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Does anybody carp fish any rivers or lakes in East-Central MN? I've never specifically targeted carp when fishing, but they are fun to catch because of their size and ability to fight. I've caught a few in the Sunrise River in and around the Sunrise Pools near Stacy. What kind of baits do you use and where do you fish? I know carp aren't popular like walleye around these parts, but in my opinion they are a lot more fun to catch. Walleye taste good, but thats about it. They do not fight and if you catch one over 5 1bs people consider that "good size". Catching a walleye is equivalent to reeling in a waterlogged pinecone. I have an addiction to catching big fish. Really, I don't have have anything against walleye or walleye fisherman. I'm just in search of bigger and better things. I have seen the light.....

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I caught a 9Lb. Carp on the Croix this year, that was fun. Last year I snagged one by the tail, about a 8 Lb'er, wow that was fun - thought I has a Sturgeon on... smile.gif

Buy a can of whole kernel Corn, throw some in a ziploc bag and bring it with you along with some crawlers.

Load up the hook with the Corn or Crawlers and post your story!! grin.gif

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Try lookin in carp/real-gamefish.lots a info. where in east central?

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I usually fish the Chisago Lakes area lakes and the St. Croix River. I'm not afraid to travel though to catch big fish.

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Try Musky. They put up a great fight and the thrill of the hunt is great. Your heart will be racing as you see the dorsal fin out of the water and the wake coming behind your top water bait. Once you have seen that you will be hooked.

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I know they are really spawning on Forest right now.

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I know it's not East Central but the biggest carp I have seen have been on Browns by Richmond on the chain of lakes, Little Rock by Rice, Buffalo in the far back bay, Mille Lacs and the Mississippi anywhere.

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