Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
cdemeyes

upper mississippi depth??

8 posts in this topic

Hey fellas,

was wondering what stretsh of river I could fish with my boat? I run the 619 ranger deep v! Would like to fish the upper mississippi for smallies this season. Where is the best boat launch, Kinda wanted to fish aroun st.cloud, sartell, brainerd area. What kinda depths are up that way and how is the smallie fishing in these streches?? Thanks in advance.

corey (cdemeyes)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One of the problems you will encounter up here is that the river will be quite deep for a few hundred yards and then it'll shallow up to a few inches, so even if you find a place to launch the boat, you'll have a hard time going very far. The first place that comes to mind is north of the Sartell Dam (there are numerous accesses up there), and the fishing can be pretty good, but it doesn't match the fishing in the faster and shallower stretches where your boat won't be able to go.

There are still fish to be had--don't get me wrong--you can try fishing the miles of shoreline cover, full of downed trees, rip-rap banks, rocky points and drop-offs, stumps, etc., but I've never had the success up there in the slow water that I've had in the fast water elsewhere.

Carl

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 Originally Posted By: cdemeyes
Hey fellas,

was wondering what stretsh of river I could fish with my boat? I run the 619 ranger deep v! Would like to fish the upper mississippi for smallies this season. Where is the best boat launch, Kinda wanted to fish aroun st.cloud, sartell, brainerd area. What kinda depths are up that way and how is the smallie fishing in these streches?? Thanks in advance.

corey (cdemeyes)

I would not put that boat anywhere near the Mississippi from Dayton all the way to St CLoud dam, the Anoka Pool, St Cloud Pool, Sartell Pool, Pikes Resorvoir, and Little Falls pool all have sufficient depth around the dam areas to run that style of boat. Finding the fish in those areas (with size anyway) is a totally different matter, for most of the season they really don't hold good numbers of big fish

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The two streches around Little falls will accomadate your boat. First the river between LF and Blanchard dam is about 8+ miles long and only the first 1.5 mi or so is would be to shallow. The rest of the river is 13+ ft deep in the channel (which is almost the entire width), there is a sunken island just after the swan river to avoid, easily done by riding the east shore form the swan for a half mile. Other hazards will just be sporatic deadheads, which show up in different locations every year, just have a good spotter.

The river in little falls is navigatable in your boat for 2 or 3 miles north of the landings. There is very large shallow flat just north of the tressle in town. this can be avoided by riding the east shore until about a half mile from the hwy 10 bridge, then it gets difficult for me to expain how to cross the flat to go further north (in words), basically you cross at a fourty five to get to the west side, the water is shallow (>5ft) but usually with no hazards. from there you can get up another mile or so. I would just take it easy going from the crossing point up river until you are comfortable with your route.

As far as numbers of large fish in these sections, fish them and you will be more than glad that you did!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It would be tough to even get your boat off the trailer in the Fort Ripley, Brainerd area for most of the season.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I fish the area near Monticello and I wade. I'd be leery of using much more than a john boat or canoe there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The stretch of river north of the Sartell [PoorWordUsage] to the Rice Bridge is plenty deep enough for that type of rig. However, I would take it really slow if you don't know the river, several hazards including sandbars in the middle of the river, rocks, and stumps are all over the place. But fish to be had in that area forsure.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You are pretty safe from the 169 bridge down to the coon rapids dam.... And it is pretty good fishing in that stretch... I would not go north past 169

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Posts

    • monstermoose78

      Posted

      I hope this weekend is better than last!!  I know there is a  lot of ducks around but they have so many places to hide.

    • If you want to stay away from the crowd I would suggest Beacon Harbor I think after jan 1st they don't allow day passes its only beacon harbor and outdoor authority who have houses there. Then they allow only a limited amount of yearly passes.

      Now they don't have all the bells and whistles like a bar and food ect but John and Ann are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Not to mention I personally think it is some of the best.

       

      Now if you needed a bar and food and all that my choices would be Rogers or Westwind

    • fins_n'_feathers

      Posted

      Today was the complete opposite of yesterday. The current coming out of light house gap made a pocket of clear water out in the lake overnight, fished right on the edge of the muddy water in 14 feet of water and went through 3 bags of frozen shiners and caught a bunch on plastics after the minnows were gone. Nothing fantastic for size, only 3 in the slot but nice limits of 14-17 inchers and a ton of smaller fish. Once that muddy water gets blown out or clears up the bite is going to be crazy good!

    • eyeguy 54

      Posted

      212 wondering the same thing maybe?? ;)   

       

    • Agronomist_at_IA

      Posted

    • CigarGuy

      Posted

      I got 4 nice ones last Friday in about 8' to 9' of water in a channel off Wakemup Bay .  It was the last hour of daylight.  Tried a couple times during the day Saturday and right before dark and struck out.

    • 11 hours ago, BringAnExtension said:

      Zach-

      I have been making annual ice fishing trips with friends for about 12 years ago.  We have tried LOTW, Mille Lacs, Red and one other lake that happened to be where we could use a free cabin for a weekend.  With that one exception for the free cabin, we have also rented sleepers.

      We have never made it to Devils Lake, but it is on my personal bucket list just because of the possibility of those monster perch.

      Six years ago, we ended up back on Red and no longer consider any other option.  Here's why:

      • This fishing is good.
      • The Petrowske family are wonderful hosts.
      • No other resort that we have used has come close to being wonderful hosts.  They just didn't put any effort into it.

      Now, I don't know how that you translate to your running portables, but I have never been disappointed with our trips to URL.

      Hope that helps.

      You should definitely try Devils lake I went 3 years ago and had a blast. Not only did we get put on a good perch bite but they put us on an Insane walleye bite the guy said it was about an hour window from when the sun starting setting and boy was he right in that hour I caught walleye after walleye after walleye. As soon as I would start reeling one up another mark would take its place on my graph and I couldn't get my lure down fast enough.

      I am sure Johnny P is all booked up on weekends by now and for some reason some of the guys don't like sleeper houses all though I may push for it this year last year was such a hassle packing everything up for the night loading the trucks having to bring sleds and wheelers. I much rather bring my flasher couple rods and lots of beer. I go fishing enough running and gunning its nice to have a break where you just show up and fish.

       

      I usually go to red 3-4 times a year and last year we did go to red for our work trip as well. Just weighing the options.

       

      Has anyone ever rented house from Arties bait on big stone?

    • DRAGFOOT

      Posted

      I don't know what to say, we crushed em jigging in 30 feet last Friday while getting knocked around in the waves. Anchored up and never moved. Lots of boats on the river already then and not good reports at that point. I was going to go back up for Saturday and if I did I would go straight out to 30 feet again. 

    • delcecchi

      Posted

      Gee, think things might be rigged?  Got to be there in person to bid.  Maybe they would get a better price if bidding were on line?  Of course that would inhibit the buddy system.  Make it inconvenient to bid, get lower bids, make the in crowd happy. 

    • Anyone sniffing any fall-pattern crappies??   Have they found the way to the basin-areas or nearby the basin areas ?   Thanks 



  • Posts

    • monstermoose78
      I hope this weekend is better than last!!  I know there is a  lot of ducks around but they have so many places to hide.
    • ZachD
      If you want to stay away from the crowd I would suggest Beacon Harbor I think after jan 1st they don't allow day passes its only beacon harbor and outdoor authority who have houses there. Then they allow only a limited amount of yearly passes. Now they don't have all the bells and whistles like a bar and food ect but John and Ann are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Not to mention I personally think it is some of the best.   Now if you needed a bar and food and all that my choices would be Rogers or Westwind
    • fins_n'_feathers
      Today was the complete opposite of yesterday. The current coming out of light house gap made a pocket of clear water out in the lake overnight, fished right on the edge of the muddy water in 14 feet of water and went through 3 bags of frozen shiners and caught a bunch on plastics after the minnows were gone. Nothing fantastic for size, only 3 in the slot but nice limits of 14-17 inchers and a ton of smaller fish. Once that muddy water gets blown out or clears up the bite is going to be crazy good!
    • eyeguy 54
      212 wondering the same thing maybe??      
    • Agronomist_at_IA
      Wow 212 views no response?