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Has anyone heard the date of the crappie contest on Minnetonka this April. I think it's around the 22nd?

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It's on the 29th of April and I'm there for about the 14th time in the last 15 years. grin.gif

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how does one go about getting in this contest i would look forward to competing

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Thanks for the info. My wife is the only female to have won that contest, She won in 1990 ( or close to that)!

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To register or for more information, visit one of the eight Gander Mountain locations. Stores are located in Maplewood, Lakeville, Forest Lake, Fridley, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, St. Cloud and Woodbury.

Get a jump start on the fishing season at the 38th annual Gander Mountain Crappie Contest! Join KFAN, Minnkota, and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the fight against blood cancers by taking part in the Contest Saturday, April 23.

The event takes place at Lord Fletcher's on Lake Minnetonka, with a silent auction and hourly drawings from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fishing can begin at 12:01 a.m. on April 29, with the final weigh-in before 2 p.m. that day.

There are great prizes to be won! Your contest registration ticket automatically enters you into the grand prize drawing for a boat, motor and trailer. Other prizes awarded for crappies include outboard and trolling motors, and a Old Town kayak.

Bring your family! There are special junior division prizes for children ages 12 and under, plus a free tackle pack giveaway.

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You find the entry forms at the Gander check out counter. Let's hope for good weather this year. It would be nice for a change. crazy.gif

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I am going to be in this contest this year for sure...missed the last couple, anyone know which bays the big fish have been coming out of the last few years? I kinda doubt the winners will even report the correct bay to protect their spot but you never know. I got a spot I will definatly hit because I know I will catch some but I have never seen anything huge come out of it. Just looking for some early tips if anyone is interested in sharing. I think I have heard of some nice ones out of seton. Thanks for replies.

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Alot of people work the Black lake portion of the lake, I on the other hand will have to go east... tonka boy and mark stanley know where I'm heading... wink.gif I always work the northern side of bays in the spring and work them until I find hungry crappies.

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That's what is great about this site, one simple question or request and comes forth a wealth of knowledge. It sound like I'm not the only one cheering for the 'ice breaker'.

Small eastern bays are best on Minnetonka.

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Buzzsaw, The gander in Bloomington, is gone. And store in Fridley is also moving. There is a new store opening soon in Blaine.

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For those of us who don't have a boat and arn't crazy enough to be pulling out the float tube in late April? Has anyone heard of people having any luck in this crappie contest fishing from the shore?

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Fishfry

The winner last year won fishing off a dock. The worse the weather the more likely more folks will be fishing off docks. Go for it and I hope you come in 2nd

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I understand that fishing can begin at 12:01a.m. on the day of the contest (4/29) with the final weigh in at or around 2:00 p.m. I am a newcomer to this event this year and am excited to compete, however I rarely fish MNTKA open H2O for crappies. Do people generally have good luck in the early hours before the sun comes up as is the case with conditions just before ice out? I have a general game plan in mind but was just wondering if anybody wants to share theirs as well to keep the thread alive this month. I will focus on the northern sections of several bays that I have done well with on the hard H20. Good Luck to all...

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How many people were there last year in the crappie contest? I have never fished the contest and I am thinking about doing it this year. In the spring I fish for walleyes in the river.

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Be sure to get there EARLY! The ramps fill fast, and you can walk across the boats in Seton. If you are not at the ramp by 6:00am, you likely will not find a spot to park.

And DO NOT park in a no parking area. The locals hand out LOTS of tickets for parking that day.

Glenn

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There are lots of people that participate in this contest, alot of people actually buy tickets and dont even fish because of the drawings at the weigh in. Odds of winning with that many people out there are not too good but the prizes are nice and you got a chance to win something even if you dont catch a big fish. There are lots of giant crappies in tonka and with the numbers of people out there, some always get caught. I am not sure what the winning fish was the last few years because I havnt been there but the are always big fish. Does anyone on here know what won last few years? Seton is a hot spot but way too many people for me. I plan on getting out early and getting my spot before it overflows, I will be fishing a little backwater area right out from where I shore fish crappies in the spring, but I will be in my boat to avoid crowded shores and to get down the shore a little further than I could when I didnt have my boat. Good luck finding the big fish.

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last years fish was a little over 2lbs and was caught off of a dock.

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If you go to Gander Mountain, you can get the official flyer for the event. It catalogues all prior winners and weight of fish. For the most part, they are all slabs.

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