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#2815972 - 03/31/12 09:11 PM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: Stick in Mud]
Brad B Offline
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Registered: 05/02/09
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Loc: Monticello, MN
Originally Posted By: carmike
Well, I caught the biggest flathead (pout) of the year so far....



And a red-eyed crappie, too (on cutbait...first time that's happened). No cats, though. frown





don't you mean a red eyed party crappie(rock bass). I have caught a few of these over the years but this past winter I got my first one while ice fishing.

Catfishing is not a hobby it is a way of life.

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#2826894 - 04/17/12 11:39 PM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: Brad B]
Stick in Mud Offline
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Yup, that's a party crappie (I only learned this from Dtro and Aanderud while ice fishing the Chain this winter).

Went out tonight, but once again, nothing for catfish for me in my spot. I know people are getting them, but off the dock is about as far as I travel. They're usually down there, but I haven't found any yet this year. Maybe they'll start biting soon, but if you're planning on fishing off my dock, don't plan to catch anything besides party crappies and the northern strain of barbel-less (spotted) flathead catfish. smile


Edited by carmike (04/17/12 11:40 PM)

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#2826941 - 04/18/12 06:21 AM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: Stick in Mud]
Rick G Offline
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Those p crappies have been crazy sofar this year. Was up at Blanchard yest tryin for suckers, We could only catch small rockies and the northern strain of big toothed golden crappies whistle , we decided not to stick around too long.

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#2835970 - 05/02/12 10:54 PM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: Rick G]
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Yeah, I'm doing something wrong (or right?). Can't catch nothin' but those barbel-less spotted catfish (or crappies?).


I must be doing something right (or wrong?).

Ah, well, I am a great and sublime fool. But then I am God's fool, and all His work must be contemplated with respect.
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#2848557 - 05/24/12 12:13 PM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: Stick in Mud]
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Put in at the Dayton access on Saturday 5/19 and headed up the Crow in search of cats...until the lower unit started bouncing off rocks. Good thing I was only going fast enough to make progress upstream. Found a spot to try on the Crow before heading back to the Miss. Had one run that I yanked out of the fish's mouth. I didn't find any areas that I wanted to try for cats on the Miss, so I trolled a crankbait in the channel for a while with no takers.

I decided to try and find a different place to launch the boat on the Crow on Sunday. I was able to do a little shore fishing in the process and hit a couple channel cats and a nice eater sized eyeball.
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#2848614 - 05/24/12 01:33 PM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: KMR85]
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How was the landing? Rivers do wonders for the lower unit. I put 2 on the past couple years. What other landing on the Crow did ya use? Rockford? Is there one closer to the Sippi but not Dayton?

Early April the cats were on fire and have slowed down since. After being skunked 4 times in a row I kinda gave up for a bit, but want to try again.

Experience is knowledge, everything else is just information.


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#2848629 - 05/24/12 01:50 PM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: EBass]
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Originally Posted By: EBass
How was the landing? Rivers do wonders for the lower unit. I put 2 on the past couple years. What other landing on the Crow did ya use? Rockford? Is there one closer to the Sippi but not Dayton?

Early April the cats were on fire and have slowed down since. After being skunked 4 times in a row I kinda gave up for a bit, but want to try again.


I believe there is one in Hanover in the county park but I can't recall the quality of it as far as launching boats.
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#2849741 - 05/26/12 10:01 PM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: EBass]
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The landing in Dayton was OK but shallow. Had to back in to where my exhaust pipe was almost in the water to launch a 14 ft duck boat. Not much muck on the slabs when I was there.

There is a canoe access on the Crow in Riverside Park in Hanover. You might be able launch a small boat there, but it's very steep. I wouldn't launch a boat there alone because I wouldn't trust the parking brake on that incline. It would be nice to get an actual public boat launch somewhere on the Crow near Hanover, but I don't think there's enough demand out there to actually get funding for it. It wouldn't be that much work to level out the canoe access in Riverside Park and add some slabs. There's basically a small parking area already there too.
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#2850326 - 05/28/12 09:26 PM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: KMR85]
Rick G Offline
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Made it out the last few days on the river above and below the St. Cloud dam. Water temp is in the upper 60s, the river is moving real high and fast right now. Most of the fish I have caught have ben holding tight to any curent breaks, no matter how small. Night crawlers have out produced everything else we threw at them. I think this might be due to all the runoff washing a large amount of worms into the river causing a feeding bindge on them.
I saw the north fishing pier was underwater in the Sauk Rapids park taday. Also the docks inWilso have a 3-4ft span of water between the dock and shore now, makes it tough not to get wet.

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#2869334 - 07/01/12 08:59 PM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: Rick G]
Rick G Offline
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Man, is this water ever going to go down? Made it out for a few hours this afternoon above St. Cloud, Fishing was pretty tough for us this outing. Tried crankbaits, plastics and live bait with most of the fish we did somehow manage to catch coming on plastics pitched to the shorelines. Water temp was 75 and moving quick wink. Lots of big trees and branches coming down river yet so keep an eye up streem if you decide to anchor somewhere.

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#2872866 - 07/08/12 09:19 PM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: Joe]
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Registered: 07/01/08
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Loc: minneapolis, mn
The catfish bite was good tonight. Was fishing off of st anthony parkway north of nicollet island. Caught 5 catfish in 30 min. Biggest one was 24 inches. Using chicken liver. But then i got snagged and lost my last sinker. River is still high and moving fast but they are biting.
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#2877007 - 07/16/12 11:48 AM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: bass_hunter]
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Has been a while since last got out fishing. Water is still several feet higher than normal for this time of year (in the Otsego/Elk River area). Caught a lot of rough fish on nightcrawlers along with a few smallmouth (couple decent fish in the 15" range). Suckers were very active.
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#2880518 - 07/22/12 09:53 PM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: TunaCan]
Rick G Offline
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River level is just about normal for this time of year, it has droped almost 3ft here in town the last week. Fishing has been pretty good as of late for walleyes, smallies and catfish. For much more detailed info on the bite check out the premium info forum at the very top of the main forums wink

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#2880668 - 07/23/12 08:42 AM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: Rick G]
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I was about 3 miles south of the dam & didn't see that area, but in the obscure area I was at, I was amazed how much it had dropped. In the middle of nowhere & under a bunch of scrub brush & trees, my son found an old metal folding chair that must have been swept down & parked itself where we were. Smallie bite was most definatly on, experiment with your plastics. The boy had a great day & didn't want to leave(sounds like his dad 20 years ago)! The first spot however, wasn't so hot so it definatly pays to move around. We hit fish in a couple spots that I didn't think looked very promising.
grin


Edited by fischer69 (07/23/12 08:44 AM)
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#2880837 - 07/23/12 03:59 PM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: fischer69]
Rick G Offline
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Great report Tony!

Originally Posted By: fischer69
The boy had a great day & didn't want to leave(sounds like his dad 20 years ago)!


He sure does sound like his old man wink

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#2882212 - 07/25/12 07:58 PM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: Rick G]
Rick G Offline
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Made it out for a few hours this afternoon. Just when I thought we were starting to get to a more normal water level for this time of year it had risen about 6in since Sun and went up another 6in while I was on the water today crazy
The good news is the bite is going real well for smallies smile. They are hitting just about anything they can see, or hear. Water clarity is still pretty murky, thats the reason bright or loud baits are doing better than more subtle presentations right now.

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#2883091 - 07/27/12 12:11 PM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: Rick G]
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Thanks for the rpt Rick G. Someday I'll be back on the water.

Experience is knowledge, everything else is just information.


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#2883326 - 07/27/12 10:19 PM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: EBass]
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Channel cats were hungry on Sunday in the Elk River area. Cut sucker is all I had for bait (crawlers too in case I needed them) and it worked great. Current seams are where I found them hanging out. All the fish I landed were nice chunky 27-28". I don't remember the water being this high at this time of year during the last few summers. I'm not complaining cuz it's easy traveling in the duck boat.
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#2883520 - 07/28/12 06:27 PM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: KMR85]
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Loc: Ramsey, MN
Had decent luck on the crow last night, caught 3 over 24",1 around 20" and a bunch around 10".Biggest was shy of 28". Cut suckers were the ticket. Best period was right after dark. Also caught a softshell turtle, one of about every two bites was a turtle! They must be just swarming in there.Anybody know how far up the crow I could get from the miss with a 16' deep v and a long shaft?


Edited by dustybaker (07/28/12 06:31 PM)
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#2884354 - 07/31/12 12:46 AM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: dustybaker]
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Registered: 07/30/12
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Loc: Wright County, MN
Hello all. I am new to the site. I live close to the river in Wright County. Smallies have been going good the last week for me. A few bonus walleye and occasional channel.
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#2884442 - 07/31/12 08:31 AM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: Swamp_Gas]
Rick G Offline
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Welcome to FM/HSO Swamp_Gas. Thanks for the report, looking forward to hearing more from you.

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#2884615 - 07/31/12 02:51 PM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: Rick G]
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Most fish have come on crankbaits. Tubes and twisters have been producing as well.
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#2884765 - 07/31/12 09:01 PM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: dustybaker]
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Originally Posted By: dustybaker
Anybody know how far up the crow I could get from the miss with a 16' deep v and a long shaft?


I tried that in May with a 14 ft shallow V-hull & 15 hp long shaft and didn't get more than a 1/2 mile before the skeg was bumping rocks. I think there are several areas with rocks that stretch pretty much all the way across the river in that area. I didn't care to see if there was a narrow spot to get past them.
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#2886065 - 08/03/12 08:59 AM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: KMR85]
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Was out midday for a few hours yesterday and was surprised on how fast the action was! We caught 9 cats 20"-26" walleye fishing. Did manage a few eyes (mostly cigars) and a few smallies. The cats sure have put some size on the last few years and are a blast to hook into.

Water was very turbid but the current was manageable. Should only get better as we approach fall!
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#2886391 - 08/03/12 07:50 PM
Re: Mississippi River North Fishing Reports [Re: ASMOLEY]
Rick G Offline
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Made it out for a few hours this afternoon. Water continues to drop a bit more each day grin. Fishing was ok, but not hot like it has been. Fished bass for the first couple hours, still having best luck on the DT4s or 7in finess worms rigged weightless casted to the rocky shorelines. Summer patterns are in full swing right now grin bass are feeding heavy.
After getting our fill of the bass we tried for some cat action. They weren't near as active as the bass were. Had isues with turtles eating our bait in just about every spot we went to. Finaly found a good log jam that held a coulpe active fish, nothing real big but it was action. On a stinky side note....my partner for the day appon hearing his clicker scream, got up and kicked over a almost full tub of liver sick. For the rest of the afternoon we could have been called the lord of the flies, they sure did like my boat mad. Pay back is in order wink

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