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#1429534 - 06/10/08 02:20 PM
Lake Owasso Fishing Reports
Croix Offline
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Registered: 05/26/08
Posts: 234
Loc: Marine on St. Croix MN
Anyone try Owasso for musky yet this year? Thinking of heading out tonight, just wondering if anyone has had any success/tips this year.

Musky, Pike and Smallies.
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#1429970 - 06/10/08 08:49 PM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: Croix]
TurnUpTheFishing Offline
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Registered: 11/18/04
Posts: 2386
Loc: So. Maplewood
Ive never had success on that lake for 'skis. When the water is clear in the spring Ive seen a few but rarely get follows and havent caught one while actually targeting them.
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#1430295 - 06/11/08 07:49 AM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: TurnUpTheFishing]
beatuplund Offline
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Registered: 11/21/06
Posts: 87
Loc: Minneapolis, MN
They dropped their chemical bombs about a week ago to kill weeds. Seems to put the fish in a major funk for a while. Good luck!
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#1430972 - 06/11/08 02:25 PM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: beatuplund]
Croix Offline
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Loc: Marine on St. Croix MN
Went on White Bear last night, raised a nice one but way too much boat traffic, is it safe to assume that Owasso is less busy?

Would you recomend the lake once the chemicals settle and the fish are back to more normal feeding habits?

Croix


Edited by Croix (06/11/08 02:27 PM)

Musky, Pike and Smallies.
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#1431327 - 06/11/08 06:32 PM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: Croix]
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Loc: MN
I think Owasso is a tough lake for muskies even without the chemical spray factor. I catch lots of northerns while casting and trolling on Owasso but have had very few worthwhile muskies in the boat. Owasso has also been extremely busy this year. It seems that there are more wakeboarding boats with GIANT wakes and quite a few more fishermen too. If you go out on Owasso, avoid weekends (as with any other metro lake) and wednesday nights (courage center water skiing).
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#1431335 - 06/11/08 06:40 PM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: beatuplund]
joeyquicksand* Offline
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Loc: st paul,mn
Originally Posted By: beatuplund
They dropped their chemical bombs about a week ago to kill weeds. Seems to put the fish in a major funk for a while. Good luck!


Maybe thats why it was tough(not impossible) fishing last weekend...

"Fish will usually strike only when they want to... unless luck is involved."

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#1432755 - 06/12/08 08:29 PM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: joeyquicksand*]
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Loc: St. Paul
The rec traffic is worse on Owasso than WBL. Tons of boats and it's so small. At least on WBL they can spread out a little.

I love owasso for a muskie lake, i've had really good luck out there. Between me and my partner we've caught 5 so far. There are a lot of mid 30's fish, but some piggies for sure. Weekday mornings are best, gotta get out before sunrise, otherwise it's a busy lake, saw people waterskiing at 5:30am on monday morning this week.....<gag me>

We're out here with bells on... wink

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#1432788 - 06/12/08 09:04 PM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: JRedig]
rodmaker Offline
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Registered: 09/15/06
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Loc: Mounds View, Mn
Another sad thing is. On other lakes they have speed limits with no wake.

You would think they could add ano water skiing before a certain time.
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#1432798 - 06/12/08 09:10 PM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: rodmaker]
cRaPpiEMaN8265 Offline
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Registered: 12/20/06
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Loc: Shoreview, MN
Never gotten a musky in Owasso but one time in midsummer I went to Josefine with my buddy to try to get some crappies and we got a nice musky while drifting a mid lake hump. It was about a 35 inch tiger. Fun fight on crappie gear!
Anyone else target Josefine for Muskies?

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#1432810 - 06/12/08 09:20 PM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: cRaPpiEMaN8265]
rodmaker Offline
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Loc: Mounds View, Mn
There are VERY NICE largemouths there also.
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#1432847 - 06/12/08 09:48 PM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: rodmaker]
pondhopper Offline
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Registered: 07/12/04
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Loc: Roseville, MN, US
Unfortunately, the lake recently experienced a winterkill which killed a lot of large bass.
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#1432855 - 06/12/08 09:54 PM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: pondhopper]
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Yes last winter killed off many of the older bass most likely they were about to die of age and the tough winter just finished them off. The good news is it killed a lot of small sunfish which can really boost the bigger fish population. Killing off the stunted fish will allow the bigger ones to take the brunt of the spawning duties which in turn leads to bigger sunfish...

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#1433555 - 06/13/08 01:25 PM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: pondhopper]
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Loc: St. Paul
Originally Posted By: pondhopper
Unfortunately, the lake recently experienced a winterkill which killed a lot of large bass.


Didn't get them all! :-D

http://s297.photobucket.com/albums/mm231/birdmanmt/?action=view&current=22owasso.jpg


Edited by JRedig (06/13/08 01:28 PM)

We're out here with bells on... wink

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#1435373 - 06/16/08 06:04 AM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: JRedig]
rodmaker Offline
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Loc: Mounds View, Mn
Very nice !!!! How big ??
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#1436860 - 06/17/08 09:02 AM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: rodmaker]
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Loc: Blaine, MN
My experience with Owasso is limited success, I have spent a fair amount of time on the lake as it was close to where I used to live. Once the chemical bomb goes off the weeds are gone and pretty much makes finding fish darn near impossible.

If you are really up for it I would recommend looking for any sign of weeds on the big flat, seems to me if I was able locate even the smallest amount of weeds I was in luck. Also check out the area around the ski jump off the point. And the area in the northwest corner has shown some signs of life for me in the past. I have never seen any signs of life in the channel on the south end of the lake oddly enough.

Good luck out there.

RU

RuKiddingMe

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#1437392 - 06/17/08 03:24 PM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: RuKiddingMe]
joeyquicksand* Offline
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Registered: 12/31/05
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Loc: st paul,mn


I know, i know, some of you have seen this posted in other forums today, but...

20in, 5lb, fat plastic worm, 70 degree water, 3-6 ft water in the slop, in the evening, last night...


Edited by joeyquicksand (06/17/08 03:33 PM)

"Fish will usually strike only when they want to... unless luck is involved."

Team Surebite
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#1438494 - 06/18/08 12:47 PM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: RuKiddingMe]
fishingman13 Offline
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Registered: 06/12/08
Posts: 43
Loc: Minnesota
I actually don't think that there was MUCH of a winter kill. I have been out there three times in the last week and have dont awesome, catching HUGE bass, all averaging around 19" and while using the same bait, we caught a 30" northern, and a 35" tiger musky. To me the lake has been awesome lately. Not to mention, the walleye bite has been just awesome as well.

There are two types of fisherman: those who fish for sport and those who fish for fish.
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#1438523 - 06/18/08 01:07 PM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: fishingman13]
joeyquicksand* Offline
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Registered: 12/31/05
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Loc: st paul,mn
never mind... total winterkill... stay off that lake, too many rec boaters and jet ski's.... no fish in there.

"Fish will usually strike only when they want to... unless luck is involved."

Team Surebite
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#1438872 - 06/18/08 06:45 PM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: joeyquicksand*]
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Registered: 02/22/07
Posts: 6496
Loc: White Bear Lake, MN
There was a partial kill anyway. I fished there right before the opener and that little bay across the railroad bridge was full of dead sunnies and big bass. I don't think it was enough to affect the populations much though.
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#1439152 - 06/18/08 10:57 PM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: JBMasterAngler]
joeyquicksand* Offline
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Registered: 12/31/05
Posts: 482
Loc: st paul,mn
that little bay is thick full of sludge now... what is that green sludge??? keller has a ton of it too... great for finding unfished bass, but what a mess... what is it?


Edited by joeyquicksand (06/18/08 10:58 PM)

"Fish will usually strike only when they want to... unless luck is involved."

Team Surebite
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#1441326 - 06/21/08 12:20 AM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: joeyquicksand*]
Bobb-o Offline
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Registered: 12/29/02
Posts: 2202
Loc: St. Cloud, MN
for those of you who haven't seen the pics of the winterkill, here are some i took this spring shortly after ice out. lots of tiny bluegills and big bass, didnt find a dead bass under 18" biggest i found was around 21"



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#1441643 - 06/21/08 08:03 PM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: Bobb-o]
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Registered: 02/08/07
Posts: 213
Loc: South St Paul
owasso sucks why dont u all stay off my lake there no fish out there lol

i used to skip school to go fishin
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#1441689 - 06/21/08 10:25 PM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: South_Metro_Slayer]
fishingman13 Offline
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Registered: 06/12/08
Posts: 43
Loc: Minnesota
well I'll admit, when I have gone out there, i have seen quite a few dead fish, but there are still plenty to be caught!
oh and to SMS, Owasso doesn't suck. hya

There are two types of fisherman: those who fish for sport and those who fish for fish.
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#1928682 - 06/26/09 02:47 PM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: fishingman13]
sutter Offline
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Registered: 12/30/08
Posts: 17
Loc: St Paul, MN
It's my favorite lake for weedline pike, but I think the timing of the chemical treatment has ruined it for the season. I was there today. No weedline. Only scattered patches of nasty weedclumps. I couldn't find any fish. I'm a little ticked.
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#1928783 - 06/26/09 05:54 PM
Re: Lake Owasso [Re: sutter]
pondhopper Offline
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Registered: 07/12/04
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Loc: Roseville, MN, US
My sentiments exactly. This lake is done in by the chemicals every year. The clarity plummets and the fish just scatter. There was actually a pretty nice weedline forming early in the year. Now it's barren. It's a shame that waterskiers are prioritized over fisherman.
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