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Closed to fishing in North Oaks?? what the...


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Why are all the lakes in NORTH OAKS closed to fishing!? The ones I have driven near aren't posted or anything. There are tons of canoes surrounding the shorelines as well...I know they are considered as being in the Upper Mississippi river basin, but why would fishing affect anything. There are houses surrounding all these lakes...so its not like they are managing the area. Pleasant Lake is included in the no fishing area as well, which makes sense as it is a brood pond. Heres the ONLY thing in writing I can find saying the lakes are off limits:

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/regulations/fishing/special.html

I was about to just say screw it and fish em anyways since I couldn't find any documentation. Anyone else perplexed by this?

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Ice Hole,

The lakes of North Oaks have been closed to fishing since the 1940s (maybe even prior to that). North Oaks is considered a "gated" neighborhood, and you're not suppose to enter it without permission.

If you decide to enter and fish, the Ramsey county sheriff will give you a trespassing ticket (I think they're in the neighborhood of $700) if you are caught.

Now, from talking to some residents, the only lake really worth fishing is Pleasant. I asked them how they knew, and they just smiled. That probably explains all the canoes and sailboats on the lake.

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Ice Hole,

I guess it's just another story of haves and have-nots. Guys like you and me have not and the North Oakers have even though they are not supposed to.

I can almost guarantee you that Deep will not be open to fishing next year. It never has in my time on this planet. Plus, even it was, you're not supposed to be in there without permission. You can verify that with the Ramsey County sheriff if you feel the need.

My solution for you, become a surgeon and buy a house in there.

[This message has been edited by Bornofice (edited 12-11-2002).]

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Since no-one can fish this anyways, the lake I wanted to really fish was DEEP LAKE. Its loaded with big crappies and sunfish. A gated neighborhood?? I doubt it...I dunno seems kinda fishy to me...I would be willing to bet our taxes go to maintain their roads and lakes. I know they fish the lakes, I walked down to Deep Lake. Canoes everywhere, bare earth next to shore where people have been shore fishing. Here is the email I got back from the DNR:

Deep Lake is closed to fishing, at least for this season. Check the
regulations for the 2003 season when they become available in February
to see if it will be open for next season, but at least until March 1st
or maybe beyond it is closed to fishing. Kevin

grrr...even if they did open it to fishing, sounds like the foo-foo police will ticket me for parking on non marked private road eh? Something just doesn't seem right...

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Become a Doctor......good one Bornofice. If you are 12 you can sneak in on your bike and fish the lakes. Pan fish are hell when they get caught in yer spokes though! :0 Used to drive thru there and park when I was 17 also........listen to Dark Side of The Moon. But when I turned 18 (which was many moons ago) dont go in there anymore

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Bornofice is right on the money on all accounts.

All of the land in North Oaks is private; roads, golf course, parks, homes.

I caddied at the golf course for five years in my teens and the residents "told me" that Pleasant was the only decent lake to fish too -- (says Spike with a big smile on his face) wink.gif

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A little history about this area.

The land in north oaks was originally owned by James J. Hill the railroad tycoon, he willed the land as a wild life refuge that's why north oaks has all the deer, also, no fishing. I was a volunteer with the muskie study that the D.N.R. did on pleasant lake, we stocked 5 different strains and did a growth study then we netted the muskies out and that is where the Bald Eagle muskies came from. I know that the D.N.R. still uses the lake for other studies but still nobody is allowed to fish, even the people who live on the lake.

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