• GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • WE CREATE LONG TERM, MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS IN HERE ... PLEASE JOIN US.

    You know what we all love...

    RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE
    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
Resorter

Best place to fish from shore

Recommended Posts

Resorter

Hoot lake has a cove just off Ottertail 1 highway right outside of Fergus.. public on the opposite side of the highway.. spring time is good for crappies and bass..alot of gills too.. nice bank to stand on.. and Pebble Lake has some nice areas too.. it the one in DeLagoon Park good luck

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Cicada

Beers Lake in Maplewood State Park has a fishing pier near it's access. Great day trip. Quiet, little to no traffic, and on a good spot. Campgrounds are nearby with nice toilets and picnic tables.

Also, in Maplewood State Park is Twenty-One. Walk -in lake with special regs. Payoff is nicer than average panfish.

On the way up you could hit Tonseth Lake. It's on County Road 3 near the town of Edwards. There is a gravel road that goes between the main lake and a pond connected by a culvert. Lots of panfish on both sides of the road.

Good luck and have fun with the little one.

[This message has been edited by Cicada (edited 05-23-2003).]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Master of Fishes

I am new to Fergus area and am wondering the best lakes to take my 4 year-old just to fish for an hour from shore. Not too picky about type of fish...just for some quick fun.

Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

I like the Otter Tail River in town. Great smallies below the dam, but with a 4 year old I wouldn't recommend that. A little dangerous. Above the dam there is a bike path (I think) and park-like area that you could fish.

I've seen people fish from shore near the Phelps Mill in the park. I don't know what they are fishing for. Phelps Mill is NE of Fergus about 10 miles or so up Co. Rd 1 and then signs will direct you there.

I don't know any lakes that cater to shore fishing to the public. If I can think of any, I'll let you know.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Gissert

As CD mentioned, Phelps Mill is popular. Sometimes it gets a bit busy, but early mornings and weekdays are usually good. Northerns and rock bass are the usual fish there. Crappies are also present. Just below the dam is where most people fish. There is access to the riverbanks by the parking lot also.

The outlet of the Ottertail Lake is a good spot where the water spills over the dam. A good mix of species are present.

Orwell dam west of Fergus is a good spot also. It also has a great playground if you kid gets bored. All smallmouth are catch and release.

There is a public dock at DeLagoon park in Fergus, on Pebble Lake.

Just west of Dalton, there is Rose Lake that has nice panfish. Right where #82 runs over the creek is the spot. Be careful that you do not trespass on private property here.

The north and south public access on Clitherall have deep water within easy casting distance.

Where Hwy 35 crosses between north and south 10 mile is popular.

Good luck. If you go for a drive and look around, you will surely find other good shore spots as well. Good Luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

While you're in the Phelps Mill area, try the dock at the public access on Round Lake just NW of Maine. My kids catch tons of bluegills and a few small bass there. Usually very quiet there, too.

FLB

[This message has been edited by Freckled Lady Bucket (edited 06-05-2003).]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
yourresort

Phelps Mill!!!

I have to thank Pat Casey for taking my 5 year old, Dawson, and his 4 year old, Aaron to Phelps Mill on Tuesday. They came home with a Perch, a sunfish and 3 crappie; not to mention the 3+ pound Large mouth Dawson caught that was released after a picture or 2.

Phelps Mill is always an easy referral for those with little ones. You catch a variety of fish and the swingset is there if the attention span is too short.

Here are some Sunnies that were caught at Phelps Mill last August.....
2002_h03.jpg

------------------
Paul Ness
Three Seasons Lodge on Otter Tail Lake

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
castagain

Phelps Mill was a blast! It is priceless to see the expression on a young child's face when reeling in a fish. More priceless is the opportunity to explain that the fish can be released to be caught another day. To watch the kids toss 'em back, and to learn that is a good thing to do at times was great! My son Zach and I had a great time with Dawson and Aaron. It was a lifetime experience for all of us.

Bobber fishing with crawlers and minnows will definitely yield results in the lagoon area near the swing set with the slide. The two little fellas had most of their success near the running water inlet just off the shore. I am sending the pictures to you Paul, and maybe you can post them when you get them! They are absolutley priceless. By the way, Aaron is having withdrawls and thinks we should come to see Dawson very soon! HAHA!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
yourresort

Castaway (Pat!)

I don't know if I thanked you for taking the boys fishing, so THANKS!

It was great to get to know you and your family. We also look forward to your return.

Dawson says it best, "Why did Aaron's family have to leave?" We are truly blest, that we have so many guests that make us want to say that same thing.

Chat with you later.

------------------
Paul Ness
Three Seasons Lodge on Otter Tail Lake

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
yourresort

Pat,

Thanks for the pictures....

Here is one of them....
2003_dawsonAaron.jpg

Dawson still raves about it. He was telling the "new" kids over the campfire about catching fish with his buddie Aaron, and how he had to leave. "You should have been here!" He said

------------------
Paul Ness
Three Seasons Lodge on Otter Tail Lake

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • bbfenatic
      Many of you FM long termers remember FisherDog from way back...he used to post all the time before he moved to Florida.  He was up for a couple days this past week and we got on a good crappie bite in the area, he is a Crappie Guru and man we worked hard but had fun...boated well over 100 in 2 days on the outside weed edges...many absolute Donkeys. Kept a few smaller ones so he could have a fish fry for his family...couple of pics...he's in the blue shirt.
    • ozzie
      Any action out on Gull?  I have tried a few times and have had some success pulling rapalas but finding areas void of weeds is getting harder and harder.  Just curious how others are fairing out there.  I am thinking I need to get out there during the day and try small jigs and 3" minnows as that is what have been in the guts of the fish we have cleaned.
    • ozzie
      I have a buddy that has a cabin on the lake and he will fish the walleyes over deep water and also in the weeds as they seem to relate to both at times.  Seems like a hard lake to pattern but he always seems to catch something out there.  Good Luck
    • Hoey
      ...oh and I ran into Fiskynut on the Lake as well as the Point following Striefffs too.  
    • ozzie
      so just curious how is the water situation in the area?  the document didn't open and I don't get up in the area as often as I would like but I have heard of quite a few storms roll through the area.  I know the sentiment earlier this year was it was gonna take a lot to get things going in the right direction, so has that started to happen or still way below normal?  Thanks
    • ozzie
      Sounds good!  I won't be up this weekend but in the future I will look for ya!  I am in a couple different boats but a Lund Tyee is what I would be in most often with a 200 merc on the back.
    • Hoey
      Not to mention that some of these boats had doubles on the biggies, so they could select the heaviest or caught another biggie after tagging one.  Our boat did not get a biggie.  We had over 24 slots for the day, our biggest was 25".
    • Rick
      Women can hike to spectacular views of autumn colors and Lake Superior on the horizon during a three-day fall workshop that teaches a variety of outdoor skills through the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Getting to that view includes 330 feet of elevation gain on the Superior Hiking Trail – the kind of physical and mental challenge known well to Jo Swanson, trail development director for the Superior Hiking Trail Association and the keynote speaker for the fall workshop. “One of my themes is empowerment – learning to overcome fears of adventuring in the outdoors,” Swanson said. “We live in a culture of fear and people react strongly when women go on outdoors adventures, especially when they go alone. The truth is that with planning and preparation, the outdoors can be a very safe place.” The fall workshop is Friday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Sept. 16, in a new location this year at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center near Finland, Minn. Attendees will hear from Swanson and Minnesota state park naturalists. Session topics include Ojibwe heritage, Voyageurs, archery, canoeing, and the animals, plants and geology of the North Woods. Linda Bylander, coordinator of the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program, said that along with the new location, the workshop offers a new selection of classes this year. “Women who attend the fall workshop gain a whole range of experiences in a supportive environment,” Bylander said. “We chose dates when the fall colors should provide a beautiful backdrop. The workshop is designed for women ages 18 and up but girls ages 14 to 17 are welcome to attend with parents or guardians. Visit mndnr.gov/bow for more information and to register. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • srj
      Quite a strong bite for the Streiffs tourney. I think there were 20 or so over 28", with the biggest weighing 10 3/4. Last year I think there were five overs. The boats were spread all over the lake. Many were fishing the mud, a few were quite shallow and some on the rocks. Most guys spoke of slot fish like crazy......but roughly 1 out of 6 boats having a 28" plus is crazy!! The stage got a bit crowded when the big fish catchers got up there for a picture.
    • gimruis
      They can go on opener like everyone else does instead of pre-emptively scaring the local ducks out of the area.