Any one having any luck around the metro area? Bald Eagle has been good to me with numbers on the eye but size is small. White bear has not payed off at all this year. Green lake in Chisago has put out a few eyes and crappies with very few crappie over the 9" min. and only one eye over the 17" min. Chisago lake all the smaller pan fish you want and a few keeps mixed in best bet has been the south end The channel has way to much traffic for me. I have been finding most ice in the 6"-8" range with a few thin spots but over all good walkable ice. Disclamer "Ice is never safe" Any one else doing any good?
You're in the right areas...just look to the smaller lakes near chisago and green to find little more size to the fish. South center has about the same fish size as chisago, so in the evenings I look to the smaller bodies of water for larger fish. Same with bald eagle, the lakes to the east that are less traveled are better, but only in size. Lot's of people in the southern metro are on local stocked ponds, sometimes I hit the ones in IGH or Eagan. It can be discouraging when you only catch 3" fish, but you gotta try for new spots. Last year I had a good crappie spot near stillwater, but this year it was a bust. On to somewhere new now, good luck.
Yep that was the feeling I was getting and have a new smaller lake I think I will try next. Have any luck later at night on some of the smaller lakes? Most of the bits for me have ended by 6:30pm and would like to find something later. I just have not wanted to do to much scouting after dark with the ice the way it has been. Shorefisher
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