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A buddy and I are debating heading up to fish Ann on Saturday. I have never fished it during soft water so I was wondering if it only has that one tiny landing with 5 parking spots? What time would a guy have to get there to secure a spot at the landing? Is there another access on the lake a person could use if the one is full? I would hate to drive an hour to find the landing full.

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there is only the one real landing by the bar there.....there is a acess point right off 47 and the bridge but not sure you could launch a boat there.

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i havent been there for a couple of years but there is an access there and i believe it was upgraded last year and is asphalt. call the dnr fisheries office in hinkley for landing information. i had no problem there the last time i was there but get there early if you have to drive an hour and you should have no problem.

good panfish in the lake. a good spot is where the river comes in. fish the weedlines there and other parts of the lake. i ice fish the lake more than open water but you should get some panfish for the plate. walleys are harder to find. there are some nice pike and bass also. good luck.

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Yeah, the landing on the west side of the lake is nice but small. I did see people parking in the parking lot of the closed down business a stones throw away. I bet if it was open and you slipped them some $ they would let you park in their lot after launching? Guess I will call the DNR. Is their website back up yet? This would mark the first time the shutdown may affect me. lulz

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Yeah, the landing on the west side of the lake is nice but small. I did see people parking in the parking lot of the closed down business a stones throw away. I bet if it was open and you slipped them some $ they would let you park in their lot after launching? Guess I will call the DNR. Is their website back up yet? This would mark the first time the shutdown may affect me. lulz

Website is up.

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Ended up going to Clearwater instead last weekend. Caught a ton of LM Bass. They were stacked in one area and we pulled 25 + fish in a few hours. Lots of fun but I still wish I would have given Ann a try instead. This weekend I will fish Ann for sure on Saturday if the weather cooperates. How has the fishing been? What species and depth would you try? I have yet to fish this lake in the summer so I am really looking forward to it.

BTW if you're heading to Clearwater be prepared for a completely different lake than normal because of the high water - must be up 7 feet from normal.

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Was on Ann three weeks ago. One small crappie and a sheepshead. That was two separate trips. Warm water shallow lake is not a good combo.

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    • leech~~
      Have you ever read the history of SPAM! It's very interesting! 🤭
    • leech~~
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    • thefishingpublic
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    • Coleman
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    • smurfy
      no friggin way i'd let them worthless friggin pelicans do that. i'd make me a life size leech lookin scarecrow!!!!!!!!!!!🤣🤭   just joshing ya leech!!!!!!!!!!🤗 but i seriously wouldnt allow that  to happen!!!!!!!!
    • Mike89
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    • smurfy
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      Welcome to the forum.  Those are some pretty specific questions that are best answered by the resorts on the lakes that rent houses. Let us know if you find any good deals! 👍
    • gimruis
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