Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
bassfshin24

new to the area..good bass lakes?

40 posts in this topic

Im new to the metro area and i am looking for some really good bass lakes. I want to kind of stay away from the larger lakes for now like Tonka, White bear, Prior. Can anyone tell me some of the smaller lakes that have good bass fishin with boat access?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lots and Lots and Lots of lakes in the area. What I have done in the past is just look at a map and pick out 5 or so lakes in your area that are close enough for you to drive to. Then check out the DNR lakefinder to get more information on the lakes. Sorry I didn't name any small lakes though, there is just too many... here is a link

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/index.html

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What area exactly do you live in and how far are you willing to drive. Last year my main goal was try out MORE lakes and see what I thought of them and I sure found a few gems that just honestly can't get too much traffic and are fairly quiet (always makes it nicer on the water). If you had a specific direction from say, St. Paul, since thats where your "location" is set to, then I could maybe point you in the right direction.

And to be honest here, the majority of my experience is south and west metro as far west as Waconia and as far as south as a few even in Faribault.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Often the crowds aren't all that bead on the larger lakes... There are some real nice lakes that don't get much pressure west of the metro though. smile

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What area exactly do you live in and how far are you willing to drive. Last year my main goal was try out MORE lakes and see what I thought of them and I sure found a few gems that just honestly can't get too much traffic and are fairly quiet (always makes it nicer on the water). If you had a specific direction from say, St. Paul, since thats where your "location" is set to, then I could maybe point you in the right direction.

And to be honest here, the majority of my experience is south and west metro as far west as Waconia and as far as south as a few even in Faribault.

Still alot of pressure down here, fishing and recreational. Probs no where near up ther but still bad crazy Let me know if you decide to head down here. Btw, Welcome smile

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In STP... I'd recommend Gervais!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

try fishing smallies on the river. unreal how good it is. I would try anywhere from champlin to montacello 4 smallies. world class!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Welcome to MN.. Great to have you with us.. you will find that MN has probably some of the best bass fishing in the nation. We may not have as large a fish as some other, but the quality of fishing is hard to be disapointed with.

As for what lake?.. its really hard to name a bad one. All the metro lakes are pretty decent. I am in the Chisago Lakes area and feel the fishing up here is pretty darn good. But plenty of good lakes in the cities as well.. I would get familiar with the DNR web page as another has suggested. Look for lakes which are catch and release.. I feel those may be some of the best...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for all the info everyone. I will just fish every lake that i can and see what i come up with.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sounds like a ton of fun!!!! If your ever going to be up in the hsolist area let me know and I will keep an eye out for you. Or if you see my boat, stop and say hi.. I plan on taking the wrap off soon, but who knows how soon, soon is? LMAO.. I can be a tad lazy at times..

IMG_0697.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Any chance to show off the boat...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i will definitely stop and say hi if i see ya out. I wont get my boat up here until opener weekend of bass....still looking for a place to store it though, thats becoming a problem

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow, I think I have seen your boat on North Center in the past before.

bassfshin24, try Gander Mtn. I think they usualy store boats.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

smilewink

you know you want a ride.

Can I go for a ride??? smile (and get a drop shotting lesson?) lol

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Deitz nice boat what’s the color scheme under the wrap. I'm fixing to get a new boat in a year or two and I've been trying to do a little research lately. It’s hard to find bad comments about Bass Cat. Some of their used boats fall into my price range 12,000-14,000k I'm thinking maybe a pantera.

What boat is that a Couger FTD and how does it ride. By the looks Bass Cats seem a little narrower than other bass boats does that mean they chain walk a little more than other bass boats.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Gunning. Supposedly, this is the color of my boat under the wrap... I'll find out the first really nice warm day soon.. LOL..

Rutland4.jpg

You will have to look real hard to find a BassCat owner that doesnt love the boat. I looked for one for quite a while. Within a week of buying my boat I got a call from the head of service dept calling and asking if I had any questions, and welcoming me to the "Family"..

My boat is a Puma, its the exact same hull as the Cougar, but floor layout is different. The cougar has slightly less storage and gas tanks in the rear. The puma has slightly more storage and a different front deck and has the gas tank under the seats as well as twin saddle tanks in the rear.

Fluker-a member on here has Pantera 4, and I am fairly sure there is another member who has a Pantera 2(Sproguy? maybe) If your ever in Chisago Lakes, feel free to look me up and I will give you a ride and let you check out the fit and finish.. I have fished out of Flukers P4(which has the exact same floor lay out as my Puma) and it fishes about the same.. Great boat! My front deck is just slightly larger,

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Shoreguy- just saw your post.. it was probably me.. I fish N/S Center quite a bit.. I would call it my home lake... I live just across the street from the access on South Center, so its quick and easy to get on .. USUALLY..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Deitz nice boat what’s the color scheme under the wrap. I'm fixing to get a new boat in a year or two and I've been trying to do a little research lately. It’s hard to find bad comments about Bass Cat. Some of their used boats fall into my price range 12,000-14,000k I'm thinking maybe a pantera.

What boat is that a Couger FTD and how does it ride. By the looks Bass Cats seem a little narrower than other bass boats does that mean they chain walk a little more than other bass boats.

Chine walking has to do with how much of your hull is in the water at high speed... according to J.D. power smile

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for bringing this back up Adam(tonka).. He has a point, any performance hull is going to chine walk.. Just not enough boat touching to off set the pull of the prop.

Does my boat chine.. you bet it does.. have I learned to drive it.. No.. I have got 76 out of my boat, with more throttle to go. I know from other people who have driven my same set up.. if I had a clue, I should get 82..

My boat is as stable as it gets at 73..

ah hhigh performance hulls will chine walk.. if it doesnt its not getting its full potential.

My Triton 186 PDC with a 150 Johnson would chine if it was just me, low tanks, no gear.. I got 64 out of it.. with a chine and driving through it..

I have had my puma for less than a year, and it has a hydro jack plate, which adds another varrible.. And to be real honest I am quite happy with 75... LOL 8-)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I guess chain walking is the one thing that might be a little intimidating about a bass boat. I would be going from driving a 90h Crestliner Sportfish that might go 40mph to a boat going 60mph+ it would take some getting use to. I grew up on a lake and been driving boats for over 15 years but I don't know if I would like to be going 65mph get that "loose feeling" and then hit a rogue wave driving into the sun LOL. You tube bass cat boats and then watch the BCB launch video.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

gunning- the biggest thing I think people dont understand is. Just because your boat can do 80mph, doesnt mean you have to go 80 mph. For the most part I get the best fuel economy at about 4400 RPMs which is 50-55 mph. Not that I would suggest it, but an 8 year old could drive my boat at that speed, very stable and no chine at all at those speeds. My boat does not get slippery till about 72.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Do other states have higher legal lake speed limits than us? I didnt know ours was 75 mph. LOL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Moe- While I know some lakes in MN have a speed limit(IE Minnetonka has a 40 mph limit.) Many do not. The rule states you may not be driving in a wreckless manner.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • What I have ben enjoying is watching the fourth line on the ice and sometimes they are the best line out there. Playing late in games and giving the top two lines a rest may not seem like a  big deal now but come crunch time that rest just might make the difference. I picked the right time to put the cable back in I think I have only missed one Wild game this season plus I am watching a lot of umd hockey!  As for Sutter I think he is having a banner year, great plus/minus rating. he is scoring a few goals which is another plus and in the Chicago game when he traded sides of the ice with his d partner he pretty much shutdown a tiring Kane. Best time to watch Wild hockey is halfway through the game, they seem to find another level to play at.
    • 23 IN THE BOAT HERE ON HIDDEN BAY again today. Sunshine Ray’s extended forecast is calling for rising temps and sunshine every other day. This would give us a warm melt for the snow that has gathered on roofs and the Lodge should get busy. I can see a lot of fishermen out on the ice and more then a few will be taking off time from work to get out there. As a mater of fact I am at the Lodge this morning. Was feeling pretty good with lots of energy so I thought I would come in and do some ordering and touch base with some of our suppliers who make daytime deliveries.   First thing I noticed when the wife dropped me off was a couple of old lawn mowers outside. When I came in I found Tiny working on a small carburetor. I had to talk to him and I found out that somehow we, the Lodge have become a drop off spot for old, gently used lawn mowers. I then remembered the tongue in cheek commercial I had made a few weeks ago. Looks like someone was listening and dumped their junk on us. Tiny did say he thinks he can take the parts from the two and get one running. The Lodge needs a push mower so maybe this will work out afterwards. Tiny also mentioned that someone dropped off a case of thirty weight oil, Gus took that he said.   Luge run is up and running, with all the snow we received last week and the use of Nytelyter front end loader a run was built. With a sunny day followed by a cloudy day we should be able to ice it down and it will last the rest of winter. Well Skinny and Hammering Hank will be doing that. I did get word from Ranger Rick that he had an accident yesterday and will be laid up a few days. He was out checking on the trails at Samantha Lake when he slid the Ranger he was driving down a hill and hit a tree. He cracked the windshield with his head and hit the tree with his hip or part of the Ranger. He is suppose to go see Dock Berrium today but is dragging his feet and everything else trying to get out of bed. The pine tree is still down on Trappers Trail but a detour has been put in around it. Ranger Rick was headed to the tree and the chain saw and other stuff might have been part of the balance problem with the Ranger.   Christmas tree drive is done here at the Lodge. Not as many trees collected as last year but they have all been taken to the Resort to be disposed of. Actually they will be tied in bundles, weighted down and dropped into the bay come spring melt out. Elmer and DOC and Vic will do it and will keep their new crappie spots a secret. Of course if you want to find out where they are all you need do is take a ride in Vic’s mail boat and check the seats. He writes down all his good fishing spots in pencil on his wood bench seats because he does not know how to read them on his handheld GPS unit. The idea of drifting over some of the brush piles sounds like a good idea about now.   Forty may happen on Thursday which is a lot better then minus 20 I will have a day spent at the hospital doing tests. Last years tests are now all bench marks and I have to repeat them now a year latter to see how much damage has been done. Hoping I come out pretty good but I have a lot of work to do before fishing season comes this year. Launching a boat by myself may not be something I can do till late in the season but I sure would like to ride along with Chuck come June. So from a cloudy day here at the Lodge at Lake Iwanttobethere
    • They make a rail that when it slides closed it drops about 1/4". I have these and they are nice for driving down the road but my 3 and 5 year olds can't open them up!   For the doors, I used an rv type style clip. To open you have to push in and then they pop open.
    • I can't imagine a worse job on earth than trying to wrangle a house full of 2-4 year olds with a baby or 2 thrown in for an added challenge...but thankfully someone wants to do it.   Around here the absolute lowest I've seen at an in home day care was $140/week and that was for any age, price didn't change based on age.  $175 is pretty common (again no price change for different ages, my 3 year old and 8 month old cost the same) but have seen it up as high as $225 and all of them were basically at capacity. When you get into day care centers they you can be looking at $300-400/week and the price does go up for infants and babies.    It seems a lot of people get into doing day care when they have their own kids.  They stay home with them to save daycare costs and then bring in other kids to bring in some income and then it goes from there.  Ends up being a pretty decent solution as long as the other person can find a job that provides the benefits. 
      If she does do in home day care just make sure to keep that in mind when buying a new house.  A friends wife does daycare out of their house and he hated their old house because the house layout required daycare to essentially be in the middle of their main living area so he'd come home from work and be in the middle of day care trying to relax with a beer. They ended up moving so that they could get a house that had a good basement set up for a daycare so they could more or less contain it to one area and not let it infiltrate the rest of the house.    
    • Tons of fish on Mille Lacs. LOL right. Must had a lot of people with u for a ton on Mille Lacs.    
    • Up here its not that much but at a home daycare you are still looking at 120 for a toddler 150 for an infant... This way we can save 1700 bucks a month! plus make a few dollars on top.. She was a teacher in a daycare while attending school.. She has a knack for a bunch of kids.. Me not so much. Thanks for the advice nofish!
    • It's that time of year again. Bassmaster Fantasy fishing started up today. I created a group again named HSO Bass. Password: mnbass Feel free to join. 
    • I have both.  The drawer slides work well, but they do open up sometimes going across the lake.  I don't think I've ever had a cabinet door open, though.    
  • Our Sponsors