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Formyson

Fishing Spots For Dad And Son

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Formyson

Hey, I am just starting to ice fish and need some ideas of where to go to catch some  crappies with my 6 year old son (Santa is brining is both some gear). We live in Eagan, Mn, but will go anywhere within an 2 hour or so drive. My son has ADHD so has short attention span, but hopefully we can find some good spots to catch some fish, to keep him interested. My email address is [email protected], if you would rather email me. Thanks in advance and maybe we will see you fishing! 😉

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Patrick Bennett

You should be able to find crappies and bluegills in most all of the fishing in the neighborhood lakes!

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CigarGuy

Can't go wrong with Prior Lake out of the public beach or the sportsman landing. You'll see all the fisher people out there.

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Formyson

Thank you! Will give prior a try.

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Bucketcastle

The best spot I can recommend taking kids is crystal lake in burnsville.  You might get one keeper gill, but you will be rebaiting their hook all day.  That is hard to beat considering its icefishing.  In between the public beach and island there's tons of little gills to keep kids entertained. (East side of lake that says park with beach)

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Formyson

Thanks so much for the info. Will give that a try!

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    • leech~~
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      How many holes today?  By the looks of the size, may be you should have stayed home? 🤭
    • eyeguy 54
      Future monster if the catfish don’t eat it. Lol
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      I use them to bone out and trim venny also.  Perfect knife for it. The electric I have found works nice on ribs. I think the cutco is probably about 35 years old also. Not 30. Had it sharpened a few years back by the rep here. Cool knife she said. 😁
    • Tom Sawyer
      Second, but would be willing to change if I owed a skins zit. Most of my fish are cleaned with a 6" rubber handled rap. Use a 4" for walleye cheeks, and also have a larger one for big northerns.    Mmmm, those gills were good tonight. I did get a Cutco, for a gift a while back, decent knife. Just comfortable with the newer Raps, prefer rubber over the wood for handles.  I know I must have quite a few fillet knives, but none as old as that cutco eyeguy has.... That adjustment comes in handy for large gators on the Cutco.   
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      I'm same as you Icehawk
    • Xplorer
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    • Huntin&Fishin
      Sent you a PM IceHawk
    • eyeguy 54
      Bottom one is 35 years old. Cutco I got about 30 years ago. Still a great knife. Can’t throw the old ones away lol
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