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Hey everyone. I am heading up to Big Sandy this weekend. I have a little old 14ft fishing boat with a 18hp motor (and I mean old 1966). Am I going to get swallowed up and spit out of this lake. From the DNR website it seems HUGE! Let me know any pointers to watch out for, or if I shouldn't worry about it. I am used to White Bear Lake and this is about twice as big. Thanks for the advice in advance. PS if anyone else is going to be there this weekend, we could meet up somewhere on the lake (sorry not much room for an extra in my boat or I would offer)


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the only thing that I would watch out for is the main basin. If youre on the Southern end there are alot of islands/points/etc to slow the wind down. I've seen 14 ft boats out fishing before. I would bring a boat out on Big Sandy that I wouldnt consider bringing out on Mille Lacs.

of course if the wind is bad or it feels unsafe, then use your better judgement. Good luck fishing also!!

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Yeah, I don't think a small boat would have much of a problem on BS. The only time you might have to worry is if it were storming out. And even at that, there are alot of little bays you can protect yourself from the bigger waves in. Even though BS is a large lake you can't really compare it to Mille Lacs., cause BS is broken up with alot a islands and points.

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Fish till your hearts content in that boat.

No worries if the weather is decent.

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Hey thanks everyone for your quick replys, I am looking forward to the weekend! I hope that the weather and the fish work in my favor! I will let you know how the weekend turned out when I return. Good luck to everyone else who is going out fishing this weekend.

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One large piece of info.

Target no water deeper than 10 ft.

I agree with some, that you can get fish deeper, but from my experience, going deeper than 10 ft is a BIG shot in the dark. Literally.

I am talking walleyes, pike or crappies.

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Well didn't catch the amount of fish that I wanted. Couldn't get on the eyes this weekend. Only a few Northern this weekend. Maybe another day. I have heard the bite is slow for eyes up there right now anyway. Just thought I would report. I was fishing with Jumbo and Large leaches, for the most part. Tryed of rock piles, 11-13 ft of water, in the weed lines, etc... It was still a blast to get out though. Little on the chilly side

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I got up there this weekend, Finally. The fishing was a little slow for me but like 4Life said 'it was good to get out there'. I tried a few new spots with litte to no luck. Caught a couple little northern's and the girlfriend did catch a nice sized one. smile.gif (got a couple pictures and the slimey SOB had to go back). But otherwise the Eye's were a little slow. I caught a Sucker which I didn't even know BS had, and man was that thing big. I never knew they grew to be that size.

Hopefully I can get up there again, soon, and get them walleye's another shot at a free boat ride to shore.

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