my buddy and I are looking for a lake that we can catch alot of bass but we can still easily use our canoe in. we live in northfield, so we are looking for a lake in the south metro, st. paul would be the highest. Thanks!
There are a ton of lakes in Dakota County. Check the DNR Lakefinder and look around Lakeville. Marion, Orchard and Keller are the big ones, but there are dozens of smaller lakes that hold nice bass. Lots of small lakes in Eagan and Apple Valley hold quality fish too. Use the Recreational Compass to search for lakes on a map too. Zoom in to the area youre looking for and double click on the lake to get details. Its a very handy tool for scouting.
I'd just do a little Internet research and pick 2 or 3 that sound good. Since there's two of you, it wouldn't be hard to pack up and run over to the next lake if the first one isn't producing. Canoes are great for that.
Orchard Lake in Lakeville might not be a bad option. Only about 20 minutes from Northfield.
There are some decent bass and northerns along with some tiger muskies. The parking lot at the boat landing is small so there aren't usually alot of boats on the lake so you'll likely not have crazy boats flying all over the place making life in a canoe miserable. Its also mainly a fishing lake with less pleasure craft.
There are 3 spots to launch a canoe from. 1 on the NE corner probably the closest to the best fishing spots. 1 at the public swimming beach and then there is also the regular boat landing.
Marion will likely be zoo with alot of jet skis and pleasure boaters so if you want to hit Lake Marion I would do it on off hours.
Crystal can be a good bass lake at times. My personal best came from that lake. It was right around the 6 lb mark. It use to be a good pike lake as well but I think its taken a hit in recent years. If the boat traffic isn't bad it wouldn't be a bad back up lake.
Again there are several spots to launch from 2 would be easy walks with the canoe, and 2 would be rather lengthy walks. Launching from the boat landing is probably your best bet. If you follow the shoreline to the left you'll reach some deep water with some good shallower weed lines. If you go to the right you'll be staying fairly shallow and you'll reach a small beach area that has some good weed lines on both sides. That is where I've caught the biggest fish.