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Shady Oak Lake? Waste of time?

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Anyone ever fishing this lake? Its the closest lake to where I live. Drove past it a few weeks ago and seen one portable out in the North bay.

Any info would be great.

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Hooliganz

Theres no fish in there, I have been out there few times with not much luck, 1 small pike.

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Powerstroke

There are maps of it on the DNR website. I know that the lower bays offer the best fishing, but its primarily a bass lake. The pannies are small and the crappies are better but they aree very few. Pike are supposed to be pretty decent, but there's a lot of water to cover. I want top try it this year since I work in Hopkins, but haven't done it yet.

I say its worth a shot, but I haven't gotten there yet.

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Tim L

Use to fish it alot my uncle lives on the lake lots of small pike and I mean alot of small fish, tons of stunted sunnys never really fished for the crops caught a few nothing to write home about and caught some decent Bass. I quit fishin it maybe 5-6 years ago just wasn't worth it when there's way better water to fish Waconia/Tonka/Medicine.

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SupaMan

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Anyone ever fishing this lake? Its the closest lake to where I live. Drove past it a few weeks ago and seen one portable out in the North bay.

Any info would be great.


The rule of thumb is, if it is a metro lake, and not too many people fishes it, then there are not much fish in that lake.. ... No metro lake is a secret LOL..

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Cyberfish

Me and carp fisher fished it with float tubes once. I got a small pike and a small bass. We did get to see someone land a large carp on a flyrod though...I have heard of a few nice bass, but just like any urban lake, you got to work for em! smirk.gif

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Worst Kid

Personally I would just drive another mile down the road to Bryant Lake. Its also off shady oak road. That lake has got bigger crappies and the chance of a tiger muskie.

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_Brad_

Well thanks for all the info ya' all! I also checked out Bryant lake yesterday; seen two perm's on the North end of the lake. May set up shop there this weekend and see what I can get.

Thanks again for all the info!

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