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JBMasterAngler

Pike Lake in New Brighton

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JBMasterAngler

Is this lake accessible in the winter? I'd like to give it a try but I don't want to end up trespassing on somebody's property to get there.

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skiinglady

There's a walking path on the south side. Look for it between the church and the sound wall for 694.

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mnwild

You will come out by the big sewer when you come to the lake. I use to fish that lake all the time caught some nice fish but the last few years has been slow. I'm going to be curious if you do go and if you catch anything.

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uwecsteeple

Fished their earlier this year, nothing but potato chip sunnies and a few bullies.

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JBMasterAngler

I'll scope it out on sunday possibly, if it doesn't work out maybe I'll hit nearby silver lake instead. Will post a report either way. Thanks for the info.

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joeyquicksand*

you cant fish pike lake, that season is closed.... just kidding... get it? get it? pike lake.. pike season... i'm so funny.

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MidCoast

I heard that this lake is a GREAT panfish lake... I have never personally tried fishing this lake yet myself though...

I gotta get out there..!

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shizzy

I have tried that spot a few times. all I ever snagged was something right next to the culvert with a crayfish popper. I dont know what it was though. it just smashed the lure and hopped off. I didnt get a good look at what it was.

my coworker says he has snagged all kinds of stuff there, but I havent seen him catch anything when I have been there.

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JBMasterAngler

The walking path goes to the lake at the culvert? Is the ice safe there?

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JBMasterAngler

I never thought about this before, but I looked at a map and it says pike winterkills annually. What are the chances it happened this year?

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UncleKes

The lake has sedimented a lot in the last few years. The shore line has disappeared and cattails have emerged in places they never appeared before. I live in the area and used to fish it all the time back in the 60's and 70's. It used to be excellent for panfish but like most metro lakes it has suffered from over fishing and pollution. I suspect a lot of fertilizer run off from the lawns get int to lake not to mention pesticides which have killed the insects minnows and small fish use to feed.

Consequently the lake has gotten shallower and shallower over the years. I suspect in a few years the lake will disappear altogether.

If you do fish it I would be a bit leery of eating anything out of there, myself! A lot of chemicals find there way into the fish in a lot of metro lakes and no fish is worth fathering 3 eyed children, you know? Not when there are so many other lakes that don't have problems!

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JBMasterAngler

Well I drove by there today and looked for that path. I was looking for it at the wrong church. After checking the lake out though I wasn't too anxious to fish it. I headed over to owasso instead and did pretty good on crappies.

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setterguy

I grew up right by this lake and as a kid caught some nice crappies. I hadn't fished it in 10 years, we know a few people on the lake so a buddy of mine and I went out there last year. We drilled over 100 holes looking for fish and only caught two that were under 6". I think Long is a better option if you are right there.

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