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Jim W

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There are several spots that reach that 30ft depth area, or near 30ft. The channel East of the swimming area gets darn close and I can't remember what depth I marked out from the swimming hole.
If you go out into the main lake, especially near the earthen dam, you will find deep water(30ft. +). There is water near the 30ft. mark straight off from the landing about a 100 yards out. I'm not sure why you asked about the fishing pier, other than as a marker for an area. That has decent water in that channel as well. If you want to fish Chesterwoods, a vexilar or any kind of flasher will be needed!! Unless you know the exact spot and depth needed. I spent at least 5 outings last year checking the depths etc. I have a fair sense, but haven't really fished it hard per/say! With the report I heard( if valid) the crappies are hitting hard. So if you go, let me know how you did. I will do the same!!!! I hope I answered your questions. If not, I recommend going out there and giving it a go, that's how I usually find a spot!! Takes some work, but if you find them in a place like Chesterwoods, you could have them all to your self!!! Keep the rods bendin'!!! Jim W

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Ok i have been there before. But which area would you want to fish? I know where there is 30 feet of water which is right up next to some old timber in the water. It is right out in front of the main "beach, swimming" area. I have swum out there in the summer before!! VERY DEEP! And I have heard stories of there being tons and tons of fish over ther during the winter! And i also know that there is a fishing pier there. Would you want to go there and fish? Is there 2 diff lakes? Any help would be great!

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Hello, I've been watching this board for sometime and wanted to add my report for this past week.
I fished Chesterwoods Monday and must say I found some excellent Crappies and sunnies. They were hanging tight to the trees in about 18ft.of water about 2-3 feet off the bottom. It took me a while to sort through a lot of fish to find the keepers but the action was pretty much nonstop. All fish where caught on waxies and a Gentz pounder jig (pink).
Hope this helps. go fish!!

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Hey stop back to check on any new posts.
Wanted to take the time to answer a few of your questions.

Traffic was pretty lite on Monday untill about 3:30. I went on the lake about 10:00 and I think maybe 4 or 5 other fisherman.

I like to stay on the move even when ice fishing and with the mild temps. I could move and very easily open old holes and drop a jig down. I found the best fish west of the first fishing pier and fished the trees off the long point that enters the lake on the west side. I brought home about 5 crappies in the 13-14 inch range but found a school that would not have been much of a snack on a ritz cracker. (nice to see some up and comers). The sunnies stayed right in with them and I think slightly under them. In any manner it was fun and well worth the trip.

I stopped by another shanty, on my way out, that a father and daughter were sharing. I sent them to my holes. I wanted to make sure the young angler had a good experience ice fishing. Hope they gave it a try.

Hope this helps! Go Fish!!

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Jim W

97nitro,
That is what this site is all about!! The exchange of information ,enhancing the complete enjoyment of fishing for evereyone who takes part!! Thanks for the report!!! Did any of the crappies you caught have any size to them? I know Chesterwoods has some real nice crappies, but like you said you need to weed through a few to get to them! What part of the lake were you fishing? As you know, there are a lot of trees that the fish can hang tight to!!! Again thanks for the information, and keep it coming in!!! Jim W

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97nitro,

SWEET!!! That is great to hear! I'm glad that the lake is producing as we hoped when the project first began. It sure is nice to have good fishing so close to home.

I am wondering how many other people you encountered on Monday? In the past I have rarely encountered another fisherman, but as word gets out I'm wondering how long 'til it's like the stock pond (Fosters). However, there is plenty of room on Chesters.

So what time of day did you fish? Morning, afternoon, evening?

Glad to hear from another SE MN Fishing addict! grin.gif

JA!

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Jim W

97nitro,
Any and all information is useful Thanks! I'm glad that you got into some of those larger crappies that are in there.

It is always refreshing to hear someone "share the wealth" when it comes to fishing! What you probably did was help in creating a "fisherman" for life by pointing that gentleman and his daughter in the right direction! Way to go Nitro!!

Did you happen to notice a particular time of day when the bite was steadier than at others? Did you get any of those "bull" sunfish? Thanks again! Keep them rods a bendin'!!! Jim W

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