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Neiko

Vadnais Lake newbie

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Grew up not far away and never fished it but now that I have sometime in the morning before work I thought I would throw a line after the season starts. Not sure of what the rules are so any help would be appreciated. Can you only fish from shore between the 2 lakes or can you fish the East side by Garceaus? Looking mainly for northern or walleye and plan using Rapalas and such. Is there a lot of weeds? Thanks for the help.

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The lake stays pretty clear through out the whole year with little algae blooms and natural lake plants & weeds. It's a designated water source lake for Ramsey County so no boating, wading, swimming in the water.

Rapalas & spinners are good. Aim for later in the day if looking Walleyes. Bass and Pike can be caught during the day. Smalller sucker minnows work too. A good spot to start out is by the pump house. Shore fishing is limited to road access. Drift bobbering can nab you some nice Slabs occasionally. Expect to spend alot of hours on the lake to catch what you want. Patience is key.

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A little side note....most use bottom rigs "lindies"...bobber fishing during peak times can get messy if a snake hits....Most of the regulars are pretty friendly and will help you out if you need it. And don't let "Phycho" bother you....He will have his pick up parked at the far end of the point...

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Psycho? Dont call me Francis or I'll kill you.

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Don't touch my rod, or I'll kill you. Don't touch my minnows, or I'll kill you. smile.gif

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If the pumphouse doesn't work, move north along the shore to the point that is on the right, get as far out as you can to the water. The deep spot on the lake is just north of that, hook on a spoon and throw as far out as you can. I have seen some mighty nice pike come out of there. The pumphouse should be a great spot for crappies and other panfish.

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Just got back from Vadnais, the wife and I went up there about 1:30. Hit the bay by the pumphouse, not a lot of anything biting EXCEPT THE 20 INCH 3.5 LB LARGEMOUTH SHE LANDED!!!! (ANyone else think they know when their season starts?) She put it back in, and 5 minutes later, for the first time in my life, I was checked for my license by a pair of DNR Conservation Officers. One was a seasoned veteran that I met years ago, the other was a female CO that was, shall we say, Easy on the Eyes. Both were great, talked with everyone, had a few tips on what to fish there.

I'll be back there after the bass opener looking for that thing...... wink.gif

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not a lot of anything biting EXCEPT THE 20 INCH 3.5 LB LARGEMOUTH SHE LANDED!!!! (ANyone else think they know when their season starts?)


We were out on Owasso Saturday fishing for northern and kept catching bass. I think they were only biting because they knew that we would have to release them. I did catch one northern.

We had to laugh at the guy who was water skiing at 7 am on the day of the opener! At least you don't have that problem on Vadnais lake.

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I do believe a 20" bucketmouth goes for more like 5-6 lbs, sure it was 3.5. I caught a few 17 and 18 inchers that went for 4.25 and heavier, according to the digital scale, that was brand new, and my 10 lb anchor weighed in at 9 lb 14 ounces with it. Either way, that's a decent length bass.

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vadnais was pretty active after the wind calmed down they seened to be hitting left and right between the pump house and half way to where the porta potty is located bass and northern hitting on shinners

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