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Lotus Lake fun........


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Anybody else experience the "fun" I did last night on Lotus Lake in Chanhassen? Ski Natiques (sp?), other misc ski boats and jet skis everywhere and apparently they own the lake. My five year old daughter and myself must have been in their path, even though we were only 30 feet off shore in my small 16' Pro Angler. I have fished on this lake for years, and never have I seen such stupid, inconsiderate people. Needless to say it will be a while before I hit that lake again. Was this just an extra busy night or is this common these days?

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That is my experience on that lake as well. They think they own the lake, I have had jet skiers come with in 20 feet of the boat while I have been trolling out there. Not a good lake to be on if the weather is nice. You think they would have some respect for fishermen.

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Yea, it gets really old, especially on the small lakes. On nice days I will avoid lakes like this. Others I have had bad experiences with include

riley

bryant

prior

tonka

Anyone else have the avoid on sunny days list going?

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I also have noticed this and it seems to be getting more common. I have fished this lake since I was a little kid and the traffic out there, especially the skiers and jetters has never been like it is now. I guess there's to many Yuppies in the area overtaking the Sportman's paradise.

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A big Daredevel or Reef Hawg cast in their direction may wake these yuppies up. wink.gif Fun to think about, but could get you into trouble.

Better yet, call the local water authority with their boat numbers. Maybe they'll get a ticket for reckless boating.

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MT - I like that idea! Looks like I need to borrow a couple of your muskie lures!!!

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There are a ton of regulations regarding distance from shore and from other boats that Jet Skiers and other boats need to follow. However from what I have seen they rarely ever do. Keep the cell phone handy and report them. Let them get a couple of expensive tickets and see if they are still whipping around the lake like (Contact US Regarding This Word).

If that fails then keep the daredevil handy and plunk them upside the head.

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Call Carver County Sheriff, on the weekends they have a boat that patrols various lakes in the county with a 16' that can be brought to Lotus. Personal Watercraft that break the rules are a favorite to target. BTW, the rule is that PWCs have to be 150' away from any dock, shoreline, emergent veg or another boat if they create a wake.

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Does anyone happen to have the phone number for the Carver County Sheriff handy? Thanks!

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Quote:

Does anyone happen to have the phone number for the Carver County Sheriff handy? Thanks!


(952) 361-1212

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Da Beak - Thank You! Next time I'm on Lotus I will be ready for those stupid jet ski's - With both the Cell Phone AND the Big Ole Daredevil!!

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Yup, had um on Pierson's this last Sunday too. We were anchored fishing sunny's and gills, and had a couple of them come within 25 feet of the boat. And moving fast! We were having a great time till those arses came out! I think I'm going to have to start packing a couple of big ol' Reef Hawgs too. Good luck Feet! Happy hunting. Errr, I mean fishing. wink.gif

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There will be a county wide boat out on the afternoon of June 18th, so you can call the Sheriff's Dept after if you experience any trouble from the PWC crowd.

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Glock - What the heck is a "county wide boat out"?

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i work at bryant lake.

there is so much traffic it's ridiculous.

but there is a no wake policy on sundays's from noon-6pm.

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Been out of town...sorry for the delay. A County Wide Boat is a Sheriff's patrol boat that goes lake to lake. There is generally one out every weekend in the summer.

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Hows the fishing been on Lotus lately? The largemouths action speeding up yet? I plan on fishing this lake on Tues, hoping the traffic wont be bad on the lake. I plan on fishing the whole SW metro while I am back in town all next week. Probably hit up Lotus, Ann, Waconia, and whatever else I can get to. I have all of next week off and need to fish all of my favorites lakes, which I no longer have access to, since I now live out state. Between that, and a trip up north should make for a darn good week of fishing.

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Yes i really hate it when people rip thru the area your fishing even when it is so obvious that we are fishing in the area. So what are you supposed to say when you call the sheriffs dept? Im trying to fish and these jet skiers are bothering me? I would think they would kinda get annoyed with those calls since its not really that big of a deal to them especially with all this terrorist stuff.

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I think its getting kinda ridiculous on alot of lakes this year. The dnr should designate certain lakes with little or no fish and allow jet skies there but not on popular fishing lakes.

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*nod* Jet skiers and water skiers just don't go hand in hand with the fisherman... I don't mind them on the lake (OK, I do) but I wish they would have some common courtesy and respect.

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