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T-Kal
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 10:11 PM 10/13/08 (CST)
Hi all,
New to the Fishing Forum and hoping you have some recommendations. I use to fish quite a bit when I was younger but haven't done much, if at all, over the past 15 years. I have 3 kids and we've been fishing as much as we can. Fishing for sunfish mostly but they really want to fish for something bigger (bass, walleye, pike...anything bigger than a sunfish).

Does anyone have any recommendations in the twin cities area that has decent shore fishing? We've tried a few docks in the area but it tends to get very crowded. I'd like to avoid the docks as my kids aren't skilled casters and it's caused a problem or two in the past. We live down in Prior Lake but haven't found any good shore fishing spots.

I was thinking of getting some suckers and seeing if we could snag a northern or two but my kids get excited to catch just about anything with some size. Any thoughts are appreciated and I thank you for your time.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 01:21 AM 10/14/08 (CST)
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 07:14 AM 10/14/08 (CST)
Hey T-Kal,

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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 08:19 AM 10/14/08 (CST)
I'll give you a few good spots but you have to promise to come back and give us a report on how you do.

There are a few shore spots on Crystal Lake in Burnsville where I have had good luck this time of year.

On the north side of the lake there is a fishing pier that can offer OK pike/musky fishing but you really need to put in your time there. Not a great spot for kids. However if you walk down the stairs to the fishing pier and then take a left along the shore line you can follow a path down to an opening where there is a culvert going into the lake. It should allow plenty of room for the kids to cast as there are no trees beind them and its plenty big for a few erratic casters. This area is significantly better for bass,pike,sunnies, and crappie then the pier itself. I have even caught a walleye here once.

Just toss out a bobber and a minnow and you should be set. There are some weeds but it is easily fishable and it is much deeper then it looks you can easily cast into 8-10 foot of water.

This time of year its a good spot to pick up bass. 1-3 pounders are typical but I have had 5-6 pound bass from this area as well.

Another spot on Crystal if off of the frontage road on the west side of the lake. There is a small paved parking lot right off the frontage road. There is a path that leads down to a small beach area. This is another spot where I have had good luck with pike and bass. Best spot is on the far right of the beach. There is a weedline that forms to the right of the beach area so you can cast along its edge. Again a bobber and minnow works good but this spot is less weedy so you can fish on the bottom or cast jigs or any other lure you feel like. Live bait has always been the best for me in these spots though.

Hopefully this helps you out. Try the spot on the north end of the lake first, its the better of the two spots this time of year.

Good luck and remember to let the big ones go. This lake has seen a drop off in quality fish over the years particularily the pike so if you hook into a big one consider sending it back for next time.




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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 05:37 PM 10/14/08 (CST)
Thanks for the info PierBridge and Nofish! We'll try and hit Crystal Lake this weekend and will be sure to let you know how we do. Also, I'll take a look at the top 100 spots and maybe see if we can do some catfishing on the Mississippi.
Thanks again!
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 08:08 PM 10/14/08 (CST)
Just south of the 694 bridge on the sippi. There are all sorts of shore spots to explore. the other day I stopped and caught 2 northerns, 4 LM bass, a couple white bass and a nice sized walleye from the western bank.. I caught em all on a jig with a white mister twister grub. The northerns and LM bass were very small but the white bass and walleye were good sized fish.



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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 07:07 AM 10/15/08 (CST)
Welcome to the forum T-Kal!


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T-Kal
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 05:36 PM 10/15/08 (CST)
Thanks Ted and Webdude...glad I found this forum!
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 01:19 AM 10/28/08 (CST)
T-Kal, Hwy 100 at the John Martin Drive exit, go east till the road curves south... but turn north onto the access road for Mississippi North Park (or something like that). You'll drive about a half-mile along some trails and the river and then hit a parking lot. There's lots of room back there to walk along the shore and a fishing pier to fish from.

I'm usually there once or even twice a day (even when nothing's biting heh)... maybe we'll see you there some time.

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