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Maplewood / White Bear area lakes?

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Greetings!! My first post here. I just bought a 2004 Johnson 15hp motor to finally turn my "rowboat" into a (small) fishing boat!

I live in Maplewood close to the city of White Bear Lake.. Can almost see Lake Keller and Lake Garvais... fished there 6 hours today... didn't have much luck there.. 1 sunny, 1 tiny bass and a perch..

Here's my question.

Does anyone live in this area? Have any tips or lakes for us? (Me and Luke- my 4 y/o)... I really know nothing about metro lakes.. just bought the guide books but they aren't too informative.

We want anything really.. just action and good scenery and stuff.. great parks (with slides etc) are a great plus for a lake too.. there's a good park on Garvais in the NW shoreline.

Hows WBL? We plan to hang out there all day tomorrow. Still breaking in the motor.. SO fun finally having a good one.. had a "Montgomery Wards" 15hp by Chrysler.. which died.. and couldn't afford a new. And NO shop would touch it for repairs.. smile.gif

Thanks! Sly

[This message has been edited by Slyster (edited 05-16-2004).]

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Mr. Pike1

Slyster, welcome to the area. I live in Maplewood near Garvais as well. If you want action for the four year old you can catch a gazillion 5-6" sunnies on spoom lake. This is the little lake you lanch on to get to Garvias. White Bear and Bald Eagle are good but White Bear has some major boat traffic issue's. Clear and Forest are good choices as well. The St. Croix also has a very good walleye population. I spoke with my neibor last night at neiborhood bon fire and he and his partner got their limit 17-19" in a few hours. As my ability to spen entire weekends away from the family decreased I am going to spend time this year learning these bodies of water so I can still get out each weekend but not have to spend a whole day doing so.

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Welcome to FM.com..Slyster!!!

Great people and very informative here.

You name it...it's here.

Good Luck and Good Eatin'!


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Buck Snort 2

Greetings Slyster,
White Bear can be good, I was there Sunday (5/16) and caught a few sunnies. The water is so clear (this time of year) the fish get 'spooked' pretty easily which means having to cast a pretty good distance to get them. It can be a pretty good northen pike lake but I didn't see any signs of action.
A good lake for 'action' to keep a young kids attention is Demontreville. As stated by Mr. Pike1 this is also a lake that a person can catch a gazillion small sunnies.

I know when I take (now and in the past) my kids fishing I can't go wrong as long as I have a can of pringles and a bottle of pop in the boat in case the fish aren't cooperating.

Good Luck,


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If you want to have some fun on a nearbu lake, either from the shore or from a boat (trolling motor only) Try Phalen. On the east side of the lake, where Arlington Avenue hits East shore drive, go just a hair south and there is a 40+ foot drop off about 30 - 40 yards off shore. I landed a 22 inch walleye from the shore there last year. In the boat, go out about midway across the lake from Ripley Ave on the east side, the bottom drops to 90 feet. You can find lake maps at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind.

Good Luck!


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    • fisherjmb
      My parents were up yesterday and Wednesday and they did pretty good. Out in the mud in about 33-34 feet. Lots of boats were trolling but they did well looking for pods of fish and then spot-locking over the top of them and jigging with leeches and frozen shiners. 
    • Jmnhunter
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    • ifishwalleye
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    • roony
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    • AlwaysFishing23
      I’ve fished sylvan heavily the last two years. Done very well. Many nice pike, bass, walleye, and bluegill. For pike trolling shadraps pretty much any where will get you all the 20”-25” pike you want. Plenty of dence cover all over for bass and that is the usual bass presentations. And for gills in the spring the channel between the two bays was VERY good this past spring went three days in a row and got 2 limits each time ( two angles in the boat) and relesed many many more.  Also the panfish limit on sylvan is 5 per person so be aware of that. I was out there 2 weeks ago and did ok. Again two limits of nice gills and a handful of pike but it took a lot of work to find them. I’m unsure of the walleye fishing out there but have heard it’s a good lake. Im not an expert on sylvan but know a little so hope this helps ya out. Good luck!
    • BartmanMN
      Thanks Cliff. I am coming up for my week of paradise tomorrow as well.
    • tacklejunkie
      The last two times on the river have been slow to say the least. Trolled Shipping channels, river channels, and all the flats. Crawler harnesses and crank baits. Anybody having any luck out there?
    • gimruis
      If the water is that clear and you can see 17-20 feet down, the fish will be very spooky.  And if the sun is out, they will be looking for relief from the sun in the form of shade.  Night time might actually be a better option.
    • gimruis
      Not terrible.  But they can be merciless, I will tell you.
    • Mike89
      below the darn is a park there too if I remember right, Plus Garden City has a park by the river too I think..