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Crappie Cribs


Jimmy from Cottage Grove

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Jan 29 we fished some and we were the only ones within a mile of there. I don' tknow which ones they were -- just about 3/4 mile North of Hillman's road and only a few miles out. Anyway, fishin was weak. Got 3 'eyes and 0 crappies and saw very few other fish. We drilled like 100 holes before we found a crib with the vex. Lucked out and ended up like 8 feet to the side of one and there was a long branch that barely showed up on the vex. Camera verified that there were NO fish near it. Not sure what's up with that. I was really surprised. Anyway, just our experience.

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From what I understand the crib aren't really a winter location. I'm sure KellyP or someone could fill you in a little better.

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What is the deal with the cribs I heard that the cribs produce late in the year which is now. Who knows anything about these fish(heavens)?

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we have the cribs marked with trees about 1 mile out on the sunny beach access. It has really produced some great fishing for big pike [ 48" ] and a lot of walleye. So far this year there has not been alot of crappies caught there but I think its just a matter of time before it gets going. WE have done very well in the past around the cribbs from about this time of year till ice out.

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Do many people fish these cribs in the summer?

Anyone got the GPS cordinates for them?

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If I remember correctly, they are displayed on the a big map as you walk into West Wind Resort

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we fished a crib during the first weekend of april last year. 3 of us caught 17 craps, too many eyes to count and some perch. we were out all night, left the lake just before sunnup.

it was a blast, craps came through every so often and we'd pick some up but eyes were almost constant. nothing says it will be like that again this year.

the cribs are laid out in grid patterns, at a uniform spacing that varies at different crib loactions.

some i believe were spaced at 100' in each direction, some locations were different. once the gps got us to the cribs, we drilled a few until we hit some fish, might have ended up 50-60 feet from where we first drilled holes.

if i remember correctly, it was about 11 feet deep there.

try www.redlakeassociation.com for a map, you'd think the info would be available from the dnr site too.

good luck.

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