Lake Leo crappies

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  1. IveofIone

    IveofIone Active Member

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    My notes show that last year on Mothers Day I went to Lake Leo. I meant to bring home 20 fish-40 fillets-for my sweetie and me. I don't like to fillet more than that at one time. But the fishing was incredibly good and I got mesmerized. I ended up with 32 fish before I came to my senses and got out of there. I mention this in case someone wants to make the trip up and wonders when it would be a good time. I think from ice out on it will be productive.

    If you are bringing children who aren't yet fly rod ready I would suggest bringing some crappie jigs. You won't need bait of any kind, those fish are more than willing to attack anything that comes near them. They will be thin early in the year but by July will have plumped up nicely and be a little larger than last year.

    Come on up and help me rid this lake of it's delicious scourge.

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    I like how they fight. Many a time I thought I had a big bass on, only to discover a medium sized crappie.
     
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    If that is the same Lake Leo off of Hwy 20, my brother-in-law has a cabin down the road on Lake Thomas. I've fished Thomas quite a bit in the past, but have never tried Leo. I love crappie, and will have to give Leo a try next time I am out there. Last November we did a whitetail hunt around the trails by Leo, that road to Leo had some major mud puddles getting to the lake - are they a problem for you getting in there?
     
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    It sounds like you were on dirt roads on the back side of the lake. There is a paved road off Highway 20 right to the lake. I don't remember any puddles. If you want a real challenge fish the next lake up-Nile Lake. It holds some nice trout but does not give them up easily.

    Ive
     
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    Thanks Ive, next time I am up there I'll be sure to contact you. I would like to get over there more often, but it is a 5 1/2 hour drive for me. I always enjoy your reports. What about Frater? Also, I was wondering about the creek that runs along the road to Colville from the lakes. It looks tough to get to, but is has pools and beaver ponds, any idea what's in there?
     
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    Cheez, Frater was rehabbed 2 years ago and replanted with bows and cutts. Early in the season last year it was fabulous for 16'' rainbows and some dandy cutts. Then the power bait and plastic bucket guys came in and pretty much cleaned it out. It is so small that it didn't take long to go from perfect to punk. There are still a few fish in there and I will try to land a few come early May.

    I have driven along that creek you mention over 100 times in the past 11 years and have never seen anyone fish it. I am sure there are some decent trout in there that live out their lives in peace and die of old age. About the only thing that can actually approach the creek is a moose and I often see them crashing through the brush down there. I stopped and looked at the creek in a few places last year and wondered if I could get down there with my 2 wt. Maybe 25 years ago I would have been crazy enough to try it but not any more. Those trout are safe.

    Yeah, the 5-6 hour drive does tend to keep our roads empty and lakes uncrowded. Relatively few have any knowledge of this corner of the state and I kinda like it that way.

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    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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    How far from Spokane? About an hour or so?

    Ira..
     
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    <two hours.

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    Hey Ive, I have a 3wt. that's just itching to get bent by some pan fish. I might be able to find my way over there. It should be during the turkey season as well. Cast & Blast......I'm in!
     
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    Steve, When is turkey season? I'm sure I'll be in the area. I'm also sure you could get a turkey from the front porch but then you would have to deal with Miss Susie...........

    Are you going to be traveling with the Flying A? Maybe hang out a few days? I'll show you some good lakes my friend.

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    Ive,

    I been counting down the days, tying up some flies and dreaming all winter about getting my boy into a mess of crappie. You make Leo sound pretty good. Come to think of it that beer batter recipe you posted on another thread sounded good too, I got it pasted in my "documents" somewhere too.

    Well that didn't do my itch any good...
     
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    Definitely will be bringing the A frame. The regs aren't out yet but it's usually April 15 to the end of May. I wouldn't do anything to upset Miss Susie.....she might not make any more cinnamon rolls. bawling:
     
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    what is the best why to catch crappie right now on a fly rod?? sense its still pretty cold and there way down deep?
     
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    ice fishing

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    Fish shallower lakes! Joking aside, once I locate fish on my fish finder I like to use an indicator. The indicator will not only allow you set your fly at a desired depth but it also allows a much slower presentation. If I'm fishing a deeper lake I will use a type VI line which will allow you to fish straight down.