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TimK
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 08:56 PM 11/30/05 (CST)
Hello all.

New to Minnesota and living in the West burbs (around Victoria). Gettin' close to my favorite past-time; ice fishing and I'm kind of curious of decent lakes (large or small) to start ice fishing and take my boys out. Can't wait to start fishing MN. I've purchased a map book and am ready to go, just sooo many choices (nice problem to have).

Any/all help/advice is greatly appreciated.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 11:46 PM 11/30/05 (CST)
I would recommend Medicine Lake. I haven't had the chance to get out there yet but good crappie action and some decent pike as well. There is a bait shop on the south esat side of the lake I belive. I have been told the owner is very helpful and can steer you in the right direction.
Also alot of good lakes within a few hours drive. Not sure where you moved from but I tend to do most of my fishing in the Duluth area. Its more of a drive but great fishing, few boats and family is in the area so it works for me.


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 01:45 AM 12/01/05 (CST)
If I were liveing in the west burbs I would try to get to know Lake Waconia. I have heard that it is an exelent Crappie, Walleye, and Pike lake, with a few skees to boot. I know that I am going to make the trec to tre that lake myself a few times this winter.

I would also like to second that Medicine Lake like Nofish said, Nice Pike 5-10ft. on tipups, a bunch of stunted Crappies suspended in 40 ft. that you will catch all day that will keep the kids busy reeling em in! Nice sunnies in 20ft. and a few Eyes away from the crowds. Joe Harty is the owner of the bait shop on the south end and is a first class guy and will definatly point you in the right direction.

I would also recomend useing spring bobbers, for them Crappies. They can bite real light, so light that nothing but a spring bobber will detect a pickup. They have helped me so much that now all my ice rods have em on. Good luck, and I hope you get your kids on em.
Hopper


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 07:41 AM 12/01/05 (CST)
Hey TimK,

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

Bald Eagle up by White Bear has some decent crappies in it. Never ice fished it, but the slabs out of there this past summer were pretty nice.



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 07:53 AM 12/01/05 (CST)
TimK,

Always nice to see a new member :-)

Lots of spots for 'eyes in the area. I would check out the Chisago area lakes. There is some good 'eyes taken out of there. Some others would be Forest Lake, White Bear, Minnetonka, and Rush. Closer to home would be Calhoun and Harriet (not sure I would eat any of these though - someone correct me if I am wrong).

Panfish can be caught in all the lakes above too. It depends on what you are going for. Medicine lake is pretty good. That's the beauty of living in Minnesota - you can drop a line just about anywhere and catch fish.

Good Luck and Don't Be a Stranger! Come back and tell us how ta did!








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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 01:10 PM 12/01/05 (CST)
Wow! smile smiley

What a great group of reply's, far better than a lot of other sites. I'm only a few minutes, maybe 10, from Waconia so I'll start to learn that body of water (any places better than others on Waconia?) and I'll look for Medicine Lake to get to learn that too.

We moved up from outside of Chicago - and as soon as I do my Bears start winning; was it me??? :0 - so the ice seen isn't new to me. Just glad to have far better water and more choices now.

Anyone know where I can get some reliable ice reports? We've got to be getting close to walkable ice this weekend somewhere around here. I've heard word that a few guys are out on Waconia already.

I'll be chasing my little gilled friends from perch to pike and have tip-up; will travel.

Thanks again and I can promise I won't be a stranger.

Tim
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 02:53 PM 12/01/05 (CST)
Hey TimK

Welcome...

You said... "We moved up from outside of Chicago - and as soon as I do my Bears start winning; was it me???"

Yes, it's you :-)

p.s. I always thought Waconia was a great lake. Just far enough away!
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 08:17 PM 12/01/05 (CST)
Hey Tim and all.

I'm new to the area as well and have yet to go out ice fishing. Have the pole, but little else. I'm also curious about ice reports - what's the best way to get them? Also, other than an ice augur, what else do I need besides a lot of warm clothing?

Thanks all!

-Neil

And Tim, perhaps we can hook up - I live just north of St. Paul.
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 09:48 PM 12/01/05 (CST)
Couple of buckets to sit on and to carry stuff, tip-up, oh and make sure you get one of those ice ladels (sp?) to keep the ice out of the hole.

Of course, bait, tackle and all the usual stuff.

Portable flasher comes in handy. Vexilar would be the best (you can watch your bait go down).

Any other suggestions out there?








TimK
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 10:22 PM 12/01/05 (CST)
Neil,

Thanks for the invite - email me and we'll try to set up a meeting somewhere in between.

As far as gear; if you're going to get into walking on water for nearly half the year then you should think about somthing to block the wind. This can be a multi-thousand dollar permanent type of shelter or (more realistic) one of the many deep and long plastic sleds that will pull double duty as a method to get your gear on the ice (your stockpile of gear will grow like weeds if you're not careful) smile smiley and then you can flip it up to sit in it and put the wind at your back. A little heater with that wind break and you'll be lovin' life when our little gilled friends show up. I've owned a Shappell (sp?) 3000 for about 10 years now. Bit of a pain sometimes but well worth it when the wind hits 15mph+. If you take the plunge into a shelter go with one of the flip types; less time to set up and more time to fish!!!

Got to second BB on the Vexilar. Yup pricey but it will FOREVER change the way you ice fish. Got my first one about 5 years ago (the FL-8) and upgraded to the FL-18 when it came out. Makes you get out and move and look for the fish (you wouldn't stay in the same spot in a boat - why do so on the ice). It will also show you a LOT of activity that you would ordinarly miss. I would say my ability to catch fish tripled after the Vexilar. Mostly because I was now able to see all the fish beneath me. Nope, I'm not an employee nor am I sponsored by them - just love a good product.

Just take a trip up to Rogers and there's a little store called Cabelas up there. One walk through the ice fishing department will overload you but give you some great ideas. Got some Chubby Darters (Salmo) tonight from the local tackle shop so now I'm really itchin' for ice.

Still looking for good ice......
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