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Magna1970
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:34 PM 04/24/06 (CST)
Sometimes after work I will go over to lake of the isles or lake harriet and see if I can't catch any crappies. I have been using some small 1/16th ounce jigs with a twister tail, shad, tube or beetle body. Thus far I haven't seen any signs of the crappies coming up near shore, lots of pumpkinseeds, bluegills, and bass. I am wondering if I haven't missed them or if they havent come in yet. Reading other threads I see that people have been catching them off shore in brainerd area. That gives me hope they still arent in yet down here. There was a crappie tournament on minnetonka last weekend, did anyone hear about the results and fishing activity?
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:10 PM 04/24/06 (CST)
The big one is this weekend.

The event takes place at Lord Fletcher's on Lake Minnetonka, with a silent auction and hourly drawings from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fishing can begin at 12:01 a.m. on April 29, with the final weigh-in before 2 p.m. that day. There is a $5 preregistration entry fee ($6 on-site). All money collected will be donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

It's a great tourney and the raffle is awesome.

Crappie tourney

Lake of the Isles is a little down on the crappies these days but it's in suprisingly good shape as far as Walleye's go.

Harriet has a lot of small Crappies, the problem with shore fishing from these city lakes is the mill foil it's best to fish the weed lines which can be difficult from shore not saying you can't catch fish from shore but it can be a challenge.

Good luck and welcome to the site.


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 10:18 PM 04/24/06 (CST)
Yes in years past I have nailed the crappies on both of these metro lakes from shore, but prior to the milfoil resurgence.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 08:50 AM 04/25/06 (CST)
Being your season is about 2 weeks ahead of us ,you should be able to catch panfish.I think a 16th oz. jig is too big ,especially with a minnow loped on it.Get smaller and try a waxey if you can still get them.Get a good weighted cork so you can cast way out to cover more water and get past the weeds. Try looking for reed stuble or lilly pad remnants.Work those areas and you should see some crappies or maybe some big gills. You might want to try a pair of wadders to get away from shore a bit.

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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 09:51 PM 04/25/06 (CST)
I dont use minnows, I use only soft plastics, twister tails and tubes. I am able to slow the fall alot with that method. For me the key to jig fishing or plastic worm fishing is having the right speed of fall for the time of year it is.


I am not a big fan of float corks either. I just use my line and sense of touch, I do quite well that way.


I was out for a while yesterday and caught sunnies on every cast, no crappies though. I stayed till about dark, then everything shut off.

Next time I will not go untill dark and see what I get into.

I love to get into the carp this time of year because of the lack of weeds, I plan on doing some of that as well.
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 08:27 AM 04/26/06 (CST)
yes,I do like to just cast with out a cork every once in awhile when they are hitting it fast.Our water temps are so cold they want a real slow presentation. A little later as the water warms it picks up.



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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 10:35 AM 04/26/06 (CST)
Magna1970 have you fished the Mississippi river? There are a lot of good shore spots and you can't beat the variety of fish.
We have bunch of Crappies in the river also.


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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 12:12 AM 04/27/06 (CST)
Yes I fished coon rapids dam area since I was about 13. I still go into that area from time to time. I much prefer carp fishing in lake of the isles to the river.

I caught a smally that was nearly 8 lbs there many years ago. I have also caught a few small muskies in that area.
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