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Fish report: Crappie bite going strong

Walleye action on a lot of area lakes is still fairly slow right now, but the panfish bite is going strong on some lakes.

Anglers were hoping the full moon last week would lead to a few bigger fish being caught. That was the case for some, but it wasn’t as fruitful as many might have hoped according to what Dick Gustafson of Christopherson Bait in Alexandria has been hearing from anglers.

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“It’s pretty inconsistent right now, like the weather,” he said on Monday. “Sometimes the full moon, if the guys stay out there, especially later into the night, sometimes you get bigger fish, but the biggest fish I have seen recently was 20 inches on Lake Darling the other day. There’s a few walleyes being caught on Darling and mostly the depth has been 16-20 feet. Then there’s the window where you can actually have some action. It’s 4 to 6:30, 7 [p.m.] is normally about it. That’s pretty much just about every lake this time of year.”

Gustafson said he is hearing of anglers catching some smaller northerns, with those often being caught close to the weed edges. Crappies are also being caught, a lot of times in 25-30 feet of water, with the fish often suspended in the 12-20 foot range.

“It depends on the lake,” Gustafson said of the crappie bite in the area. “I happen to know they’re catching some crappies on Ida, Big Horn Bay, Betsy Ross. I know they’re catching crappies down on Maple, and I think Mary. On Lake Mary, the sunfish bite is pretty good all day, and in the evening the crappies move in. Osakis is on fire over there for crappies. They’re catching a lot of crappies out there.”

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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