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Mr Johnson
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 07:26 PM 07/24/05 (CST)
Hi all,

My wife and I are new to Minnesota, just bought a small 14 ft motor boat (StarCraft "dart" 4 seater, windshield, steering wheel, etc), and live in the twin cities. We're looking for a few lakes an hour or two north of the cities that might include good fishing (of course), some dockside dining on shore, and clean water for swiming. I've got a Gazetteer, and have read some MN fishing mags, but to be honest, I'm not sure where to start. Any suggestions? We're thinking of starting with day trips from the city.

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 08:01 PM 07/24/05 (CST)
gezz where do i start at hmmmm..
you could try mile lacs,gull,forest lake
just to name a few
or try us here http://www.catch-n.com/forums/index.php
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 10:02 PM 07/24/05 (CST)
Hi "mr johnson" welcome to minnesota. Uffda.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 07:00 AM 07/25/05 (CST)
Hey Mr Johnson,

Welcome to My Fishing Pals. Glad to have you aboard!

There are hundreds of lakes withing a 2 hour drive of here. It is difficult to know where to start. Mille Lacs can be an excellent lake for walleyes, but the slot limit can put a damper on what you keep. Up by Brainerd, there are lots of good lakes, including Gull. Here around Minneapolis, Minnitonka is rated as one of the best bass lakes in the country, if you can put up with the boat traffic. Not to mention some of the river fishing which a lot of the users here can attest to. Waconia, west of here, can be some good fishing. Lots of stuff out there to explore...



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 08:47 PM 07/25/05 (CST)
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 10:29 PM 07/25/05 (CST)
Welcome to Mr Johnson---

Lot's of good options in the metro area and the upper Mississippi and St Croix rivers. That being said, a lot of the water is also absolutely overrun with other anglers, pleasure water crafters, etc. One of the best things you can do, in my opinion, is REALLY use the Gazateer you have. You mentioned you have a 14 foot boat so I assume it isn't overly heavy. If you have a 4 wheel drive that is extra icing on the cake. Study the Gazateer and look for "out of the way" boat ramps. The worse the ramp the better the fishing often is. I lived over in the Eau Claire Wisconsin area for a while a few years back and purchased their Gazateer as well. There were 65 boat ramps within an hour or so of my home. Many of them were just dozed off sand banks in small lakes in the county/state forests .I used a light aluminum boat and beater 4 wheel drive and launched in awful ramps WHERE THERE WAS NORMALLY NO ONE ELSE ON THE WATER. I have had many 100 fish days using this tactic. Normally you encounter bass/pike/crappie/some muskie and some walley. Usually can find the lakes fish species from the dnr website. That was the big fish key---fish in good areas where there is 1/1000th the pressure of Minnetonka. Sometimes takes some considerable research to find some areas but it was absolutely worth it in my opinion. Search hard on the Minnesota Gazateer and maybe check out the Wisconsin one also. Lot's of lesser known options out there that will put you leaps ahead of most guys pounding the well known circuit. Hope that gives you a few paradigm moving thoughts to consider.

Good Fishing,

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Mr Johnson
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 09:13 AM 07/26/05 (CST)
Thanks for the help everyone.

And Fisher, that sounds like great advice. Towing the little boat is a beat up 4 WD jeep, so sounds like I give your ideas a chance.

Mr. Johnson
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