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I posted this questions a few weeks ago and got no response so I will post it again? Does anyone ever fish the St. Coix above Stillwater and below Taylors Falls. I know they fish it a bit during the open water season up near the trestle but I have not heard of anyone fishing the river in this area and I wondered why? Maybe it is a dumb question, but it seems to me that it is a big river and I never did understand why you find so many people fishing just one area around Hudson to Prescott???

DO they ever fish about Taylors Falls?

Tight Lines!

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SteveD

 Originally Posted By: UncleKes
Maybe it is a dumb question, but it seems to me that it is a big river and I never did understand why you find so many people fishing just one area around Hudson to Prescott???

The reason you find so many people fishing just one area around Hudson / Bayport and Prescott is that there is safe drive on access to the river. Most people want to drive on the river and drive right up to their fishing spot. They want to unload their equipment from their vehicle and not walk very far.

If you go above Stillwater (most people don't drive above the High Lines) the river ice is unpredictable. There is a certain amount of ATV and snowmobile traffic but not any vehicle traffic that I am aware of. There are current areas upstream that make thin ice to no ice and you have to be careful around those areas or you are going to go through the ice.

If you are willing to walk and haul your equipment by hand, you can reach some areas to fish above stillwater. You are a limited by the access points you use and how far you are willing to walk.

I have ice fished around Franconia and Osceola - I didn't do particularily well but it was fun. You have to pay close attention to the ice conditions.

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Turk

I don't know of anyone fishing up there...

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john.wells

I have done some icefishing above Stillwater-you can catch fish, but it is more of an excercise in futility. On the plus side, if you play it safe, you will be very alone, and the scenery is beautiful. Any fish you get will just add to the experience. When you do get a fish, it will give you a pretty big warm & fuzzy feeling just knowing that you have beaten the odds. If you go, just be sure to bring a buddy, and stay away from high current areas. If you have spent any time in a boat in this area, you should know where the "safe" areas are. Keep in mind that one step could spell disaster, so bring all of the first ice stuff with just in case. A good resource to contact would be the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Park Rangers....

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LindyRig

Great post JW. I have never ice fished north of stillwater, so I have nothing to add. Just thought that was a great post

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slipperybob

I've been meaning to try above the Dam of Taylor/St Croix Falls...just haven't gotten out there.

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GoggleEye

I fished just north of stillwater off of the Somerset, WI landing. It is tucked back in a little bay there on the WI side across from the DNR landing in Stillwater. I didn't walk to far as I was alone and don't trust river ice, so I set up just out of the bay in 15 feet of water and caught not a thing. That was the first and last time I will try the river north of stillwater. I wish I could find a safe and productive spot, the scenery is unreal.

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2iceman

I have fished rice lake, which is north of stillwater. You can go out of the marina in Marine on St. Croix. Be careful and go with someone else, we use snowmobiles and cut through the islands. Great walleye fishin. Haven't fished it this year.

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