I grew up in Lakeville and did some ice fishing in the area. If you are just looking for action and an easy spot to get to with your son I'd suggest Crystal Lake. Just go down to the main beach on the lake and fish about half way between the public beach and the island that is straight out from the beach. There is usually a group out there so it should be easy to see where people are. If you aren't able to drive out its not a far walk.
You can usually find plenty of small sunnies to keep a kid happy. If I remember right there is about a 10-12 foot hole there that is holding the fish. If you don't have a flsher just start toward the bottom and work your way up until you figure out what depth they are at.
Other than that I know Cedar lake is usually good for numbers of small crappie. Only fished it once or twice and it was a long time ago so I can't offer specifics, perhaps someone else can.
Other than that Orchard lake usually has 2 community spots. One is just off of the public beach. You'll probably be looking at sunnies and possibly some pike. THe other spot is out aways and you'd need transportation as its probably too far for a 7 year old to walk. The spot is usually accessed from the boat landing and then you head to the right. You should see the spot people are set up on. There is a sunken island that comes up to just a few feet deep so people set up all around it in the deeper water.
Lake Marion usually has people out from Caspersons Park as well. Usually people will catch small sunnies, with the occasional pike or bass on a tip up. Usually this is one of the first places to have fishable ice so most of the reports I've heard are from early ice but it may be worth a shot. Again it should be an easy walk for your son.
I think that about covers it for my knowledge of the area. I haven't fished there for several years now so I can't give too much current info. Hopefully this gets you pointed in the right direction.
If you want walleye I'd tell you to avoid Crystal lake, you could go years between walleye on that lake. I've only caught one out there as an incidental catch. I think the DNR surveys show they've only caught one during their surveys so I guess I caught the one walleye that's in there. I did throw it back so I suppose its probably still swiming in there somewhere. I caught it several years ago in the shallow water just off that deep hole by the public pier when it was 15 inches so its probably a pretty good size now.
Crystal is pretty much known for its crappie and sunnies, they are plentiful but small. It used to have some very good bass and pike fishing but it seems to have really fallen off over the years. I know the public pier used to get hit real hard by a group of guys fishing for pike and musky with big suckers. They'd keep most of the big pike they caught plus I saw at least one illegal muskie kept from down there as well.
If you want walleye the south metro is a tough place. Prior Lake would probably be your best bet. Just be careful out there, I'd leave the car on shore and walk as they've had several cars go through lately.
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