Forest Lake, Washington County

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5/12/16 @ 11:56 AM
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Darin - Lake-Link
Darin - Lake-Link
MEMBER since 5/17/01

MOON PHASE (40%)
Waxing Crescent

OUTLOOK:  Forest Lake boasts good numbers of Northern Pike and Walleye. Northern Pike and Walleye were captured at a rate of 5.2 and 3.8 per gill net, respectively, during the 2015 assessment. Walleye fingerlings (3000 lb) are stocked every other year, producing a Walleye population that averaged 18.7 inches and 2.7 lb in 2015. Averaging just over 24 inches, Northern Pike numbers were slightly lower than the 2013 numbers, but average size was up. Don’t forget about the solid Largemouth Bass and Muskellunge fisheries that begin on May 28th and June 4th, respectively, with the bass catch and release season lasting from May 14th to May 27th. Source:MN DNR

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6/30/13 @ 8:10 PM
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Princesa
Princesa
USER since 4/25/12

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
Thursday this last week was the prime example of how weather directly impacts fishing. I was out on Monday on a different lake, and fish were active. However, on Wed. afternoon we got 2.75" of rain on Forest Lake in two big downpours. By Thursday, we had a gorgeous day, but fish were in a negative mood. However, I call every day on the water a success!

The bass we caught were all generally in 4 feet of water or less. They didn't have a solid pattern - we were catching them on worms, crank bait and spinner bait, but without consistency. Heck, at one point I even tried fishing a tiny jig for sunfish, and even they weren't aggressive, confirming that fish have definite "moods" as well.

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1/5/13 @ 10:13 AM
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BLACKMAX
BLACKMAX
USER since 1/5/06

CONDITIONS
Night Time

ICE DEPTH
14 inches

AIR TEMP
16° - 20° F
Fished lake 3 on Jan 3 out from the launch in the middle of all the shanties. Fished from 3pm to 8pm, caught 40 to 50 perch,gills and crappies no fish over 6". All fish caught on spikes, had minnows out with no luck. DNR was sitting at the launch checking, no problems he was a good guy.

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6/26/12 @ 7:55 PM
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Princesa
Princesa
USER since 4/25/12

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
Bass fishing on Forest Lake the last week has been good. Early in the morning fish have been active on the flats in 3-5 feet of water. Forest Lake has a variety of weed types in shallow. Focus on the transition between weed types as well as the transition from sand to weeds.

When the shallow, early morning bite slows down, move out to the outside weed lines, which are developing nicely and starting to hold fish. The key to finding bass on those outside weed lines is locating cabbage.

Catching lots of bass on frogs in shallow, and jig worms and crank baits as you move to the outside weed line. Also expect to catch a number of northerns and the occasional muskie on those outside weed edges.

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5/28/12 @ 9:41 AM
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Princesa
Princesa
USER since 4/25/12

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
Gotta love bass fishing! Walleye fishing is nice and all, but nothing is quite like having a bass on your line, flipping his head back and forth to throw your hook.

Got out on Forest Lake for a little while mid-day yesterday. All it takes is a 90+ degree day and a holiday weekend to bring everyone out! The landing was busy, including a guy with a 28-foot sailboat who was struggling with something, sitting there for at least a few hours. I give him credit though for being courteous and moving out of everyone’s way.

The goal for the day was largely to try out our new rod and reel combinations for the year and make sure the kinks are out of the system. Caught some bass up shallow using flukes. Water temperature was 66.

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3/1/11 @ 8:13 AM
Brad640
Brad640
USER since 3/4/09
fishapolooza......................not gonna lie i was kinda annoyed that there were about 300people on the ice at 8am already when there was supposed to be no access to the are prior to 8 am.....kinda screwed our group over. and to the guy that was wineing about not enough holes being drilled and getting more drilled where u wanted them - get there earlier maybe before 1130 and u can fish where u wanted to, be nice if the contest was more controlled and the rules followed. not sure if were going to do it again or not.

sorry for complaining on here but people should know what there getting into so if they are going to attend they can plan accordingly like gettin there at 6am

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2/28/11 @ 10:19 AM
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fishinnutinwis
fishinnutinwis
USER since 12/26/01

ICE DEPTH
0 inches
Did well for our first try at the big derby Saturday. all three of us placed on the board with northerns. Had a good time with both my sons. Plan on doing it again. Thanks to the folks that gave info about the lake and derby, appreciate it! Tight lines.

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2/23/11 @ 4:45 PM
Brad640
Brad640
USER since 3/4/09
thank you!!

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2/23/11 @ 8:49 AM
arcticfl
arcticfl
USER since 2/23/11
well there is plenty of ice out there 20 plus inches but there is about a foot of snow though out the lake making travel a little harder but very easy to get unstuck four wheel drive recommended i don't fish much on first lake but have been fairly successful on second and third but have heard first has been alright for some if you know where to be good luck at the fund raiser shouldnt be a bad day out there

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2/22/11 @ 8:30 AM
Brad640
Brad640
USER since 3/4/09
gonna be heading to fishapolooza this weekend, just wondeirng what the ice condtions are like, how thick, snow on top or not? i was there last year and had a blast. i already know where we are fishing Smile if someone could please give me a heads up on the ice id appreciate it, thanks

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