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Fishing with kids in metro area

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I will be visiting in Eagen May 6-20 and am bringing fishing tackle. I would like to take my four grandchildren and let them catch some fish. Don't care what type as long as they are fish! We will be limited since no boat is available and I am pretty much restricted to places I can get to on a wheel chair or walker (pier, dock, smooth bank, etc.). I would like some suggestions on possible locations, type fish likely, and baits needed. Kids are ages 4-12. Thanks for any help.

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Check the Minnesota DNR web site we have fishing piers on alot of lakes. Some are better than others.

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Well the ol' reliable bobber and panfish jigs would be tough to beat. Waxies or small crappie minnows. I would bring some plastics as well, casting twister tails or gulp minnows can result in some bass/pike or even some big pannies.

Lakes to look at in the area are...crystal lake, holland pond (which contains brown trout), lac lavon, and alimagnet lake. All of these contain fishing piers as well as available shoreline. There are a ton of other small lakes and ponds that have good panfish/bullhead numbers. Do a quick search of dakota county on the DNR lakefinder.

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If you're up for a 45 minute drive check out the fishing floats on the river out of Alma.

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There's a pretty good bass pond down in Eagan. Nice bass and nice sunnies. Just a hole in the middle of no where but it's fun to fish. I think it's Burr Oaks.

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Others lakes would be lakes Marion, Orchard, Prior, and O'Dowd. Also check with Eagan ciyt hall there are several small lakes managed just for kids.

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Holland isn't really wheel chair accessible. It says it on some different websites, but when you get down there, it has a bunch of steps leading down to the dock. you can come on over to Schulze and the lebanon hills visitor center, and i will guarantee you guys catch some fish. If you don't have enough equipment we rent it out for free here. All you have to do is bring the worms and a fishing license for yourself. We have the rods, reels, and tackle all available for free to anyone. Just tell them Adam sent you.

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