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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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“Spring Crappie Fishing is Just Around the Corner!”

Ah, Yes! The smell of the earth warming by the sun’s hot rays and the feel of a Black Crappie tugging at your line…

Wait! —Where’s my bobber?

Remember those feelings? Well, it’s almost that time! I just came back from checking the lake for open water. The ice is starting to recede from the shoreline. Soon, we’ll be in our waders — wetting our line and setting our hook into some awesome fighting fish!

Fat Man’s Landing, MN

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“Tailgate Fishing!”

“The phone rings” – It’s  Grandpa, wondering if we want to go fishing. It didn’t take us long to get ready. With the pickup already loaded, all we needed was a cold beverage and a snack and we’re on our way!

Some of my best memories are sitting on the tailgate – talking smack and sharing laughs. It’s great to see my daughter enjoying the outdoors with Grandpa!

Fat Man’s Landing
MINNESOTA

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