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Old 03-08-2019, 08:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Maple Lake (03/08/19) - 4 stars

Hit Maple Lake one last time for this ice fishing season. The northern shoreline (95th street) had some open water by shore but some was still locked up all the way so you could step off the ledge and not break through the ice. By the point it was pretty much locked up so less chance of getting your feet wet by breaking through by the shoreline. Main lake still had a good solid 6 inches of ice.

Used my GPS to try and hone in on a crib. The first hole I augered was probably 10 feet from the crib and the camera showed (small) gills, gills and more gills.

Tried plastics at first but after 5 minutes I gave up. Fish are simply too small for plastics. Ended up with a 1/100th oz jig and 1/2 of a power bait crappie nibble. One fish after another. They were really active as my vex showed the fishies moving up to attack my bait as I was lowering it down. After 1 crappie and some gills I augured more holes looking for the elusive crib. Finally found it and saw more dink gills. Once again put the bait down and to my surprise the first 3 fish I caught were the standard size (7'') crappie with the 'big one' being about 8.5 inches. Then more gills than crappies so I move to a hole about 3 feet away and catch a few more crappie but after 6 gills in a row I gave up and left as I wanted to get back before rush hour started.

I think I caught 8 crappie and 3 dozen gills. The largest gill was only 6''. There were a few anglers out when I first got there but after an hour I was the only one on the lake.

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