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Bass lakes in the Metro

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So, what does everyone think the best bass lake in the metro is? I don't know a lot about metro lakes and need to change that smile. So, what's everyone's opinion? Thanks smile.

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Depends on what you consider the Metro... If your talking actual city lakes... I would say Calhoun or Harriet. Both great bass lakes especially if you are in a boat away from other anglers. If your talking the 7 co area... Then it would depend if your looking for numbers or size?... Tonka, Waconia, Chisago, Prior, Medicine, Turtle...And a tons more... I am interested to see what people say too.. but I would be willing to bet many keep their fave to themselves...

I am a bit biased.. I will say that my fave is any lake in the Chisago chain... all great bass lakes.

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I am a bit biased.. I will say that my fave is any lake in the Chisago chain... all great bass lakes.

Agree 100% there bud. I know em pretty well and fish em a lot. Waconia and Tonka are up there on the list as well. There are a lot of really good lakes in the metro area that can kick out quite a few bass. If you aren't affraid of a little current, Pool 2 of the 'Sippi can be awesome for some monster smallies.

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I am biased as well, but a couple of the south metro lakes such as crystal, marion, and orachard kick out some good fish. However, I also like some east and NE lakes such as big marine, coon, and demontreville.

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I'd have to agree on the Waconia nomination but personally there are a few lakes in eastern and central Wright county that are my personal favorites. But again, anytime you toss a line into Waconia you have a legit shot at a 6 + pound fish... Not many lakes could offer that chance.

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Tonka - sure there are others, but this lake has smallies and largies. I think I'm just bias, I love that lake.

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When "on" Prior lake can put out an incredible average size fish. A few years ago it took 8 bass for close to 40 pounds to win out there and 32 pounds plus just to cash a check. Granted that was the peak and has not been that good since, but it will get there again.

As far as just going out and catching a bunch of fish, lakes like Turtle and Demont can be great as they are catch and release.

If you held a gun to my head and said go catch a 6# fish I would have to go to Minnetonka.

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Thanks guys smile. I was going to try Crystal in Burnsville tonight but it rained frown. Oh well, hopefully I'll get out there next week.

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As far as just going out and catching a bunch of fish, lakes like Turtle and Demont can be great as they are catch and release.

I'd agree. The catch and release lakes are a lot of fun, especially if your outings are limited. It's pretty tough not to catch something.

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Yeah, bass especially I just do catch and release. Plus, I've never cleaned a fish so I'd feel bad wasting one by trying to fillet it. frown

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White Bear Lake is pretty good if you live in the NE... but very busy. There are bars and such where you can hide out from recreational traffic since it's too shallow for them.

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mngirl, If you would be interested maybe we could hit one of the lakes near b'ville or the river. I'll show you how to fillet fish.

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I think my fav lake in the metro would have to be Tonka just because it is like putting your boat in once, and getting to fish a variety of different types of lakes. Others on my list would have to be Medicine, Mississippi and Rum Rivers, Independence, and a whole bunch of lakes out west of the metro.

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Anybody ever fished Calhoun near them bridges by the boat ramp/rental area.There's a lot of tall grass in 'em but I've never caught anything on that spot.

Saw a video on fishfever.com about a Tiger Muskie near the twin bridges on very shallow water in Calhoun too.

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BPA I grew up fishing Calhoun. It was my home lake.. fished out of an inflateable boat with a t-moter. If fishing from shore it can be good. If fishing from a boat it can be great. There is a very nice bar out from the bridge that can be very good. IT somewhat extends to the S/W. If I remember.

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BPA- dude, its been so long... It really depends on what I can cast to.. I think one of the best shore fishing lures is something like a beatle spin or a mepps spinner... But keep in mind, I dont shore fish much. I feel you have much better odds from a boat or something else..

I grew up only about a mile from Calhoun. Right off of Lake Street and Lyndale if anyone cares.. I had a paper rout and bought my first belly boat at about age 12.. and fished Harriet, Calhoun, and Isles, for the most part.. I saved my money and bought a Colman Crawdad and a t-moter about 2 years later.. I learned a ton in that time when you had to fish an area for a long time because it took so long to get to another. The city lakes have great fishing, parking is horrible... you need a 2 person team, one in the boat the other parking.. and cell phones.. so you know where the person found parking...

All the city lakes including cedar have great structure... points sunken islands, ect..

To go back to the orig question.. when shore fishing, I am usually looking for active fish.. Hence the spinners. I like to use small spinners to help smaller fish.. I'm one who woudl rather catch 20 smaller fish than 1 big fish. USUALLY!

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hit tonka today with a good friend Matt Johnson.

We had a pretty slow day. Got a few in shallow, but didnt fish any deep water. All in all, great day to be on the water and enjoy the weather for a change.

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Thats a good question, I'm not sure the answer. I know Lake Elmo has a 140 foot of water. South Center has 107.

The deepest I have caught a bass is 27 feet I think.

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I usually catch them in 5-7 ft of water, so not very deep. My dad's neighbor up north on Shamineau has a bunch of nice sized ones around his dock. Went up there in May with my ex and we caught a bunch at least 2 lb or heavier then a muskie, at least 40 in, scared them away frown.

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