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Anybody been to Foster lately with any luck? Flies or bait?

I used to fish Foster all the time, but moved to Detroit Lakes last summer and haven't been back since. The last time down there in feb of '04 I caught some real nice brookies in the 14-16" range.

I will be in the cities for mother's day and thought I might pop down on saturday. Just wanted to know if it was worth my while...

I'll be bringing along my fly rod and my spinning rod.

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Howdy Deadhead, a friends kid caught a 22"rainbow out of there recently. He was using a waxie on a teardrop jig of all things. Basically just using an ice fishing presentation on a spinning rod. The bobber was set at only three feet. They were fishing off the handicap access on the S.E. side.

I think if you walk around the lake with some spinning rod tackle you should do ok. Rapalas too.

By the way I think D.L. is a nice place. I have relatives in Park Rapids and we get to D.L. for some supplies sometimes.

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Thanks for the info Dan. The only trout fishing I've been doing lately is for browns on the Straight R. in Osage/PR...

Normally I just deadsticked Powerbait at Foster in the summer. Otherwise jigging minnows on the ice.

I never fished the SE south of Foster much, I suppose it was always busy on that end with the hmongs. I ususally stayed up on the north beach and fished mainly the rocks on the NW side. Always had good luck there on that drop off. thanks again for the scouting report.

BTW, is "Hooked On Fishing" still open?

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Yep HOF is still open.

The NW side along the rocks is also very good.

I fished the Straight for trout once also. It wasn't very straight though. wink.gif

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I hope you had better luck on the straight than I've had. It's been pretty cold up here, so not much is hatching except for some midges here and there. I've been nymphing with no luck, I guess I should work on my technique a little wink.gif I suppose if I used a spinning rood and a worm I could catch some browns there, but I have to make it hard for myself and use flies instead...

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DEADhead... i see by your profile you are into music. i'm guessing that your screen name is base on the Grateful Dead. am i right? if so, COOL. me too!

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Andy

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yep, you've caught me.... I am a deadhead.

I have been to that website, and it is quite thorough. good for the dead nerd that I am.

It's always good to see another deadhead around... cool.gif

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I did Foster for about two and a half hours last night and it was quiet. Wew saw only one fish caught....a small crappie.

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good to know... Thanks Tom

The weather's been so weird lately, I wonder if the warm spell will start getting fish more active?

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I was out at Foster yesterday, saw several schools of small northerns like 1.5 ft from the shore, had a small trout but it slipped off. Someone caught a 42 inch northern outta there a few weeks ago. Hopefully no-one will catch one of the many unrecovered drowning victims from that place.

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I've never heard of northerns in Foster. Is this true, or id someone pulling your leg?

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There were some northerns in there YEARS ago. I have heard of only one being taken from there in the last eight years or so. I do know that a nice waldo came out of there two winters ago and, yes, there may be a couple of those left. But northerns? I'm not at all convinced of it.

I do know that a northern of that size was reported to have come from a different body of water by a couple of yokels who trespassed (poached) to get it and probably why we have not seen much said here.

Foster having fish of this caliber would be a long shot at best. Very, very long.

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The person who I heard this from works at a bait shop here in Roch. so for what it is worth I believe him. When I was there yesterday saw a huge shadow of what had to of been a northern it was around 3 ft long

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Quote:

Hopefully no-one will catch one of the many unrecovered drowning victims from that place.


I sure hope there isn't any "unrecoverd victims". Is there any?

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There are no dead in the lake. Aside from northern carcasses.

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I have heard so many stories about this lake, and now I have more to add. I have a "friend" who claims he caught the BIGGEST catfish of his life out of Fosters. Of course he could not recall if it was a channel or flathead. I would not think there would be any flats in there though. May be that 3 foot shadow was this infamous "cat fish hunter". better make a night trip with some livers out there this summer. laugh.gif

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that 3 foot shadow could be a 'bow. My old fishing buddy pulled a 24 and a 26 inch bow out of there before and has them both mounted, as well as a C&R 22 inch brown. I've seen the "shadow" before and started shaking with excitement, but the only hog I've hooked onto in Foster's was a big brown that broke my line when trying to land him. was about a 20 incher or so.

P.S. if you look at the old DNR lake survey from 1982, they mention catching channel cats in their gill nets

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I can do a trout of unusual proportions there. Caught enough very large ones to know they are in there. Catfish now....I don't know about that. Catfish Hunter would get the nod before a northern that size.

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