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Hello all Just wondering if i could get some help.

I'm new to the FM website and also new to fishing in Mn.

I just bought a boat and need to start stocking up on some tackle. My brother does a lot of walleye fishing and is going to help me pick out some tackle but he wants to know what kind of bait fish are in the lakes of southern MN. and also what the lake cabbage growth is like. I live in Mankato, so i will more than likely be fishing this area and the Faribault area as well. Any help would be greatly appriciated. Thank You

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Welcome to FM! You have come upon a great resource and we look forward to future posts from you.

The bait fish population is dominated by willow cats, bull heads, young of the year perch, stunted 'gills, gizzard shad, silver and golden shiners and creek chubs. As for vegetation, there is a wide variety. There is decent cabbage growth on some lakes while non-existent on others.

Good luck!

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Thanks a lot Otter. Can't wait to get the boat out, just waiting on mother nature to make up her mind. But hey, it's Minnesota right.

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As Otter stated, Welcome to Fishing Minnesota & Hot Spot Outdoors. You are also welcome to join us in early May for the fishing and clean up day. All the information is listed in a post towards the top of the forum.

Again, Welcome. cool.gif

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Thanks Harvey. I was just telling the kids the other day that we might be joining everyone out there. Be a good way to teach the kids why i told them to pick up any trash we came across on the ice this year fishing. And a good way to meet new people and learn about the lakes around here. Might see you there. Depends on the weather and the mood of my wife. Thanks again.

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Not a problem. Yes, the change of season is always interesting but I have to admit; I love it.

Also, I just posted another FM Get-Together that will be on Tetonka as well, Sunday, June 24. I also will be conducting a seminar on early season 'eyes at Gander Mountain Wednesday, May 2 at 6:30 pm if you're interested in that too. All of the pertinent information on these events is "stuck" at the top of this forum. Lots of options! grin.gif

I look forward to meeting you at some point.

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the baitfish we have here in albert lea tons of crappie and fathead minnows, the amount in the upper lakes puts the wholesaler to shame when u see massive schools of baitfish going by 100' dia round schools u count over 200 in a day each school of bait could be as thick as 6 ft deep and goes out for yards. commercail bait trappers are somewhat banned from takeing bait from the lake due to the high amount of gamefish in the lake but people can take some for personal use only.

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