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redneckid951

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hey every one i live in st. cloud but i fish in the brainerd area but i would like to try to fish some st. cloud area lake to so which one(s) should i go to.

hope to see you out there!

thanks

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I am originally from Brainerd and I've noticed a huge difference in quality of the lakes down here. They're also more than a 10 minute drive to find a good one as opposed to Brainerd. Little Rock and Mayhew are about the closest, but I've had little luck out on them. I used to fish Pleasant in Rockville with some success but that has diminished over the past couple years because of traffic. Little Watab and Rossier north of St. Joe are good, but you need to be a member of the St. Joe Rod and Gun club to use the landing. I've been spending all my Fishing Fridays down past Clearwater. I fished Bass lake this winter with some success and I've been fishing Indian a lot lately and catching LOTS of sunnies. Now that the opener is this weekend, I'll be hitting Sugar more often with a trip or two to Alexander, Shamineau and Mille Lacs. There's a pile of smaller lakes that are really good down in the Clearwater area, you just have to drive 1/2 hour and pick one. I have a coworker that has Grandparents on Nixon and he's been getting lots of bullheads and snake northerns out there. You can also fish the channels on Little Rock under Hwy 10 and the one by Benton Beach on 2. There's also the Sartell and St. Cloud dams and there's a couple good spots on the Sauk river during certain times of the year. Hope this helps. If I was willing to drive an hour and a half, I would stick to the Brainerd lakes, but there's good ones a bit closer if you put in the time to learn them.

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What species do you like to fish for? That way I can narrow it down a bit.

Borch

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borch,

i like fishing for walleyes but i have heard that the st. cloud area is not the best for them so i would be targeting pike or bass and ocationally crappies.

redneckid

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Well the walleye info is a bit offbase. I've almost eliminated my Mille Lacs trips do to the quality of the eye fishing here.

Grand Lake(near Rockville) - Very good panfish and bass lake. Also good pike with potential size. Walleyes are hit and miss here. But they can be had most years. My last ice fish outing for crappies all I could catch were 15-18" eyes.

Pearl Lake(near Rockville) - Excellent bass lake. Lots of panfish and pike. However you'll need to do lots of sorting. Walleyes are there and can be had year round. Once you find them they are very catchable.

Horseshoe Chain(Cold Spring/Richmond) - Very good Bass, panfish, catfish and walleye lakes(and river). Big Pike potential.

Rice Lake(Near Roscoe) - Very good walleye, SM Bass(with trophy potential) and panfish lake. More and more pike available with some big one to be had.

Koronis(Near Paynesville) - Excellent SM Bass lake. There are some real brutes in here. I watched a guy catch and release a true 23"er two summer ago there. Very good walleye and pike lake. Good Panfish and a decent LM Bass Lake.

Big Lake(Near Richmond) - Very good LM Bass, pike and panfish lake. Good for walleyes. Here you may need to do some sortng to get some for the pan.

Upper Spunk(Near Avon) - Very good panfish lake. Good lake for walleye, bass and pike.

That should get you started. When fishing in these lakes don't be afraid to step outside the box. Many of these lakes have distinct weedline that will hold all species. Also, these lakes can be hot during midday or after dark.

Good Luck!

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borch,

thanks a ton! i dont know if i will be able to get to all of these lakes but i will definatly try to get to some of them and try to catch some eyes.

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Borch, Any areas on Upper Spunk that are better than others

for Walleyes??

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

I haven't fished it yet this spring. But here's info based on past experience.

Fish location really varies but I'd start on the big reed island midlake the smaller humps can also be productive. I've done well on the hump/bar in the NW corner. Also shoreline can be good. Especially early season. The one in the SW can be good. Fish will often be shallow. Especially when the wind is blowing.

Good Luck!

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