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Anybody catching any crappies around here? Not looking for your spots maybe depth, areas etc.

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My best advice at this time is to get out and explore some of the smaller lakes in the area. Most of our lakes have a decent population of crappies. Pop a few holes in some of the deeper holes and get set up for the evening bite. As we move towards spring we will start to catch them during the day too but so far it has been mostly evenings. For now it has been really scattered.

Jason Erlandson

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I was out last night on a lake that has about 10 permanent shacks on it and all are within 50 yds of eachother other than the few spear shacks scattered along the weedlines. I had never fished this lake before, but knew that this was not the only spot on the lake. There is only one hole on this lake, around 40'. The houses were off a point. I setup down in the bay where the deepest part of the hole is. I drilled holes in depths ranging from 18' to 32'. Started fishing at around 4pm in 27' of water because I was marking fish there. I caught fish there all evening so I didn't move to any of the other depths. Caught around 20 crappies between 6" - 11" or so. Most fish caught were 7' off the bottom. There was no sign of anybody fishing this particular area, for sure not in the last week or so. I'm sure they are catching fish in the permanent shacks, but there is a lot of lake and I hate setting up next to them when there are plenty of other spots that nobody even touches.

Things haven't always been that easy though. frown.gif I've been trying as many lakes as I can with the same type of strategy. I'm relatively new (2 years) to this area and am still testing the waters of the area lakes. Some times I get skunked and other times its the mother load. Most of the time its somewhere in between, for now. grin.gif

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Igotem, I was on that lake that you were on last night a couple of weeks ago. I fished near those houses and had similar results. I was thinking of trying that hole as well later in the year. Looks like you beat me to it. Glad to hear that you got into them. Maybe see you out there sometime.

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Slimy... If you see a trap guide with a blue polaris attached to it, it could be me. I haven't driven on any lakes with the truck this year and will probably continue to use the snowmobile since its not that much more work to haul it with. Otherwise, I've got a pewter colored 03 silverado with topper. Stop by if you see me, I'm usually fishing by myself unless I drag my brother-in-law out.

By the name I'm guessing you might do a little pout fishin'? Let me know, I like to chase those beauties late season.

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I'll be sure to stop by. I am probably going to be out this there this weekend one night. I usually only fish pout on our annual trip to lake of the woods. We usually stay in sleeper houses, and when the walleyes stop biting at night, I throw on as many dead fatheads as i can find on a tip up and hit the sauce. I enjoy eating them and catching them, but the guys that I fish with at LOW absolutely hate them.

Shoot me an e-mail if you ever need a fishing partner. It gets kind of boring going by myself all the time. My wife goes occasionally, but doesn't have much patience. My email address is [email protected]

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