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It's getting to be that time again. The rush is starting to set in. It will be busy everyday now getting ready for the big tradition. Everything at the bait shop is in full swing now. So the guides and us will be ready to rock. I'm looking forward to a great start to the season. Preditions sound favorable for a great opener on Gull once again, lots of fish in that lake right now. Well I need to hit the water. Chasing craps again today! Take care everyone and stay tuned for more reports.

Jason Erlandson

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bhs91

Jason,

Thanks for the reports, keep'em coming! I will be headed up to Red next Friday with Hop. We are leaving around 6 am, can we stop in for some minnows???

Thanks,

BHS

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Hi BHS, Yeah be sure to stop in. I'll be there early all weekend. Wade said you guys were heading up there. Great choice for the first weekend, you guys should pound them. What a great lake. See you next week.

Jason Erlandson

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I agree with fishroger in his prvious posts, There is no need to keep a limit of fish every time you hit the water and i'm talking about the guys who fish daily. I used to think i had to catch a "limit" every time i went out. Now that i'm a little older and can do the math i realize what kind of impact this has on a lake. Not pointing fingers but jason, i've seen and heard you've been fishing a "certain lake" since ice out i know there are big craps in there but i hope you don't keep ten every time your out there. That lake used to be amazing 5-10 years ago and is still good but not as good as it was. Not pointing fingers, just an example. I was out last night on a lake with a limit of 5 craps and was pleasantly suprised to see people c&r. Good luck and hope everyone has a great opener. Heading over to the walleye factory out west. OTTERTAIL.

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tengauge

was trying to put this on the crappie fever thread. sorry

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Good Luck out west. To tell you the truth. I don't really care to clean fish. So far this year every crappie that I have boated has been catch and release, I'm just happy with a picture or two. The fun for me is in the hunt. I'll eat maybe 5-6 fish dinners per year, because my wife doesn't care for fish that much. The fish that I keep once in a while are 9-10 inch crappies and 14-16 inch walleyes, and that is only a couple of times per year. When I was young I was on a fishing trip up to Lake Vermillion. I witnessed some anglers in the cleaning shack cutting up multiple 4-5 pound smallmouth bass, what a disgrace to kill them big girls. It made quite the impression on me. That was when I was 12 years old, I haven't kept a big fish since. I really try to respect the future of our lakes. It is in the best interest for everyone if we make our best efforts to promote selective harvest. So when you see me out on our lakes, you should worry too much. I'm usually just lucky to a catch a few let alone do damage to the fish population.

Jason Erlandson

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