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riversmallmouth35

Rabideau?

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riversmallmouth35

My uncle just bought a cabin on Rabideau and I was wondering what the lake is realy like. I have fished the lake once and cought some nice sunnies and some small northerns. Do the northerns get pretty big in the lake or are they mostly small? Hows the crappie fishing and how much pressure does it get in the winter?

Thanks for any help.

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Drake

The pike that we have caught on Rabideau have been smaller, but some keeper small eaters, but mostly in the 15-22" range. There is a mix of fish in Rabideau, walleye, pike, sunnies/gills, very small perch, crappie and of course bullheads. With the mention of Rabideau a few times in the Outdoor News last winter unfortunately it got hit a lot harder than I have seen in the last six years. BUT, what a great area to have a cabin as there are MANY lakes in about a 20 mile radius that are good for fishing year round, so you'll be able to spread out to different lakes and find a quiet little fishing spot.

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With the mention of Rabideau a few times in the Outdoor News last winter


A "Few" Times? Try every single week for the last year and a half! I get the Outdoor News and read the lake reports and it has been listed that long every week. Same with 2 other area lakes that I can't believe still have any decent size bluegills or crappies in them because of being posted for that long and the pressure that they recieved there after during ice or non-ice seasons. But people will learn hopefully, and as Drake mentioned your in an area where if those lakes stink then you go down the road and fish another good fishery in a matter of miles or minutes. Thats whats nice about up there, sucks being stuck down in a "desert" area such as St. Cloud.

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Coach1310

The Outdoor News report is always the same for that area....same few lakes I won't mention just in case somebody doesn't read it....but the report is the same. Rabideau has some nice fish in all species, but can be difficult to fish at times in my experience. Good luck. Enjoy the cabin and just in case you don't want the cabin anymore, give me a shout!! I'll take it grin.gif

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kaptnkarl

I own one of the 2 cabins on the big part of the lake... and yes since the outdoor news has has a steady article about the lake for the last 2 years it has been getting hammered ... the warden had done a nice job of making sure that people ar not cleaning it out but the pressure in winter at times is amazing... once you figure out the lake u will have a lot of fun fishing it... and like Drake said there are many many lakes around the area that have great fishing....

when youre up stop over( i have the cabin in the rice bay on the east side of the lake) and see if we are in .... there is always a beer/ soda for visitors smile.gif

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riversmallmouth35

I am heding up next weekend to look at the cabin and was wondering if its pretty good duck hunting on the big part of the lake. Or if there is any other areas around there that I colud find ducks/geese.

Was also wondering how the deer hunting on the public land around ther is and if it gets to much pressure. Will probably only be up deer hunting the second weekend.

Thanks for all the help.

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