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daveyred

Anyone have any thoughts on Riley Lake? I was told not to go to Red Rock so I am looking for something in the SW cities to do on Saturday. Have done alot of the lakes south of Prior lately.

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Powerstroke

I don't know why anyone would tell you to avoid red rock other than to keep it for themself. Its no longer a trophy lake except maybe for some big pike. I catch lots of sunnies and crappies but they are all small. Its fun for my kids.

I have never fished Riley even though I live around here. I've caught about 6 different kinds of fish right off the pier in the summer so I guess one could do well in the winter, I've just never tried. I haven't seen any info about Riley this year.

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HossFisher

I'm also looking to hit Riley tomorrow for maybe the early morning crappie bite then some tip up action. I know a lot of cars have been driving across the lake but i was wondering if there is any places to avoid? Anybody got any fishing reports from there because it seems like it's getting fished pretty hard recently?

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bigfish24

Riley is a good crappie and perch lake has some eyes,northerns to crappies are ok size. fish were everybody at. that the spot!!!!!!!!!!! grin.gif

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wallEYEprO10

Do the crappies on riley have any size to them, or are they all dinks?

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HossFisher

One of my friends claimed to have caught a 16" crappie confused.gif out there a while back. I think they catch some nice ones out there, haven't experienced it first hand yet though.

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bigfish24

the crappies are big enough to eat. grin.gif

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Sonicrunch

Yeah, I've alway done well fishing for panifish on Riley.

Never could find any walleye though.

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HossFisher

The only walleye i have caught out there was bass fishing in the shallows. Just came up and smoked the spinnerbait. About a 4lb didn't get the inches on it though.

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Powerstroke

Only walleye I ever caught on Riley was form the pier. I've never actually fished form anywhere else on that lake.

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Sonicrunch

It's funny how often I hear of walleye being cought while fishing for bass.

Maybe I should change my technique to bass style. smirk.gif

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Powerstroke

I brought the rods along for the kids so we could cast off the dock. I caught sunnies, crappies, bass, a northern and a walleye, all from the pier. I think the fish just really relate to the weeds in this lake.

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