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Zum River 7/14 NOW WITH PICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I'll be making a trip up to your area next weekend from Des Moines to float the Zumbro River. Came up last year and floated it and had the time of my summer. I'm pretty pumped to get back up your way. ( had the itch to get back since I left last summer)

My question is how has the fishing been on the river?

I'm curious to know how excited I should be. Smallies will be the target species but if they aren't going I guess storminspank and I will have to switch plans.

Hope everyone had a great 4th and maybe we'll see yah in a week or so.

Thanks

Lane

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did very well on the 4th on smallies. Got on the water EARLY and they were hungry. My brother hooked a decent fish 1st cast. I rolled one 1st cast (top water) and caught one 2nd cast. Topwater was the ticket until the fog/clouds burned off around 10. Crayfish imitators after that kept the day going.

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thanks for the report.

a week from now I'll be floating down that baby!

Any other good news?

Thanks

Lane

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I canoed the Zumbro from the Green Bridge to Zumbro Falls on Saturday and had decent success. My buddy and I caught approximately 20 smallies with the largest weighing around 1.5 lbs. The fish were not very aggressive and it took some work to get them to bite. We had our best luck with tube jigs and Senkos. I would highly suggest getting on the water EARLY because there were a ton of canoes and tubes drinking beer and just trying to stay cool.

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We are def. going to get in early... hopefully around 5 AM or so. Looking forward to making to float from the Green Bridge down to Sportsman.

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is that the same float we did last year???

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Hey watertower and storminspank was that you in the boat with the trolling motor? My friend Eric and I were in the canoe. How did you guys end up doing? We had a decent day fishing wise but made the mistake of canoeing all the way to Hammond. What a zoo! From Zumbro Falls to Hammond was solid canoes and tubers and we only managed to catch one small northern, smallie, and walleye. Thankfully we got on the water early enough to get some productive fishing in. What sickens me is these people leave their empty beer cans all along the river. From now on, I will either go fishing during the week, early morning, or in the fall when it is too cold for tubing.

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that was us.....thanks for the pics.

one of us should get our pics up soon.

looks like you had fun!

i know we did.

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It was a great time... post more info later, but we caught a ton of fish on the trek from the green bridge down to Zumbro Falls. Nothing huge (except that Muskie that watertower wrangled - more on that later).

I got the great advice from folks on here last year to avoid past Zumbro Falls on the weekend because it's just a nightmare. We actually did ok around the Bluff Valley tube section. We put down an anchor and caught smallies as the tubes floated past.

We got out very early, which helped out a lot too.

Pics and more story to follow...........

Nice pics, by the way - some nice fish.

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Here's the report.

Stormin and I got ourselves to the river at 6AM.

And on my first cast of the day I landed the first smallie at about 6:01AM. it was all smooth sailing after that. We started counting fish but once we got to 40 or so we just stopped and enjoyed the action. To our best guess we estimated between 80 and 95 fish boated. One of the best stories from the trip would have to be the musky stormin mentioned earlier. I hooked a nice little 12-14 inch smallie and within about 2 second i saw a giant musky take It's first shot at the bass. And right after that the smallie shot out of the water to escape the predator, but he didn't get high enough. The Musky shot out of the water after the bass and took the whole fish in with ease. This all happened about 5 feet away from the boat. Giving stormin and I the show of the day! Very inpressive the power of those fish. Estimated length pry around 40 to 45 inches long.

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Awesome pictures. Nice smallies and report. Thanks for sharing.

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hawkeye shirts and hawaian shorts grin.gif looks like a great time. i may have to add that to my list of things to do when we move back. cool.gif

only 50 more months laugh.gif

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Awesome report guys, next time you guys come up I'll borrow you some Gopher T-shirts so you can throw those Hawkeye shirts away!

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Great pictures guys...looks like a lot of fun!

GO HAWKS smile.gif

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PS. I was at the Twins game this past Saturday when they spanked the A's.

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Awesome pics guys. It looks like you had a blast. I think that I may have to also at that to the list of things to do sometime soon.

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hey, great pictures! Looks like you had a blast.

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Quote:

I'll borrow you some Gopher T-shirts so you can throw those Hawkeye shirts away!


better yet, i'll send ya some cyclone shirts grin.gifcool.gif

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Quote:

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I'll borrow you some Gopher T-shirts so you can throw those Hawkeye shirts away!


better yet, i'll send ya some cyclone shirts grin.gifcool.gif


I just threw up in my mouth... crazy.gif

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great pics guys

i have had my helping of man beauty now thanks

thanks for pick up the big trash too and doing you part to keep the river clean. grin.gifgrin.gif

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Hey all,

I'm coming back up this weekend for a float. How is been compared to a month ago?

Thanks Lane

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I talked to Bill Plantan the other day, he does some canoe guiding on the zum, and he said that he had just taken a group of guys from the bridge to the falls and they had phenomanal luck with the smallies. Don't know the exact tactics used, but he did say on plastics. Hope that helps.

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Thank im looking forward to it

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rain wreck your trip?

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