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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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    • Paul Waldowski
      Crappies have been suspended in at 20 - 24 feet in 35 feet of water.  My first fish thru the ice EVER!!! on Koronis, to clarify though, this was my first day actually wetting a line
    • Huntin&Fishin
      Walleyes and or crappies? 
    • Getanet
      Thanks JB. Haven't been able to find anything about the campground at the boat launch, but did find some for Devil Fish, Chester and Esther based on your response. Much appreciated.
    • Smokin’ Barrels Pudelpoint
      I have not heard anything about slush on Trout. I was up there New Years and it wasn’t too bad but the fishing was really slow. Finally managed to ice one just before we left for the day. Hopefully I have good news to report when we get home next week.
    • Rick
      Good grief that's a nice speck. Your photographer took an amazing shot too!
    • Dash 1
      Roughly 4-5 miles. 28 ft water. Other resorts out in 30-32 ft, but doing about the same. This steady weather should be good hopefully. Good luck.
    • Xplorer
      Thanks for the report.   I'm headed up tomorrow morning for the weekend.  Going with a couple buddys and their wheelhouse, either Cyrus or Morris point it sounds like. I'll be happy with a bunch of 14" saugers for a dinner, I'm just along for the ride and 🥃 's this weekend 😎 How far out were you with Sportsman's? 
    • Wanderer
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    • DonkeyHodey
      Love my Cutco Fisherman’s Solution:  Oldie but Goodie.  Got it as a birthday present from pappy when I was a teen.--knife is now near 30 yrs old and it still has it's tip.  (I particularly love the adjustable/extendable blade.--Agree with Hookmaster about flex:  Extending blade gives more flex to it when skinning.)   (of note, I also keep a short, skinny rapala fillet knife in the tackle box to preferentially use when filleting bullheads--I use a different fillet techinique for bullies and cats…) I see no problem with that!.😁 (I've come to believe you can never have too many ever since the one time I found myself without my Cutco:  I Caught an unexpectedly nice mess of sunnies shore fishing.  Didn't have my fillet knife. (DOH!)  Filleted the lot with a stiff bladed paring knife. (only thing available.   Awful!)  The experience was such that the end result is that I now keep extra fish-fillet-blades stashed anywhere I may need them... (car, tackle box, mother-in-laws, as well as a few other spares just-in-case...)
    • Dash 1
      Just got home from LOW. Fished last 2 days out of Sportsman’s Lodge. Brother and I had a meal up there and brought home a limit, but it was all we could do to get them.  16.5 and 19 were our biggest. Mostly 14 inch saugers.  Fish were tight to the bottom and most caught on dead sticks. They would look at anything we jigged, but not much for taking it. Great trip any time I can fish. Was our first time ice fishing on LOW, looking forward to it again someday. 
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