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new to bowfishing (lakeville,MN area)

  • victoria wistrcill
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    #1611897

    looking for a good lake or river near lakeville, MN to start bowfishing on. Any tips would also be appreciated!

    mwal
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    Rosemount,MN
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    #1611905

    Spring Lake off old 42 and Hilliary path on Rosemount Hastings border gives you access to Mississippi above hasting dam. I always see bow rigs going out of there. I have not bowfished for 30+ years. I have no idea how you legally get rid of the carp now a days. Back then was a different time and lots of pig farms to visit

    Mwal

    victoria wistrcill
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    #1611913

    thank you for the tip! I was reading that one of the ways to dispose of carp is to call the local zoo!

    404 ERROR
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    MN
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    #1611921

    Spring lake can be good, but it can be a real challenge locating fish as it is so shallow and un-mapped. If you get lucky, you can find a mess of them on the far side of the lake in the sunken timber. It is VERY shallow over there most of the time. I have had days out there where my boat was so full of carp I couldn’t get my boat on plane to get back to the landing. You also need to be careful on the landing as it is incredibly shallow. If it’s cold, bring your waders to get the boat launched. I bow fish quite a bit in the south metro area. Be mindful of city ordinances of discharging bows in city limits, it can be a gray area and up to an officers discretion to enforce…

    fishthumper
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    Sartell, MN.
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    #1611933

    No shortage of them in Prior lake. Watched a few guys harpoon a mess of them in Mud bay last spring. May be a bit early but it will pick up fast once we start getting some warmer Temps.

    victoria wistrcill
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    #1611936

    Do you recommend any other lakes around the south east area? I saw a post about lake Marion? What is your opinion on that lake?

    404 ERROR
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    MN
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    #1611940

    I have bow fished the west side of Marion, it can be very good on both sides of 35. Check out north lake near Treasure Island lake Byllesby in Cannon Falls. There sure is no shortage of carp in any of those lakes! Good luck!

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