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Crappies and Bellhorn Bay

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hi folks

Outdoor News had a report from Willey's that the crappies were biting on Bellhorn in 8-15ft of water. I've heard of a crappie crib somewhere on Bellhorn also. Can anyone point me in the right direction here? My wife and I are pretty frustrated w/ fishing this summer and would love to catch a couple of fish. '


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I know I'm going to put my foot in my mouth but no one else will respond to your question. The location of cribs is like a pot of gold at the bottom of the lake and no one wants to give it up. As far as I know there are no cribs in Billhorn bay, at lease on the south end. The nouth end may have some but I don't know where they are. There are a lot of deep holes in the north end that everyone fishs during the early spring, late fall and winter. I do know that here are cribs in the lake and I have been watching this post to learn more.

So what do you say guys, lets give up those spots. (Or at least point us to the general location)

As an aside, I have had luck fishing the swim platforms in Billhorm, so give that a try.

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Quite honestly, I dont think its a great idea to post exact info on a forum like this. There are tons of lurkers that suck info out of here and put it to use.

I do know the whereabouts of a couple of the cribs, but I just don't want to divulge everything I know about a given lake. There are only a few cribs I know of, so even pointing in the general direction online could put those isolated spots under heavy pressure.

Call me snooty if you want, but I have given a lot of info out to help people narrow down some good areas in general and patterns to try on this lake.

If we post exact specifics for everyone to see, next year we will all be on here griping about the lake being overfished, too many people on my favorite spots, and its FM's fault....

Don't kid yourself, FM has been accused of wrecking spots/lakes in the past.


email me and I can help "narrow down" your search for crappies. Just as long as some go back in the lake.

[email protected]

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thank you both for your posts and Mark for his email. I agree with the idea that maybe it's not the best idea to post any exact locations here. Mark pointed me in the right direction also.

thanks again!

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FIshed BellHorn yesterday. No luck on crappies; maybe the strong NW wind and weather change did them in. Caught some real nice northerns tho (5-12 lbs) when we decided to give up on the crappies and give another species a chance to play.

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  • 2 weeks later...

I didn't get up there this weekend but I talked to one of my neibhors and he got a limit of crappies off of one of those "cribs" everyone is talking about.

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