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Rum River Boating?

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I just bought a crestliner fish hawk 1650 and I want to take it on the river for some fishing. I will be launching out of Anoka. Anyone ever fish the rum on a boat? How far north/south can I go with a boat? Anything suggestions on how to navigate the rum with a boat?

Thanks all!

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I took my 16' Jon out Sunday. Launch at Anoka but it's all NO WAKE area. Ok for a sight seeing trip. Go out of the rum below the Anoka dam. You can run the Miss, but stay below the 169 bridge.

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Anoka fairgrounds ramp? You can go down to the dam, which is near Main St. I've heard you can go almost to St Francis north, but I haven't gone that far. There aren't really any hazard areas through anoka/ramsey/andover that I know of. That area is pretty good on smallmouth. There are walleye and northerns too, but not as many.

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You can go about to the end of the no wake zone with a prop boat (about 2 or 3 miles) then I wouldn't go much farther

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I guess really all that I am looking for is a nice place to catch smallies and everyone has told me the Rum River is the place. I live about two miles from the the anoka rum launch. Should I go there or go to the mississippi? I've heard there is a lot of floating debris to hit on the miss, comments? Also, what are people catching smallies on when they fish the rivers?

( i do all lake fishing now so this will be new to me!)

Thanks all!

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Bit of a run from Anoka but the upper Mississippi has two boatable areas - north of the Sartell dam and north of the Blanchard dam (Royalton). Sartell stretch is good for numbers of smallies. Blanchard has some jumbo smallies and is also home to a decent walleye and musky population. I fish both in the fall.

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I have fished the Rum in Anoka last couple of years, (unfortunately I have not made it out there yet this year) but, I have caught smallies on Pig and Jigs. (mostly Black and Blue, this was the first color I tried and it worked) Other than the Pig and Jigs, Plastics (worms) work as well. cast by downed trees and docks you will catch fish. Worms rigged wacky style work too. I always fish worms without weights, you may have to work the current in your favor but it helps in triggering a bite from a non aggressive smallie.

I hope this helps. I have also found in the past you cannot get too far up the river, it forks off and either way you go it is going to be too shallow. Unless it is spring and the water is up.

Good Luck!

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I spend a fair amount of time on the Rum in my Lund Explorer 1675 as I also live within a couple miles of the fairgrounds landing.

I have made it to within about 1/2 mile of the golf course going up river as recently as a week ago so that would be about 3-4 miles as the crow flies. Was stopped by rocks and current. Would have tried to negotiate through with trolling motor but current running too hard for #55 trolling motor to gain against. As someone said, the river is all no wake until you get pretty far upriver so a journey like that will take awhile. A sign on the east bank will let you know that it is the end of the no wake zone. What's really comical is that from there north you pretty much can't get up on plane anyway...go figure.

There are most definately some nice smallies to be had throwing all the traditional baits for both smallies and LM in the traditional spots. The smallies here will definately take a LM jig in the 1/2 oz size but there are no LM in the river or backwaters that I know of. One thing I have never really had a lot of luck with is topwaters on the Rum - have caught fish but never really creamed 'em with any sort of topwater.

Something I am seeing this year that I have not seen before is that the river is much more weedy than I have ever seen it - always have been some patches but this year more than ever in my experience with the Rum. They don't seem to be holding anything other than snot rockets for the most part though.

In general fishing has been slow recently - at least for me.

Good luck and maybe see ya' out there!

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Do you guys ever try and anchor or just launch and troll around? Just wondering. Im picking up my new trolling motor today so that should make it easier to navigate around with, the old 36lb just wasnt going to cut it!

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Wow Daze you got up that far? Yup I too get scared once I get above Ron's place by Boy Scout Island. Many a boulder lie there and lil current so you don't even see them until SMACK. Ah man confused.gif

My lower unit went out on me last night so I'll be MIA for a bit. Lower unit on my BOAT is what I mean tongue.gif

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tiger -

maybe one or twice a year if I feel like drinking a beer I'll bring an anchor with me and hang out and try to catch a walleye or two but every other time it is nothing but trolling motor.

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EB - Scout place is above the golf course (I think) - at least it is that way if you drive up 47. I was kinda disappointed because I felt like if I could've gotten pass this riffle I might have been able to roll another mile or two.

What happened to the boat's lower unit? That stinks! Le tme know if you want to get out and we'll see if we can make the schedules work.

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there are no LM in the river or backwaters that I know of.


I caught one 13" LM last year under the railroad bridge south of the fairgrounds ramp trolling a crankbait.

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