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I'm looking for information pertaining to the timing of the spring carp spawn on Minnewaska. My brother went to college in Morris, so was there to check on the spawn on a regular basis and thus always hit the fish good. I live in Minneapolis, so one or two trips each spring are usually made out there, between turkey hunting and steelhead there isn't much time and it's a long trip for me. We fish for them on the flats near Lawrence point. When they're in and spawning, the water will be muddy and fish will be breeching all over. I'd really like to make contact with someone from the area who could shoot me an e-mail when the spawn begins. We could swap trips or something like that. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Are you looking to fish for Carp or bowfish for Carp? Either way the Horseshoe Chain has the best Carp fishing around. I have caught them up to 40 lbs. Usually I bowfish them, and could easily fill a boat on any given day. During the spawn, our muddy bays on the Chain are rolling all day.ScottS

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I am looking to catch them, not shoot them. I've been to Horseshoe twice this winter, and I have to say that some of the backwaters along the route looked really promising. Is wading or shore-fishing an option there, or do you really need a boat? Also, any specific backwaters you could suggest to me? Thanks.

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The river system is full of Carp. However, most spawning goes on in the bays and is vary obvious as you may know. The best spot for shore fishing is in the flats, which you take County Rd 22 South off Hwy23 and the flats are the area on your Left. The first water on your left. Another option would be to drive the lakes road until you see the carp boiling up in a bay, then fish there. The nice thing about the Chain is that it offers a lot of shore fishing opportunity. Wading would be an option but some of that mud gets pretty deep.ScottS

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