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kcidz749
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 02:31 PM 12/02/10 (CST)
Hello, my name is Kent. I'm from Omaha. I apologize for the general question, but I'm interested in taking my parents and brother on a summer weekend trip to Minnesota for fishing/r and r. I've found an absolute ton of options, but i was hoping for anyone's recommendations. Here is what I am looking for:

1) Somewhere near Minneapolis (within 50-75 miles)
2) $100-$175 a night
3) boat rental available
4) pet friendly

Species we're after are: northerns, walleyes, perch, and smallies.

Thank you for any assistance folks can provide, and tight lines!
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 04:29 PM 01/21/11 (CST)
Hi Kent,

In the Twin Cities area your best bet would be Lake Minnetonka. It is a great fishery with a large range of species to chase. You can go for large and small mouth bass, northern pike, musky, walleyes, perch, crappies and sunfish. I know they offer boat rentals at several locations around the lake. The two draw backs to this lake is the amount of recreational watercraft out there with you and the overall size of the lake. If you go here definately give local bait shops a call to see where the latest action is. The plus side to this lake is you are a stones throw from the Minneapolis/St. Paul night life, the Mall of America and Target Field where you can watch the Twins play outdoor baseball. Another option for you would be Lake Mille Lacs, it's known for it's large pike, walleye and perch but is also a premier musky lake. Boat rentals are available all over the Mille Lacs area and I know Fishermans Warph Resort is pet friendly because my buddy brought his dog with last summer. This lake is a little further than you wanted to go as it about 100 miles north of Minneapolis. A perk to this lake is that you can take a chartered trip from one of many outfitters and are gauranteed walleye.

I fish around 125 to 175 days a year in Minnesota, from the southern metro area all the way up to the boundary waters on the Canadian border. As summer approaches feel free to PM me and I can give you a report on how things are doing.
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 04:34 PM 01/21/11 (CST)
I also forgot to mention that Mille Lacs has some of the best smallie fishing is the state. Stick to the southern part of the lake and you may find yourself a 6 pounder.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 11:04 PM 01/21/11 (CST)
Hi Kent,

I've given your request a bit of thought. And Rambo kind of points you in the right direction. (Further north). You may want to consider going a bit further than 50-75 miles. Most of the closer lakes to the twin cities are fairly developed, busy, and don't offer the R&R vacation that MN is famous for. If you go another 2-3 hours north of the cites, this will open up your options a lot. Then you will get some real good advise on where to go, so you can have that great experience you are looking for. Don't get me wrong, Mille Lacs is a great fishery with great resorts. But it can be busy, the lake can get dangerous because of weather, and tough to fish without the right knowledge, especially your 1st time there.

I know it's a long way from Omaha, but a couple of more hours for a much more enjoyable weekend is worth it! Good luck, and we will all do our best to make sure you have a great time wherever you decide to go, and of course tight lines! You really have found the right site to ask your questions. Keep them coming.
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 12:49 AM 01/22/11 (CST)
Thank you so much for the feedback! It is perfectly timed actually, as my brother and I were working on this thing this week. If it's ok, I'm gonna have at least a "finalist" list here in the next day, and I would like to see what you two think of them. I've made some good headway, and have a better sense of what I'm looking for and what's out there.

Thank you and I will write tomorrow for sure!
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 11:46 AM 01/22/11 (CST)
Hey n_rambo,

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

And kcidz749... A finalist list would be cool.






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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 01:14 PM 01/22/11 (CST)
Speaking of finalist lists, we could have a contest on a favorite or best lake.

'Dude... easy to do?




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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 07:25 PM 01/22/11 (CST)
Thank you again for the help! I'm very appreciative of it. The research process has been fun, and a bit daunting! I've scoured the Congress of Minnesota Resorts and Explore Minnesota.

I can totally appreciate what Rambo and Domino Dave have said. I think one of the larger lakes would be a bit of a challenge. We've fished big lakes before, but something that's not immense is probably more our speed.

Another thing I've honed in on a bit is it's gonna be a pretty quick trip up I-29 and then heading east. We could probably get farther north and then less east that way.

Here are a few that I'm looking at.

http://www.campholiday.com/pics.htm
http://www.wildernessbay.com/fishing/fishing.htm
http://www.greenrooflodge.com/rates.htm -- http://www.bertscabins.com/html/activities.html This one intrigues me because of the amount of stuff to do in the state park. The drawback is the cabins are a mile and a half away from the water, but I was very impressed with the state park website. What is that area like?

Thank you again for the insight and information!

Hotlinked for ya - WebDude

Kent
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 05:28 PM 01/23/11 (CST)
I'm familiar with the areas but never fished those lakes. Itasca area has a beautiful north woods background when you're fishing, you might get more serenity there. And yes, Itasca state park is one of the best in the state, in my opinion. Near Mille Lacs is more populated and more man made attractions. They all sound like good choices, so many lakes so little time.
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 08:34 PM 01/25/11 (CST)
I'm glad that you have chosen some areas a bit further north. I have heard good things about Woman Lake. Some really good fishing in that lake. One way to find out info is start a new thread with the lake name in it. More people can identify with it and help with replies. Wilderness Bay also does a lot of marketing, and seems to have their act together as well, although I'm not familiar with the lake. Lake Itasca is pretty busy but a great area to visit, but I have nothing on the lakes of that area. Don't let my lack of knowledge sway you though. Put the 3 lakes up for info, and you should get plenty of responses. There are over 14,000 lakes in MN. I figure I have about 13,900 to go.
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