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Post Posted: 05:11pm - Apr 12,10 
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I haven't fished the Chain since I was a kid. ( long time ago)
I know there's a sticker required from the water authority for boats.

Where would be a good point to: launch from, start to fish, etc.?
Back 40 years ago, i remember nailing crappie with my Dad. I
wouldn't even know what the place looks like, other than somewhere
on Pistakee. Seeing he's fishin' the big pond in the sky these days,
I can't ask him. We stopped going to the Chain when we darn near got
run over at 8am on a sunday. We always fished from rental row boats.
The boat I have is a bit more substantial than a row boat, and plan to most
if not all of my outings there on weekdays, but realize the Chain is high traffic.

Any advice appreciated, not picky as to species. Just looking for somewhere
that is somewhat close I can get the kids and grandkids out fishing. Thanks.

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Post Posted: 07:35pm - Apr 12,10 
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Water Levels on the Chain are now safe. A good place to launch your boat is the Chain O Lakes State Park located on Wilmont Rd. Its is an excellent boat launch and it is free. The Chain today is a very different fishery than the one 10 years ago. The Walleye and Musky fisheries are fantastic. White Bass, Bluegill and Crappie fishing is also top notch. Catfish for those who like to catch them is fantastic as well for both Channel and Flatheads.

Right now Walleye, Catfish and Crappie are a good bet. White bass and bluegill will start up with this next push of extended warm weather.

I would recommend 2 different presentations to hedge sucess.

Ultralite combos rigged with 4 lb. test and 1/60 oz. olive jigs with black tails tipped with spikes or waxies fished under a small egg bobber. Fish seawalls with current and let the rig drift close to the structure. Fish deadfalls or any emerging weeds.

I would also troll 1/4 oz. Big Dude or Zip Blade Baits. I like 8lb fireline with 10lb. fluorocarbon tippet. Troll open water playing breaklines @ 1.8 mi/hr.

You may be surprised at what you catch.

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Post Posted: 12:44pm - Apr 13,10 
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Hi Big Dude, Thanks for the in depth heads-up on the Chain.
It is much appreciated, see you on the water
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