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Metro Lake for the first time.
Staff Team
From Bloomington
Posts: 3800
Lake Nokomis in MPLS. I grew up not far from the lake and spend a lot of my childhood summers at the lake for various reasons. But I have never ice fished it. My neighbor did some research and read it was managed / stocked with Walleyes.

Not my first choice but he did the research and was going to get there 2 hours before me, and with the add weather I wasn't sure how the ice was on Prior lake after the odd weather. So I planned on joining him.

He was setting up his hub as I was parking. So I knew he found something. CRAPPIES!

It was 2pm when I got there and I setup right away. It was over a 23' basin. Fish but not stacked. I tried a few go to jigs with red spikes. Nothing. But they were following and the ceiling was about 12 ft.

So I kept trying different jigs. Finally found the wanted dark to nature colors with a waxy. Pictured is the money jig. Not sure if was color or action with it being a flat spoon type jig. But I was in the 8 - 9.5" Crappie zone.

I was ready to stay late. But noticed most were packing up at sunset. at 6pm I was second to last off the lake. Had being 20 portables total on the lake. It really shut down at dark. I tried switching to glow and brite colors but the bite was over.

It was the first time using my new hub. I am loving it. Also tried a rechargeable fan / lite deal. That worked great. 3 levels of light and fan speed. Quiet fan and moved air.

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Posted on: 2020/12/29 12:45
Yes, Yes that is a 39" Pike.
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Re: Metro Lake for the first time.
LSF Member
Posts: 3335

I haven't been over there in a long while. It's just across the Ford Bridge from me.

Hope that they improved the parking situation for Y'all.
Used to be a three block walk to the lake after the foo foo people got No Parking instituted around the entire lake.


Posted on: 2020/12/29 13:02
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Re: Metro Lake for the first time.
Field Staff
From South Minneapolis
Posts: 2001
Use to live a few blocks from the lake up until 3 years ago. Ice fished it alot. If you know where to go you can get on hotter crappie action starting at dark until about 8-9pm. I mean lights out, can't fish 2 lines, marks shoot off the bottom up 12' and meet your jig type of hot crappie action. It's good to see the size structure has improved some. Back then if you got an 8" it was every 15-20 fish. Maybe around 5% were 8" or bigger, most were 5-6". Still fun to be on a bite like that and consistently too.

FYI when the stocking class of eyes stick they eye fishing can be very good too.

Posted on: 2020/12/29 14:06
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