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CraigP83

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Looked at Bassmasters list of 100 best bass lakes and I noticed MN has 3 out of the 100.
http://www.bassmaster.com/slideshow/bassmasters-best-bass-lakes

#80: Gull Lake
#11: Rainy Lake
#7: Lake Minnetonka

I was surprised to see Gull on the list and not Leech. Rainy is a no-brainer however I would have concidered Lake of the Woods (Canadian) side in the same pot. Lake Minnetonka was listed as the 7th best in the country, thats pretty amazing for a metro lake that gets so much pressure but it certainly deserves a spot on the list.

With Minnetonka coming in ranked so high I wonder if thats were the Elite Series will be stopping for the "mystery lake".

How would you guys have ranked them? are there any MN lakes that you feel got snubbed?


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Would anybody put Mille Lacs on the list?

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Vermillion?

...ok, im done talking to myself for now.   :surrender:

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Vermillion?

...ok, im done talking to myself for now.   :surrender:

<lol> You gave up in less than 24-hours???  I just read the article last night, and it takes a while to visit all the forums I read!  lo

I live in Nebraska (we only had one lake on the list), but like to make it to Minnesota for our family vacations.  I've never fished any of three lakes listed, but from what I've read, I was surprised that Leech wasn't on there too (or instead of one of the others). 

I usually visit the Park Rapids area (west of Walker, MN/Leech) as Leech is too big (sadly) for my boat (usually the resort rental).  Most of the lakes on the list are BIG lakes.  I'd sure like to know some of the "best" (smaller) bass lakes in the Park Rapids/Walker/Detroit Lakes areas!!  ~cf

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Honestly I think all the lakes in that area are awesome. Boy, Woman, Iguadona...

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Thanks!  That's KIND OF LIKE the way it is around Park Rapids... I have fished that area for over 50-years, one week at a time (on our family vacations).  Little Mantrap, Spider, etc. most are good lakes. 

Some years/lakes were better than others of course.  But, not being able to "move" once we're there - due to using the resort's boat - I hate to go try an "unknown" lake and blow a week's vacation (and the associated $$$).  If you know of A (smaller-than-Leech) LAKE (with a resort) that should have been on that list, I'm all ears!!  ;D 

I'd only be visiting that lake once a year, so I'm not going to fish it out.  And yet, I know that most don't want to give up their "best lake" on a forum for the whole world to see either.  So if you have a recommendation, you could send me a PM...  ~fff

Still, I AM surprised that Leech wasn't on there!  I DVR a lot of the fishing shows to watch later.  Last November (show airing), Roland Martin had a show, fishing for bass, on Leech!  They were frog-fishing the wild rice... and he caught some NICE bass!  At the end of that episode, he had kind of a "P.S." segment.  After the regular taping, he caught a 7lb.+ bass!!!  I've been wantin' to go there (Leech) ever since... but I'm going to have to get a BIGGER boat!  <lol>

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I remember that episode. I always thought of Leech as a walleye/crappie/muskie lake but after seeing that and doing some research I really wanna get out there and hit the rice. Unfortunately, I'm also confined to small waters. All my favorite lakes are far from the national spotlight and I'm ok with that lol
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Leech definately worth trying. Stick to Boy Bay and even a smaller boat will be fine as long as its not too windy.

That being said Pine City area has some great fishing too. Pokegama is good, and Knife too. I learned to bass fish on some of the smaller lakes up there. In fact I think im heading that way this weekend  ~sun

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Leech definately worth trying. Stick to Boy Bay and even a smaller boat will be fine as long as its not too windy.

That being said Pine City area has some great fishing too. Pokegama is good, and Knife too. I learned to bass fish on some of the smaller lakes up there. In fact I think im heading that way this weekend  ~sun

I guess it depends on what you call a "smaller" boat...  :-\  "MY" boat is a small 14' open fiberglass with an 18hp motor.  It's fine for most "smaller" lakes... but LEECH (even Boy Bay)???  I'm guessing your reference to a "smaller" boat was something in the 16' range with 30-40hp motor???

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Leech definately worth trying. Stick to Boy Bay and even a smaller boat will be fine as long as its not too windy.

That being said Pine City area has some great fishing too. Pokegama is good, and Knife too. I learned to bass fish on some of the smaller lakes up there. In fact I think im heading that way this weekend  ~sun

Haha I hear ya! plenty of hidden and not-so-hidden gems around here. I love Poke and the Snake. I live about a mile from the landing on Cross but it's been kind of a tricky lake the past couple years. Good luck this weekend!
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