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mrfish007

hello,

I moved here to rochester about a year ago, and I haven't been fishing up here in this area since moving ( went to lake waconia last thursday and got a lot of crappie and gills ) but don't know a lot of places around rochester and surrounding counties. any sugestions on places to fish sunnies, cats,eyes,northerns, and muskies?? any help would be great!! have a good night and good fishing

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Tyler Holm

Welcome MRfish,

I think your best bet would be to spend some time reading this rochester forum. There are tons of places to fish right near Rochester and you can catch all those species you mentioned within 20 mins of Roch.

Lake Zumbro and Chester Woods are great places for larger panfish and both have cats. For eyes, you'll need to be on a river such as the root or zumbro.

There are several smaller ponds in the Roch area that hold bass and panfish as well. You'll hear them mentioned quite often on this forum.

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crazyice

Also for those Muskies and Northerns, you can target Lake Zumbro which is just north of town. It is actually a resivoir of the zumbro river due to a power dam. I was in the same boat as you just a few years ago and thought that my new home was limited to just the area trout streams, boy have I been proved wrong!! Like Tyler said, just keep a close eye on this forum and you will start to pick up where the hot spots are!! And welcome to FM!!

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Down to Earth

As mentioned Zumbro and Chesterwoods provide excellent bluegill and crappie fishing. If your looking for bass action and your not hung up on size, Chesterwoods is a great option. Though Zumbro does have a population of muskie and northerns, in all honesty there are better options, but do require a drive. For northerns the Mississippi backwaters around Wabasha can provide good action. For muskies, I would recommend either Minnetonka in the Cities, or if you don't want to drive quite so far French over by Faribault.

Good luck in your searching.

Andy

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mrfish007

thanks for the replies guys, much appreciated. I had lost all interest in fishing when living in northeast iowa and stopped fishing for about 8 years. now that I'm in rochester, I'm once again interested in fishing. I need to do some research into surrounding counties lakes and ponds, to go fishing now I'm willing to travel up to about 50 to 100 miles to have a good day of fishing. thanks again and good fishing!!!

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Down to Earth

A good reference book for you to pick up is by Sportsmen's Connection. They put out a books out for different regions in Minnesota and give a good synopsis of lakes. They have one for Southern Minnesota. I have an older copy, but I think they've updated it since I bought mine. It would be a good starting point. I know Gander and Cabela's both carry them, and I think I've even seen them in Walmart. Interestingly enough, Zumbro is not listed. Once you get some lake ideas, you can also go to the Minnesota DNR lakefinder and research specific lakes as well. Their website is excellent for lake info.

Andy

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    • Borch
      It usually pays off finding your own fish.   Nice report.
    • Borch
      Welcome to the forum.  Lots of good options already given.  Have some fun!
    • ozzie
      The fish are out there and they go hot and cold on the bite but they are catchable!  Anytime you can get the kids out fishing is worth it in my opinion!  Take them up and wet a line is about the only way you will find out if they can catch anything or not.  The main thing to look for before going to Red is the week leading up to the date you plan on fishing is to watch the wind speed and direction.  If blowing from the west for a few days the water stirs up and gets hard to fish. 
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    • DonkeyHodey
      agree with gimruis.  look to the river. Your chances of catching a 3# bass or better are exponentially better on the river.  (There's a reason SC/mississippi was chosen for the Gov's opener last year--the Mississippi around here is really a world class smallmouth fishery.)  (most river rats will tell you that you can essentially catch smallies any time of year and often as by-catch while targeting other species.)  Below the SC dam is pretty much catch and release only (all 12-20 inchers must be released) but it's quite loaded with big smallies! (and lots of good shore areas on public land)  Just be prepared to lose a few lures on snags... Frankly, If you want to stick to lakes, I think you can pretty much pick a lake in a 30 mile radius...--most produce bass in good quantity, it's just years may vary in terms of sizes.  Clearwater is good.  Consider Bass lake adjacent to it.  (...it's not just a clever name.)
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