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How's Bald Eagle??


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I've been doin great out on Bald Eagle, but the craps are a little too small. You go out and catch 15-20 crappies that are about 6-7 inches.Its a lot of fun though. How is everybody else doing? Any Eyes up to the hole?

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Yeah, they bite like maniacs, and the vex is lit up like a Christmas tree all night, but they're tiny. I was out once and got 1 crappie over 9 inches out of 20. Luckily I wasn't in the mood to keep any fish that night anyway. The other disappointing this is that they wouldn't bite on minnows. All but one on euro larva. Not exactly "kid friendly" for my 4 year old nephew. A hot bite like that on minnows would be worth dragging him all the way across the city maybe...

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The issue of tiny crappies in that lake has been a problem for some time. I have fished it pretty hard for probably the last 4 years and have caught 300+ crappies. However of these I could probably count the number over 9 inches that I have caught on 2 hands and caught one 11" monster (for this lake) a couple years ago and was shocked by it. Also as you said the minnows are really not taken well but the waxies and eurolarvae are eaten like candy. I have been out there and limited with minnows but I have found that waxies are just so much better than minnows. So yeah you can get them out there on minnows but it really depends on the day. Waxies will do the trick anytime. I suppose I won't complain when I can go out and get 50+ fish by myself on any given night. Hope all of you have some luck out there and I hope to get back out there before too long.

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I dont fish the lake for crappies, mainly walleyes. The bite has picked up for me as the season progresses. Biggest walleye so far was about a 21" fish. They have been hitting my deadstick more than the jigs or spoons.

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What depth have you been getting the Walleyes at? I keep reading that 15-25 feet is best but I have only done well on walleyes from 5-10 feet this winter

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Ive been getting them somewhat shallow, too. I mainly fish the 10'-15' range. I try to find an area without any traffic, if their are people on a spot I usually go somewhere else.

Ive never ventured shallower than about 8', I may have to give it a shot.

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Back in 1989 I caught a crappie that was 15" it is on my wall. I have caught 1 or 2 or 10 " each time out this year. Usally they are below the the smaller crappies. My main bait is small minows the smaller the better. Joes sorts the minows by size so I normally buy them there. I remember back in the early 90s I had a spot where I was catching 12" plus crappies never got more than 10-12 in a time out. It lasted a couple of till people moved in on the spot then they disapeared.

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my buddy caught 18inch 3 pound crappie 3 seasons ago on BE then last year out of the same spot 28 1/2 inch walleye 9 pounds. hes been out there 10 times and ive fished it for last 8 yrs largest crappie 12 1/2 and largest walleye 19 1/2.

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I have never been able to catch walleyes out of Bald Eagle, winter or summer. Well, I guess if you count 8" walters then I have... confused.gif Those were caught springtime fishing for crappies.

So, do the eyes in this lake hang out in non-typical walleye locations?

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If you want to go and catch decent size eyes you should try going in early spring. every year ive been doing good. In the winter im havin trouble finding them to. I had 2 nice size up to the whole but lost them. Anybody else having trouble? any pike at all? grin.gif

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