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DaveyG

Metro Lakes to fish at night

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Any suggestions for lakes to fish after dark? I know some lakes you can't be parked in the access parking lot after a certain time. And I want to stay out late fishing either tonight or tomorrow night.

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Minnetonka, can actually be peacefull at night.

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Thanks. I was thinking that there might be an after dark access for Tonka. Is there any particular access I should use?

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I am not real sure, but I think most of not all allow overnight parking. Maybe some in parks may close. I dont go out on this lake so maybe someone who does can let you know. I am pretty sure the launch on shorline drive (CR15)is open 24hrs. Its just past culvers/holiday a little ways when your coming from the east on your left.

Good Luck.

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Actually, I think most don't allow parking after 10 pm. I usually launch at mound or halsteads when I want to fish past 10 and just park on the streets instead of the designated trailer parking areas.

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Davey, White Bear is peacefull after dark and as we approach fall the walleye bite will turn on.

e-mail me at ccvikings84@comcast.net and I will share a couple of little lakes that you have a good chance at eyes I just did not want to advertise to the masses.

They are tiny lakes but tons of eyes

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Mr.Pike1,

Do you mind sharing any tips with me. I have been trying to catch metro walleyes for 2 years now and can count all of the fish I have caught on both my hands. I mainly fish tonka but would like to try some other lakes. With the price of gas I cant afford to travel out of the metro. Thanks

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huntingislife, I certainly can

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For fall walleyes think #12 or #14 Husky jerks or other similiar minnow baits long line trolled on or over weed edges. I usually target 7 to 10ft depths with a steep break nearby. Not a numbers game like the big pond but you will score some big eyes. I average about a dozen over 8lbs every fall doing this. Troll speed is about 1.5 to 2mph. I prefer #10 braid with line out around 90 to 130ft. Depth counter reels are a good idea. Use 8ft trolling rods soft tip. I also use a #10 leader made out of Tyger wire to avoid pike bite offs. Start at sunset.

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Hello Mr Pike,

I too have been all over the cities looking for a decent walleye lake with no luck. With gas prices the way they are, I can no longer travel to Mille Lacs or points north every weekend. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Mark

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I don't remember exactly how to get there, but there is at least one park open all night where we'd go for ice-fishing outside of Mound, on tonka. We've left our cars there late into the evening during the winter.

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    • Stick in Mud

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      We've done OK out there this year. Nothing special, but better for us than last year. 

      Last time out, we found piles of fish in 60-70 feet. Caught a few, couldn't release them, and stopped fishing them.  Got a couple jig rapping shallower, got a few trolling, and got a few on spinners.  No one pattern got skunked, but nothing stood out, either.

    • Stick in Mud

      Posted

      Sorry for the late response....I suspect not many folks are building skid houses these days. :)

      Our houses have steel skids.  One had wood, but we changed them out. 

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      Posted

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      Posted

      Thanks, cigar guy.   Might check into it next year.  Or maybe not.   They always used to have some expensive entrees but we just ignored them.   

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    • Stick in Mud
      We've done OK out there this year. Nothing special, but better for us than last year.  Last time out, we found piles of fish in 60-70 feet. Caught a few, couldn't release them, and stopped fishing them.  Got a couple jig rapping shallower, got a few trolling, and got a few on spinners.  No one pattern got skunked, but nothing stood out, either.
    • Stick in Mud
      Sorry for the late response....I suspect not many folks are building skid houses these days. Our houses have steel skids.  One had wood, but we changed them out. 
    • ZachD
      if you ever need another shooter let me know I would be down to shoot with you
    • FrazerBay
      Like the food and like the menu. Like the fact there are places to eat on the lake and will continue to support them.
    • delcecchi
      Thanks, cigar guy.   Might check into it next year.  Or maybe not.   They always used to have some expensive entrees but we just ignored them.    Even 12 for a burger is sort of high for the area, but the view is worth something.   Probably stay with the Crescent.   I don't see how there are enough tourists for the landing to make it.