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tigerbalm2424

Who hits the rivers for spring fishing in March? Any suggested places to go? What fish do you target? I have only fished the Rum River in Anoka and its covered in Ice right now!

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youngie22

pool 4 mississippi or below, big mama 'eyes

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Rivernut

S. St.Paul, put in under the 494 bridge. Excellent big 'eye fishing spring and fall. Only thing is it is a catch and release fishery, so all of the walleye's must go back. Pool 4 if also a good choice. Good luck!

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rockman

Mississippi River in the Elk River area, is open, and has been open for awhile.

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river rat316

 Originally Posted By: rockman
Mississippi River in the Elk River area, is open, and has been open for awhile.

the season is also closed for gamefish in this area!

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The Hammer

My buddy was down in Red Wing last weekend. They caught all their fish in front of the [PoorWordUsage], deep hole, walleyes and sauger.

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jigginjim

Pool 2 is alot of fun, to catch fish close to home. If you live in the twin cities or northwest. Pool 2 is a catch and release pool only. Check the regs. for more info.

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rockman

Who posted anything about specifically targeting gamefish? So are you saying I shouldn't fish for anything in that section of river just because walleye,smallmouth bass and northerns are closed? You're kidding me,right? I posted that the river was open in tha area.Nothing more,nothing less.

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Grant

gamefish? Nahhh... over rated. roughfish all the way!

fat carp on lightweight gear? better than bass any day! *grin*

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rockman

Right on,Grant! That is exactly what I am talkin' about. grin.gif

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menomax

AS you all know that the fishin near Red Wing gets pretty busy on the weekends. I always take a few days of during the week and head down there, I don't have to fight to get on/off the landings. I like to fish the 494 when possible, there are a few good spots over there, all catch and release, but fun.

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Lunker

I'll be hittin the open water in the next couple of weeks on the WI river, which has open season year round. Checked out the spot I fish first in spring today and she's open and the water level is good, so will definitley try it out soon.

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river rat316

 Originally Posted By: rockman
Who posted anything about specifically targeting gamefish? So are you saying I shouldn't fish for anything in that section of river just because walleye,smallmouth bass and northerns are closed? You're kidding me,right? I posted that the river was open in tha area.Nothing more,nothing less.

Settle down there big guy, it was a friendly reminder to people thinking the Mississippi is open all over year round up here, it happens every year! (thats why I put GAMEFISH), I to will be hitting the whiskered fishies as soon as I get my boat ready!

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rockman

If I had replied to tigerbalm2424 to go ahead and tie on a smallie, or walleye bait, and fish the area by the 101 bridge, I then can understand your reply,with quote,to my post. The question in the original post was about river fishing in general. I have to believe the folks, who at the very least, expend the effort to read a post about river fishing on a internet forum, would take the time to read the current regulations for that section of river before fishing it.If not, well, it's their bad.There's nothing to settle down from, as far as I'm concerned.

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Stick in Mud

It seems like every board I read this time of year has guys getting P.O.'d at each other for silly reasons...It must be the frustration of not getting out and setting hooks that does it to us!

I second the fellow who talked about catching carp...some 8lb test, a M action rod, and a few hundred yards of line, and you are all set!

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slipperybob

I would be P.O. too...because sometimes things just seems to turn out like a smart aleck remark eventhough it wasn't the intention.

it's the waiting for the ice to clear the river...sometimes I fish and there's sheets of ice flowing around. annoyance...

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Scott K

S-bob I too fish the river as soon as it opens,sometimes having to reel in because of ice sheets floating down. It really isnt a very productive time to fish, but I am out fishing, thats all that really counts!

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Fisherman For a Lifetime

I'm ready, the boat's ready. come on open water!

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slipperybob

I've been really tempted to get a float tube, just the clear some shoreline ice on the river at some spots. Got my line stuck when fish ran for cover under ice sheets. Lost it...

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g_anoka

The river is open in Monticello, and a group of guys were out fishing today, downstream from the public access, near the hospital. Any DNR guys on this site might want to visit this area, because they sure were not trying to catch carp.

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NDSUski

How do you know they were not trying to catch carp?

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Fish Head

Chill guys.......it's all good. Why so on edge?? Maybe we need a campfire to sing Cumbyah.

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hartner62

 Originally Posted By: NDSUski
How do you know they were not trying to catch carp?

How many people do you know that fish for carp with a bobber and a shiner? Also even if they say they are trying to catch carp aren't you supposed to switch from what you are using if you keep catching out of season fish?

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slipperybob

LOL's I like it when people say they're fishing for crappies in the shallows and are throwing 1/2 oz. tandem willow spinner baits at cattails and bullrushes. Right.....they just pulled five L basses and are still gonna justify that as crappie fishing.

Anyway...one method of catching big carp is with a float and some dough. Worst thing about that is when they're just sucking the dough off the hook, just like little sunnies nibbling away at a work on hook.

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