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Maplewood / White Bear area lakes?

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Greetings!! My first post here. I just bought a 2004 Johnson 15hp motor to finally turn my "rowboat" into a (small) fishing boat!

I live in Maplewood close to the city of White Bear Lake.. Can almost see Lake Keller and Lake Garvais... fished there 6 hours today... didn't have much luck there.. 1 sunny, 1 tiny bass and a perch..

Here's my question.

Does anyone live in this area? Have any tips or lakes for us? (Me and Luke- my 4 y/o)... I really know nothing about metro lakes.. just bought the guide books but they aren't too informative.

We want anything really.. just action and good scenery and stuff.. great parks (with slides etc) are a great plus for a lake too.. there's a good park on Garvais in the NW shoreline.

Hows WBL? We plan to hang out there all day tomorrow. Still breaking in the motor.. SO fun finally having a good one.. had a "Montgomery Wards" 15hp by Chrysler.. which died.. and couldn't afford a new. And NO shop would touch it for repairs.. smile.gif

Thanks! Sly

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Mr. Pike1

Slyster, welcome to the area. I live in Maplewood near Garvais as well. If you want action for the four year old you can catch a gazillion 5-6" sunnies on spoom lake. This is the little lake you lanch on to get to Garvias. White Bear and Bald Eagle are good but White Bear has some major boat traffic issue's. Clear and Forest are good choices as well. The St. Croix also has a very good walleye population. I spoke with my neibor last night at neiborhood bon fire and he and his partner got their limit 17-19" in a few hours. As my ability to spen entire weekends away from the family decreased I am going to spend time this year learning these bodies of water so I can still get out each weekend but not have to spend a whole day doing so.

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Welcome to!!!

Great people and very informative here.

You name's here.

Good Luck and Good Eatin'!


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Buck Snort 2

Greetings Slyster,
White Bear can be good, I was there Sunday (5/16) and caught a few sunnies. The water is so clear (this time of year) the fish get 'spooked' pretty easily which means having to cast a pretty good distance to get them. It can be a pretty good northen pike lake but I didn't see any signs of action.
A good lake for 'action' to keep a young kids attention is Demontreville. As stated by Mr. Pike1 this is also a lake that a person can catch a gazillion small sunnies.

I know when I take (now and in the past) my kids fishing I can't go wrong as long as I have a can of pringles and a bottle of pop in the boat in case the fish aren't cooperating.

Good Luck,


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If you want to have some fun on a nearbu lake, either from the shore or from a boat (trolling motor only) Try Phalen. On the east side of the lake, where Arlington Avenue hits East shore drive, go just a hair south and there is a 40+ foot drop off about 30 - 40 yards off shore. I landed a 22 inch walleye from the shore there last year. In the boat, go out about midway across the lake from Ripley Ave on the east side, the bottom drops to 90 feet. You can find lake maps at

Good Luck!


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