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WalleyeBIZ

Was out on forest last night, 14 inches seemed to be the average thickness! Caught probably 100 crappies all under 8"! No keepers!! Went out tonight and caught the same with a few keeper walleyes, at least we got to keep some fish!!

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Stringerless!

South Lindstrom today.1 sunny. Saw a couple pike on cam. Otherwise nothing but little sunnies seen.23fow. Late start. Got there at 8. Had to drive to Minnetonka to find out it was too cold to work.:(

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Stringerless!

5 to 8:30 this morning. One 9 inch crappie thrown back. Lots of marks, just not biting.S Lindstrom.

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Stringerless!

4 crappies yesterday. Released. 6 kept today.

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DREZLER

I have a very large 26' salmon boat that I am hoping to dip into a local lake to do a shakedown cruise this weekend.

Can anybody recommend a lake that has a deep access with a long ramp that I do not have to worry about backing off the end of the ramp?

I live in Blaine so anything in Forest Lake or out toward Chisago would be ok.

I usaully do the shakedown cruises in the river but the marina manager told me there is logs floating everywhere in st Paul.

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th64

Call the DNR, they know, you pay thair salary-Good Luck

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Bandersnatch

If you don't want to risk tearing your props up, or dropping off the end of the ramps, I would consider a day trip up to Mille Lac to one of the resorts that have a dredged ramp for their launches.

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aanderud

If you don't want to risk tearing your props up, or dropping off the end of the ramps, I would consider a day trip up to Mille Lac to one of the resorts that have a dredged ramp for their launches.

I'd drive over to bayport or stillwater before I'd go all the way to Mille Lacs. You should be able to get there in about 35-40 minutes tops. Plenty of deep launches all along the st croix. Otherwise, even Minnetonka should have a few deeper water launches for you.

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RuKiddingMe

^^^ what he said - Beanies launches larger boats then that all day long.

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expl

You could launch no problems on Tonka.Maxwell Bay, North Arm,Grays Bay would all be fine for your rig.

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Bandersnatch

I posted Mille Lac because he wanted to stay off of the river in his post.

Tonka is a good idea if he doesn't mind dragging his rig though the city.

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MuskieFever

How are the channels on forest? Has the rain brought the lake up?

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SteeredStrike

To address your second question, yes the rain has raised the water level a bit. It doesn't seem to drastic though, just a few inches

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MuskieFever

Headed to NS center tomorrow. Never fished either, which would be better to start at for bass? Winter kill change your opinion? Thanks.

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tunrevir

I have found the muskies to be active right now on Forest with 4 hookups yesterday morning and 2 fish boated. These fish hit in 9 fow along remnant weedlines using smaller baits and a slow retrieve. I also found a mixture of bass, pike and walleyes in the same area. Walleyes took gfinish wally divers as well as the pike and bass. The deeper edges of the remaining weeds have had active fish amonst the coontail and cabbage areas in 12-14' and bass have come off fishing plastics along the deeper edges.

Tunrevir~

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RuKiddingMe

Fished Forest yesterday afternoon was pulling spinners and crawlers looking for Eyes - mostly found very large sunfish but was able to hookup with a very healthy 25" Eye - definetly will be going back to that area at evening prime time and see if I can't find some more. Nice very defined shelf area with a bottom transition from soft on the deeper side and gravel/rock on top. Been trying to crack metro eyes this summer with my limted time on the water - feels good to have found a priming little area. Did real well on WBL including some meals and thick 28" in the very early part of the season but have been blanking since. Oh the learning curve... lol

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Stringerless!

ppl on the channel

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ry5

Hit Chisago today 1-2 PM - found some active OK size bluegill in 6 feet of water

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rascal23

Fish are still biting. Spent 4 days on Chisago this week and last, trying all new spots, mostly less than 15ft. Been getting quite a few decent gills, but no monsters. A few nice crappies (10"+) shallow but they're loners. Drill alot of holes and move around. Great time to be outside!

rascal

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Fish-for-life

Made it out to a lake in the Chisago/Lindstrom  area fished in 20-25 fow. Got there about 8:30,  me and my brother  where limited out on crappies by 11:30, all where 9 to 11inches and my brother got a couple of 12 inchers! Fished for gills for a while after that got some 7 to 8 inchers threw them back. Couple small pike that got put back too, probably the best crappie bite I've had all year!! Most where caught on red hooks with green beads with whole minnows, picked up some others on orange and white, and red and black tungsten's with waxies.

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Ice was 14-15 inches trucks driving all over

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Weathertite

Was it an aggressive bite or a lite bite ? Thanks for the information and my hats off to you on that nice batch of fish.

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Fish-for-life

Was pretty aggressive in the first couple hours, than around 11 it slowed down a little bit.

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Cheetah

Great day of fishing, 63F according to my car, might have got a sunburn.  

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dispatch1313

If your boat hasn't been put away yet, the panfish bite has been pretty good the past couple weeks. These fish were caught yesterday (think early ice spots). Water temp was 39. The forecast is looking good for me, I'm hoping to get out one more time early next week. Sorry if you're hoping for ice soon..:)

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JBMasterAngler

Was on North Center yesterday. Crappies were easy to find, but they would not bite for nothing! Somehow coaxed 2 into biting, so I avoided the skunkaroo. The vexilar began to light up more, and the fish began to move up and down the column a little bit more as evening progressed. So maybe, the bite would have picked up as the sun went down. However, by then, the kids were ready to leave, so maybe I’ll find out next time. On a side note, this was by far the thickest ice I’ve drilled through (30 to 32 inches) with my ion in the 3 years I’ve had it. Was impressed. :)

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