On a road trip with the wife I stopped at a couple of lakes in Carver Co. Eagle lake was the first one at the boat launch opposite the Baylor Regional Park. Not much of a lake with the majority of it covered with milfoil and the deepest hole is about 14' deep in the middle. My guess is it freezes out on a regular basis. Then we went to Hydes Lake which is more like a bowl of split pea soup than water. I thought Halstead Bay on Minnetonka was bad but it's clean compared to this nasty algae infested phosphorus pond. I guess with all the farm land draining into Hydes Lake I shouldn't be surprised.
51° - 55° F
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It's one week before the opener! This morning the wife and I decided to check out Hydes Lake west of Waconia to see if the big pan fish we out! The winds were very strong 15 - 20 mph or more coming from the North West. This created waves pushing up on the boat landing. We went to the "usual spots" but was unable to locate any pan fish. The strong winds created a stir in the water making it look stained.
I stayed with the natural presentation of pan fish lures and while on our way back in we found some fish! Unfortunately it wasn't all pan fish. I caught a hand full of small large mouth bass near the boat landing. The winds must be pushing the bait fish near the shore there causing the bass to look for snacks.
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This report is from Sunday afternoon's fishing. The weather was crazy with the on and off thunderstorms rolling in. We got on the lake after the last big downpour and throughout the afternoon the rain came in waves. It was not enough to stop us from fishing though!
The crappies were very plentiful, however the 12-13 inch guys were no where to be found. From my previous fishing on this lake, the 12 inch crappies were the average size! Northern Pike were also very elusive this afternoon. Normally we run into these swamp sharks 1 out of 5 casts! It was still a fun day on the lake. We will be out here again soon.
66° - 70° F
Got out here on the lake Saturday. The boat dock is not out yet, so we just launched our little boat off the shore. Lots of wind coming from the south made the water choppy. We fished the south end of the lake in very shallow water, maybe 4 feet. Managed to catch some nice Crappies in the 12 inch range and a few blue gills in the 8-9 inch range. Also caught a few small dink bass.
71° - 75° F
It's been a while since I've been able to post any fishing. The past few weeks of hot and humid weather has been tough on fishing. This belated post was from last weekend. The heat and humidity has cleared and led way to great fishing!
The algae bloom has passed on Hydes lake and the water is looking a lot more clear. Northern pike are extremely active! We managed to catch a few nice hammer handles on everything from buck tail jigs to cranking Raps.
In the mix were also 12"+ crappies, slab gills, snack sized perch, dinky bass, and chubby bull heads. This is hands down my favorite small lake in the west metro. I will be out on the waters again this weekend....look for my plastic boat!
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