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WIFinlander Guide Service

Captain Tim Hyvonen

Inland crappies and bluegills

It's been extremely hard to pull myself off of Lake Michigan but I've done it three times the last week in a half. The first time was last Monday where I spend the mid morning pre fishing for an up coming crappie trip and it was beyond outstanding. I landed 14 crappies in about 20mins with the biggest being 13.5''! The trip I was pre fishing for was pushed back till yesterday and with the wind, we had to do a little bit of work to get them to go. It wasn’t until my client finally threw his banana overboard (after I broke my 13 Fishing Omen Black after getting wrapped in the trolling motor) then it was game on. We started off catching a bunch of smaller crappies and one of my clients missed one in the 13’’ range. I then decided to make a move and it payed off. We put a dozen quality crappies in the box, the biggest one pushing 14’‘. Now only if my clients could have stuck every fish they missed we would have had a stellar day with over 40 fish in the box but that’s fishing. It wasn’t for the lack of hits. I even missed possibly the biggest crappie I have ever had on which I’m still stinging about. You know it’s a good one when the mouth comes out of the water and you think it’s a small bass but then realize it’s a crappie. But with the salmon action taking off on Lake Michigan, it’ll take quite a bit for me to pull myself away from the big pond, unless the wind starts blowing.

Monday I was out with two old timers I fish with on a different inland lake and we ended up putting 20 quality bluegills and 1 nice crappie in the box. It was a pleasant surprise doubling up on large mouth bass while bluegill fishing. It wont be long before the big bruiser gills start snapping.

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