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John Barnard

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I suggest finding a nice day....pack lightly, throw some good shoes on and walk/ride bike on the shoreline. Scout out a couple of locations that look interesting to you. Park at a launch and work your way down/upstream from there. I know Black Dog has a trail that a lot of bikers use which runs next to the river. Shocktown also has some great shore spots within walking distance from the landing. I'm not too familiar with the 169 area so I can't comment on that but there's some great shorefishing to be had come summertime.

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You could always try the 169 boat launch? I thought I heard they just did some improvements to it this year? confused

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John, I was talking about Shakopee,Mn. There's a launch to the left of 101 going into downtown. Best of luck and let us know how it goes.

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shakopee Yeah, that's what i was looking at. i'm assuming that grey square on mapquest is a parking lot?? that's probably where i'll go. peace and beer to ya mr special. come join me if anyone's available my girlfriend doesn't fish....especially flatheads.

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Thanks for the offer, but I've got the lil one this wkend. You can walk across the bridge and fish both sides of the river there as well. Good luck to ya and let us know how you do.

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I find that if you lack the time (or motivation?) to physically get out and so some scouting, you can try checking out Google Earth, we have found a few promising spots that would normally be overlooked that way ... If you are able to make it to the Chaska area, there are some good lookin spots in that area as well

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I have spent a lot of time doing that. The problem when I see a promising spot, it's hard to tell if it is public property or if there is a trail, so then there is more Googling. Also, they are old photos and some only show really high water in the spring when they were taken. But even if the log jams change from year to year, you can still tell where they have a tendency to collect.

For as much shore fishing as I do, I should fix up a mountain bike and rig one of those old baby trailers up to carry my bait.

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I'm glad you mentioned the dates in the photos, as I neglected to mention that in my post. Definitely need to pay attention to those photos, the dates, and whatnot, I suppose you could say that Google Earth is a good source to get you pointed in the right direction ... you can find a promising spot, and then go scout it out. MANY a cold winter (and spring) night was spent 'scouting' spots on google earth eh jeff? smile Best of luck to ya!

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That's awesome that you guys brought up google maps. i'm on a computer all day and that's how i found all of my shore fishing spots. mountain bike/fishing trailer idea is great....someday.

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I find that if you lack the time (or motivation?) to physically get out and so some scouting, you can try checking out Google Earth, we have found a few promising spots that would normally be overlooked that way ... If you are able to make it to the Chaska area, there are some good lookin spots in that area as well

Now you just stop talking about my area's wontcha. LOL

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I drove up 169 on Sunday and it got my juices flowing. I have to find a spot where my fishing buddies and I can camp by shore overnight and not be bothered.

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