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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-02-2017, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys: I have a 5 year-old son who is crazy for fishing. I haven't had him out since the summer but I would like to take him out for crappie (or similar) soon. It seems like most of the lakes down here are free of ice. Nearby Springton Reservoir would be ideal except I don't think fishing is permitted anymore.

Could anybody suggest a place to go where we would have a decent shot at crappies casting from shore? I am thinking maybe Ontelaunee bit it is a bit of a long ride and I am not sure if the crappies are near shore this time of year. Thanks
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They are probably schooled up off shore now.

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Fish Commission reports mention Blue Marsh and Ontelaunee for shore line Crappies. Hopewell Lake usually produces but I've never caught many big ones.

Probably is still a little early, but my best day ever was in Feb 2004. I remember my son and I were wearing t shirts.

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Thanks guys. I have caught a few in the past on Ontelaunee through the ice but I doubt there is ice now (at least not anywhere close to thick enough to consider taking a child on). I didn't know they schooled offshore. I guess I need to wait for things to warm up. I get tired of watching him shoot his Rocket Fishing Rod all around my house. If I venture out I will post a report. I have never tried Hopewell but I'll look into it.

wstrouse: I went out a few years ago in the early spring - early March, I think. I was casting fatheads under bobbers at Lake Ontelaunee with a friend just for some fun. I ended up catching a brown trout that had to have weighed 5 pounds. It was about 26-28" long. I couldn't believe it. I didn't have a camera, unfortunately. It was before the trout season had opened and I released it. I guess it swam to the lake from the feeder creek and grew big in there. It was quite a surprise.
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You could also try Marsh Creek and Chambers lake. Shorter drive and the crappies are there, they don't get top billing like the Reading area lakes.
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Thanks, I'll look into it. I have fished Marsh Creek but not in 20 or more years.
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x2 marsh creek, deep water by the dam, although they are currently working on the overflow so it may not be very peaceful out there...bring the heavy weight tackle too, I've seen several musky cruising around there
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Where would the crappies be this time of year?
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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-15-2017, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the suggestions and private messages. It looks like things are going to warm up this weekend so I hope to take him out. I'll post results. Thanks again.
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BTW if I was fishing from shore this time of year I would use small shiners under a bobber.

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