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WKSparrow

1-9-2005 Report

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WKSparrow

Arrived at Hillman's 1pm, fished 4.7 miles out. Just about 15' of water, 22" of ice, 6" of snow on ice.

Lines in water at 1:45 PM, two crappies in bucket at 1:48 PM! Good Start! Vikes on satellite TV beating snot out of packers! Packed up after game, on the road at 6:45 PM.

Total of 10 crappies - by myself, so that was it. Two in the 12.5" range, rest between 13-14.5" Bit throughout the day and early evening, but seemed to slow down when sun was out, and once it was completely dark. Bit on different colors, best was probably perch eye jig... fish caught 18" off bottom... didn't seem to like much jigging.

good luck!

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NINETOE

Ditto that Sparrow, we were about 3.5 mi out on sat and ended up with 12 crappies, and some Walleye. I caught my fish on a Go Devil with very little jigging. Other houses I checked with did about the same.

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Xplorer

Really want to thank Steve at BearPaws for a great weekend smile.gif

Was up in his small sleeper friday afternoon to sunday and the father in law and I limited on some great slabs, released many more, kept about 20 perch, and released 18 walleyes. Also had one huge northern on that managed to hook into all 3 lines we had, and finally bit off after about 5 minutes. Red glow and blue glow took most our fish.

Great weekend to be on the lake!

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Bobberboy

My wife and I were out on Saturday 4.2 miles out of Westwind. Started fishing at 9:00 am and Quit around 3:30 pm. We had 18 slabbers one of which was 17+. Sure will look good on the wall. My wifes wall! Also 7 eyes one just short of 26 inches.

Thanks to the Westwind bait shop for the advise. smile.gifsmile.giflaugh.gif

"Your bobbers down!"

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Mjen

My second trip of the year and caught 12 crappies, 8 walleyes and no perch. Fished from Noon on Friday the 7th till 9Am the 8th. My house is out on Hillman's road about 4-4.5 miles. Had to work a little harder for these, saw many on the Vex that would not bite and those that did popped and dropped a lot. No daytime bite (except for the walleyes) this time. Phelps tick jigs red and blue. Saw fish coming in at all depths at times. Most were caught 12" off bottom. Was skunked on crappies first 3 trips last year so this is great. Hope the bite continues for everyone.

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Stud

Bobber Boy, Concrats on the 17 incher, there tough to come by. you got any pictures of that big crappie? Would be nice to see.

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    • delcecchi
      Gotta be careful to keep the holier than thou attitude under control whatever you decide to do. After all not much difference between bass, northern (looking at you harpooners), walleye, even gills.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I have eaten quite a few small mouth bass from Vermilion and a few large mouth bass from other lakes. The smaller small mouth are not bad table fare! The larger fish taste like mud to me! All large mouth taste like mud to me!!😛 If you were to suggest to these fishermen that eating the smaller fish will make a much tastier meal, not to mention a much safer meal because of the contaminant level in larger fish, that may make a difference in what they decide to keep.????  But as you said, they can legally keep them of all sizes. The DNR approach of a size limit would be best! Cliff  
    • Harry Goodliffe
      a sign that ASKS people to selective harvest, releasing the bigger fish to keep those better fish genes in the population if you keep fish eat smaller fish...the old bill dance quote "limit your kill not kill your limit.... catch what you can use and release the rest to fight another day"
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Nice walleye Reid! How big? Cliff
    • Wanderer
      I respect your conservation minded approach but trying to TELL people not to keep those fish will just get you more of the same response you already got.  I also agree <15 inch bass are better keepers.  I keep a few myself each year and rarely keep anything over 16, preferring 12’s for the table. I’ve been a bass tournament angler in the past and have also promoted staunch C&R, much like the modern muskie culture, but have grown wiser with age.  I still target bass quite a bit just because they’re fun! On a 300 acre lake I agree a small group of anglers can and will have an impact with constant return visits to harvest large fish but the only two things you can do about it is, 1) As mentioned, lobby the DNR for protected slots, and 2) When people are happy to show you their catch, congratulate them and mention you like bass too but find the smaller sized fish much better table fare.  And maybe that you also fell releasing the mature fish keeps reproduction up to sustain a quality fishery.  And be nice about it.  Once you turn people off they’ll stop hearing you. That’s about all I have for ya.  Good luck.
    • Reid Saarela
      Bite was OK for us this weekend. Marked tons of fish but they only seemed to bite in small feeding windows due to abundance of mayfly larva down there. When they decided bite, they were inhaling our leeches though.  Rocks next to mud was best for us. Highlight of the weekend was walleye pictured below. 
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      I like the idea!!!👍
    • reddogdth
      Just a heads up to all.  Someone has been cutting off the Catalytic convertors on vehicles at the landings on Island Lake Reservoir.  Trucks are targeted do to the clearance and ease to get under.  They hit several vehicles on Friday morning and were trying to sell the parts at a local scrap yard by 11:30am the same day.  It cost me over $500.00 to replace this weekend.  Police where notified.
    • rodbender27
      Thank you for your opinion. I respectfully disagree with just standing by, as multiple 3lbs+ bass were shown to me in a livewell this morning coming off of a 300acre lake. Again i completely realize this is a legal choice to make, and at times selective harvest is necessary for maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Where I live in Minnesota, bass are plentiful, but fish of that calliber and bigger are not growing on trees and it takes multiple years to get to maturity. As aforementioned, i am serious about the sport aspect of bass fishing and hate to think of the idea of 10+ yr old fish being taken from lakes of such small size especially. I have personally seen the possibilities catch and release offers as myself and a buddy have caught the same 4lb fish with distinct bird/pike bite marks on 3 separate occasions just this spring/summer alone.  Again i do not mean to shame these people for being proud of catching quality fish, just want to find the best way to try to shape their thinking to take a more conservationally responsible approach to fish harvest choices. I appreciate any help i can get
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      They split FM and HSO.   Turned out to be a bad decision in my opinion.