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ethan77

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ethan77

I am very new to this area.. I live off of Douglas ave by the 5-8. I was wondering if anyone can tell me some good lakes in the area.. that are close by.. with gas this expensive I will not be able to travel north all the time and would like to find something close to home...any help would be great

thanks

Ethan

also could use a fishing partner even to get me started... dont need tips just a general spot togo.. have vex and gps

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ameyers41

I'm in Brooklyn Park just off 610. I've been known to travel down to Medicine, Harriet and Calhoun (Plymouth and Mpls.), Eagle in Maple Grove, or you could go East to White Bear or Bald Eagle. There's lots of good options within 20 minutes of Champlin. I'm sure others will chime in as well.

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iceman16

how far are you thinkin of traveling? i know alot of east metro lakes, and up around forest lake area and have had alot of luck. and what time do you usually go morning night weekends weekdays cause i am in brooklyn park and and usually fly solo.

iceman

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anyfishaldo

I am by Woodland elemenary on Noble. I hae been trying to learn Medicine. Have caught some fish but nothing to filet yet. I like to head up to Chisago and Forest Lake if I get time. Mille Lacs is where my brother and I go. But we need to plan ahead because we both have kids under 6 so the wives like a heads up. I also want to try Fish Lake and Eagle in Maple Grove. Need to spend some time with the maps over the Christmas Holiday.

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