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Fished Barr last Sunday but got skunked.  DOW just stocked it with trout but still had no luck as did everyone else around.  Ranger said one 18" walleye was caught off a boat but that was about it.  Hopefully things will pick up as the water temp rises.
 

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I have heard that they allow those with >10HP motors on Barr Lake as long as they stay wakeless.

Is that true?
 

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was not out on a boat. With this nice weather I am sure it has picked up a little. Wiper can be pretty good in April if you fish with minnow or shrimp. The stocker trout should be biting too. At least I would think. I might try night fishing there on Sunday or Monday.
 

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Okay, just curious about whether you boated and still got skunked. Are the wipers along the dam etc? What the heck else is along the dam out there?
 

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rorton said:
yes, 10hp or less. no wake lake. Good luck.
Thanks, I did know that part, but I was wondering about motors > 10hp being allowed on the lake. I had heard that the people that run that lake will allow larger motors as long as you don't make a wake. Apparently, this was in part due to some smaller boats with only 10hp having difficulty getting off the lake in windy conditions.

Can anyone verify this?
 

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rorton said:
yes, 10hp or less. no wake lake. Good luck.
i asked the parks guys at Barr about this last year. They told me I can keep my 25 hp on the boat, I can only use it in an emergency. (a dead trolling battery does not constitute an emergency per them)

Dan
Thanks, I did know that part, but I was wondering about motors > 10hp being allowed on the lake. I had heard that the people that run that lake will allow larger motors as long as you don't make a wake. Apparently, this was in part due to some smaller boats with only 10hp having difficulty getting off the lake in windy conditions.

Can anyone verify this?
 

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Nawanda.

Always get skunked when the water is high at Barr, boat or no boat. Maybe it's just me though doing something wrong. Anyways, you can catch the wiper anywhere in the lake, even from the shore. I wouldn't say the damn has all the fish. It is a concrete dam and the water is only a few feet deep by it I am pretty sure. You can't fish off of it either. Sporting good stores usually have a structural map of many lakes including Barr that show you the best places to catch wiper if you have a boat.
 

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Dan said:
i asked the parks guys at Barr about this last year. They told me I can keep my 25 hp on the boat, I can only use it in an emergency. (a dead trolling battery does not constitute an emergency per them)

Dan
Thanks, Dan!
 

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Got Musky,

Couple years ago when the water was maybe a few feet lower than now, I boated all over Barr, and the entire half from the restricted area (Bird Refuge) clear up to the dam seemed very shallow, like 6 t0 8 feet. I was really shocked at how sloping and shallow it was. Then toward the dam it was 20 -ish and I think at deepest the dam area is 30 to 40 at tops in wet years.

I've got a new fishfinder to try out, but I gotta wait a week or so to go. I know at least one really good hole in that place, but the rest really is a mystery. If I ever find out any thing interesting, I'll share it with you.
 
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work2fish said:
Dan said:
i asked the parks guys at Barr about this last year.  They told me I can keep my 25 hp on the boat, I can only use it in an emergency.  (a dead trolling battery does not constitute an emergency per them)

Dan
Thanks, Dan!
I emailed them because it could be a nice mid summer refuge fromt he rat race. Below is the email I got from them:

Yes, you can use your boat as long as you only use the trolling motor.
You
may only use the 115 hp motor to safely get off the lake in the event
the
trolling motor is not able to do that due to weather or the motor
breaks
down. We have no regulation on wakes, just horsepower, and the limit
is 10
hp.

Thanks for asking and please come out. We are a very peaceful place
since
we have a 10 hp limit.


Randy Rivers
Park Manager
Barr Lake State Park



----- Original Message -----
From: "Eric Ewing" <[email protected]>
To: <[email protected]>
Sent: Friday, April 08, 2005 1:11 PM
Subject: 10 hp or less motors


> If I have a boat that has a 115 hp main motor, but I
> also have a 8 hp trolling motor can I still use my
> boat as long as I don't use the 115 hp motor and don't
> create a wake?
>
> Thanks
 

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Nawanda,

would appreciate that. I would suggest fishing along the submerged railroad on the west end. When the water gets low enough (I fish from shore), I fish this area with crawlers and minnows and have caught trout, bass, bluebill, wiper, and catfish as well as crap, I mean carp. I have also seen some HUGE muskies at the top in this area.
 

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Doesn't Barr lake have that non-fishing area that is like 1/2 the lake or something? or am I thinking of another lake?
If so all those stockers were probably like hey lets go hang out over here.
 

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Yes the south end is off limits to fishing because it is a wildlife refuge. It is marked off with bouys.
 

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Yeah, and you just KNOW the OFF LIMITS area holds nice fish. I wouldn't doubt that spring finds tiger muskies in their spawning and eating all the hundreds of thousands of carp.

Think they'll ever invite us over?
 

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Actually it does hold lots of fish. I went on a field-trip to the refuge when I was in yes, boyscouts. (It was just for one year). I remember walking on the boardwalk and there were fish swimming everywhere around there and the ranger said they were muskies spawning. at least trying to spawn. This is years back before I even knew what a muskie was.
 
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