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12lb8oz

When is a good time of spring to hit Red for Crappies

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12lb8oz

I know they move into the bays to spawn in the spring. Is there a hot time that a guy should try and plan a trip? I have never fished for crappies on the open water up there. I realize the weather is the big variable but any advice would be appreciated. THanks

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Fish-on

Mid may to mid June. Best bite usually seems to be a few days either side of Memorial day.

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Matt Breuer

Fish-on is pretty much right on! We start taking trips around the 10th and the bite usually progresses until late May. Early June is usually really good until it's quick decline near the middle of the month.

Good luck this Spring, it's a blast open water!!

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HoleHopper

Was thinking about driveing up and trying it by myself the fourth week in may. I know nothing about where a guy could put in at. Isnt it real shallow for a ways out? What size boat would be ideal for the landing(s)and lake. Thanks for any info!

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Drake

Holehopper, sounds like you have picked a good time to hit the open water for the crappies. We normally put the boat (just a 16'er) in at the public landing at the Tamarack~unless the winds dictate that we need to put in on the southshore, then it's out of Rogers or Morts. (The Tamarack is just up from Westwind and Hillmans~think Hillmans is where you went in at for ice fishing.) We take is slow through the river and through the markers until we get out onto the lake, then it's on to the 5'-6.5' depths of water and troll around until we find the crappies. You're gonna love it!

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shadrapla

when you trolling so what kind of lures and bait I want try it at red lake day before opener

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crappiescout

I've been catching crappies since the ice moved out and we got all that warm weather. But lately we've been having some cold weather and the wind makes it tough to get out. Im guessing when the weather warms back up and the water temp goes with it will only get better and better! For a accurate lake, weather and fishing report call bearpaw!

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moby1

that is good to hear. We have two campsites at the state park on the tamarack river reserved for June 2-5th. I usually make it up there once a winter for the last 4 years and finally had some good crappie action this year. Ive been dying to get up there and try open water. Finally I talked a few buds into giving open water a shot. I cant wait. It's like being a kid on christmas eve waiting for christmas morning !

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HoleHopper

Drake, Thanks for the info. Got my map out now. I'll be comeing up by myself. Not sure when that week but I will let the weather dictate that. Maybe I'll even try my luck for some perch on blackduck.

10,000 lakes, and a vacation by myself....... grin.gif

I'll stop by and say hi. Maybe someone will want to go with wink.gif

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