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Lake Riley and Other SW Metro spots


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I'm new to the forum but look at it on a regular basis, seeing what's hot and what's not. I'm working in the Chaska area and have tried fishing Lake Riley recently. Any one fish Riley? What else is good near to Chaska? Thanks in advance for any tips.

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Fished Riley 2 days ago for pannies, but little perch are all we could find from 6 to 26 ft. of water.

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Lake Mitchell is always a good standby for panfish. There is also lotus and lake ann which aren't to bad aswell. What kind of fish are you targeting?

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I did great on Riley a few years back, but the crappies had sores on their sides as big a quarters, so I did not go back. These were beautiful 11 to 12 inch fish, and no problem getting limits each time out, but the sores turned me off. We also got a few walleyes that were nice size, but not enough to being me back.

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Thanks for the recommendations. It's hard to believe how warm it is for the first of February, even January for that matter.

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