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bassNspear

I am just starting to get ideas about next year for the Spearing Get-to-Gators. I know that we are like 259 days away, but its better to start now then ever.

What im looking for is to get some ideas as to where most of you have been over the last few years. Clear lakes, with some fish in them.

I did alot of fishing in the west metro.

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glenn57

id like to suggest a lake you dont need a gps and cordinates to find it. what about big lake again, or is variety the order for the day?im easy pick it if it fits my busy schedule i will go. what about horseshoe chain water clarity could be issue. another would be lake calhoun south of hawick mn east of new london. lotz of nords and connected to green lake and always clear.

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triggertrav

calhoun did pretty good this last winter

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glenn57

now you tell me. hows it in the summer? we have a camper at old wagon and its on one of my sumer to do lakes. another get-to-gater lakes could be maple lake on hwy 55 by the town of maple lake.

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bassNspear

i want to make sure that we get some lakes that we know are going to be clear, and we will see fish as well.

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cherokee

You are talking about a day event right? How about Big John or Clearwater by Annandale.

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bassNspear

yes, a all day event is correct

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Scott M

Maple Lake and John in Wright county sound good. Lotsa numbers of little hammerhandles to thin down. There are a lot of good lakes in Wright county that would make good candidates. Away from the cities so you don't have all the people out on the water that might get near the holes and interrupt the event but also some good pike waters. Central and close enough for many members to attend.

Not too sure about Calhoun. Yes spearing is lawful there, but what happens if some first timer comes out and nails a Tiger? Bad for the first timer, bad for the lake, bad for the event, bad for FM.

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bassNspear

ya, i was thinking the same thing on Calhoun. Thats a great lake, but not for spearing.

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glenn57

the calhoun lake im talking about is in kandiohi county west of paynesville andeast of spicer. ive never seen the lake not clear enough to spear and to the best of my knowledge no musky. lotz of bass, oops i said bass to bns, and little sunfish and crappiies.

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glenn57

by the way these are just my 2 cents worth of opinions.

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bassNspear

easy on the bass glenn, i thought you were talking about the other Calhoun. Ill keep this one in mind.

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glenn57

i think that calhoun freezes up earl also. like i said maple lakeis kind of central for people. i have seen some huge bass in that lake while spearing (calhoun).

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bassNspear

well ill keep it in mind

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Kyle Sandberg

Clearwater would be a very good spot to have a Get-to-Gator. The lake is clear, given its name, and some nice fish always seemed to be pulled out of there. Also pretty easy to get to.

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bassNspear

i had this lake on my mind. This would be a good lake to have it on i think

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Gordie

I fished for pannies on pelican in between monticello and buffalo and talked with a couple of guys that said water was really clear and they had seen alot of fish and also talked with a few guys that flaged a lot of pike. I know that I will be spending more time on it next ice season with spear in hand.

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bassNspear

thats a good idea as well.

I think there is alot of lakes out there, like i said, i just want to make sure that were getting a clear lake for everyone

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glenn57

bns, did you decide on a lake yet? its only 9 months away you know. hehehe! sorry couldnt resist.

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bassNspear

HA HA HA

no, im going to keep it a secret till its 3 months away!!!

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merkman

Don't make me yell at you again next year. grin.gif

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glenn57

ok,ok, i guess i will just have to wait then. so now that spearing is over do you do any winter angling?

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bassNspear

i dont, im getting ready for the soft water season.

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glenn57

thats an aweful lot of down time. but then getting ready for a wedding should help pass the time.

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glenn57

hey bns, i drove past maple lake the other day so i drove on the acess off hwy 55. they have a sign that asks you to please take a limit of northerns. now if thats not an invite for a spearing get-to gator i dont know what is. just a thought.

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    • leech~~
      Here's a little back ground. The Dakota originally called the lake Mde Maka Ska (modern spelling Bde Maka Ska, pronunciation: Be-DAY Mah-KAH-Ska)[5] meaning White Earth Lake,[6] or White Bank Lake,[7] a name that probably was given by the Ioway who inhabited the area until the 16th century. Another Dakota name for the lake may have been Mde Med'oza, which was the name initially adopted by settlers, either as Lake Medoza or in translation as Loon Lake.[8] The Dakota also described it as Heyate Mde, meaning "Lake Set Back (from the River)".[9] The United States Secretary of War, John C. Calhoun, sent the Army to survey the area that would surround Fort Snelling in 1817. Calhoun had also authorized the construction of Fort Snelling, one of the earliest Euro-American settlements in the state. The surveyors renamed the water body "Lake Calhoun" in his honor. The Fort Snelling Military Reservation survey map created by Lt. James L. Thompson in 1839 clearly shows the lake as bearing the name "Calhoun".[10] Minneapolis skyline reflected in the lake in 2010 Calhoun's legacy as a pro-slavery politician has led critics to question whether he is the best person to be honored. In 2011 the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board visited the issue. Their legal counsel concluded that the board could not legally change the name, as state law gives that power to the Commissioner of Natural Resources, and then only in the first 40 years after the name was designated. Following the Charleston church shooting in June 2015, a fresh drive to change the name started via an online petition. The Park Board indicated it would look into whether they could change the lake's name through state action,[11][12] and in fall 2015 added the Dakota name to signage below the official name.[1] On March 22, 2016, an advisory group decided via majority vote to urge the Minnesota Park and Recreation Board to restore the lake's former name.[13] In 2017, the Minneapolis Park Board voted unanimously to change the lake's name back to that of Bde Maka Ska[14] and the Hennepin County commissioners approved it more narrowly.[15] The change needs final approval at state and federal level in order to go into effect.[16] There was also a proposal to rename the lake for Senator Paul Wellstone, who is buried in nearby Lakewood Cemetery.[17]
    • Rick
      The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today announced the State of Minnesota has approved changing the name of Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis to Bde Maka Ska. The DNR’s decision follows a Hennepin County Board resolution requesting the change.  “The DNR respects the role of elected county boards in determining name changes for geographic features,” DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr said.  “In this instance, I am confident the Hennepin County Board carefully considered community values and citizen perspectives in determining that this was the right action to take. DNR’s role is to ensure the county followed the proper process.” The DNR’s decision means the lake name change will become official in Minnesota when the DNR’s approval is officially recorded by Hennepin County and published in the State Register. Hennepin County commissioners voted to seek the name change Nov. 28. The DNR will submit the Hennepin County resolution, along with the state approval, to the U.S. Board of Geographic Names, which will approve or deny the name change for federal use. The DNR is the state agency that approves or denies name changes for geographic features, after Minnesota counties consider name change resolutions, gather public input and vote on proposed changes. In considering county requests to name a geographic feature or change a feature’s name, the DNR’s role is to consider 1) whether the county followed a proper public process prior to taking its action, and 2) whether the county-approved name complies with naming conventions. For example, names must avoid confusion with similarly named features, and names may not commemorate a living person. A copy of the DNR’s order for this name change and details on how Minnesota geographic features are named are available on the naming geographic features webpage. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
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