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I always hear from people here and there that Grand Lake St. Mary is not a good fishing lake because of pollution in the past years. Is this a general thought about this lake, or have things changed over the past few years. Just curious because I always heard it was a great crappie lake. Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks!
 

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We have experienced problems due to excessive phosphorus like many lakes located in regions with heavy agriculture. There are currently many initiatives in place to help alleviate this condition & they are slowly making a difference. It's my home lake & the crappie fishing is very good. The catfish, bass, & bluegill population is healthy also. The fish have been tested numerous times by the state & are safe to eat. One of my friends was out pre-fishing for a local crappie tournament this morning & caught a 1.49 lb. crappie. If you need someone to show you around the lake give me a call or text. Mike Bruns 419-305-8111
 

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Just go check out the Grand Lake ST. Mary’s crappie thread in the South West forum. Zaraspook and those guys have it going on. One of, if not the best running thread on this forum.
I agree!

I live pretty far away from the place,but I itch to try it out. I fish buckeye alot an it seems really similar, other then the saugeye. One of these days I plan in making a road trip and crappie fishing it.
 

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Plus, State is trying hard to rejuvenate the Grand Lake perch population. We do catch some good size perch, but few have figured out how to get more than 1-2 at a time.
 

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We have experienced problems due to excessive phosphorus like many lakes located in regions with heavy agriculture. There are currently many initiatives in place to help alleviate this condition & they are slowly making a difference. It's my home lake & the crappie fishing is very good. The catfish, bass, & bluegill population is healthy also. The fish have been tested numerous times by the state & are safe to eat. One of my friends was out pre-fishing for a local crappie tournament this morning & caught a 1.49 lb. crappie. If you need someone to show you around the lake give me a call or text. Mike Bruns 419-305-8111
Hey Mike, Around the year that issue started(2010/2011),The odnr put in a special batch of Saugeye.They should be hawgs by now. Any news of how they did?
 
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