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#1695271 - 01/11/09 04:39 PM
Smallies in Montissippi State Park-Mississippi River Fishing Reports
Cody Lubeley Offline
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Can you fish for smallies at Montissippi during the winter months or is there a closed season for them now.
Also does that part of the river stay open through the winter?

Thanks
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#1695300 - 01/11/09 04:59 PM
Re: Smallies in Montissippi State Park-Mississippi River Fishing Reports [Re: Cody Lubeley]
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the season is open for catch and release only the last I saw there ice to fish around.

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#1697335 - 01/12/09 03:32 PM
Re: Smallies in Montissippi State Park-Mississippi River Fishing Reports [Re: jigginjim]
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ok thanks if i was able to find crawlers would it be legal to fish live bait or is it atrificial only?
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#1698259 - 01/12/09 09:50 PM
Re: Smallies in Montissippi State Park-Mississippi River Fishing Reports [Re: Cody Lubeley]
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You can use whatever you wish, live or artificial. The gamefish season is still open till the end of Feb. so if you get a walleye you have the choice of keeping it, but the Smallies are catch and release only. Then after the game fish season closes you can still fish there but you better make it very obvious to a CO that your fishing for cats!

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#1700905 - 01/14/09 06:35 AM
Re: Smallies in Montissippi State Park-Mississippi River Fishing Reports [Re: pikedreams]
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Why last year a state record was broken there according to this picture hanging at one of the Gander Mountain Bragging boards wink


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#1702100 - 01/14/09 03:41 PM
Re: Smallies in Montissippi State Park-Mississippi River Fishing Reports [Re: William T. Brask]
river rat316 Offline
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Originally Posted By: William T. Brask
Why last year a state record was broken there according to this picture hanging at one of the Gander Mountain Bragging boards wink




My guess 19.5-20" and 4.0 lbs... maybe 4.4lbs Nice smallie but know where near what it was quoted at
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#1702674 - 01/14/09 07:37 PM
Re: Smallies in Montissippi State Park-Mississippi River Fishing Reports [Re: river rat316]
Rick G Offline
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Could be the man holding it is Andre the giants brother and its was the new state record. LOL.

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#1703062 - 01/14/09 10:34 PM
Re: Smallies in Montissippi State Park-Mississippi River Fishing Reports [Re: Rick G]
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Wow! Almost 9 lbs...crazy
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#1703178 - 01/15/09 04:23 AM
Re: Smallies in Montissippi State Park-Mississippi River Fishing Reports [Re: vern]
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I don't think smallies are capable of growing that big in the river...they burn too much energy living in that current.

An 18" smallie on mille lacs or the boundary waters could run about 4.5 lbs, but on the 'sippi that bass will only weigh about 3 lbs.
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#1703513 - 01/15/09 08:05 AM
Re: Smallies in Montissippi State Park-Mississippi River Fishing Reports [Re: JBMasterAngler]
river rat316 Offline
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I have never seen a 18.5" 4.5lber.... the average 18"er on the river weighs 2.5 to just under 3lbs, I have scaled alot of smallies in the past 3 years and I have seen 1 over 5 it was 5.1 lbs 19.99999" opening day 3 years ago, still full of spawn and fat as ...well you get the idea. To fat to jump.


Edited by river rat316 (01/15/09 08:06 AM)
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#1705742 - 01/15/09 10:20 PM
Re: Smallies in Montissippi State Park-Mississippi River Fishing Reports [Re: river rat316]
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I've fished that area of the river for 20 years & my biggest is about 21".
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#1706749 - 01/16/09 11:00 AM
Re: Smallies in Montissippi State Park-Mississippi River Fishing Reports [Re: vern]
insufishentfunds* Offline
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Registered: 01/13/09
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Loc: MN
Agreed, questionable for sure. After the power plant shutdown you could walk the banks and pick up dozens of dead 18-20" smallies but I did not see anything over 20.5", and I saw hundreds of dead fish. Fish have come back but not nearly the numbers, nor the size. These fish should likely be left alone for a few years to allow them to reach the size of reproduction. That 2 mile river stretch is usually flush with anglers and I am not sure why. You can catch fish on anything tied to a hook, and I do mean anything. No skill required but gets boring real fast.
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#1715460 - 01/20/09 10:18 PM
Re: Smallies in Montissippi State Park-Mississippi River Fishing Reports [Re: river rat316]
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I wonder what was used to measure the fish?

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#1715813 - 01/21/09 08:16 AM
Re: Smallies in Montissippi State Park-Mississippi River Fishing Reports [Re: jigginjim]
river rat316 Offline
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A educated guess grin
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#1736831 - 02/01/09 06:49 AM
Re: Smallies in Montissippi State Park-Mississippi River Fishing Reports [Re: river rat316]
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Or could that be an uneducated guess?
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#1754822 - 02/11/09 08:52 AM
Re: Smallies in Montissippi State Park-Mississippi River Fishing Reports [Re: polarsusd81]
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I could be mistaken, but isn't the river open all year for catch and release.

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#1754837 - 02/11/09 09:01 AM
Re: Smallies in Montissippi State Park-Mississippi River Fishing Reports [Re: BP21]
uwecsteeple Offline
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NO, the river there is not open all year to catch and release fishing. Regular rules apply plus the additional limitation of all smallies 12-20" much be released.

Only Pool 2 is open to C&R all year walleye sauger SMB and LMB.

But don't take my word for it (or anyone's on the internet), read the rules.


Edited by uwecsteeple (02/11/09 09:02 AM)
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