bottle bass around! later DOGG

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fishin789

Went out to Prior today.fished in three different spots.Caught one crappie and one sunnie,north of the island by sand beach.Still had the same problem of watching a ton of sunfish just swimming around brushing up against my bait as they swam by.Caught the crappie when it got dark.I could get fish to move off the bottom up to my bait but they wouldn't hit it. just move up to it then go back down to the bottom.

I'm gonna try orchard on sun.I've never fished orchard so if anyone can give me some tips that would be cool. I'm going out about 8:30 am.

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Liar

It was a different day today fishin. I was out from 7-10 a.m. Got a few crappies and a few nice sunnies. They were thick but not biting. Was out from 6-9p.m. I got my first prior eye, 11" or so he went back. Picked up a couple of crappies and one sunnie after dark. I really had to coax them to bite today, not a lot of them did. I haven't been on orchard for a few years. I know you can get pike out by the grass islands. good luck, let us know how you do.

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fishin789

Went out to orchard today. Very slow day fishing. lots of small sunfish on the camera. got to watch a muskie swiming around scaring all the sunnies. that was cool. fished by grass island in 19ft of water. Didn't catch a fish.Interesting lake. I will have to do this lake again and see if i can find them fish.

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Liar

Fishin got an e-mail address? I may be able to help with orchard. let me know.

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rosspj59

Fishing789, what are using for lure/bait for the sunnies and crappies. "Liar" put an interesting post in the sunfish/crappie part of the forum for specific fish about lure selection and action. Might help. Doesn't it make you mad to see them on the camera and not have them bite?

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reddodge4x4

Went out on prior sat caught 3 crappies along with about 20 sunnys about 3 feet off the bottom in 27 feet of water. The best part of the trip is when i dropped my Truck/ATV/House keys down the hole, tried to catch those suckers of the bottom but it was a little harder then catching panfish.

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any fishin is good fishin

sorry to hear about the keys.....dropped mine last week got lucky though after 30 minutes in 9 feet. the only thing i cought all day. but a good catch.

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fishin789

Liar you can send e-mail to:

fishin789 at aol.com

if anyone else has any tips for orchard or prior drop me a line.

I was useing everything crappie minnows, worms, wax worms,ero larva,and minnow heads.tried every size jig i had from a 14 size ant to a 1/8 rocker jig.every color I had.

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