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MgFisherman1984

Shady Oak(Hopkins)

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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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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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has anyone ever gotten any big crappies out of shady?

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

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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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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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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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