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I was thinking about going to Goose and try for some northerns. Does anyone have any updates or if you were going out for a day what lake would you choose that is in a same area?? Thanks for any info.

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Are you looking at keeping busy chasing flags or looking for a big fish? Goose can be good for both but I would probably try Rush for bigger fish (maybe a muskie). Fish lake gets hit hard but I've always been able to get a bunch of flags there. Years ago we used to have the best action at the second dam of the sunrise river. Just above the dam in 4 FOW right next to the parking area.Haven't been down to check that spot and the ice probably isn't safe but thought it was worth mentioning.

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Matthothand, thanks for the info. I am going to go out with a couple of my sons friends but we would be looking for size more than numbers. I have never been at the dam, how do you get there?

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I have checked out the pools above the dams on occasion but have yet to get anything icefishing. I have done good in the summer, but they draw down the water to try and kill the carp come winter. It doesn't work, as the carp are plentiful. I wish they would leave the pools alone, we could have a nice trophy fishery if they did. I know they do it for the ducks, but my opinion is that if the carp are still abundant, and the ducks still keep coming, why not try going a few years without a drawdown to see what the result is? Maybe if the predators can keep the carp in check, a win-win situation could occur.

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there are three dams on the sunrise. The first dam is just on the outskirts of Stacy off of Co.Rd. 19. Take the Stacy (#139) exit from I35. Go east through town. A couple miles down the road you will see a little utility shack on the south side of the road. Get ready to hit the binders and take a right when you see this, as the road is easy to miss. Just follow the road and you will find the dam. Second dam: Again, east on Co. 19, but take a left (north) at the stop signs in town. Go up about 1.5 to 2 miles and go right (east) on Co. 18 (Lent Trail). Follow this to Co. 14 (honk when you pass the Lent Town Hall, I MIGHT hear ya!). Go south(right) on 14 for about a mile or two until you see the Highlines, which is where Kable Ave. is. Go west (right) here and follow it to the end. You will find the second dam there.

Kost Dam: Do the same thing as you do to get to second dam, but go east on Co. 15. Follow it down a few miles to the little village of Kost, you will see a sign that says Kost Dam Regional Park. Take a right (south) and you will find it. All of the pools are shallow, but hold fish. I don't know if they have done a draw down yet, but at least if you check any of them out they are all beautiful and quiet little nuggets, unless the methheads are out hanging around. Usually the riff-raff hang out at 1st dam, but even then, they seem to respect fishermen and are fishermen them selves most of the time.

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