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Old 01-29-2007, 09:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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was wondering if anyone could help me with crappie spots on crab. Im planning to be fishing it alot from shore this semester and would be nice if ne one could give me any tips or decent spots to fish. any information would be appreciated. thanks ryan
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Old 01-30-2007, 09:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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try fishing along route 13 there are alot of sunken christmas trees and brush piles there. Also the riprap on the face of the dam can be really good at times. Also there are a few places off of wolf creek road.
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Old 01-30-2007, 10:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Back in the 80's, I used to do the same thing siusaluki just posted.
Be aware though that certain areas of that lake are for guys wanting to hook up and I don't mean with fish .

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Old 01-30-2007, 04:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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thanks for the quick replies im a freshman at siu and the lake is completley new to me. me and a buddy drove around the lake looking for areas to fish and saw what looked to be some decent crappie spots. I especially like the huge stretch of riprap on spillway rd about 1/4 mile down the road from the boat launch. was wondering if ne one has fished there before. is it deep, is there structure other than rip rap there? Also does anyone fish the stream that the spillways dump into or is it to shallow? any tips on best way to catch fish outta crab would be really appreciated. thanks again ryan
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Ryan,

Do a search and PM andyp. He fished southern IL all the time when he went to SIU. I think he majored in fisheries which manages Crab Orchard. Good luck. Paul
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Old 01-30-2007, 10:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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me and 2 buddies are actually gonna try 2morow with minnows and worms were probably going to try by the spillway to start off hopefully catch some panfish. ne hints or tips for the cold bite be great. i'll post how we do when we get back
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the creek can be great in the spring but you have to hit it at the right time, when the water is decently high. There are lots of asian carp down there and it is almost impossible not to catch them. i also catch crappies and some catfish down there and rough fish.( carp bowfin paddlefish)

There riprap along spillway road is also good if you can find brushpiles and there are some huge crappies in crab. I have caught one on a spinnerbait that was 17 in. I would suggest renting a canoe from the rec in the spring and fishing the north end of the lake for bass and crappies.
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Cant help you with crib locations, but the Gills, and Cats are great .
We used to have big events on the central causeway!
Hope to start running events there again this year!
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Old 02-04-2007, 02:27 AM   #9 (permalink)
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hey unfortunatley i didn't end up goin the other day but i was wondering if anyone knows of place where you can buy minnows in carbondale near SIU? all i could find was worms at WALMART
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Old sponsor of the AFA Ray Goodman called Boogie has a huge bait distributing Biz down there.
They used to sell some bait direct?
Not sure if Son Todd ( I think does ??? )
Biz was called Timberline.
Cannot give you tel, or address had my tel book Stolen
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