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Has anyone launched a larger boat on Indian Lake. The launch looked pretty shallow and we are wondering if we should bring the larger more comfortable boat or the 14ft plain jane. Any info would be great.

Thanks,

~Josh

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I have a 14' fiberglass runabout and only had a little trouble with the prop dragging as I put in and pull out. Easy fix, just tip the motor up before loading and unloading. The lakes not very big, so I wouldn't suggest bringing your yacht or anything. I would stick to the small boat.

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I was out here yesterday, couldn't keep the small sunnies off and I was jigging with a 1/4 ounce yellow with a 2" pink/white curly tail. I ended up following some of Crappie Tom's advice and hit an area to find a few crappies. Only one was worth keeping but I tossed him back. I would say the spawn is done or just finishing out there as he was pure black with a very hashed tail. I ended up keeping a 23" northern I caught on my 8" polish pike after throwing everything in the tackle box along every shoreline of the lake. I missed about a 30 incher next to the boat on a blue spinnerbait with a pink/white curly tail. I would've tossed him back anyway to help with the sunfish population. If anyone else fishes this lake please throw back any nort over 24" to do your part. It's almost unreal how many small sunnies are in there. Every area I went, that's all I found, be it in 3 feet or 18 feet of water they were all over the place. This will be the last weekend I go out there for a while as Muskie opener is next weekend smile.gif

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Why not just keep the small sunnies?


10-4...I agree, that's how you can thin the population. Leaving them to be thinned out by the northerns will take forever...keep a limit of sunnies everytime out there (it will take a limit of those little guys to make a meal for two!)...

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I would keep them but I already have some in my freezer, some I cooked on Sunday(leftovers), and I gave a few to my g/f's parents. It's going to take more than just me to thin them out. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy an occasional meal of sunnies but I am more of a fisherman than a cook. I like to catch fish, big fish, just to have that few minutes of adrenaline and the great fight. If I was still 10 years old I would be having a blast with the sunnies out there. But when you're trying to catch big fish with fairly big bait/lures and sunnies keep nibbling and hitting them, it starts to get old. In a couple years when my kid is old enough, I will take him there and let him have a good time with them. As for me, there are bigger fish to be caught..... grin.gif

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Tonyjor, I dont mean you personally to keep the small ones, I try too, but people ask why you keeping them I try to explain that a person needs to throw the bigger ones back to let them grow, and to keep the little ones to thin them out. I like to keep a few of each. I plan to start keeping a few of the smaller ones, because every lake i fish has some nice ones, sometimes far and few between, so if a person starts to keep the smaller ones and lets the nicer ones go, the nicer ones can become a really nice fish.

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