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Anyone know of lakes with decent shore fishing near Mankato? I've gone to North Shore on Madison Lake but can't find any shore on other lakes near by. Any suggestions?

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Mike89

lake Crystal, and the lake close to that one, plus the rivers there are great fishing.....

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Sibley park, Land of Memories park, Minneopa State park Seven Mile creek all on the Minnesota River, in or near Mankato, but you did ask about lakes not rivers. Duck lake has a county park. Bray Park on Madison Lake. 

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Sofishticated

Struggled with the same thing on lakes around mankato. A bit of a drive but lake Hanska by new ulm has good access. Mostly do river fishing because of this.

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Rick

Don't forget Rapidan.

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pikeandchester

Rapidan dam park is very scenic with plenty of shore line for fishing also has a camp ground. Tough to believe you are in farm country while in lime stone, tree lined valley. Stepping into the Dam Store is a step back in time along with great pies! well worth a drive.

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jigginjim

I was just fishing Madison lake, near St. Peter,  caught several nice sunfish ( approx 7 to 8 inch)  along with bass and pike in shallow water.  All in less than 4 ft of water.

 

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Mike89

that lake is beside the town of Madison Lake.  a fair shake from St. Peter...

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Clavilux

Lake Crystal would be great for fishing.

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Yetzer2468

Definitely Rapidan Dam. I went there last fall and caught 30+ Walleye.

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