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crappie todd

Long lake New brighton, has fast biting crappies.

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crappie todd

I was on Long lake this after noon. 16 inches of ice. Picked a spot near the beach area, drilled a hole and caught four - 8 inch crappies in about 4 minutes. that was from like 3Pm to 3:04 Pm. Then I staired at the hole until 4:45 replaying in my mind how much fun it was to catch fish so quick.

Yep, I was fishing today and they were bitting fast. grin.gif

Must be a day time lake.

Mabey I will get another 4 tomorrow. then I will have a fish fry.

Thanks for listening and good fishing. And Go Vikes:


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CT, about how deep was the water and how deep were you fishing? Thanks for the thickness report. Gonna hafta get out there sometime before the end of the week. Just waiting for my fingers to heal up from the burns.

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Mr Special


Just wondering did you drive out? On the westside near the creek I've caught some crappies out there also. But be careful if you drive out, don't get to close to the creek mouth. It has current and the ice can get thin quickly.

Good luck and Thanks

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crappie todd

I drove out from the access. I was back out Sunday morning and the beach area was void of fisherman as they moved across the lake to the west side. I will have to review the map and see what sent everyone over to that side.

Actually I see on the DNR report, the sunnies can run as large as the crappies. Last year I caught a few but not this year to date. But there are more short trips out there to come. I was in 22 feet. Crappies were coming through at 20 feet and would come up to 15 feet to grab the jig.

smile.gif CT

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