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stpauliguy

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stpauliguy

Was looking for some info on how people were doing on here and surprised i didnt see anyone writing about it. Is it that big a secret havent fished it in years and even then didnt hit it hard. Wondering if anyone has any tips on where to find the crappies or maybe some walleyes. Not looking for any honeyholes but just some info. If you dont want others to know feel free to email me.. nevermind908@yahoo.com ... appreciate any info and good luck to y'all.

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BoxMN

We have perm house out. Moved it a lot. Back to a spot where we have gotten small walleyes, but not many. About 23' deep, with some scattered rocks on bottom. We are away from the beaten path. We were one of the first to a "community" spot, and got a couple nice eyes, and lately it has been dead sea. So we moved far away from traffic, and not doing much better, but lots of perch and a few crappies, and a few walleyes. Typical night is bunch of perch and 3 or 4 crappies and 2 small (11-13") walleyes.

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I've been fishing it once a week, all over the place. Very few eye's, some real quality crappies, although you really have to work for'em. Perch all you want in the 3-5" range. The only thing worth noting were some good size northerns off the mumps in 19 fow. The bigger crappies I caught were on the ramsey beach side at the end of the bar roughly 20-25 fow. Good luck!

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BoxMN

Tonight got some pretty darn fat perch. Some smaller ones too, but if we were keeping them, they were better than normal. Nothing else. They were hitting only big fatheads on jigs, and hitting them pretty darn hard.

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stpauliguy

Congrats box at least keeps ya busy for a little bit!! Nice to hear perch hitting on fatheads! Was planning on getting out there tonight and unfortunately something came up so because xmas party for work tom (i know middle of feb) plan on hitting it sat. Dont know exactly where im headed yet but i hope its over some fish!! Ill let you know if my spots were good or bad. Only time will tell i guess. See ya good luck

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    • Borch
      It usually pays off finding your own fish.   Nice report.
    • Borch
      Welcome to the forum.  Lots of good options already given.  Have some fun!
    • ozzie
      The fish are out there and they go hot and cold on the bite but they are catchable!  Anytime you can get the kids out fishing is worth it in my opinion!  Take them up and wet a line is about the only way you will find out if they can catch anything or not.  The main thing to look for before going to Red is the week leading up to the date you plan on fishing is to watch the wind speed and direction.  If blowing from the west for a few days the water stirs up and gets hard to fish. 
    • ANYFISH2
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    • Wanderer
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    • YellowFinRed
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    • Gillraker
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    • DonkeyHodey
      agree with gimruis.  look to the river. Your chances of catching a 3# bass or better are exponentially better on the river.  (There's a reason SC/mississippi was chosen for the Gov's opener last year--the Mississippi around here is really a world class smallmouth fishery.)  (most river rats will tell you that you can essentially catch smallies any time of year and often as by-catch while targeting other species.)  Below the SC dam is pretty much catch and release only (all 12-20 inchers must be released) but it's quite loaded with big smallies! (and lots of good shore areas on public land)  Just be prepared to lose a few lures on snags... Frankly, If you want to stick to lakes, I think you can pretty much pick a lake in a 30 mile radius...--most produce bass in good quantity, it's just years may vary in terms of sizes.  Clearwater is good.  Consider Bass lake adjacent to it.  (...it's not just a clever name.)
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      Haha!  Based on our conversation at the truck I’m going to edit that comment a teeny bit!  Cuz I know both of us had a workout.  I was still sore yesterday but it was a good sore. 😎
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