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Mat O

favorite winter metro lakes

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Hi...I'd like some opinions on what your top-3 favorite metro MN fishing lakes are for the winter time. I didn't do too well last year, but the lake we hit a number of times was Marion. You don't have to be species specific, but a mention of species would be nice. Pike was my favorite out of Marion.

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Big Marine
Lots of pike most were small, but alot of fun.
Then Crappie after dark.
White Bear Lake for Pike and panfish.
Forest Lake for all kinds of fish.
I always head north, it must be in the blood.
It's not metro but Red Lake the bomb!!!!

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I would have to say Lake " X " for some fast and furious walleye action.

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Metro ice fishing lakes... smile.gif

The Chisago Chain is a must! Full of multi-species and pretty consistant action throughout winter. For pike I would hit South Center or Green, both are good choices for numbers and big fish.

The bays throughout Lake Minnetonka are good as well. Some big pike and multi-species too.

Big Marine, like ozzy said, is a good choice, same with you other slightly larger lakes like Forest and Rush.

The options are endless in the Metro Lakes (or somewhat Metro smile.gif)

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Matt Johnson

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Centerville and Peltier are good choices. Crappies can be good out there, same with walleyes and pike from time to time. Several years back (I believe it was the winter of 1999) there was a big perch boom in Peltier and you could catch a hundred 8-9 inchers a day if you wanted. It was some of the most consistant "decent size" perch action in Metro that I've ever seen. That died off in one season though. The walleyes have gone down in size out there, but I would expect things to turn around the next couple years and you should see some bigger ones. I've seen some nice pike (10-12 pounders) come out of Peltier just last winter. A couple high school kids were out from the fishing dock fishing tip-ups during early ice and they must have pulled up 3 or 4 fish that size in less than an hour. I quit fishing and just watched them, pretty cool to see, they had the magic touch that day smile.gif

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Matt Johnson

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Don't live there anymore, but grew up there and go often to visit family and, of course, go fishing.

1.Linwood
2.Island. (Tiny little lake near Linwood)
3.Martin.

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Boilerguy...my parents just moved on to Martin Lake....so I will definiteely be hittin Martin and the other lakes up in that area.

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311hemi, I don't know if the lake is the same as it used to be, but if you go straight off the public landing from County road 26, there is a pretty good sized point. All around the point is where I've had the best luck. Also, if you wrap around the lake, from the point, take a right and go. Be careful cuz there is a dam. Before you get to the dam there are a series of smaller "bumps" in the shoreline. That is my 2nd favorite spot. In the winter time people think I'm the crazy one out there cuz I'm the only fish house there, but I'm tellin ya, if the weather is good, the stars are in alignment, I brushed my teeth in the morning, and everything else is right you can get some nice eyes and crappies there.

My folks live about a mile from Martin lake. Wave for me as you go by.

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take that curvy hwy. south to co rd somethin or other go about 4 miles and take a left at that one store,go another mile or so till you see that thing a ma jiggy by the road then take a quick right and the landing is about 200 feet down that road.

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