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I am a new B to spearing, just wondering if i get a few good lakes for spearing northers in the south metro?

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bassNspear

chuck, there is alot of lakes out there. Im guessing you live in chaska with your profile, is that correct?

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merkman

Go to the DNR Lakefinder and do some research.

Find a small lake that most people overlook preferably close to your home.

Also take a look at the catch rate for the species that are there.

Look for one that has been stocked in recent years. Even if it has been stocked with game fish other than northerns they use those as forage and there is a good chance there are some nice fish in there.

Look for one with some good structure and a deep hole or two.

Find the "channels" that the northerns will move from the deep water into the flats.

Set up on a weed line on one of those chanels in 8 FOW with the deep water next to you.

Then sit and wait.

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bassNspear

Merk hit it right on the head. Make sure when you are looking at these lakes, that you look for clarity as well. Always is a big thing for spearing as im sure you know, to be able to see the bottom awesome and see the fish well.

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Gordie

chuckwagon I grew up fishing some of the lakes down that way.

I would check out spring lake and fish lake.

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chuckwagon

Thanks for the info all, yes i live in chaska tried mitchell in EP but no luck! Red rock or Ann seams good to me!

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bassNspear

you have to remember, ann has slots, so thats out!

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chuckwagon

AHHHHH yes I just was checking with a friend about that. Thank you for keeping me in check about that. That would not be a fun night to explain to the warden.

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bassNspear

got that right. when i moved to the chanhassen area, i live like 2 miles from ann lake, so i was thinking i would have it made, till i found out about the slot limits!

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chuckwagon

I have been doing a lot looking through my lake book, so I think I have some good ideas for lakes. When I was on mitchell I speared next to an all black spear house. The door was wide open and there was garbage all over around the the house .. I went over and peaked in to see what was up, no one was in or around it for a couple hours and there was a big live bait decoy sucker on the line still suspended in the water? This cant be legal and all the garbage was just laying there. Has anyone else seen something like this or this house out there?

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merkman

Maybe a muskrat came up though the hole? laugh

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glenn57

THAT, would definitely do it! crazylaughwink

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bassNspear

Maybe a muskrat came up though the hole? laugh

This has happened!

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GoneFish'n71

happened 2 times to me yesterday!! Do big northerns chase rats? Not sure if it was coincidence or not, but the second one came up the hole the same time a big ol pig came in.

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lovetheice

happened 2 times to me yesterday!! Do big northerns chase rats? Not sure if it was coincidence or not, but the second one came up the hole the same time a big ol pig came in.

then what happened???

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GoneFish'n71

poked the rat he jumped and swam, scared the pike, had third beer, life went on!! Would probaly scared the [PoorWordUsage] outa me, but I was watching my sucker go nuts and looking for pike that was causing it and he just slid up right in the corner of the hole same time as i saw pike head.

P.S. pike did come back 2 more times

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lovetheice

that is one of the funniest stories I have ever heard from spearing experience

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