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Shore Fishing
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From Annandale
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I like to avoid the chaos of opener weekend so Saturday I bounced around to 3 different lake to fish some shorelines. The boat traffic was actually very light on each lake I went to which had me regretting not bringing the vessel with but it turned out to be a fun day regardless.

I fished 2 spots on Buffalo for 15 minutes each with no luck so I packed up and boogied over to Beebe where I managed a small bass in 30 minutes of fishing. I headed to another body of water where I found some fish that kept me busy for around 3 hours. 1/16 ounce white jig with chartreuse 1" gulp shad about a foot and half down did the trick. Caught around a dozen bass and 50 or so bluegill. I brought 7 home for supper and after I cut into the first fish it looked like someone had spilled a pepper shaker in the meat. I cleaned them all and gave them a 24 hour soak in saltwater but it made no difference and they became casualties. I can't imagine I will be keeping any more gills from this lake but the action was certainly fun. Next weekend I'll get the boat in the water and chase some crappies and eyes.

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Posted on: 5/14 9:54:40
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Re: Shore Fishing
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From Coon Rapids, MN
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When you say it looked like someone opened a pepper shaker on the meat, how bad was it? I have eaten many of fish with what a lot of people call "worms". MN DNR says safe to eat, and the way I figure, frying fish will pretty much kill anything.

https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fish_diseases/neascus.html

Posted on: 5/15 11:43:24
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Re: Shore Fishing
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Nice fish, looks like a good day! I've eaten many gills with black spot, no problems so far.

Posted on: 5/15 12:25:58
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Re: Shore Fishing
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These had the black spots (I mean ALOT of black spots) as well as the white larvae looking parasites in the meat. Had I been frying them it wouldn't have been too big of a deal, however, I had intended on broiling them and there was no way I was going to be looking at those while eating them. Some of the larger gills in the 9+ inch range were jet black they had so many spots on them so some of these 7 inchers I thought would be a safe bet. I was really looking for crappies as I had a decent winter out of this body of water and they were all very healthy. A friend of mine told me how full of parasites the gills were in this lake when he was fishing it a few years ago. I should have taken that as legitimate advice.

Posted on: 5/15 13:18:39
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Re: Shore Fishing
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From Mayer , MN
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Nice mess of fish for shore fishing. Too bad about the meat.

Posted on: 5/15 14:55:06
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Re: Shore Fishing
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Does anyone know why a lake would be so infested with parasites?

Posted on: 5/18 10:10:31
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