Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
Nick Kuhn

Trolling Motor Only Lakes

Recommended Posts

Nick Kuhn    5
Nick Kuhn

I have a small aluminum cartop boat at home right now with an electric trolling motor and the oars. Wondering what some nice lakes around the east metro would be good to try and what I can expect to catch there. It'd be nice if it had parking for a vehicle+trailer nearby. A ramp isn't necessary as it's easy enough to lift the boat off the trailer and carry or roll it to the lake.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Grant Pearson    0
Grant Pearson

Square is a great lake to try. It's nice and small at less than 300 acres and has a maximum depth of 68 feet. It's got a little of everything like Pike, Bass, pannies, trout. It's up by Marine on St. Croix. Another place to try is Powers Lake in woodbury off of C.R. 19. It's a smaller lake as well, and moist people fish from shore. The Ramp isn't the greatest, but you can get a smaller boat in there and the fishing is pretty good once you get away from shore. The eastern shore is better fishing from what I've found. I hope this helps a little.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Nick Kuhn    5
Nick Kuhn

I probably should also have mentioned part of the reason for this was to avoid any rec. traffic. Had the larger boat down earlier in the year and was frustrated by discourteous boaters/jet skiers. I have no problem with them being on the lake, it's just when they cut between our boat and a patch of bullrushes we were working (no more than 30 feet away) its getting way out of hand.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Grant Pearson    0
Grant Pearson

the lakes I mentioned are great for getting away from the rec boaters/skiers. both lakes are small enough where they won't even bother. Plus, Powers is a trolling motor only lake.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bgreen82    0
bgreen82

battle creek has a 10hp limit so not a lot of rec. boaters out there, and the fishing can be ok. a lot of weedage right now though. also, if you can make it out to minneapolis arent all the lakes elec. only.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
HossFisher    1
HossFisher

If you want to travel to the west metro Lake Ann in Chanhassen is a nice lake with good bass/pike numbers/size in it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
beer batter    0
beer batter

Isn't Phalen an electric only lake? I grew up in that area and there's some surprisingly nice sized fish in that lake.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Nick Kuhn    5
Nick Kuhn

Quote:

Isn't Phalen an electric only lake? I grew up in that area and there's some surprisingly nice sized fish in that lake.


Yeah, that was one I had already planned on visiting. Shorefished it earlier and had no problem catching hammerhandles. I figure with the boat I can get outside the milfoil where hopefully the big girls are.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Nick Kuhn    5
Nick Kuhn

Hit Phalen tonight for a little while. Caught a number of small pike, smallest coming over the top of milfoil flats, larger coming from where the milfoil quickly dropped to 25-30 fow. Spoons and spinners seemed to be the ticket, particularly yellow and orange. Wouldn't touch small ones, they would hit the larger spoons, but moving up to muskie size got a lot of follows from fish too small to hit them. High visibility seemed to be the key.

My brother caught this thick 32" out there, best fish of the day.

n13914896_40514381_9173.jpg

I did manage this little guy, so they are in there. My first of the tiger variety.

n13914896_40514383_9535.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Maximum12    1
Maximum12

Nice fish. A 32" inch northern is a big fish within the city limits & I'd take one any day on a northern lake, too!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • Surface Tension
      Buy The Boat. 
    • OhioVike
      Labor day will be a busy weekend.  If you are around after the weekend, Maybe we can grab a beer.  I was going to say the landing, but maybe something else....WBL?
    • guitpic
      Tx for the replies
    • papadarv
      Fuses are blowing for a reason most likely an undesirable reason. Much better solution to fix the problem than eliminating the fuse. Eventually the sort or item causing the fuse to blow will eventually make it to the wires. Just a thought, although not recommend, there is enough battery current where you can stick weld 11 gage steel with a 12 volt battery. Continued or prolonged welding (same as a short) could cause to battery to explode. Word of caution, led acid batteries are filled with sulfuric acid. 
    • papadarv
      I agree with del, used boats are more than adequate. I bought a 1990 Crestliner Sport for $5,100 in 2013. Did some floor and live well work, added co-pilot to the trolling motor, Vexilar SonarPhone connected to my iPad, and a tablet with the Navionics Boating App for GPS. Welded verses rivet hull was my desire. Tops out at 43 mph with 115hp merc 2 stroke. Handles the 4' Ottertail waves quite well. Picture of boat on Ottertail which I fish several times yearly along with other Ottertail County lakes and lakes closer to home I frequent often. At 73 its easy to launch / take-out. Look for a family owner, one that uses the boat once or twice a month the boat/motor will have limited hours of use on it. In my opinion the used boat is the only way to go. 
    • h8go4s
      Here's a quote from the MinnKota digital onboard charge manual. "INLINE FUSE The output cord has an inline fuse on the RED end. The fuse serves as protection from surges and short circuits caused by a damaged charger output cable. If a fuse blows, replace it with a 30 amp ATC 32V automotive fuse. Improper battery connections will normally not cause a fuse to blow since this is handled by the internal circuitry of the charger."
    • CigarGuy
      That was my son cooking up my birthday dinner!  I'm older and have more grey hair (a lot more) than dark.  Be sure to say "hello-I'm Del"  if you see me!  Will be back up for a few extra days over Labor Day.
    • delcecchi
      There was a musky tourney last weekend, at spring bay.  Some club deal.   I think that might have contributed to the issue.   Normally I am one of few boats out on wakemup fishing walleye.   Like count on fingers of one hand. 
    • PRO-V
      Get off this site du__ b___
    • PRO-V
      You aren't a bunny hugger are you?