Orangespotted Sunfish near the Twin Cities?

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DinoFish
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Orangespotted Sunfish near the Twin Cities?

Hey guys,

So my friend just got new microfishing gear, and we were trying to find some places in or around the Twin Cities to try it out. Specifically, are there any lakes that have Orangespotted Sunfish in them nearby? I saw on a range map that they live around the Twin Cities in spots but I haven't found any lakes with them yet in LakeFinder. 

 

Also, are there any other interesting micros in the Twin Cities that are not too difficult to get to? My friend and I have also been looking around for Goldfish, but we haven't been able to catch any yet.  Finally, I see darters listed in LakeFinder sometimes, but I haven't seen any in the water- do they hang our near shore? And what kind of habitat do they like (my guess would be rocky?)?

 

Sorry for having so many questions all at once, we're both pretty new to microfishing. Thanks much in advance!

"Fishing is much more than fish... It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers." - Herbert Hoover

TonyS
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A lot of the floodplain lakes off the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers have Orangespots. Seems like most the one's I've caught/seen have been in really turbid scummy backwaters.  Typically over gravel/sand in less than 18" of water.  They turn up in the clear backwaters too but it seems like less or at least harder to find.  

 

Goldfish turn up all kinds of wierd spots in the Metro, drainage ditches and stormwater ponds.  Just have to go and explore in and around urban/suburban areas.  Fortunately Goldfish can be pretty easy to see in some cases.

DinoFish
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Thanks for the help!

Thanks so much, TonyS! I'll have to check those out. I can't wait to add it to my lifelist!

"Fishing is much more than fish... It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers." - Herbert Hoover

andy
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I heard of some Orangespotted sunfish being caught around the dam in Anoka on the Rum River.  Seems weird, I know, but I remember seeing photos.  They caught them right along the riprap on the downtown side.  

DinoFish
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Thanks!

Cool, thanks for the info Andy! I'll be sure to check that out.

"Fishing is much more than fish... It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers." - Herbert Hoover

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A huge part of microfishing and point of microfishing is the pursuit. The reason a person like Moose can catch 70+ species in one month is research and the willingness to go expecting to get a skunk. There is a lot of data out there on many areas as it seems you know. Where you can get a jump start on finding micros is geting wet and looking in the streams. As a roughfish community we have cut the learning curve on every species once one person figures them out. 

For darters move rocks and wade in the rivers. Find a river with logperch first. They are the easiest to catch due to size and aggressiveness. Trout streams are great places to catch micros. If you drive over a creek stop and look. Have a good pair of glasses and it will make a world of difference. 

Goldfish as stated before go and look in drainages that look like they are connected to other drainage ponds. Fish will move between each pond. Take some bread with you and toss out some small pieces to see if anything surfaces. Micro hooks are small for goldfish though. Many times there will be other types of minnows in those drainages also. 

OSS I can't help you anymore than what was already written above.

My basic point is once you learn what to look for you will find new locations and open horizons you dream of.

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DinoFish
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Thanks for the reply!

Cool, thanks so much for the advice and info, Outdoors4Life! I'm excited that this year I'll finally have some more time to explore new areas and get more lifers, especially beautiful ones like darters and orangespots. That's probably my favorite pat of fishing besides species-- finding new spots and trying out new techniques! Thanks again for the help!

"Fishing is much more than fish... It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers." - Herbert Hoover