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MgFisherman1984

Has anyone ever fished out there before?, was out there the past couple of nights, and have done pretty good, all 3 bays are good!

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bigfishy

northern pike fishing is decent but the crappies are stunted its hard to find anything over 6 or 7 inches but it is an easy lake to fish

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bigfishy

has anyone ever gotten any big crappies out of shady?

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Powerstroke

I've seen them....I work for the city and we see those crappies right up against the diving platform every spring when we put up the diving boards. I've tried fishing it in my canoe, but without much luck.

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dashtek

I have been out three times in the last week. Last Saturday I caught about 20 crappies in an hour. I kept two of them that were 8.5 inches. Went out again on Sunday and did not do nearly as well. Tried the middle bay for an evening bite and did not do well at all. Vexilar was full of fish but only one was a taker. The one we did catch was 8 inches. I looked at the DNR numbers and the sunnies and bluegill count is really high. I live a mile away so it is a nice close option for me.

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AceintheHole

Went out there last years did ok on pike on tip-ups and suckers

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reelemin

Only fished it once - summertime from a kayak. Pulled a few OK size bass.

Was thinking of checking it this winter, can a wheeler get to the ice from the park area?

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broman

You could drive to the lake on the path on the southern portion of the lake by parking in the lot and then driving on the walking path. As for whether either is "okay" to use according to park rules to drive your wheeler down.

Also, there is a bike path on the north end that you might be able to use. I'm sure the bike path is a no-no for motorized vehicles.

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Powerstroke

Tami- technically the path is closed to motorized travel. I work for the city there and we manage the Beach and park area. I would say that you are mostly safe doing it, but you never know if there is a cranky neighbor who lives on the lake.

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    • Wanderer
      Yep.
    • IceHawk
      Nice gill Rick 
    • IceHawk
      HunterFisher Don't rule out trying that lake again. If theres a lot of wood in the water those schools could, be pinned down on other trees than you were fishing. Trust me I have a lake near Glenwood i fish that has a bunch of tress scattered throughout the lake. It took me numerous times fishing it to figure out patterns on that lake. But once i found them well worth it!  I have found lakes with a lot of submerged trees or wood usally hold some real good panfish, . They have plenty of places to hide from predators and anglers through out the seasons. 
    • IceHawk
      See you tomorrow Jeff we'll dial them in 
    • Borch
      Keep checking in here for any updates.  There's a very good chance that the location may change a bit as there have not been a lot of catfish at the methhole area.  Prefishing in the next day or so will help us pin down a location.  I will post any changes here.
    • Borch
      A lake like that with no real hole or structure lends itself to roaming fish.  If there is a defined weededge that will be your structure.  Electronics are not going to show you much until the fish is on your bait.  Drill a lot of holes and move around until you catch fish. 
    • HunterFisher11
      Hay thanks for your input.... Just got home and got skunked!!!!! But that is ok at least now I know to take it off my list of lakes to fish in the winter, but will be back on it come spring and early summer...
    • JerkinLips
      Caught 17 walleyes on Friday, but all were dinks except for two 15".  Caught 6 more Saturday, all small again except for one 16".  Also caught a 12 inch perch, 3 eelpout, and 2 tulibee. Considering the snowstorm prediction for Sunday, I pulled my house off the lake and parked it back in the garage for the season.  LOW next week, then onto lakers the following weekend.
    • JerkinLips
      I think that the 4 I caught this winter were tulibees, including this one yesterday. I think that the 4 I caught this winter were tulibees, including this one yesterday.
    • AlwaysFishing23
      That last gill is a STUD Rick nice work!
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