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Old 09-27-2020, 11:22 AM   #1
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you all know about the 800 crappie a day I land each year in 2nd half of October at "Silver Cove Resort!" or better know as Streeters canal.

Make your plans for this epic fishing coming soon! $20 per car of fisherman to fish from shore for LOTS of crappie, perch & Blue Gill.

The best time to fish in 3rd and 4th week of Oct.
I normally end up with 1 out of ten crappie over 9 inches (9 inch limit size)!

Some have landed 1000 fish a day from this area.

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Old 09-29-2020, 09:17 AM   #2
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Thanks! What is your favorite bait to use in this area?
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What I use is VERY productive, Trout magnets in Orange & white body and a pink trout magnet jig hook. I use a two jig rig under a small weighted bobber (fish pull it under easily and catch rate is thru the roof). The other color I used the most is chartreuse/ black.
I use the chartreuse 16inches below the bobber and the Orange and white at 21 inches. The black has a good silhouette higher in the water Colum and bright colors show up better a bit deeper because most fish are around 18 inches below the surface. So when the fish are below the black helps them see the bait more than other colors. And bright colors show up better when below the fish.
I try a few presentations that are very productive at times. Twitch pause...
A S L O W reel in the bobber. or a drag and pause.
Trout magnets can be picked up at "Crappie Magnets on line". The jigs are 1/64oz. White trout magnets are also very good.

As for location of the best concentrations of fish: The "T" intersection of the dead end canal right behind the check in office is one of the best places! the best place for quantity of fish every year is in the dead end not far from the road. and I have done well at the opening to the of the bay with the boat ramp everyone launches at "Silver Cove Resort".
Perch are near the bottom. So if you are catching perch and you are after crappie you are fishing too deep. The Blue Gill are in the pads and near the shore line. As you see a boat go by look for pads to make a small shake. that is from fish being spooked and running into the lily pad stems. That is the area! there is a Limit on crappie of 10 per day and no limit on perch or Blue Gill.

Remember to keep moving till you are catching more fish that other people around you or about the same, but still keep looing for an even better spot. Late in the month the crappie will FILL the canals around the resort and you can catch them near and far from shore. Earlier in the month the fish hang a little closer to the bank or pads.
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Old 09-30-2020, 06:50 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info. I'm going to try to take my boys out in the next couple of weeks. I'll post my results.
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Might make a run down In a couple of weeks if I can get a campsite. Been wanting to come play for a while.
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So how does it work there? Do you need a campsite or lodging to fish? Is there parking near where you can fish? I'm assuming you need a fishing license, or is the canal privately owned waters? Thanks!
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So how does it work there? Do you need a campsite or lodging to fish? Is there parking near where you can fish? I'm assuming you need a fishing license, or is the canal privately owned waters? Thanks!
There is a per car fee at Silver Cover Resort, you do not have to camp there and there is plenty of parking. You do need a fishing license. Can be combat fishing on a nice Fall day. Stop at the store/ office to get your parking pass.

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Was there this evening with 3 buddies. Was very slow! Think I caught a dozen or so crappie, 2 keeper size, buddies did a little worse. It was raining off and on and that tends to slow the bite there, but there didn't appear to be many fish in the canals just yet.
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I was there and limited in 1.5 hours w/ a 12 " white and a 11" black crappies. Went back 2 days later...8 hrs and only had 7 keepers.

That said: Fish & Wildlife has been netting crappie in both canals to transplant 6700 crappie into another lake in WA. If you see net floats at the mouth of the canals, you will know they are still netting. A buddy toot his 2 boys yesterday and they had 3 limits in 2 hours.

It's all about being there when they are biting, presenting the right morsal and enjoying the fact it is still better than the past 2 years.
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That said: Fish & Wildlife has been netting crappie in both canals to transplant 6700 crappie into another lake in WA.
Do you know which lake they are going into?
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Late report from Sunday, 10/18/2020. Got to Silver Cove about Noon & was fishing about 15 minutes later. Started at the T of the canal behind the office with double trout magnet rigs. Fished about 3 different places, including on the corner and ended up catching a couple Bluegill, a couple Crappie and a Perch, nothing with any size in an hour plus.

Decided to go try the canal behind the Event Center in the middle of the resort. Nothing for about 5 minutes then 4 fish in 4 casts, maybe one keeper. Missed on the next cast, then a 5th in 6 casts, but then it went dead. I was only about 100 feet from the end of the canal and decided to move down to where I could see some structure.

Ended up dialing it in to two white trout magnets and had very steady fishing for the next several hours. Ended up losing two rigs to the tree gods & tied on a chartreuse/ white top jig with all white below & caught 8 or 10 Bluegill in a row on the chartreuse/ white jig.

At one point after a lost rig, I decided to tie on a 1/32 oz crappie jig with a green/ white skirt & skip the bobber. Cast out, count to 3 to get the jig down and start working it back. My success rate was not quite as high as with a bobber, but the grade of fish was better and all of them were Crappie.

The Crappie were about 3' down on Sunday, for what it's worth & I did get one double, although the smaller upper fish came off before getting them in. I definitely caught more than a limit's worth of keepers, though I released all fish that day.

If you're looking for better size crappie and have some jigs to donate, with a little practice you can likely get a higher percentage of keepers if you learn to use the old school crappie jigs with a green/ white skirt tight lining with no bobber. Will drop about a foot per second, vary the depth until you find them. YMMV

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Late report from Sunday, 10/18/2020. Got to Silver Cove about Noon & was fishing about 15 minutes later. Started at the T of the canal behind the office with double trout magnet rigs. Fished about 3 different places, including on the corner and ended up catching a couple Bluegill, a couple Crappie and a Perch, nothing with any size in an hour plus.

Decided to go try the canal behind the Event Center in the middle of the resort. Nothing for about 5 minutes then 4 fish in 4 casts, maybe one keeper. Missed on the next cast, then a 5th in 6 casts, but then it went dead. I was only about 100 feet from the end of the canal and decided to move down to where I could see some structure.

Ended up dialing it in to two white trout magnets and had very steady fishing for the next several hours. Ended up losing two rigs to the tree gods & tied on a chartreuse/ white top jig with all white below & caught 8 or 10 Bluegill in a row on the chartreuse/ white jig.

At one point after a lost rig, I decided to tie on a 1/32 oz crappie jig with a green/ white skirt & skip the bobber. Cast out, count to 3 to get the jig down and start working it back. My success rate was not quite as high as with a bobber, but the grade of fish was better and all of them were Crappie.

The Crappie were about 3' down on Sunday, for what it's worth & I did get one double, although the smaller upper fish came off before getting them in. I definitely caught more than a limit's worth of keepers, though I released all fish that day.

If you're looking for better size crappie and have some jigs to donate, with a little practice you can likely get a higher percentage of keepers if you learn to use the old school crappie jigs with a green/ white skirt tight lining with no bobber. Will drop about a foot per second, vary the depth until you find them. YMMV

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Old 10-28-2020, 07:18 AM   #13
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Any reports from this week? Thinking of taking work off tomorrow to go. With the sunny weather thinking it could be good.
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I gave it a try with my 3 yr old for the first time ever last Sunday afternoon. Lots of people at the “T” by the community room. One boat across the canal had it dialed in and caught a keeper crappie every few minutes. Most of the bankies looked like they were catching perch (including me). I did manage one keeper crappie and a few dinks that went back but couldn’t quite figure them out in the two hours I was there. Tried depths of 2.5 -4ft with trout and crappie magnets (chartreuse, white, brown, chartreuse and black, chartreuse and orange) and all got some bites but nothing consistent. The boat across seemed to be using crappie magnet sized lure in chartreuse at ~2.5 ft.

Was I in the wrong spot or doing something wrong? Looks like i need to try shallower? Scent? Any advice is appreciated (PMs work too) The kid liked it, so we might try it again this weekend for a few. Don't want to have to drag the boat over, but i do miss my fish finder

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Do you know which lake they are going into?

I believe I read something that said Sprague Lake.
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I gave it a try with my 3 yr old for the first time ever last Sunday afternoon. Lots of people at the “T” by the community room. One boat across the canal had it dialed in and caught a keeper crappie every few minutes. Most of the bankies looked like they were catching perch (including me). I did manage one keeper crappie and a few dinks that went back but couldn’t quite figure them out in the two hours I was there. Tried depths of 2.5 -4ft with trout and crappie magnets (chartreuse, white, brown, chartreuse and black, chartreuse and orange) and all got some bites but nothing consistent. The boat across seemed to be using crappie magnet sized lure in chartreuse at ~2.5 ft.

Was I in the wrong spot or doing something wrong? Looks like i need to try shallower? Scent? Any advice is appreciated (PMs work too) The kid liked it, so we might try it again this weekend for a few. Don't want to have to drag the boat over, but i do miss my fish finder

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fished from the kayak yesterday. man it was nice out on the water. Warm day, little to no wind and not very busy. Fishing was relatively slow for me, but I am not the best crappie fisher-person. There were couple bankies that were on the road side of the T and were doing really well, like crappie every cast. Saw lots of perch being caught and same thing for me. Ended up with 4 good size keepers that I took home. handfull of others released plus numerous perch and sunfish released.
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Fished Silver Lake yesterday. What a zoo. Boats and bankies stacked like cord wood in the popular areas. Caught a few fish and enjoyed the beautiful morning.
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I gave it a try with my 3 yr old for the first time ever last Sunday afternoon. Lots of people at the “T” by the community room. One boat across the canal had it dialed in and caught a keeper crappie every few minutes. Most of the bankies looked like they were catching perch (including me). I did manage one keeper crappie and a few dinks that went back but couldn’t quite figure them out in the two hours I was there. Tried depths of 2.5 -4ft with trout and crappie magnets (chartreuse, white, brown, chartreuse and black, chartreuse and orange) and all got some bites but nothing consistent. The boat across seemed to be using crappie magnet sized lure in chartreuse at ~2.5 ft.

Was I in the wrong spot or doing something wrong? Looks like i need to try shallower? Scent? Any advice is appreciated (PMs work too) The kid liked it, so we might try it again this weekend for a few. Don't want to have to drag the boat over, but i do miss my fish finder

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If you are catching perch you are fishing too deep. I start at 18" and adjust from there!
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If you are catching perch you are fishing too deep. I start at 18" and adjust from there!



I went again last weekend and fishing shallow helped a lot... pretty consistent (not hot for anyone) bite while it was foggy in the morning, then when the sun burned through, the fishing slowed down... not a bad way to kill a couple of hours.

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Hey, you guys, especially ExBassGuide,
Thanks for all the good info on crappie fishing in the channels! I’ve gone to Silver Cove area twice now and caught 6 keepers the first time and 4 the second time. I saw one guy who had it dialed in. He had a “shy bite” float set up and really paid attention to small details. He caught and released more than the other 10 fishermen around him combined. So, I have a couple questions.
- How long do the crappie congregate in the channels before they head back out to the lake?
- What do you think about the floats that only connect to mainline on the bottom end of the float? When a crappie takes the bait and moves upward (“reverse bite”) the float tips over. Sounds logical and it’s completely different from the float rigging I’ve always used for steelhead and trout (mainline through the float). I have a couple new floats set up and will try them soon.
- i went farther down Hall Road to find Streeters area. I didn’t see a boat ramp or an office. Is that business still there? Looking for a nearby boat ramp for launching my little boat in spring. I know where the public boat ramp is if needed.
So thanks again. I had never caught crappie before and it’s a kick. Check one off my bucket-list! Scott
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I have been reading the reports on this lake. It seems like everyone uses crappie magnets. Theses might be too large for the average size crappie here. Go very light line, 1/64 oz. jig with trimmed down skirt and crappie nibble. Nibbles can make all difference in the world. Very, very light bobbers will also help detect light bites. Thill makes the best. I see people crappie fish with golf ball size red and white bobbers all the time. No bueno. Mix things up a bit.
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Hey, you guys, especially ExBassGuide,
Thanks for all the good info on crappie fishing in the channels! I’ve gone to Silver Cove area twice now and caught 6 keepers the first time and 4 the second time. I saw one guy who had it dialed in. He had a “shy bite” float set up and really paid attention to small details. He caught and released more than the other 10 fishermen around him combined. So, I have a couple questions.
- How long do the crappie congregate in the channels before they head back out to the lake?
- What do you think about the floats that only connect to mainline on the bottom end of the float? When a crappie takes the bait and moves upward (“reverse bite”) the float tips over. Sounds logical and it’s completely different from the float rigging I’ve always used for steelhead and trout (mainline through the float). I have a couple new floats set up and will try them soon.
- i went farther down Hall Road to find Streeters area. I didn’t see a boat ramp or an office. Is that business still there? Looking for a nearby boat ramp for launching my little boat in spring. I know where the public boat ramp is if needed.
So thanks again. I had never caught crappie before and it’s a kick. Check one off my bucket-list! Scott
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The crappie will be in one or both canals all winter. I fish it from Oct. to March, but can be fished year round.
I personally like to connect any bobber at one end. I allows more movement and strike indications than having it hooked on at the top and bottom. I use the stick bobbers myself. Although reeling in slowly you can get better hook ups when they bite, the pole loads and no need to rip lips.
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Puckfisher and hm1ing,
Thanks for the inputs on crappie. I bought some Thills and other pencil type crappie floats. Yeah, the guy I saw catching lots of crappie was using a crappie magnet on a 1/80th oz jig. I’ll go give it another shot soon. Tight lines.
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As a note to the sustained fish level at Silver Lake for crappie, I've noticed alot of under slot fish being caught and kept. Weather it is crappie or largemouth bass, if you see it,,say something! Call WSP / WDFW, if we don't protect this fishy, it too will soon be gone. You don't need to confront people, but if you do...a simple inquiry may work.

Those that are doing this type of fishing get very uncomfortable when they know they are being watched.

We all try to help people catch their limit of legal fish on here, let's all help insure that that can happen.

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first time I wentto silver lake I saw these guys throwing every fish they caught into the keeper bucket. As I watched them more and got closer, I realised it was perch which have no limit, so something to keep in mind. Crappie pretty easy to ID from a far though...
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Took my son yesterday. Ended up with 11 keepers and caught at least twice as many smaller ones. A few bluegill and perch, but not many.

Game Warden passed through later in the afternoon. He said he wrote three tickets in less than 30 minutes.

There were a lot of people, but everyone was fairly spread out. Some people seemed to have things dialed in and were catching more than others. Didn’t see anyone landing anywhere close to 1000 fish during the day. That would be an average of a fish EVERY 40 seconds for ten hours of fishing. Hahaha




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I am new to the silver lake fishery and live in Vancouver is there a place to bank fish without having to pay $20 bucks to get in?
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I am new to the silver lake fishery and live in Vancouver is there a place to bank fish without having to pay $20 bucks to get in?

I was told that some people park their cars along the road and walk into the resort area. I don’t mind the fee, because it is a really nice rv park and most times I’m able to back into an unoccupied rv spot right next to the water. The fee is per vehicle, not per person...

There are a few places to park and fish along the road, as well as a small fishing dock at the public launch. I’m not sure if the crappie congregate in those areas as much though.

If interested, I can let you know the next time we go up there.

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Thanks for the info, it's just me and I was thinking about going up on Wed and giving it a shot. Just being cheap and trying to save some cash is all.
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Not from Silver Lake but my personal best crappie at 14 inches.
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Caught another mess of crappie today. Kept 14. Threw back 4 that were barely legal and lots of smaller ones. Ian caught a 13" crappie and I caught the biggest bluegill I've ever caught. After measuring the bluegill, I decided to release it. I’d love to see more that size.
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Caught another mess of crappie today. Kept 14. Threw back 4 that were barely legal and lots of smaller ones. Ian caught a 13" crappie and I caught the biggest bluegill I've ever caught. After measuring the bluegill, I decided to release it. I’d love to see more that size.
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Took my son again yesterday. There were A LOT of people, and a lot of smaller fish, but we managed to bring home our two limits. (My son outfished me and every other person there)

A mini red & white tube jig on a 1/80th oz jig head, about 2’ under a light bobber, was the producer of the day. He caught all of his fish with no scent or bait added.


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Fished 6 hours yesterday. Saw a few caught. ended the day with two and a couple perch for a meal. Talked to two other boats at the ramp that had about the same catch rate. Cool and water temp 43.
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I don’t see me or a lot of people fishing at the RV park with the higher fees. I’m going to tow the boat to Silver Lake in spring and try other areas on the lake for pan fish and bass. Looking back at my trips there this year, I gotta say it was a kick fishing next to the regulars and hearing the funny stories.

Here’s a video from WDFW showing the transfer of 3200 black and white crappie to eastern WA’s Sprague Lake to jump-start the population over there. Here’s hoping they’re successful.
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My son and I decided to brave the weather and went after crappie again today. The weather was down right nasty at times, but we were the only ones fishing. We fished from 12:30-4:00, probably caught around 35 crappie (14 keepers), a few bluegill and perch, and I caught a small Largemouth bass.

The bite really died down after 3pm. I think my son and I only caught two fish each after 3.






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My son has been slaying them with his hand tied jigs. (I do okay as well)

Fished from 10:30-2:30, got our two limits of keepers, and threw back at least 25 smaller ones each. My last fish was a nice 12” white crappie.





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My son has been slaying them with his hand tied jigs. (I do okay as well)

Fished from 10:30-2:30, got our two limits of keepers, and threw back at least 25 smaller ones each. My last fish was a nice 12” white crappie.



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Thanks for posting the reports. Your son sounds like the crappie whisperer! Living vicariously through you.
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Thanks for posting the reports. Your son sounds like the crappie whisperer! Living vicariously through you.

He is starting to be known as “The Crappie Kid” by the regulars we see fishing there. He normally outfishes everyone and will have people of all ages asking him what to use.


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I took my neighbor’s son and a friend of his today. Didn’t start fishing until around 11:00. The wind was pretty severe, then the rain started. The weather stayed pretty nasty and didn’t lighten up until about 20 minutes before dark.

Overall, I would say fishing was slow, but we still managed 22 keepers between the three of us. Most of the “keepers” were on the smaller side (9”-10”), and the biggest one I caught was an 11 1/2” black crappie.

My standard jigs weren’t producing at all today. I caught the majority of mine on 1 1/2” Gulp minnows, which I rarely use.


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They may take longer to process than trout or Kokanee, but man are they good eats!!




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They are great tasting. Trout aren’t even close by comparison. Nice work.


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I took my neighbor’s son and a friend of his today. Didn’t start fishing until around 11:00. The wind was pretty severe, then the rain started. The weather stayed pretty nasty and didn’t lighten up until about 20 minutes before dark.

Overall, I would say fishing was slow, but we still managed 22 keepers between the three of us. Most of the “keepers” were on the smaller side (9”-10”), and the biggest one I caught was an 11 1/2” black crappie.

My standard jigs weren’t producing at all today. I caught the majority of mine on 1 1/2” Gulp minnows, which I rarely use.

The small Gulp minnows are killers. The watermelon Pearl color is the best by far. The recipe changed a year or two ago. They are more flexible now which is good but far less durable. They are not cheap. You must be very careful rigging them. Use the smallest jigs you can(1/64 or 1/80) with the lead collar and Barb. I trim the barb of lead at the neck of the jig to get the minnow over it without tearing it. I have tried small jigs with no lead barb but the minnow slips and crappies are smarter than you think. They will not touch it. Same thing when using skirts and tails. If they slip and expose hook shank, the crappies refuse the offering. This species is fun because at times they are picky and other times they jump on everything. Nibbles are another weapon for your box. Color seems not as important. The scent trail really attracts them. I have tried nibbles with Gulp minnows but they don’t seem to work well together. Darned crappies are smarter than me.
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Yesterday was extreme combat crappie fishing! I have never seen so many people since we started fishing here. The banks were lined on both sides of the canal by the lodge, so we decided to start on the canal behind the office.

We fished there for about an hour, without a single bite. We finally decided to make our way over to our normal area, and eventually found a spot to squeeze in. I still can’t believe how many people were there.

The fishing wasn’t hot, and I figure it was a combination of the cold and the amount of people. We finally quit around 3pm and took home 14 keepers. At least I caught some fish on some jigs I tied recently.






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Nice job. Love hooking fish on lures we make. so much more exciting.
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