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A group of four first-timers are comming up on Thursday and the rental company we chose goes out from Sunny Beach Road in the SE part of the lake. I'm just wondering where that would be located on a map and what options we'll have for structure in that area. Just general names of structure is all I am looking for - we will hopefully figure everything else out.

I plan on bringing the group to a few of the places that I see mentioned so many times here on fishingminnesota.com to meet some of you guys finally. I'm pumped for that as well as the fishing. Unfortunately I have to sit through class all week yet.

Thanks fellas,

loebs

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The access is off of sunny beach road, just past Topeka. Thier isn't much strutre their, or really anywhere on the lake. Go for a depth of 12.5 to 13.5, and spread out. When someone finds fish swiss hole the area. Augers really don't bother the crappies that much. The bite has been soft, and if you are using a Vex try to get them to come 3 feet off the bottom. If they follow the bait up, they will bite. Take some time to try for pike. The pike are huge!

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Thanks for the replies guys.

I got one of Lakemaster's maps for the trip already. It is very nice. There aren't many maps that get much smaller than six inch contours for a lake. Most of the waypoints listed in their table are in areas with good structure too.

Through that map, my atlas and gazetteer and a couple of online map sources I was able to figure out exactly where the access is. Thanks again.

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Loebs, I think I stayed with the same outfit last week. We were in the middle of the cribs, not real far off shore, but still in 12 feet of water. The first day we had about 25 walleye and 2 perch. 2nd day, cold front went through and only 5 walleye. No crappies but nice houses.

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Yup that sounds right. Lonnie is the guy I have been talking to. He said the houses are now 5 miles out in a new location. I know the bite has been gradually getting better so it may or may not be located on crappies. All four of us "first-timers" are extremely pumped either way.

I don't care how nice the house is, if it isn't on fish I probably will not spend much time there other than to "hang out" and sleep at night. It would be nice to lay into them and maybe even bring a couple slabs home for a meal.

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Yeah the houses were good and nice people, just wish we would have been further out as thats what the reports were. Still a blast.

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I think you are wrong to want to be further out on Sunny beach. They are ussually 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 miles out. Two weeks ago the crappies were withing 1 1/2 miles of shore.

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Hey guys as you can see this is my first post but i am not new to your forum as i have been reading it for years. I'm one of the guys that own and maintain sunnybeach Rd lake access. I have to agree with Meadow Creek, the crappies are usally no more than 2 1/2 miles out in this area of the lake. We were out yesterday and put a new crossing in place that looks real good as there is about 24" of ice in that area. We did some scouting after we were done with the bridge and found a very promising spot about 1 mile to the NE of the bridge. We talked to some guys that have been fishing that area and said they have had pretty good luck with the crappies there this year. Just a reminder, there are still a few larger snowbanks out there that don't have more than 12" of ice under them so try to aviod them if possible. most places have 20" plus of ice.

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I have also found this out that the fish are no farther than 3 miles out from the south shore. I fish on the south shore about a mile east of the line. I have fished 3.5, 4, and over 5 miles this last weekend to the center bar and did not caught anything. Once we go back to the 2 mile mark, we start catching fish again. This year i have been up three times and have not caught any crappies but have caught 3 northerns, lots of perch and walleyes. Next time I'm not going to waste time traveling out so fat.

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Welcome sun beach,

Thanks for the information. If I have my homework done right, your access is about 2.5 miles of shoreline NE of Roger's Campground... correct? Our group will be there from early Friday morning through Sunday - maybe we'll run into each other out there. Look for a green Siverado and/or a one man fish trap. We're also staying in one of Northbound's houses (red I believe).

Also, if anybody is going to be in the SE part of the lake this weekend and wants to team up to cover some water shoot me an e-mail. It would be nice to help each other locate some fish. [email protected]

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Quote:

Loebs what is that in your avatar pic? is that a pickerel?


Looks like a young Musky that has yet to fade it's spots?

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It turned out that our house was only three miles out of the Sunny Beach Access. Fishing inside the house was good for walleyes and nice perch, however no crappies there. We went farther north on their road and fished just before it ended. We finally ran into some slabs out there. In two different outings I hooked into five fish, all over 14 inches. When I caught the first one I was completely relieved that I got a URL crappie in my first trip there. The weekend numbers from our group came to 30-plus walleyes, 12 jumbos and the five crappies. The cold weather put a damper on the hole hopping but I still managed. We all had a great time and we'll be back.

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how big is the perch u caught?? will go up there wknd of feb 10.11 for perch n crappies.

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I fish off sunny beach a solid 4 days a week and have been doing pretty decent just west of the rock pile . I havent't had a whole lot of luck as of the last few trips out near the reef by the crappie beds though.

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I fished about 400 feet west of the small rock pile on Saturday morning. I may have even walked by the areas you have been fishing. Unfortunately I was unable to play the hole-hopping game I had planned on. The cold temps didn't just do a good number on me, they also took a toll on my auger. After my first set of holes it gained about 20 pounds of ice. I only caught three jumbos that morning in about one hour of fishing. It was slow for me to say the least, but I figure that spot has some great potential.

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loebs93, i think i saw u frizzen your butt off out there. tongue.gif Yeah it's one of my fav spots to fish , a guy just needs to be right on them

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Hey guys...heading up to URL for the first time on Wed. Where abouts is this rock pile you talk about? Any suggestions for me? Thanks in advance for any info you can offer.

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The rock pile that I was referring to is straight west of Big Reef about 2.5 miles out from the eastern shoreline. I would drill out an area at the base of it and move from hole to hole looking for active fish. I would set up a tip-up with a sucker or shiner for one line and then jig with a rod for your other line. This is a good area for roaming pike and I'm sure it attracts bigger walleyes too. This should get you started.

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Thanks for the coords. Any other insight you can share. I have never been up to URL before and can use all of the info I can get. Where is the best place to go out of? I was thinking about going out of sunny beach access just because its not clear up the lake. Any suggestings? Thanks in advance.

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