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Hey All,

I just purchaced a new home in Chann by HWY5, and looking for great lakes to go to this winter. I know the summer is getting close to the end, but looking for spearing lakes in the Chann area, along with nice pan fish.

Anyhelp would be great. Thanks

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Bavaria and Piersons. Bavaria has really high catches of pike and Piersons you'll have to be careful on since it has tiger muskies. I know a guy that saw the same tiger musky every day he went for about two weeks. But we have faith in you more than anyone to not spear one of those.

Steiger has good size structure, but is C&R only so no spearing. Riley is another little lake with really high #s. There is one good point I've done well on tip ups for them.

Good luck. Maybe we can join up some time.

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Ya that would be kool. Thanks for the help.

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In the neighborhood now grin.gifMinnewashta especially the south bay. Need a snowmobile or ATV to get there most winters so not many bother. Very nice pike. Hard to beat Tonka once you get to know it. Give me shout when ice time is finally here and I can help you out.

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Hey Bassnspear--heck we're probably neighbors--I live off of 5 in Chan. Lot of good lakes around here. Other than Minnetonka or Waconia, I think Riley may be a real sleeper. I've had some very decent action out there before--pike and panfish. You might want to look into Minnewashta--I've never fished it, but I've heard its jam packed full of pike and panfish.

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Thanks Mark. Ill do that forsure.

Carp, i will be living on the north of five. By Prince's Land.

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What about these lakes?

Ann----Lucy----Lotus-----Riley-----Susan------Christmas----Rice Marsh------Mitchell Lake-----Silver Lake

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What about these lakes?

Ann----Lucy----Lotus-----Riley-----Susan------Christmas----Rice Marsh------Mitchell Lake-----Silver Lake


Ann- This is a much overlooked Pike fishery. Not only are they numerous, but pretty decent year classes from snakes to bigger fish. It's got easy weedlines too.

Lucy- Haven't fished it =(

Lotus- Not much of a pike lake, decent walters though.

Riley- I agree with whats been said by others, it can be pretty decent for pike in shallow weeds, and a sleeper eye lake.

Susan- I spent one day out there, got skunked.

Christmas- IMO the most fun lake to spear on, many spearshacks are out there each year. You can see 20' down and some pike grow large from eating trout. But their numbers are low.

Rice Marsh/Silver- No experience

Mitchell- Haven't been out there this year since the winterkill- but I think it suffered a bit from what I've heard.

Others not listed worth mentioning are

Bavaria- good crappie lake and pikers.

Hydes - same as Bavaria

Parley - good panfish/pike.

Zumbra - great bass lake -- shhhh.

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So i take it that Christmas Lake is the clearest of them all. Are there others that are clear as well, or mostly dirty?

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Are there any restrictions on which lakes you can spear on in the metro area? (other than the catch and release lake mentioned)

Thanks.

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that was going to be my next question.

I sent a email to the DNR to check if there is anything new coming out, along with lakes that you can not spear on.

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Christmas is by far the clearest, The rest are about 10ft in the winter. For spearing pike you really are looking at Riley, Bavaria, Christmas,Minnewashta, Tonka and Ann. The rest of your list are no fish at all (Rice Marsh and Silver) or very small pike populations size and numbers. Waconia is also a possibility.

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I don't know how the winterkill affected the pike population in Mitchell Lake. It did have some big fat pike in there.

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I guess what im looking for is a clear lake that has pike in it. Numbers are good!!

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Xmas

also look into Little Long

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Ill check them both out this winter. I want to get the boat out this fall to check out the lakes on how clear they are before i cut holes through the ice.

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I second Little Long, hard to beat the clarity, some good size panfish if you can find them, and good numbers of pike, including a few monsters due to the amazing depth of the lake and trout to feed on.

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do alot of people spear on this little long.

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if you dont mind a 3 hour drive go up to Woman Lake in Cass County one of teh clearest lakes in the state, and many many pike(lots of people spear in the winter here)

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Some years more than others. The last year with great ice, what five years ago, trucks were driving across the lake. That don't normally happen. Both Xmas and lil long are deep lakes that don't freeze all that well most years. The limited vehicle access will limit spearers/fishers.

Most the spearhouses will set up straight out from the landing early season.

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do alot of people spear on this little long.


I went out there last spring before ice out and there wasn't much evidence of anybody icefishing out there. I would have to agree with others about the clarity of this lake though as I have a cheap-o underwater camera that if the water is even a little bit cloudy, I can't see a thing. I dropped the camera down last winter and could see for what looked like 100 yards. It was pretty cool also, I saw a dock under the water straight out from the launch in 15 ft of water and there was a toilet sitting upright on it.

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if you dont mind a 3 hour drive go up to Woman Lake in Cass County one of teh clearest lakes in the state, and many many pike(lots of people spear in the winter here)


Bass N Spear and Myself will be up spearing in the Cass Lake area some time after x-mas. We will have to go an check that lake out. Thanks for the Info 12345

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I've got a good spot for us to try on Minnetonka. I've cleaned up out there on tip ups. It's a great spot for a hooky day or when you take 1/2 day off. Not a far walk or anything. Can't spear it (Minnetonka's banned), but can do well on tip ups or could sight fish them.

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dude, this time of year, in the boat business, i can take any day off i want.

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SO with al these lakes in mind, where does a start???

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