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Well I've left the Crappie bite alone for a while here on the Croix, and as it's almost three weeks of great ice and no decent reports, I've called it right. I've been going strickly for walleye on the Croix (with some good success)and hooking panfish but going other places.

There are full sized trucks on the ice right now in the Bayport area, and the Andersen Bridge looks " constructed". I love slabs so if you get into them report, I haven't heard boo (as in a limit or close to it) for crappies.

Keep Catchin'

Turk

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barebackjack

Hey Turk, thanks for sharing the info you have. I havent been able to get down there in past years but I am hoping to get down this year, too close to not go. Good luck.

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whitetips

Quit fishing down there twenty years ago after taking advice from a Bayport cop about other places having better fishing, I will say he was absolutely correct. The crops are good size, but you could get cut off on a school by someone else setting up, there are so many lakes in and around the cities with better fishing, I grew up fishing the Croix, but to me Opener to fall is my time, after that I won't waste my time driving thru someones backyard to get there.

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gman2002

man your not kidding . its been bad down there for 5 years at least. sit there for 8 hours for 3 crops !! to many other good lakes around. grew up on the croix myself

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Sinker

I agree.I did pretty good about three years ago,able to catch a sauger or crappie during the off-peak times and walleyes during peak times but the last few years have been bad.Last year I kept going thinking I would finally hit it.This year I gave up for now and started driving up to Yellow lake near Webster for walleye and have done pretty well in two trips.Plan on hitting a few more local lakes for panfish.There are some spots on the river I plan on hitting for walleye,now that a person can drive on,that I have done good in the past.Good Luck and keep posting.

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TrollerX

Hey guys,

Don't be so hard on the Croix. Just cause the water freezes doesn't mean that the Crappies won't bite. They are still ready for the taking. They are just a little tougher to find. I fish 3 or 4 metro lakes on a regular basis as well as the Croix. You won't find a bigger slab than the ones that come from the mighty river. It's not even close! You can also avoid the heavy traffic and find a place all to yourself if you so desire. That can be a little tough on a metro Crappie Lake. There are 3 cities of houses on Bald Eagle right now. All for a Crappie that is never over 9 inches and 1/4 inch thick! I'll take the river any day! See ya on the water! I'll be the guy that is furthest from the cluster! grin.gif

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hunt4food

Wondering how thick the ice is out there up under the high lines. Anybody???

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