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Dan Thiem

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Dan Thiem

I drove down to the lake just to see how it looked. The main channel is wide open. All the way now. But it's very, very dirty and full of debris. Ryan's Bay is still iced over but it's opened up around the shore about twenty feet out.

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crappieguy473

Anybody know if the debris has cleared any. Those crappies are calling my name and I have a hunch on where they might be wink.gif.

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Dan L

I am interested also. I would like to know if conditions are good enough to break in a new outboard motor.

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Dan Thiem

Well guy's I've been checking it out. I went there tonight after work. It's still a bit high and not so much debris. Actually I didn't see any. I was down in King's Marina and it really is starting to look like good fishing. But, I'm not sure about the no wake being in effect. I lost my link to the sherrifs depts. web page on Lake Zumbro no wake stautus.

The clearity has gotten a bit better too. Once the sun starts warming it up a bit I would think it should start to turn on.

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crappieguy473

Well my little 5hp dont make much of a wake so not much to worry about. Im gonna try to get out today around 1pm illl post my findins.

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I made it out to the lake today and water is really up. The water color was alright not to muddy. There is a no wake on the entire lake until highwaters go down but I saw guys totally ignore the signs. Debris is minimal just mainly leaves and weeds with a few small logs drigting through. We caught 1 8" bluegill and 2 crappies one was a 11.5" white crappie. Fished from 3pm till 7:30pm.

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Dan Thiem

Thanks for the update Eric!

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Down to Earth

Thanks for the report Eric. What kind of presentation were you going with? I'm about ready to make my maiden voyage out there for the Spring. Hopefully this week I can get the boat ready and get on the open water soon.

Andy

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crappieguy473

I was useing a 1"lil hustler tube with a gulp maggot for bait and paddletails. all the fish came on the small tubes and nothing on the paddletail but i think the fish werent active enough for the largerbaits.

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