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Hey guys, we are heading to campfire bay resort in a couple of weeks!! Just looking for a little advise on this lake. I know nothing except what lake finder offers. Two families, 4 kids. Probably try for eyes in the am, otherwise panfish. Mostly C&R, except one fish fry. Any advise is much appreciated. Any non-fishing must do activities in the area?

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Nice golf couse on hwy 10 just north about two miles. Also camp shaminau just to the northeast about five miles may or may not have horse trail riding tours. Could just be for campers though, not sure. Lindberg museum in Little Falls. I think also a fishing museum in Little Falls. Brainerd is only a half hour drive away. We have also canoued and tubed the crow wing river between Staples and Motley(Water is prob running very high now though). Last thing I possibly have for you is Paul Bunyan Land between Garrison and Brainerd on hwy 18. The pine cones keep falling at our place so if kids are interested in a fun event of pine cone picking up and racking let me know grin Have fun.

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@jiggingstick, this is so funny, my family and I are heading up to campfire this coming week and I havent ever fished fish trap lake before and neither has my dad so i was going to post an identical thread asking the same questions ha ha. Thanks for doing the work for me! So does anyone have any information regarding fishing Fish Trap, and information is very much appreciated! Thanks!

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Unfortunatly I have not fished Fish trap but twice this season, so the only info I can help you with is general starting points, nothing that is a sure thing. I hope it will help though.

For walleyes I would start the search around the 3 main lake islands in 16ft of water working down to 25 ft until you contact fish, and you should find them. I prefer to drag lindys with a leech (5ft snell) but jigging catches fish also.

The sunken island as well as the 2 points at the entrance to the koa bay hand fish also, but arei usually my secondary spots.

Northerns are numerous again but now carry a much nicer size. The best spot I have for them is the weed line along the NW section of the lake. Trolling cranks or spinners in 14 ft+/- should get you plenty.

From rumors I have heard the panfish are still holding on the deep weed edge near the bullrushes, casting meat or small twisters should work well for both crappie and sunfish.

Bass are usually very easy to catch of fiah trap, your usual plastics and spinners will work but a lively leech in the weeds will bring a ton of action. Again I prefer to fish the islands for bass but the sunken island in July in deep water (15-20ft) can be outstanding. Most of the bass we catch come off the shore in shallow water(5 or less).

I hope this helps some and good luck, just leave a few for the rest of us. Good luck

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I sent you a PM that will hopefully help a little. ANYFISH2's post is consistent with what I've heard recently, as well.

Also, swing in Hilltop Sports and Rec. when you turn off of 10 on CO RD 20. They're great guys and always willing to point you in the right direction. I buy all my bait there.

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Thanks ANYFISH2, I feel like a veteran fishermen of thelake and I haven't even seen it yet, thanks!

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Hey Lincoln,

I'm not 100% sure but I am pretty sure they are talking about the sunken island that is close to the northern eastern shore of the lake, and it is close to the ham lake stream or what ever, according to my sportsman's book it comes up to about 4' deep of water.

It is northeast off of the north point of the big main island.

Hopefully that helps some ha ha.

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I plan on taking my 6 yr. old grandson and wife to Fish Trap next week before schools starts. I've read this post pretty close and I was wondering if the information is still pretty good or is there more/better now that we are into mid-August.

Thanks for those that posted and I will report back on our successes.

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c l,

Have not fished it since end of July, so my info is probably outdated. Let us know how you do. I'll be on the lake Labor Day weekend, I hope these cooler temps continue. I would rather fish 70 deg water then 85 deg. water any day smile Looking forward to trying to figure it out all over again!

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