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MineralMan
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:06 AM 06/06/07 (CST)
I apologize for not spending as much time here as I used to, but things have been pretty busy. I'll try to come around more often.

Bald Eagle Lake, just north of White Bear Lake, is pretty much my home lake. I fish in other spots, but I keep coming back to Bald Eagle. Yesterday (6/5/07) looked pretty promising, so I hitched up the NOTLUND and headed for the lake in the morning. It's time for fishing to pick up, and the lake didn't disappoint.

I spent a little time with a ScumFrog in the lily pads near the boat launch, and hooked up with a nice, keeper (if a bit small) bass in a great surface strike. Not much luck after that in the lily pads, though, so I motored over to Cigar Island. North of the Island is a fairly broad expanse of weeds in depths from 8-10 feet of water. I noticed a lot of surface activity from small baitfish, probably golden shiners, and figured it might work out as a fishing spot.

Casting a variety of crankbaits and running them just over the weeds brought in three largemouths, with the largest being about 2.5 lb., and three Northerns. The largest northern was close to 30" long, and gave my medium spinning tackle with 6 lb. test line a good workout. I was the only one fishing that area, and got watched by the other anglers in different locations. I'm sure the spot got hit by some others after I left, since I didn't see a lot of action elsewhere. As I always do, I released all the fish to be caught again.

To cap the day off, I got to watch a bald eagle come off the island and lift a 10" largemouth out of the water about 50 feet from my boat. Add that to a perfectly calm day, beautiful, non-threatening clouds overhead, the sound of loons, and it was a perfect day of fishing. There was even a nice landing by a float plane that a resident of the lakeshore keeps tied up to his dock there. I could have been in northern Minnesota.

We Minnesotans are blessed beyond measure with beautiful lakes right in the Metro. Less than a half an hour from my home, and I get to fish on a great lake. I'm so glad I moved here. Go fishing, everyone! It doesn't get any better than this!






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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 09:11 AM 06/06/07 (CST)
Great observations and a great report!

We truly are very lucky!



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 10:16 AM 06/06/07 (CST)
Great Report and so true about the lakes!!


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 10:24 AM 06/06/07 (CST)
Great report.
Ditto on the lake comment. smile smiley






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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 03:02 PM 06/06/07 (CST)
Thanks for the report MM!


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 03:04 PM 06/06/07 (CST)
Hey Mineral Man...

I didn't know! I spend a lot of time on that lake. I was there last weekend and the weekend before that! Lots of crappies and a few nice 'eyes. I can be on that lake in less then a half hour from My garage. That's hooking up the boat, driving it out there and putting it in. I live in Lino.

Might be going there on Saturday smile smiley



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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 08:26 AM 06/07/07 (CST)
Webdude,

I try to fish only on weekdays...avoid the skiers and water fleas, doncha know. Still, you may see me and my NOTLUND boat out there some of these days. smile smiley





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