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Question on McMaster Fishing
Posted: 29 February 2012 08:13 AM   [ Ignore ]
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My wife and bought a boat to use in fishing in 2012.  We have no experience at all with boat fishing as we’ve been fishing off the bank for many years.  Are there any websites or maps available that show the “hot spots” in McMaster Lake.  We’re mainly interested in Bass and Crappy.  If not, where should we start looking for Crappy in McMaster?

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Posted: 29 February 2012 08:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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That has always been a tough lake to figure out for me.  It has so much cover and its so deep, they never stay in the same place very long.  I am mainly referring to crappie.  Good electronics is nice for that lake.

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Posted: 29 February 2012 09:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Along with Matt S i would tell you the same thing. I was out there last year when the DNR shocked the lake and there was an abundance of crappie and red ear they had netted. After seeing this i asked them hey what spots provided the most fish and they said really it was all over. I have actually had good luck behind the dock (not that a boat would help there) and if u were to start walking on the road the first little peninsula on the south side of it has been good to me although last year it wasnt as good as it had been in past years. I think a fish finder and depth finder on a boat would be crucial. One of the best tips i can give you HILL is to just get out there and explore the lake and have a blast doing it. maybe you will be able to tell us some of your hot spots later on! best of luck!

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Posted: 29 February 2012 09:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I agree with BucknBass depth & fish finder a must, and from then on it’s just finding your spots. You may go one week and the crappie are in 10’ of water and the next they are on the bank spawnin. It also reminds me of ice fishin also, you may not get a bite in one spot move over 18” and get bite after bite. Never be afraid to go to the bottom and come up just a little either. Don’t be afraid to look around either, see where someone else is fishing and watch to see if they are up on the bank or out a little ways in deeper water. When fishin brush for crappie make sure to take plenty of hooks & weights, my buddy & I put the hooks in pill bottles and weights in the another, keeps from having to get in the tackle box or buggin each other for one or the other. It also helps to take a pair of needle nose pliers, bend your hook out then back in, this will give the hook a little play when it gets snagged in brush and helps keep from having to break your line nearly as much. Hope you have tons of fun with your new boat, you will wonder why you didn’t get one before!!

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Posted: 29 February 2012 11:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Also, i know you just bought a boat but there are 2 lakes just south of McMaster that are worth bank fishing..I think one is a catch and release pond and the other one is full of younger bass and stuff…but i caught some nice smallies at the catch and release pond and lots of largemouths from the other one.

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Posted: 29 February 2012 11:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Welcome Aboard Hill!!!!Wish i could help ya but ive never fished the lake…..

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Posted: 29 February 2012 01:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I haven’t fished it either WTF but crappie fishin is crappie fishin, if we go to a different lake still do what we do, may not catch as many not knowing the lake, but you can’t catch fish unless your line is in the water.

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Posted: 29 February 2012 04:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Thanks for the insight guys.  We’ll be out there as soon as the water warms up a bit.

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Posted: 29 February 2012 04:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Good Luck Hillclimber!!!If ya catch some nice ones take lots of pics for us…....

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