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CrappieKeith
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:52 AM 04/13/06 (CST)
When I go searching for spring time crappies I use every tool in box.
A tool that is one of the most important are my eyes.It's almost like deer hunting where I,m stalking my prey.Having the ability to see the deer before it sees me. My chances are way up to harvest that animal under that scenario.Well it's the same with crappies. They are in the shallows and if you spook them they will turn tail & run. Well if it took you 2 hours to find them now you,ve lost them after all of that work essentially shuting you down. There is a better way.
You can start by having a pair of sunglasses to cut the glare. When moving from spot to spot have a look out on your bow.The look outs job is to spot a school when you are under way.I've spotted several schools and since we saw them we can react by backing off of that area,anchor up & start culling our limits. Look for other signs that it might hold the crappie, like nests,little fry minnows. Be quite when anchoring,try not to bang the boat either.Do not move around as they are able to see the movement at times which makes them slide off.Have fun searching and remember lets keep nature the way we found it.
We all benefit from each others actions.



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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:33 AM 04/13/06 (CST)
Good post CrappieKeith,

I have done this in the shallow bays of Minnetonka early in the spring. In a canoe, it is amazing what you can see down there...



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Clinic
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 11:24 AM 04/13/06 (CST)
Thanks for the info...

I'll be out on Bald Eagle tomorrow afternoon going after the slabs. Should be a nice day, and with the warm weather we have been having the Crappies should be in the shallows.

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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 11:47 AM 04/13/06 (CST)
keep in mind that they will move in after the sun warms the water from the cool night.It might be noon or 3pm when they move in to feed then they will move out to the deeper warmer water as the sun gets behind the trees .Usually within 2 weeks after the ice goes out they will not slide back and forth anymore as the water is warm enough to stay in the shallows. Once we get to that point it is days until the spawn occurs. After that you'll not see anymore females as they are done and gone to deeper water recouping from the spawn. You'll still catch the males as they will hang out protecting the nests from other speicies that look for the hatched fry to feed on. Once you start to see the lilly pads almost breaking water the gills will move in,but then wouldn't you know it, walleye opens.
This is the best way to kill 4 weeks waiting for opener.



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 11:50 AM 04/13/06 (CST)
Hey Clinic,

I'm headed out there on Saturday. Should be good. North side will be warm. I hope the sun is shining.



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 01:25 PM 04/13/06 (CST)
We'll be on the water by about 3 PM. I think that should give the shallows plenty of time to warm and the fish to move in.

WebDude, too bad you can't get out there for a "tune-up" with us guys tomorrow. We'll have plenty of cold-ones if you change your mind. And yes, we'll be fishing that north side.
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 03:20 PM 04/13/06 (CST)
Tune up is right,good time to make sure everything works instead of the last minute issues on the water screwing up your day.



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 04:35 PM 04/13/06 (CST)
Hey Webdude, are the fish biting on Minnetonka yet? I'm there all summer but wary to go out too early in the spring because basically I am terrible at catching crappies this early, I dunno why




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