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Iahawki
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:41 PM 02/27/06 (CST)
I am new to the forum so I hope this doesn't seem like a dumb question. We've got about 10 guys coming in August or Septmember and want to make sure we give ourselves the best chance fishing. I know there are tons of great lakes but with only 4 days or so we'll need to rent a decent sized house on the water and I was hoping to get some ideas on what lakes to consider. Thanks ahead of time.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 09:51 PM 02/27/06 (CST)
there is no dumb questions when it comes to fishing in minnesota..
first what you want to fish for ?
2nd where you planing on staying ? ( north or south of the twin citys )
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 09:57 PM 02/27/06 (CST)
We'll all be flying into the Twin Cities and it really doesn't matter to us which direction we head from there. Probably max of a few hours drive would be nice. We would just try to find a place at the lake. I would imagine that a lot of us have caught our share of bass and it would be real nice if we had a chance at catching something a little different than what we are used to like muskie or pike. That being said - quantity is probably going to be more important than trying to catch the biggest fish (if that makes a difference).
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 07:30 AM 02/28/06 (CST)
Welcome to the forum, Iahawki!

Well I am partial to the lakes in the Brainerd area. Cross Lake and Gull have a variety of fish in them... bass too if you want. On Whitefish, Arrowhead Bay is a good spot for some slab crappies and bluegills. In fact the whole Whitefish Chain is good. Round Lake can be a good crappie spot too. All of these lakes have pike in them.

I think the trouble you are going to have is that there are so many places to fish. Everyone has their preferences.




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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 08:28 AM 02/28/06 (CST)
One thing you will need to find is a place that will rent a boat or two. If you are flying in I assume you won't be bringing yours along with you.
The Duluth area has some great fishing for walleye, smallmouth bass, and pike. Each lake is a little different.

My favorite lake is Fish Lake in Duluth. There is a resort on the lake that has cabins and rent boats. Nice lake without a ton of traffic. Walleye and Pike action is good.

Mille Lacs is always a fan favorite. You should be able to find a place to stay and you should be able to rent a boat. Its a big big lake though and you will need a GPS and a good map, any resort will be able to help you find the fish. Potential for size and numbers but the slot limit may prevent you from taking alot to eat.

Lake of the Woods is good but maybe to far for you.

Brainerd area has alot of option and is worth looking into.

All of these places are within a 3 hour drive of the Twin Cities. I actually do a lot of day trips to Mille Lacs and Duluth, drive up in the morning fish from 10am-9pm and then drive back to St. Paul.





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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 08:47 AM 02/28/06 (CST)
Hey Iahawki,

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



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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 10:37 AM 02/28/06 (CST)
I am glad this question was already asked. A lot of my questions have already been answered. But I do have a few more. My husband and I are coming to MN. I use to live in St.Cloud mn, and miss it very much. But now live in ky. Any ways I am looking at fishing for Bass, and pan fish. And of course as another person on here staited more is better then how big. Though it would be nice to catch some big mouth bass. I also am looking for a nice resort that doesn't cost too much. Do you know if any will still have openings this late in the game. I know a lot of them get booked in the Fall Winter months. thanks for any help you can give me.


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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 02:58 PM 02/28/06 (CST)
If you want to catch Largemouth Bass you will have to stay in the bottom half of the state or so. I would try Gull Lake near Brainerd. lots of good bass fishing there. Pretty much every lake has pan fish, size is the only thing that will vary.

There should be a number of resorts in the Gull Lake/Brainerd area. Not sure about the costs, I am sure you can find them in all ranges.

Depending on when you come you should still be able to find a resort that is able to host you.

If you want another species like walleye or pike they can all be had in this area as well.


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 03:23 PM 02/28/06 (CST)
Frawri--I stayed with family & friends at a resort called Quarterdeck on Gull Lake. We were there in the middle of July and caught all kinds of bass & panfish on Gull, my friend caught a 4+ lb. largemouth and we caught several others over 2. We also caught hundreds, and I mean hundreds, of perch/sunfish/bluegills in a week, along with a few pike and assorted others. No walleye as they seemed to vanish that week, but we had lots of action every day. We liked the Q-deck b/c they had cabins with kitchens and we were able to save $ by cooking meals almost every night. There are several other resorts on Gull, Iceman, who is one of the moderators, works at one of them (see thread called "Weather This Weekend") and can probably help you locate others in your price range. Or, you can do what my sister did and send your address to the Branierd Chamber of Commerce and you will get mailings from all of them, my sister must have received over 100 pieces of mail from all the resorts in the area. I don't have too much experience at many other lakes in MN having only been there a few times but I would go back to Gull in a heartbeat. Plus, if you are flying in its not too long of a drive from MSP. My $.02, I'm certainly not an expert either but from my experinece I don't think you can go wrong there. Plus, if you are adventurous you can always check out some of the other lakes in the area.
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 06:37 PM 02/28/06 (CST)
Bkchero,
Thanks for the intro..

Yes i fish Gull most of the summer and work at maddens resorts
last year took a toll on me could not find them till fall.
while round and north long was big hitters.
think AWH will agree with me too the fish just quite biting ..

Other resorts around gull include
Maddens On Gull lake
Cragins
Ski Gull
Grandview

if you are looking for a guide too look At
Walleye Dan
Sport Land bait
S&W Bait
nisswa guide service
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