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Vikesfan

New to area...looking for some good places to go.

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Vikesfan

I just moved to Farmington recently and am lookin for some great places to get out. I went to Carl's Lake last weekend by Lakeville(which we pounded the crappies) but don't know of anything else around the area. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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rundrave

First off, welcome to the site!! I guess when I was new to fishing around here, somebody recomended the "Twin Cities Fishing Guide" its by Sybil Smith, you can find it at just about any book store or outdoor stores. Its like $15, well worth it too. Or do a search online.

Got detailed maps of almost every lake in the metro area, tips for bait, lures and setups. List information of bait shops, and what type of access each lake has.

Once again welcome and good luck to you!!!

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Duffer

i still to this day fall back on my twin cities fishing guied book as a decent map book it has lake maps including bait stores and other boat luanch resort type stuff on the map. when i get board of fishing the same old lake i bust out that book look for one i havent fished yet and give it a try. you can find them at gander and fleet right in the fishing department by the maps usaly.

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kslipsinker

Swing by the Gander bait store some AM. I can give you enough info to keep you fishing for a while.

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Vikesfan

Thanks for the great info from you three. I will definately pick up the book and swing by Gander and get some much needed info.

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BobberTom

Hey vikesfan, where is carl's lake located. i live in bloomington and its nice to find a lake not to far from home. were there any size to the crappies?

Thanks Bobber

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Vikesfan

BobberTom,

Carl's Lake is located right outside of Lakeville. You would go sound on 35 and take the exit for County Road 70 and go right at the end of the offramp. The lake is about 5 to 6 miles out that way on the right. Take the first road on the right after the lake and the access is right down there.

We were fishing at the far edge of all of the perm. houses away from the launch. The lake was only about 16 feet deep where we were at but the fish we bittin like crazy. We had luck on both minnows and waxies. We even pulled a northern out when we were out there. Hope this helps.

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dsludge

Vikesfan: At this point, the best help may be to have an auger extension to finish off the season!

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BobberTom

Thanks vikesfan. i drove by today with the kids just to get out of the house. there must be about 75 houses on that little lake. is there any size to the fish you were catching? if you like to catch sunnies, RedRock lake in eden prairie is a good option. some good size also. another small lake. i think it has a hole around 16-18 fow.

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Vikesfan

dsludge: I hear ya on that.

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Vikesfan

BobberTom,

The crappies were medium size. Not exactly huge. We were just out there trying the lake out so didn't keep any. Had quite a few that we could have.

Where is Eden Praire would I find Redrock Lake?

Vikesfan

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BobberTom

TAKE 494 TO HWY 5 WEST. GET OFF AT MITCHELL ROAD. TAKE A LEFT AT LIGHT. GO ABOUT 2 MILES OR SO TO BLAKENY (SP) ROAD. TAKE A RIGHT AND THAT LEADS YOU RIGHT TO THE LANDING.

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animal13

has anyone heard about waconia thinkin about goin out tomarrow 1/17

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McGurk

Was on carl's 4:30pm to 8:00pm tonight, caught and released about 12 smallish crappies in about 11 feet of water. Plenty of people but not too crowded or dense; everyone had room to move around. Needed a flasher; fish were suspended about 6 feet off the bottom, and when the baitfish moved out from under the ice a school of crappies moved in. Was able to coax a few off of the bottom, though.

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Vikesfan

Thanks for the infor BobberTom!

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