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Alena
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 04:44 PM 06/16/11 (CST)
So I'm venturing out of Lake Minnetonka!
Searched around the web, found an great deal on boat rental over at BJ's Bait & Tackle $55 from 7am-8pm. Of course us typical women we can't say no to a good deal right, well I booked it for this weekend. The catch is I've never fished at that chain of lakes before.
So.......CAN SOMEONE PLEASE GIVE SOME HOT SPOTS ADVISE blush smiley
As always I will have my camera with me. Hopefully I get some good catch instead of a super sunburn again lol.


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 08:34 AM 06/17/11 (CST)
Hey Alena,

I live maybe 3 miles from Clearwater Lake. I don't fish it very much although I am fairly familiar with it. The main reason is just the amount of boat traffic on it. However, you being used to fishing around Minnetonka that will be no problem. In fact it will be way less by comparison. However, I did fish the Clearwater River last week..which is basically the next lake chain above the Clearwater chain of lakes seperated by maybe 200 yards of a small portion of the Clearwater River. I fished Sugar Lake last night for muskies...but I digress.

Clearwater Lake
A really good walleye fishery with an outstanding bass fishery. Get a map and NOTE IT WELL! Clearwater has several sand/gravel bars that come up to within a few feet of the surface in what appears to be open water in the middle of the lake. LOTS of lower units lost on Clearwater. However, if you mark them and pay attention you should have no trouble. Locals will boat out to the sand bars, anchor up, and jump in for a swim. It is weird seeing someone bail out of their boat in the middle of the lake... even weirder when they stand up in waist deep water!

Most all the weeds hold bass. If you are launching your boat out of BJ's then you will see perhaps a half dozen spots immediately in sight from the boat ramp. Also...if you coming in on Highway 55 and then turn North (right) to get to BJ's at the blue signs on 55 you will cross a small feeder creek with cabins around it a short distance before you get to the shop. In early season that skinny strip of water holds lots of fish. It may be a little late in the year.... but I would definitely go up it and try pitching lures/bait around the docks in it. I would think that a good number of fish are still there. Lots of the docks have brush piles off of them so a leech or other live bait under a slip float at about the same depth as the brush could be outstanding. To get there you have to launch in the lake..follow the shoreline back to the inlet... turn right and take our boat under the road you drove in on. You will see it all as you drive in if you are watching for it. If you don't find lots of fish there then move back to the main lake. Again, all those great looking spots in front of BJ's are worth checking out. If you are after bass then primarily look at any of the corner areas and points with weeds. Some of the weeds grow in deeper water because of its clarity. For bass this may mean using a Carolina rig with a floating worm/lizard to do your best. Slow rolling a spinnerbait can also do well. For walleye those huimps and bars in the lake are a good starting point. I would start at about 15 feet and then go from there. Crawlers and leeches have been picking up the most fish as of late. For Northerns spinnerbaits on the deep weed edge in the main part of the day and shallower weeds in the early morning or evenings has been doing very well. We have found the same thing on most area lakes as of late. A few of my buddies have been scoring big pike on Clearwater soaking sucker minnows out on the deeper weeds that are several feet below the surface. Of course the folks at BJ's should be able to give you any more specific detail as far as lure choice, etc. and what was the hot lure this last week.

Fishing has generally been very good at Clearwater and all the local area lakes of a similar nature. We have been averaging probably 60 largemouth and a dozen northerns per trip for the last couple of weeks. The vast majority of my fish... bass and pike..have all come on either a spinnerbait or a jig.

Hopefully this gives you a good starting point. I can not stress enough though... get a decent map and use it. Mark those corner weed areas, points, and mid lake bars/humps...fish the creek/channel and incoming water sources. Ask at BJ's ... and you should be able to do well this weekend.

On a final note. I am not sure what your budget allows for. However, about a mile before you get to BJ's there is a restaurant on your left called "Waterfront Lakeside Grille". Great food and atmosphere at a moderate price. Everyting from sandwiches/burgers to fish frys, steak, etc. Best optinon as far as quality of food and value for your dollar in my opinion. This is also a favorite hangout of locals. Of course there is lots of tourism traffic there... but the locals in the know of everything around will tell you that it is the best bang for the buck in the area. Just an option if you are looking for a place to eat. There are things like Subway, DQ, pizza places,a couple of diners, etc. in town as well.

Good Luck and let us know how you did! Post some pics if you land a big fish!

The Fisher
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 09:39 AM 06/17/11 (CST)
Wow if I re-name myself, o say christina, can I get reports this detailed.

Just kidding great report good luck.

I have success there with a shallow diving craw colored rap and pretty much anything shiny also.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 12:24 PM 06/17/11 (CST)
Hey Neal-

Well I don't know about that. Although the rumor is that Dude is going to produce a forum under the "not related to fishing" one that is like those places people go to find "compatible dates". In fact didn't I see that you may have requested that in a different thread?

You never want to miss a day on this site! No telling WHAT might happen!

I saw in your post that you fish Clearwater some. Do you live in the Annandale area or inside the metro? Have you done much walleye fishing there? Good call on the cranks by the way.

Have a fun and safe weekend.

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Alena
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 01:19 PM 06/17/11 (CST)
Fisher, thank you so much for all that info. Totally will try finding those spots not to mention the resturant. grin smiley I'm from the Metro area, so first time out to Clearwater Lake.
I actually found a great map that shows some hot spots and of course the map of the hole lake. Got all my gears ready smile smiley I'm actually gone silly and got crawlers, leech, and will be getting shiners & fatheads once I get up there. 13 hours of fishing frenzy hehehe.

Neal, don't feel bad tongue smiley I promise to give a detail report once I get back to make you feel better lol.

Anyways I'm all ready to go and fish, probably packed more stuff than I need but hey what do expect from a woman right laugh smiley


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 02:42 PM 06/17/11 (CST)
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I live about an hour from clearwater in andover however I found clearwater to be one of my spring/ early summer spots to hit a few times every year for bass. Never got 60 a day but we normally get a few on the 20" range and a good number of smaller bass and pike.

a normal day on the lake starts at about 2pm with mepps and raps anywhere there isn't 4 boats by the docks and weedlines already and light green plastics seem to work well too. The craw color 4' diver is normally one of my go too baits and it seems to work really well here. I even got a 11" gill on it a few years back.

As for walleyes we switch to them about 8 o'clock or so. Normally move out to the outside weedlines and jig minnows on the bottom. Our best luck has been to find the schools of 12-14 inchers and normally find a couple 20" plus hanging out in there too. Its easy to do even with my $100 depth finder or even in the canoe with a vexilar. Still haven't found the 10 pounder but I hear they are in there. Plus its fun getting a lot pf bites with all the small ones and we normally take home a couple in the 15" or so range. Cut em up on the spot and cook in olive oil, don't get much better.

I haven't made it down there this year but I have been doing good on a lake in kanabec county that's about an hour from me too so haven't had much need. Had a bass this weekend just about 6 pounds. Plus I found another metroish lake where we've been catching 5 or more rainbows in a few hours and those things are tasty.

I would agree about the site too, one of the best fishing sites on the web. Going to hit the anoka dam before it starts raining here ill let you guys know how I do.
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 02:42 PM 06/17/11 (CST)
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I live about an hour from clearwater in andover however I found clearwater to be one of my spring/ early summer spots to hit a few times every year for bass. Never got 60 a day but we normally get a few on the 20" range and a good number of smaller bass and pike.

a normal day on the lake starts at about 2pm with mepps and raps anywhere there isn't 4 boats by the docks and weedlines already and light green plastics seem to work well too. The craw color 4' diver is normally one of my go too baits and it seems to work really well here. I even got a 11" gill on it a few years back.

As for walleyes we switch to them about 8 o'clock or so. Normally move out to the outside weedlines and jig minnows on the bottom. Our best luck has been to find the schools of 12-14 inchers and normally find a couple 20" plus hanging out in there too. Its easy to do even with my 100 depth finder or even in the canoe with a vexilar. Still haven't found the 10 pounder but I hear they are in there. Plus its fun getting a lot pf bites with all the small ones and we normally take home a couple in the 15" or so range. Cut em up on the spot and cook in olive oil, don't get much better.

I haven't made it down there this year but I have been doing good on a lake in kanabec county that's about an hour from me too so haven't had much need. Had a bass this weekend just about 6 pounds. Plus I found another metroish lake where we've been catching 5 or more rainbows in a few hours and those things are tasty.

I would agree about the site too, one of the best fishing sites on the web. Going to hit the anoka dam before it starts raining here ill let you guys know how I do.
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 03:52 PM 06/17/11 (CST)
You can say that again...

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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 04:09 PM 06/17/11 (CST)
That's too funny I added a dollar sign to the 100 and it posted another entry instead of fixing it. Looks like the world now knows I can drive a boat a lot better than I use the internet. laugh smiley
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 05:02 PM 06/17/11 (CST)
I think I may have to get more fake lures lol from what you guys are suggesting. I've always used live bates. Tried the fake ones with many hooks (don't know the names of them lol) and it just gets stuck in weeds or trees blush smiley



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