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DRH1175

Square Lake, Washington Co. Trout and Panfish

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Is anyone going out this weekend for Trout. Has anyone been out yet and been lucky this year What did you catch and can you drive on the lake or are there springs. Live real close but have never been on the lake. Am thinking of hitting it Monday. What are the best baits to use. Waxies, Eurolarva. i am assuming Minnows are illegal since it is a trout lake. Any places I should try?

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Fishwonk

Using live minnows is illegal on Square, it being a designated stream trout lake. I'd really like to go there and try for the trout sometime myself, so maybe we could hook up for that. You need a trout stamp to fish Square. As unbelievably cold as it's been and going to continue to be, I don't think you'd have much of a problem driving on it, although yes, it is a spring fed lake, which is my it is a two-story fishery. I've got an aquaview, which would be great on Square, it being arguably the absolute clearest lake in the metro. The only public access is through the county park, and I'm not sure if you need to pay in the winter to use it, but I think you do. Anyway, if you're interested in meeting up with me in the near future to try it, I'm all for it. Good luck and let us know how you do if you go!

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unclejake

I went out there once last winter, drove on the ice. Drove through the county park...did NOT have to pay. Not sure if that's always the case...I assume it probably is.

I was unaware you could not use minnows on square lake. People I know have always used crappie minnows for the crappies out there. I'll have to check it out.

Good luck on the trout, DRH!!

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Fishwonk

I just checked the DNR website and, yes, Square is a Designated Trout Lake. That means all the regs on pg. 22 of the MN fishing regs apply.

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I just checked out the DNR web page too. I found the list of lakes that had trout in them...square was on that list. But it had "**" next to it indicating "special regulations". The designated trout lakes just had one "*" next to them. And there's also a designated trout lake list you can click on...and Square was not on that list.

I'm not saying I'm right...I just think it's kind of confusing. Maybe there are some regulations posted at the landing. The dnr link is: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishing/trout_lakes/list.html

If Square is a designated trout lake, I think a lot of people would be surprised to find out they can only use one rod and not use any minnows for any fish. I'll have to take a look for any posted regulations at the landing.

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If that's true, then the local Conservation Officer doesn't know it either. I have fished out there several times for pike, trout and panfish and have always used live bait. I was checked twice out there last year and he never said a word about the minnows. Yes. You do have to pay to access the lake in the winter. You either need a park sticker or put your money in the drop box in a 2 part numbered envelope. You keep half of the envelope as a recipt with a serial number on it. It's a great lake for an underwater camera as the clarity is probably 20' or better.

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ricqik

Same here, the sheriffs check there everyday, and no one said anything about our minnows.

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Oops, I guess I'm wrong, sorry. Thanks for the clarification. I'd like to hit Square sometime, especially with someone who knows the lake better. I'd like to use the camera in that lake, but I bet you could sight fish to twenty feet or more. Does anyone out there hit this lake often?

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