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norwall

has any1 been fishing these lakes if so whats the ticket? I tried that AL lake after hearing various reports of fish caught but found it very vast and difficult to fish ? any replies would be helpful, thanx

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KK

It is very slow right now but it is easy to fish with few or no snags when trolling...

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norwall

really? do you fish both of them. those lakes are snag galore in my opinion. maybe not that cess pool Al lake although itis cleaning itself up in the past 10yrs as that thing tops out at 5ft.

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KK

I was talking about Albert Lea Lake. We trolled small rapalas for several hours last Sunday and the only snags we had were fish !

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norwall

oh ok ,nice job did ya find some eyes if so what time of day and did ya just troll the shoreline or....oh have you found any sig. depth ? Ive fished that lake alot in the winter and spring but have found it difficult to locate fish in between. If ya dont mind me asking, where about did ya try or catch fish? allover, by St.park, NY PT,bridges? or.....

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deerfishin

went out the other night after work (1:30am)...caught three decent catfish near the top of the dam seperating the lakes. was using medium sized live suckers id say each fish was in the five pound range.

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deerfishin

oh yea and what happened to the mermaid on that rock near the island? there used to be one there right?

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norwall

yah it used to be....must a took it out? kk any more info on hoe to fish AL lake?

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KK

We have caught walleyes in all the spots you mentioned. Basically all over in 2.5' to 4.5'. We have used rapalas like I mentioned and spinners tipped with a leach. Also in the channel by where the Pelican Breeze docks. We have never hammered them usually catching one or two fish. We have done best when the wind is blowing good. I like to fish there because it is so close to where I live.

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norwall

so its basically 1 fish here 1 there

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norwall

ever find any real depth in that lk. are most of the fish in the "17-18 range? do ya guys use fish finders? i see guys hammerin em in the dam2

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Dragon Fish ll

There biteing.the rain helped

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norwall

its always good after it rains on both of those lakes. Are you from Al or mpls? any recomendations as for how about fishin dem eyes

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Dragon Fish ll

iM FROM MPLS BUT HAVE BEEN STAYING DOWN HERE IN HOTEL FOR FEW WEEKS ON JOB. JUST CAME HOME CAUGHT A COUPLE NICE FAT EYES INBETWEEN A WHOLE LOT OF SNAGED BUFFALO AN CARP. YOU WANT TO USE RUBBER WITH 1/4TH OUNCE HEAD. YELLOW BEST TONS OF CRAPPIE AROUND TOO BUT NOT FEEDING THAT WELL RIGHT NOW grin.gif

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mr marbles

Norwal, ya better just grab your rods and get fishin! and dont use a depth finder on AL LAKE, YOU'LL SPOOK EM!

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norwall

Mr. Marbles I know those 2 lakes like the back of my hand, I have lived in Al for 31yrs. I just wanted to compare notes w/every1 else but thanks for the advice sailor.

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Carp-fisher

What's the water clarity like in AL these days?

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KK

Lived there for 31 years ? Why have you been asking for advice ? Seems like you should have been giving advice captain !

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norwall

just wonderin how the rest of the guys do it or if your like the rest of "the people" and go straight to the dam below the china restuarant

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wanger29

Hey Marbles, you still running deep divers & spinners down at the channel???

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mr marbles

Yeah! but the water is draining down! havent seen ya in a while, it seems that the fish left with the water,SLOW SLOW SLOW!! its better above the dam now, on the lake side- biggest was 23 and the rest were 18-21" DARN EYES ARE GETTING TO BIG TO KEEP or eat !, sucks. I think its time to pull the boat back out, eyes seem close to shore on fountain 3 ft of water good fishin wanger!

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norwall

any1 been fishin as of late

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Flamefox

i've been fishing fountain lake almost everyday, done very well at times, nice crappies and sunnies, in edgewater park, south side of pennisula fishing dock, north side i've picked up some walleyes in 3 to 4 feet of water, rangeing from 6" to 18" at times crappies bite at 2 1/2 ft deep next to the dock some very small ones, but if you wait them out the nicer ones 9 to 10" will be moving in about 90 mins before dark. sunnies been rangeing around 8" every once in a while a monster bluegill will pop out, clue to heed is follow the shade of the day the tend to stick in the shade all day long. all i used to catch them was plastic crappie tubes, with a pink 1/16 lead head, colors to use are blue and white, pink and white, or all parle white color. i even caught walleyes vertical jigging off the dock,:) once in a while.

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ChadT

How is the fishing around the State Park area? I've camped at Big Island many times, but i've never been out on the lake. I'll be headed there Oct. 19th-21st, is that too late for eyes and crappie? I plan to bring my canoe and fish from 50' to shore.

Is it even worth it that late in the year, from a canoe and in that particular area?

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Flamefox

i haven't been over at the park yet. mostly over at edgewater park or off lakeview road.

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