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Where's the panfish bite dammit!
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Joined:
12/23/2009
From Ramsey
Posts: 374
I spent 3 days on 3 different lakes (Eagle near Big Lake, Knife near Mora, and Sara near Loretto) this week and I have yet to find a panfish bite. We worked shallow, deep, and everywhere in between and we didn't even FIND the fish let alone having to worry about the bite itself. I have seen positive reports from the week so we're obviously missing something. My impression is that we weren't alone in our experiences on these lakes given that most were moving frequently and reports on the ice and at the landing were like our own.

I took Monday off and I'm able to travel as far as a couple of hours from the north metro.

Advice or suggestions?

I'm not asking for anyone's honey hole - just looking for whatever advice or suggestions that guys and gals who have been on fish this week can offer.

Thanks in advance.

Posted on: 2016/12/31 19:14
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Re: Where's the panfish bite dammit!
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From St Michael
Posts: 303
All the fish I have been finding have been in the deeper areas of the lakes I'm on. They aren't very deep lakes, so I'm only taking in the 20 foot range. The bite has been very neutral to slow. Lots of looks, but the bites have taken a lot of patience. If you just want to get bit, it's not a bad idea to follow the crowds. It isn't always peaceful, but a crowd usually has at least a couple people who were there on purpose.

Posted on: 2016/12/31 21:09
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Re: Where's the panfish bite dammit!
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Joined:
12/21/2016
From Savage, MN
Posts: 29
I've found 'em on O'Dowd in Shakopee, but not much size to them. I've heard that they are biting well on Paradise Bay on Lower Prior Lake, haven't been out there lately myself.

Posted on: 2016/12/31 21:13
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Re: Where's the panfish bite dammit!
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12/11/2011
From mora mn
Posts: 752
As backup said I've found my crappies in the deep basin and sunfish on the edge of basin. But tgTs just the few lakes I've hit so far

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Posted on: 2016/12/31 22:05
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Re: Where's the panfish bite dammit!
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08/11/2015
From 320
Posts: 52
Fished a small St. Cloud area lake for few hours this afternoon. Normal go to spots were dead. Moved to deepest part of the lake, and found them all suspended about half way down. Mostly throwbacks using wigglers. Switched to plastics and didn't get as many bites but quality was better. All c&r

Posted on: 2016/12/31 22:42
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Re: Where's the panfish bite dammit!
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Joined:
12/23/2009
From Ramsey
Posts: 374
Thanks for the advice. I've spent most of my time shallower than I fish most of the season and it sounds like I need to get deeper and stay there a while.

Posted on: 1/1 10:02:30
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Re: Where's the panfish bite dammit!
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Joined:
12/13/2016
From Fargo/Detroit Lakes/Alex
Posts: 6
Caught a dozen keeper Crappies on White Bear last weekend before the rain, hitting shiners 4ft off bottom on a dead stick with a plain green gamagatsu, and buckshots in 16 feet of water jigging above the weed beds.

Posted on: 1/1 11:23:15
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Re: Where's the panfish bite dammit!
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Joined:
12/23/2011
From Waseca
Posts: 474
I'm finding my bite down here moving in shallower structure 10-15 fow. Initially I could only find them suspended deep on the edges of the basins in the lakes I fish. The panfish bite has been tough here for sure still haven't found much for crappies in the way of size.


-Jeeves

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Posted on: 1/1 20:50:49
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Re: Where's the panfish bite dammit!
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Joined:
12/13/2008
Posts: 49
I was feeling the same way. Brainerd Lakes Area, over xmas searched 5 lakes and eventually found crappies in acceptable concentrations near the bottom in 25 FOW. We didn't find anything on the first 4 lakes. After a day of refinement we caught a 4 man limit of crappies in 4 hours on xmas day all 10-12" fish.

This weekend we went back to the same lake drilled twice as many holes as the weekend before and couldn't find one crappie. Off we go to lake #6, lots of drilling and marked stacks of fish at 25' over 30 FOW. Lots of sorting but managed to get a decent amount gills up to 10.5"

Both lakes where we were successful people were complaining about lack of fish, the same people drilled two holes and plopped down.

First fish of 2017:

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Posted on: 1/1 21:55:36
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Re: Where's the panfish bite dammit!
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From Monticello/Paynesville
Posts: 3306
That's a dandy mess of gills!

Posted on: 1/1 22:11:06
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