Lakes in the Chisago City area were flooded with anglers over the weekend. Thankful, apparently, that the cold weather that has enveloped the state since before Christmas has finally moved on, winter anglers flocked to metro-area lakes — as did snowmobilers.

My sons and I headed to Chisago City Saturday afternoon — undecided, en route, which lake in the area we would fish. As usual, Frankie's Bait in Chisago City was a hotbed of activity. Picking up some minnows — and as much information as we could — we headed out, deciding to sample a few different lakes.

For our efforts, we caught one good walleye and a handful of decent size crappies — enough for a nice meal.

Here are some ideas for Chisago-area fishing, courtesy Brad Dusenka at Frankie's.

• Sunnies (and crappies) on the south end of Chisago Lake down to the eagles nest (you'll see it).

• South Lindstrom Lake in front of the hospital at night.

• Sunrise Lake (entry fee required) for northerns, fished with big suckers, using tip-ups.

Sunday afternoon, from our portable, set up on Bald Eagle Lake,  three-dozen or so crappies were pulled through the ice, only a handful of which were decent-sized.

Finally, I never met a kid yet who didn't like ice fishing, once they were exposed to it. Try it sometime with your son or daughter.




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