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    Default Getting the 2016 fishing season started.

    Already taken two trips out so far back in late February during the nice warm up weekend when it was 75 degrees in Omaha. Only targeted trout with my nephew Blake. Bought him a new rod and tackle box with goodies inside for his birthday in April. He should love that. I plan on using March as an opportunity to crappie fish this year, last year I targeted ice-out catfish which didn't go well and muskie and walleye. Though i did well with walleye, not so with muskie. Been hearing reports of crappie biting on small jigs retrieved very slowly in the shallow water around the metro. My knee has been doing very well so far. Went this winter without any major pain, except when I slipped on the ice a few times while shoveling snow. But at least I haven't had to take any pain killers for the pain which was the biggest question I had going into winter. So I feel pretty good about spring this year. Don't really need much in terms of gear. Rods and reels are good and have plenty of line leftover from last year. I'll need to replace the catfishing poles with new reels as the gears inside were stripped out, I think. I had problems with reeling them in after a few trips in very rainy conditions. Probably the best since the baitcaster switches on them didn't work. But I won't need to replace them until I feel ready for catfish, and that won't be until late May or June, depends on how rainy spring decides to be.

    At any rate, hope all is well with the other members on the board and looking forward to another great year of crappie fishing.
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    Good luck!! great day to get started

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    Nabbed my first batch of crappie of the year out at Prairie Queen today. Took me a few hours to really find what they were biting on. 1" white grub twisty tail with a small chartreuse jighead. Retrieve was very slow and the bite was relatively light. Found em in 7 - 9 feet of water, I thought they might have been staged a little deeper in the 9 - 15 feet range with the passage of the cold front and wind blowing against the jetty. Very cold to the touch, I would imagine if the sun is out and continues to warm that shallow area those crappie will keep there before they move again.

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    Can't edit the previous post to add on, but I went back out to PQ again this afternoon, same spot, same lure, same speed of retrieve. Worked like a charm yet again. Even hooked into a crappie that was pushing 8 inches. Sort of shocked me as they stocked PQ in the fall of 2014 and they were 3 inches. So that crappie must've have had some growth spurt. Hopefully he will be pushing 10" by the time the year comes to a close.

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