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This will be my first time on Carlos, can anybody give me some info to where to fish and what the best bait to use (leeches, shiners, worms?) will be staying at the state campgrounds. any info will be much appreciated....

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Lake Carlos is an excellent fishing lake, and the State Park there is my favorite. There are ample tie-up spots for your boat so you don't need to take it out of the water at night. From the park, you'll be looking south. Off to the left (east) is an area next to a marina (where they also sell crappie minnows). There is a shallow area that holds a lot of crappie and large bass. If you go straight out from the State Park you'll find one of several sunken islands. Work the edges for bass and walleye. I use crappie minnows (or maybe they were fatheads...I forget) for the bass and walleye and Shad Raps off the deep edges for walleye. Good luck.

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Carlos is a great lake with a LOT of structure! You can be in one spot where you are in 170-180' of water & drift for a few moments and be in 10' of water. Out from the marina, I have gotten into some nice northern along the bull rushes. I have gotten into some walleye on the weedline in about 15' of water also with some #9 shadraps.

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you can also pull rapalas or drag a live bait rig along the breaklines on the west shore between the church camps. also, out from the S.P. swimming beach is good for crappies.

good luck and good fishing!

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With graduation next week, my senior class decided to camp at the state grounds on carlos... I'd like to get some serious walleye fishing in as well as put some of my inexperienced high school buddies on some type of fish... never been out there before so I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions to make the weekend a little more enjoyable.... Thanx 4 any help!! Good Fishin!

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I too am going to stay for the first time in the Alex area the 3rd week in June. We will be staying at the Windjammer, with my new (to me) boat. The wife and me. Any info will be appreciated.

Thanks,

Tom

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The north end of carlos has been good for crappies. try the pencil reed island out in front of the state park, or even right in front of the s.p. beach. walleyes might be a bit tougher as the water is still cold (mid 50's at best). try the channel between carlos and darling, or the breakline and humps between the two bible camps on the east side. it's also worth a look to check out the mouth of the long prairie river.

at windjammer, you're right by the carlos/lehommedieu channel (it's been shallow...so trim up when you go through)..the sand flat in front of the resort can be good at night when the shiners are running, and on the lehommedieu side, you can try the breakline along the nw shore.

hopefully the bass will be cooperative and provide some extra action.

good luck and good fishing!

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