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Username: mgansen
First Name: matt
Last Name: gansen
Member Since: 04/17/08 12:57 AM
Last Login: 12/06/14 07:16 AM
Profile Views: 6225
City: belle plaine
State: Minnesota
Zip: 56011
Country: USA
Interests: mostly bass fishing, but enjoy any time on the water. I also enjoy custom wood working and my 2 yr old son.
About Me: I am a avid fisherman I get out every last chance I can when the wife is not looking and always enjoy meeting up with new people on new water.
Favorite Fish
to Catch:
largemouth bass
Favorite Type
of Fishing:
Water Type: Freshwater
Favorite Lures: wiggle wogs, and poppers, and soft plastics
Fishing Rods: fenwicks
Fishing Reels: abu-garcia revos
Fishing Techniques: toss it in the thickest crap on the lake and hold on
Favorite Fishing Spot: secrets dont come that easy

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table rock mo
Avg. Rating: 3.5
# Reviews: 2
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table rock lake mo

3 days dusk to dawn looking for hot spots

08 opener 2 days 6 lakes
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outer metro mn
5/29/2008 - 5/30/2008

Im planning on hitting 6 lakes in 2 days shortly after opened, mitchel in eden prairie, chisago, cedar in rice county, ida in wright co.m, clear water by anandale, sand or pickerel in pine co., these are just some of the lakes that im considering and havent really fished hard before

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4lb 3oz lake chisago
4lb 3oz lake chisago
08/20/08 09:04 PM

06/06/08 12:11 AM

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secret lake 3lb 15oz
secret lake 3lb 15oz
06/06/08 12:09 AM
4lb5oz mitchel lake
4lb5oz mitchel lake
06/06/08 12:08 AM
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09/07/08 08:10 PM


Well the fishing was great! Lots of nice fish, BUT it cost me! All those bends in the river start looking the same after awhile and I wasn't paying attention to where I was at and BANG. Boat doctor time again. Broke the motor mount completely through. Luckily the motor stayed on the boat. I was able to idle back. Two and half hours of looking at the scenery. Hope your luck was better then mine.

08/23/08 04:06 PM

Here's an invite for you! If you have time this upcoming week drop me a e-mail this weekend. I'm going to be up at the cabin Mon-thursday and will be fishing the Crow Wing River and a few area lakes west of Brainerd. I have room for a rider if you have the time and are interested. Drop me a line here or at smileyfacetwo@yahoo.com.


06/06/08 09:09 PM

Hi All,

This is just me testing out the send group message functionality. Its been a while since Ive sent out a group message, and I want to test out a fix I just made to the functionality to ensure prompt message delivery and email alerts. Everything should be working perfect now.

Also, for those who havent visited the site in a while, be sure to check out some of the cool new features like:

- Printing Topo Maps from the Map Tab
- View Birds Eye Imagery under certain location details
- The ability to blog and fully customize your profile.
- Add recipes and comments for fish species.
- "Watch" trips, locations, and species to see when users review or comment.

Expect many new features coming to the site soon!

Tight Lines,

Dave O

05/25/08 08:14 AM


I'm heading up to Grand Rapids next weekend. Going to fish a little get together tourney with some old friends. It should be fun. I'll ask around and see if anyone has fished the old Miss around Palisades.

I plan on fishing close to that area sometime in Sept. Will fill you in later.

05/23/08 09:46 AM


I never fished that section of river but have fished north of there around Jacobson. Lots of walleye and smallmouth!!!!!!! The best luck with walleye was bouncing a jig/plastic or minnow off the bottom just ahead of or behind the deep holes in the river. Especially those on the bends. Early in the year the smallmouth will most likely be in the dead water areas, i.e. eddies, small cuts, etc. Later as the water goes down they will move into the current slicks just ahead or behind the faster water areas. I usually cover a lot of water throwing a buzzbait or some top water popper. If the water gets real low tubes around the wood next to current can be good. Good luck!!!

05/07/08 07:35 AM


Sorry about the delay! Getting used to using this site.

I fish a lot on the Mississippi River from Clearwater all the way up to Grand Rapids, MN. Some of the areas are north of the Clearwater bridge landing, Wilson Park in St. Cloud, Belle Prairie north of Little Falls (East Side), Fletcher Creek just south of Camp Ripley (West Side). All of these areas on the Miss are good.

On the St. Croix one of the better places is north of the State Park campground and if you're adventurous go upriver even further.

The fish average larger in the Mississippi and it's much easier to fish then the St. Croix. But, if you live closer to the Croix I would suggest you spend time checking each stretch of river. Pay close attention to any and all feeders as some of these small creeks will harbor some fish.

Mid summer can be great fishing with topwater baits even when the sun is shining. I use a lot of Pop-R's and Chug Bugs. Colors don't seem to matter.

Good fishing! If you want to share a trip just let me know. The back of my boat is always open for another brown bass fisherman.


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