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grousehunter

cloquet river acess

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First time poster here. Have been reading the forums for a long time and finally decided to set up an account. I have been trying to shorefish the st. louis river since no funds for a boat right now and wanted to try a new area. I was looking at my plot maps and decided to try to fish the cloquet where it flows into the st. louis for some smallmouth action. The first time i tried making it there from brookston walking the st. louis, but the woods were way to thick and the bank was steep after the first couple hundred yards of walking. Is there a way to get there by trail/bank from the highway 2 bridge, or is just as thick and steep of banks? thanks for any replies in advanced,

Blake

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Welcome aboard grousehunter.

I've floated that stretch many times but don't know about a trail. There are other spots you can fish from shore though and most have SM Bass to be had.

A USGS map or Map Tech on-line can get you some detailed views of trails roads, old logging roads and rail roads that come close or up to the river.

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Yes there is. There is a game trail that runs along the river and also a hunting trail that runs parallel to the river about a 100 yards from the bank. You can park at the access under the hgwy 2 bridge and then walk the dirt road that goes under the bridge. Follow that up a few hundred yards and you will see a gated access to the hunting trail. The trail will take you up river. Fish the first large set of rapids below where the Cloguet dumps in. Walleys, SM and Northerns can be caught here and catfish in the evening.. Welcome to the board and good luck..

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Shhhh, grouse hunter drop me and e-mail i got some good info on getting the bigger bass on that area of the rivers.

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catfishhunter...whats your email?

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Grousehunter, you don't to worry about that spot. I have fished it for 30 years and rarely do I ever see another fishermen on it. As you already know you break a sweat making the walk to the rapids and with the wood ticks and mud and travel through high grass and brush very few walk as far as they need to. We find the SM below the rapids and the walleye above the fast water. Northern are usually close to shore in the under cut banks. A very hit and miss fishery as you can go up and catch nothing and comeback the very next day and catch 30. Evening is the best time.

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