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Hi all, I'm new to the area (moved in last week from Kentucky) and I'm wondering if you can help out with some suggestions of where to take my kids (ages 9 & 11) for some good crappie/sunny fishing? I live in St. Michael and have a fishing boat, but I'm reading a few posts here that tell me some of the lakes are best suited for skiers and tubers. I'd really appreciate some good advice...my boys love to fish and have been looking forward to this for a while! Thanks! -Jim

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If you are new to the area, I would suggest you buy a map book of area lakes. I believe it is called Sportsman Connection. It is available at most tackle outlets(Gander, Wal-Mart etc). It will give you a basic map of area lakes, boat access points, hints for where to fish and DNR information for lakes. It is a spiral ring type of book. Mine takes quite a beating and needs to be replaced. I can tell you to try Indian lake for sunnies and bass, but you still need to know where the access is, the structure or just where is that lake is. Good luck!

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Welcome to FishingMinnesota Jim!

If you are looking for some good sunfish and crappie action, don't look any further than your back yard! A lot of the smaller wright county lakes will give you plenty of action!

You will find that this site will give you more than enough information to get out and find fish BUT you'll have to go out and fish em' because honey holes normally aren't shared. Just a start in the right direction!

Lakes I've been out and seen plenty of fish are Sugar, Cedar, and Sylvia/Twin. But those are only a few. I know guys were picking up fish on some of the smaller lakes near Clearwater........do a search on the sight within this forum (Annandale-Buffalo-Big Lake) and you'll see quite a few more lakes come up!

Good Luck and WELCOME!

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Hi, Jim, also welcome to fising minnesota, I don't fish from a boat, but I still pretty well on Maple,rock,ramsey,buffalo. those are just a few more to think about. Good Luck, nothing like taking a kid fishing.

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If you wanna catch huge numbers of 5-8 inch sunnies and a few crappies of the same size, go to Indian Lake south of Sugar Lake on Hwy 7. It's a nice small lake with LOTS of sunnies. Non-stop action. My friend and I caught over 100 each in a few hours a couple weeks ago. I wasn't shy about keeping a few as the lake is overrun with them.

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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome! I also appreciate the info. We went to Beebee(sp?) for a couple hours tody and had a ball. I will definately be getting one of the suggested maps, but in the meantime, can anyone tell me where Indian Lake and Sugar Lake are? and where the landing is? Thanks again!

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the north shore of suger on on cty rd 7 out of maple lake.

Take cty rd. 37 into maple lake, to cty rd 8 take a right on 8 to 123 take a left on 123 to 7 take a right on 7, the access is about 1 mile down the road, go slow you can not miss it. To get to indian instead of taking a right on 7 take a left go to the 1st right and it should be on top of the hill( this is a quess on indian), but pretty sure it is right. Good luck.

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Here's a couple more;

Charlotte, right near beebe, has a shallow bay (at the access) that can be good for panfish action.

Sullivan, just west of Buffalo is a great panfish lake and you'll practically have it to yourself.

Constance, north of Buffalo can be a good crappie lake, fish the floating docks and weedlines.

Stay away from Pulaski- too much traffic, and Buffalo can be productive but it's a mess in the summer.

These should keep you and the kids busy!

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One more, try just below the dam on the clearwater river, a couple miles north of the town of Clearwater on Co. 75. With all the rain, it will be running fast and chock full of carp. Fish the fast water with a three way rig and a #4 hook full of corn. Keep your lines tight and be ready!

You'll catch fish until your arms are sore.

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