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bassNspear

West Metro Lakes

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Hey All,

Just looking for some information. There is alot of great lakes in our area. Just wondering what you all think are the best lakes out there this summer so far that are clear and are great pike lakes. I have had some great pike bites over the summer when im out bass fishing, but just want to get some information from you guys.

Thanks for the help.

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I've had decent luck on Big Marine pulling cranks. Not huge, but have pulled out some nice ones.

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Tonka is a good lake, lots of pike and a decent average size especially for a metro lake.

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Oops, just saw it was West Metro. Yea Tonka is good for that.

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im looking for other lakes then Tonka. anyone have any suggestions.

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Steiger is one of the best pike lakes in the entire metro area. I don't target pike often but I had my best open water pike day on Steiger a few years ago. Casting large crank baits I caught 13 pike in about three hours. Everyone of them was bigger than 29 inches and I had 6 fish that went between 35 and 40 inches. It was truly an amazing afternoon. The weird thing is that it was mid July, 92 degrees, and no wind. I two lrgw pike get caught by guys fishing on the fishing pier and at least a half dozen other nice pike get caught but two guys in a boat using bobbers & sucker minnows.

The complete catch and release regulations are working on that lake.

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I have fished off the pier alot and have only caught one little snake northern. Which is surprising because like you said, there seems to be lots of them in there.

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Medicine has some nice pike too! It has the size, depth, forage, structure, etc.

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chris,

is there a slot limit on that lake.

ALso, is there any lakes in the west metro that you have to watch out for when it comes to the slot.

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Try Minnewashta. It holds some very nice pike if you know how to fish deep. The south bay is better for big pike. Caught some very nice pike jigging a hammered silver spoon over the bottom of the breaks ~25 to 30ft.

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thanks for the head sup mark. I will have to get out there and try it out.

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Good thing you mentioned it, Ann has a 24-36" slot on it with only one over that in possesion. It is also C&R bass. Minnewashta is also C&R bass. Steiger is C&R bass and northerns. Those are the only lakes in carver county that have special regs on Northern and bass if i can remember right.

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What is the motor restriction on Steiger? I remember one of my dads friends taking us out there once and i thought he said that it was electric only. But i also heard that gas motors are fine as long as your under 10 MPH. We fished with bobbers and suckers and caught just a ton of northerns and bass.

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Steiger can be hit or miss, some days they are biting like nuts, others its hard get anything. I know there are some nice ones in there but just about all the pike I have caught there have been under 5lbs. The catch and release regs helps, but I head elsewhere if I am in seach of "big" pike.

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ya i knew that ann was a C&R lake. I just wanta get out there and see what i can get my hands into.

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Steiger has a 15mph speed limit, nice to avoid skiers!

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isnt that a fact. Im just looking to find some nice clean lakes to get out and chase some pike around.

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Auburn is cleaner than steiger and holds some nice pike.

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do alot of people fish it for pike in either summer or winter.

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There are quite a few spear houses out there in the winter.

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