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Phalen


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I live 2 miles from lake Phaen and have been out 12 to 15 times, primarily on the north end. I've been in 20 to 30 FOW and can say that in all these outings, I've caught mabye 10 small perch, 6 crappies and 1 northern. Lots of time spent on this lake and little results. Is there any luck on this lake? Is this common???

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very common, the lake has become over fished. it is not a good winter bite to begin with. very spotty and hard to figure out. try other lakes.

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I don't think Phalen is actually over fished. Yes, there is pressure on the spring and summer but the lake is big, and there is no electric motors, so most of the pressure is just the shore. I have been at Phalen at times and hit the jackpot with wally's, while other times I would get nothing. Phalen is a very deep lake, close to 100 ft at it deepest, with many contours. I think it is just a very hard lake to crack. I have been fishing there for many years and everytime I think I cracked it, next day or next week the patterns will be totally different. I'll say that some of the fish that I pulled out of Phalen, seem like they should be from a from lakes that your gotta drive hours, up north. Good luck and persistance is the key.

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I been pounding at Phalen for weeks now. Some sunnies a few walleyes and occasional pike. Late in the day is best or even up until midnight. There is a saddle in the center straight out from the boathouse thats where we sit. I see lots of guys showing up 4pm or so. I wish I had more info on this lake.

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