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LaZyDayZ

Since the ice has improved the last few weeks I have been on it a lot and away from home a bit too much so this last weekend was family fishing time grin.gif

Had heard of a decent crappie bite over deep water in the evening and had confirmed it earlier in the week with the portable. So off we went with the big house Friday afternoon.

I opted not to pull it out with the truck and instead decided to use the 4 wheeler even though the lake was loaded with pickups, I even saw a 1 ton on the ice. To each there own I gues. I enjoyed the ride on the wheeler and had no problems getting it to my honey hole, found consistent 12" of ice over 28 FOW.

By the time we had it all set up it was about 4PM and marked a few deep fish and they didn't seem to interested.

I spent that time getting my 6 yr old twins lines rigged up and getting them comfortable and ready for the weekend.

At around 6-6:30 the suspended fish moved in and man where they everywhere. Seemed the most aggressive where no more than 4' down. It got to the point that I finally had to real mine up to tend to the girls poles.

For the night we C&R well over 60 crappies all but 1 over 9" and harvested 20 over 10".

The following day produced zero fish and with the temps and having little ones with we enjoyed movies and just relaxing. We did see several perch and a few gills on the camera but no takers.

Throughout the course of the day my spot which had previously only a handful of houses had become quite popular, many came and went throughout the day but enough stayed to make the area a bulls eye for the crowd searchers. In short it was packed Saturday night and the fishing reflected it. We still managed to C&R about 25 9" and harvested 10 more over 10".

When packing up on Sunday 2 people stopped over to talk about how I did and I was surprised to hear that neither had managed more than a handful of fish, I guess we must have been right on the spot.

Enough pan fish for me for a few weeks. Time to target some local eyes.

How was your weekend?

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Finkle

Good report lazy my report was about the same ... because i was with you!

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Phill Aldahl

Went out on Sunday afternoon to Washington. Pulled up to our "hotspot" and found that a bunch of permanents have been moved right around the spot that we fish. Never saw any perms out there last year and if there was any people out there it was only one or two every other time we would go. But anyways on to the fishing. We fished 11 feet of water about 7 feet down. At first we were using black jigs tipped with a waxworm and having mixed succuss. Some fish wouldn't even pay any attention to it and other would rocket off the bottom for it only to look at it. Others you could get to bite. After catching a fair number of bluegills and letting them all go (didn't feel like cleaning bluegills), I switched to a sweedish pimple followed shortly by my buddy. We ended up cathing both gills and crappies, but only kept 11 crappies for a meal for the both of us. The crappies seemed to be happy, they would shoot off the bottom and usually wouldn't hesitate before they whacked it. Had a few that would look at it for a few seconds so I would twitch it and they would hit. Stayed until we couldn't see our spring bobbers anymore, but it didn't really matter, it seemed like the fish cleared out and the ones that we would mark wouldn't move. All and all a good outting, and thanks to my buddies roomate we had a nice warm portable to fish in. I have one question though. Last year all the crappies I caught in the same spot were suspended. This year they are all coming off the bottom. Anyone else experiencing this?

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Team Otter

When the kids are happy, everyone is happy.

Nice report Lazy.

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eyepatrol

Might have been the cold front Phill as that will push fish to the bottom. Or possibly the increased fishing pressure you're finding this year.

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87clam

I went out to sunfish and got a northern in ten minutes and that was the last fish. I marked fish all day but couldn't get a reaction. I did snag a nice carp though. I use to be able to get some nice sunnies and crappies during the day but scince the freeze out like six years ago its not the same lake. I think the fish are there but mabey i'm wrong. All in All it was a slow weekend but i refuse to give up on this lake.

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Scott D.

I was out there a couple times last year and marked fish but couldn't get any of them to bite at all. I too have a lake that I am refusing to give up on because I know there are MONSTER sunfish in it as well as northerns and the occasional crappie. As for my weekend report. We started out on a small lake didn't get ANYTHING, then proceeded to Tetonka, and we did alright. Wasn't anything spectacular. Sunday we hit Clear Lake and we did alright, but I was having a problem w/ my flip over getting the zipper closed. The day sure is cold when you can't close the door. I left before noon and only caught one fish to show for it.

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engfish

Phil, we didn't catch many crappies last week, but we have been fishing Mud Bay, and I've noticed the same thing. They will come up as much as five feet off the bottom. We have caught all of our crappies while fishing for sunfish, and all have been caught on bugs. When we put a minnow up, they won't touch it.

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