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“It’s that time!”

I love spring crappie fishing in waders!

Fat Man’s Landing, MN

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First Cast 2011

A group of Hooded-Megansers beat their wings against the water as they fly away from beneath the undergrowth. Wild Roses, Dog Wood and young saplings dip their branches into my favorite Crappie lake. Walking closer — two Grey Herons fly over the trees.

“That’s odd?” I thought to myself. “That’s kinda early to see Herons.” It’s the middle of March and all the lakes are still frozen – but not this one! Because of the heavy snow and potential of winter kill, the Minnesota DNR has underwater aerators running to keep the water open.

Sadly, looking down into the water lay thousands of pale-motionless dead fish! Only the silhouettes of shadowless bodies identify what kind of fish it was. Sunfish, Crappies and Largemouth Bass completely litter the shoreline.

What is Winter Kill?

Winter kill happens during long-harsh winters like the one we had this year. When deep snow covers shallow lakes, the lake is sealed off from the atmosphere and cannot be recharged with oxygenated air. Ice and snow reduce the amount of sunlight reaching aquatic plants, thereby reducing photosynthesis and oxygen production. Deeper Twin Cities lakes with larger oxygen levels can withstand the stress and will usually survive.

In desperation, I’ve seen shore-owners with plows and snow-throwers trying to remove the dense snow pack to allow more light to penetrate the ice.

February, is generally the most critical month. This is about how long smaller lakes can stand, as the rate of oxygen consumption increases by living aquatic organisms and depletes the supply of oxygen stored in the lake.

As I make a few cast….my memories of a great Crappie lake may be all I take home today.

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Rain and Wind Made Fishing Challenging!

I decided to fish, instead of video record, this year’s crappie contest. It’s always fun to watch the boats come in and see kids faces light-up, as they proudly carry their prize-winning fish!

My friends (Brian and Ryan) and I planned to get up early and meet at the launch in Spring Park. It was 6:20 a.m. when we pulled into the Holiday gas station. We grabbed some coffee and donuts and in no time we were in the water!

I was surprised to see very few boats at the landing? The weather for that day called for 70% chance of rain. Perhaps, the threat of rain kept fair-weather fishermen off the lake? (more…)

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“Blue-sky Bluegills!”

It was a beautiful night! My neighbor Steve tied into this monster Bluegill!
Fishing in waders is like sitting in the seat of a fast-moving race car…your immersed right into the action!

Fat Man’s Landing, MN

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“I Got One!” Or should I say? “Two”
great crappie fishing events!

Click here to watch video!

43rd Annual Lake Minnetonka Crappie Contest

Many of us have fished the Annual Crappie Contest on Lake Minnetonka.
Gander Mountain
is no longer a major sponsor to this event, but the folks
at Lord Fletchers will continue to hold-the-net until they receive support.

This is one of the largest fishing events in Minnesota!
Event Times:, Saturday, April 24 at 12 a.m. – 2 p.m. Fish must be submitted before 2:00 p.m. $5 pre-registration/$8 event day registration
On-site registration for the contest will be conducted between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.

11th Annual Crappie Contest Tournament on Prior Lake

Somewhat new to the waters, when you consider Minnetonka has 32-years
of experience — but don’t let that stop you! This event is full of prizes!
Local businesses stepped forward and contributed a wide variety of donations
in support of this community event! Now that”s what I’m talking about!

The contest will be held at Captain Jacks. Event Times: Sunday, April 25,
Registration 7 – 9 a.m., Fishing begins 9:00 a.m., Final weigh-in at 2:00 p.m.
$30 per boat, Maximum of 2 adults per boat and as many kids as you like.
Each boat will be allowed to weigh-in 10 crappies.
$ for Top positions, $ for biggest fish and FREE Grab bag for kids!

Tips for catching crappies

OK, here is my famous rig for catching crappies:

  • 4 Ib. monofilament leader
  • Snap swivel
  • Bobber stop & bead
  • Weighted slip casting bobber
  • 1/64 oz. Black/White Lindy Little Nipper

Add Crappie Candy and….Woo-Doggie!

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