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Old 02-04-2007, 08:29 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Ryan, late night?? Midlands doesn't close until 4...

Anyway, there use to be a gas station or two that sold bait...I'm thinking Veach Oil, but that's 20 years ago...I know right where they were but can't remember the names of the roads. One for sure was on the east side of 51 as you went south towards Cedar Lake. 2 or three miles south of the Arena, not the road that goes over to the C'dale resivoir, further south.

The other was on a back road going into University Mall on the south side from the west. Old 13 maybe??? I can't remember...

If you are "mobile" enough to get to Crab, try that Marina on the way towards Caterville, if they don't have any, they will know who does...

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Old 02-04-2007, 11:04 AM   #12 (permalink)
 
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there's a place in carterville on division called the crappie pro shop that has them. Otherwise you will have to wait till the spring to find them.
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hey thanks for the info cuz i couldnt find any place that sold bait other than worms. just to bad its gotten so cold the past week lot of the lakes are frozen near shore
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yah i found three inches of ice on some of the local ponds i left my ice auger back home and of course they don't sell em down here. i am going to try and find one and fish as soon as i can. got the aquavu and i haven't got to use it yet.
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Old 02-06-2007, 07:43 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Is Crab froze at Wolf Creek Causeway??
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yah but i don't think the ice is safe at all i would not even attempt it especially with warmer temps today and over the next week.
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Crab is frozen up for the most part. I live in Carterville and pass the bridges often. For those wanting to fish off shore try the north side of the eastern bridge. Come down the shoreline almost to the bridge, you will see a small tree leaning out over the the water, I mean small tree. Look closely with sunglasses on and you will see a submerged log and stumps. Crappie love that area, you will catch medium size and occasionally big ones. Now you can also go to the northern corner of the dam, work aound where the rip rap ends and the trees begin, crappie will be in there also.

I fish heavily for crappie starting March/April mostly from a boat but will hit those places listed above from 30' foot off bank in the boat.
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