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... how frustrating it is to spend 5 hours on White Bear lake with a five year old and not even get even a nibble... blush.gif Help!

- We tried depths from 4-30 feet.

- We tried 10 or so locations.. some with 4-6 clustered boats 'suggesting' success.

- Tried minnows, powerbait, gulp, various plastics, with and without bobbers.

- Tried afternoon, evening.. and night (until 10:00pm)

- Read up the tips on panfish forum.. tried a number them.

Not even a nibble. Could someone help us out? Three times out in the boat so far this spring and not a nibble. What ever happen to my youth when we would toss out a worm out and catch sunnies? I have more success with Muskie on WBL in the summer than pans.

Maybe its just coincidence with the weather and all.. but I thought today (Fri 5/7 water temp 60) would have been better.

(To sum it up.... any one who did have success on WBL recently.. could you give some concrete techniques and workable spots? Tx)

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Sly, I would suggest you try Bald Eagle, Owasso, or Johana in the area. All have very prolific panfish populations. Spoon lake is putting out perch, crappie, and sunfish from the shorline. You may look into that. If you are willing to go west I know a few lakes that again have great panfish populations. As far as bait for kids stick with worm or minnow on small jig or hook under a float. Live bait is always a fish getter. Plastics will of course work but require a bit more work to fish. Other options are some of the stocked kids fishing ponds. I would recomment Lost lake which has great panfish action from the dock. The warm weather should help turn on the bite.

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Thanks. I was a bit frustrated but am better now smile.gif Was a bit trying yesterday. I'll take your advice and check out bald eagle for pannies. Maybe shore fishing is the ticket when with my son. Near a park (like bald eagle too!)

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Sly, Lost lake is by White Bear off of county road E. There is a nice little park there and a fishing pier. I have been there a few time with my 5 year old daughter. Last year the panfish were everywhere. Toss if off the dock and she got sunnies and bass. Once board it was off to play at the park. Give it a shot I am sure you will have some success.

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(Contact US Regarding This Word) - I just put a pontoon on a slip on WBL. I went out wednesday night. It was a very quick trip since my youngest was tired. But I noticed that I was not marking any fish. So I took some coworkers out for a boat ride on Friday at lunch. I took this time to watch the hummingbird as I drove around. I will tell you this, I marked VERY few fish in 6 - 20 feet of water. But I went over a few holes at 30 - 35 feet and marked a ton of fish.

I really don't know alot about this lake, but plan on trying to figure it out. I will be out there on Sunday for mother's day. I will fill you in if we have any luck. Good luck, and drop me an email if you want to compare notes on WBL. [email protected]

Later

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WBL is best fished on cloudy days after a stretch of stable weather. The water clarity is condusive to some tricky fishing at times, especially now with the rolling weather patterns.

The fish seen in 30+ feet of water are what I am betting to be known as baitfish and small panfish.

If you want to get into a mess of Crappies/Sunfish, do as mentioned above and go to Bald Eagle. Pickins are EASY out there for numbers. Some sizable ones are mixed in as well.

Any of the bays in the northern arm are very productive. 3-6 feet of water is best. Sunny weather = fast action on this lake this time of year.

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Thanks so much. I think we will hit Bald Eagle and try there for a bit.

If there is no parking left is their additional street parking? Or is it just turn around and go elsewhere?

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If there is no parking left on Bald Eagle, then you probably would WANT to turn around and go elsewhere.

That'd be alot of people on the lake.

Bald Eagle access and park has ALOT of parking accomadating boats/vehicles.

I've been out there on Saturday afternoon/evenings and Father's Day and still had no problems parking.

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