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With my dad in town and a friend traveling south from the Cities, I thought it would be a good idea to take the afternoon and evening and go after those shallow water panfish that always seem to be ready for a meal. blush.gif We were targeting crappies and 'gills and for the most part, our efforts paid off. cool.gif We worked water from 5 - 10' deep, with 8 - 9' of water in hard bottom areas adjacent to mud producing the most fish. There were definite periods of fast action but the bite was not what I thought it could have been. That rain was interesting! confused.gif We ended up icing quite a few fish and had a great time on the ice. We kept some fish for the pan, with a majority of the 'gills running between 7 - 9.5" and the crappies between 10 - 12.5". Small baits tipped with eurolarvae was the ticket for the most of the day but when we were packing up the fish were still biting and had clearly made the switch to minnows. This bite may run well into the night! grin.gif

I hope to get out a few times this week after work for some evening action and I don't know why not, because I'm not seeing anything that would make this bite slow down or come to a stop.

For those of you that I have an e-mail address for, you'll be getting some pictures soon of some of today's catch!

Good luck to all and keep after 'em!

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Yet another successful outting for TO. Great work! If you were on the lake I think you were, I'd have to say the word hasn't really spread around too much yet about the shallow bite....either that or people aren't picking up on it yet. I know on Washington there aren't too many houses in the shallows...most I've noticed are over deep water.

I can't wait to get out there myself and give it another go. I've got a couple other spots in mind that I'm wanting to try...spots that I've noticed bottom content during open water season. Yesterday I went to a "blind" location...one that I've never been to in open or hard water, and the results showed as much. Next time I'm hitting some sand/mud and gravel/mud transition areas and see how that goes.

Nice report! With the limited amount of traffic in shallow water, I too would expect that bite to continue...not matter what lake you might be on.

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The bite seemed to be on saturday caught alot of nice gills and a few decent crappies mixed in at sundown yet i fished the medium depths cause i didnt feel like movin or searchin at all today with the rain comin down most of the fish came on black/chartruse nuclear ants

TO id lke to see some pics [email protected]


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Thanks basscatcher. We had fun even if it was in a down pour from time to time! grin.gif

Redrocket, you have mail.

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I decided to save that for a late ice opportunity. We ventured off to other less traveled waters.

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