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Cedar Lake Muskie

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fishinlarry

How was the muskie fishing on Cedar last year?

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palisade1kid

I don't do Cedar anymore,but I thought you'd like to see what the DNR says...

Status of the Fishery (as of 08/12/2002)

Cedar Lake is a large, dark water lake located in western Aitkin County approximately 3 miles west of Aitkin. Cedar Lake is comprised of seven basins that vary in size from several hundred acres to less than forty acres. Much of the shoreline has a sharp drop-off with the maximum depth of the basins varying from 28 feet to 106 feet. With the exception of the main basin, none of the basins have oxygen below the thermocline.

The primary species sought by anglers in Cedar Lake are walleye, northern pike, black crappie, largemouth bass and muskellunge. Muskellunge are the newest member of the fish community and have proved to be very popular with many anglers. Although Cedar Lake is connected to the Mississippi River, which is native muskellunge water, via a relatively short stream, muskellunge had never been sampled in Cedar Lake. Muskellunge were introduced in 1994 and have been stocked annually since. Two of the first three stockings included fish that were 2 to 4 years of age and weighed up to 4 pounds. Fish from these first stockings are now of legal length with the largest know muskellunge sampled was a 45 inch female captured during a spring trap net assessment in April of 2000.

Walleye fishing is a very popular activity on Cedar Lake with both the local residents and non-resident anglers staying at one of the several resorts on the lake. Cedar Lake's walleye population has a wide size distribution, including some real trophys, as documented by the 32-inch walleye caught in this survey. The sharp drop-offs and the many shallow reefs and gravel bars will provide the walleye angler a host of areas to fish for Minnesota's state fish.

Northern pike angling traditionally has been good on Cedar Lake and is likely to get better. There are two notable changes in the northern pike population observed since the last survey. First, the northern pike have decreased in abundance and second, the northern pike length frequency distribution has shown a shift toward larger fish. For many years Cedar Lake, like many lakes throughout central Minnesota, had an over abundant northern pike population that was dominated by small "hammer handle" northern pike. In 1997 only twenty-five percent of the northern pike sampled were 20 inches long or longer. In 2002 almost one-half of the northern pike sampled were 20 inches or greater in length.

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deerwoody

Take the time and go to Mille Lacs

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knoppers

dark water lake?????

that lake is one of the clearest in the area. I did get a 48 inch musky two years ago there. and will be fishing it again this weekend.

walleyes? I am not sure there are any in there smirk.gif

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Matt Breuer

Nope, no 'eyes in Cedar for sure! smirk.gif

As for dark water... hmm... you'd have to hit the 80+ foot holes in the middle before the water gets dark. It's crystal clear!

I lived on Cedar for many years, and I saw and caught numerous muskies. Only made it back once last year, raised one hot fish is all...

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palisade1kid

They do not call the west side of the lake THE GOLD COAST for nothing. wink.gif

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Matt Breuer

Actually I lived on the gold coast, which is a small section of the East shoreline, and the walleye fishing isn't that great there. I caught some with lighted bobbers from the dock on occasion while having a campfire, but during daylight they don't concentrate on that shoreline much. It's a big lake, with a ton of structure, and the midlake stuff is much better...

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palisade1kid

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They do not call the west side of the lake THE GOLD COAST for nothing.
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My bad ,your right .The east side is closest to Aitkin.

When my Dad grew up in the Cerdarbrook area back in the 40's & 50's they lived off of those eyes.Hence the name Goldcoast,because of the gold color of the walleye.

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fishinlarry

Thanks for the info.

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Matt Breuer

fishinlarry, since this too has turned into something other than what it started as, I thought I'd drop in with additional info...

If you head out onto Cedar work the various bays, as well as some of the rocky areas around the islands. Muskies hold in these areas all year long. There are a ton of 'skis out there, and they're usually on the prowl. Good luck, and let us know how you do!

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solocam

CK,

The kid and I started fishing for Muskie this year and he caught one 33" northern and a 41" muskie the first 3 hours that we were on the lake. They are on the move.

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palisade1kid

WTG,a ton of guys will fish for days without and you guys tagged one right away. WAHOOOOOOO!

Keep on looking & you'll see some in the 50" range.Man do they give a guy a tussle!

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solocam

Have you been on Round? If They are still on I might take a trip up there this week. 10 and 12 lakes has been slow.

later,

Dale

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palisade1kid

Caught a mess of 8 inchers before the cold front slowed the bite.

I go to another lake for bass or pike until the fall. If you are looking to eat Esquagamah is giving up crappies all over the place.

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solocam

Not looking to eat. Just catch. I will look you up if I wonder up that way. Wilkens should be doing ok.

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palisade1kid

It is or we could hit Lard!

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