Since the high water or flood a few years back, this lake has been bad. This lake wasn also pounded very hard. It takes it's toll. Crappies are small, very few gills anymore, and the few eyes that you catch are always 12-15 inches. I don't even wast my time fishing this bullhead infested mud hole.
Bd is one of those lakes where the fish simply roam alot due to wind, water, temp, food source. One day illl be pounding fish in one spot next day its half way up ir down the lake. The pannies havent been getting the pressure last few years due to overabundence of fiddlers, sothere is a good number of smaller fish, waiting to fill out years down the road, the bigger crappies from 2007 high water hatch are in there yet, but far and few, and are tanks. I caught a truckload of 4-5 inchers this year, along with a gazillion small pumpkinseeds and gills. Big perch in there yet, and yellowbass are definatly not around too much. Plastics, plastics, plastics, hot tip of the day. thru the ice,Match the hatch. Hope bd survives this winter, if anything i hope it has a die off of fiddlers and buffalo, it needs it bad.
Great advice! Part of learning a lake is exploring available resources, like those archaic lake maps... still incredibly helpful. Try the "Fishing Hot Spots" series... I'm pretty sure there's one for this lake sold right down the road at Fleet Farm. I know for fact it's in one of "those books" because I own it (sold at Walmart, Fleet Farm, etc.). Today's electronics make it even easier, between sonar, GPS, etc... it's no wonder why people are tight lipped, especially if the fishing is noticeably tougher. Modern day fishing takes its toll. Have fun exploring! Learn the lake in other ways if needed.
Hey outlaw, I think people are tight lipped about spots because this lake tends to get raped pretty bad year after year. I remember when I started fishing not that long ago I could catch crappies in the 6-8 inch range all day long. Now? I can’t catch a 3lb catfish on this lake due to over fishing. I still come here because this was the first lake the man that raised me took me to, although he wasn’t a great fisherman but at least he taught me what I know now. I hear stories about yellow bass, crappies, perch that used to be caught by the hundreds daily but for the past 2 years I’ve tried over and over & over and over again for big crappies & even yellow bass & have been skunked over 10 times on those specific species driving all around the lake. So my best advice to you is to buy one of those books that you usually find at Walmart of lakes & gives you depth of the lake etc look for vegetation (which I find it myself very difficult to find on beaver dam) and fish the edges. If that doesn’t work for you then book a guide & write down the coordinates lol
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Went off the dead end on W.Burnett st. Solid 12” ice. Went out in between the islands. Had 8-10 flags caught 5 all small all under 15” had one that felt like a keeper got off right under my hole. Better luck next time I guess