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St. Croix River Fishing Reports

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I hope to be out early next week.  Weather and river level depending.  Will post a report if I make it out.  Boat all ready to go.

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Any reports? I know there was a lot of people out there. The boomsite access was already 3/4 full when I drove by at 5 AM. I'm thinking about going out of blufflands park on Friday. 

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I was out for the opener, camped on the islands, water level was about 2 to 2 1/2 feet lower than last year at this time But Water temp was COLD 43* average from Friday morning to Sunday morning...Not the most debris in the water that I have seen but lots of crap to clean off the lines and to steer around

Fishing was OK, But not great, and they had not spawned yet so I tossed them all back

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Fished out of bluffs park today. Was first time I've ever been down there. Was pretty nice. Fishing was slow! Doesn't sound like anyone was catching anything. Didn't find any white bass. I did catch something very unexpected however...a 19.5 inch brown trout! Just more proof that you just never know what you'll catch on the croix :grin: also caught 3 largemouth bass, 2 smallies, and 2 hammer handles. 

 

 

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Fished out of Stillwater, hoping I'd have better luck than the day before.was not the case! Was even slower! Water too high, and too cold. Lots of boats out, but I didn't see anyone catching anything. I caught 3 pike, a white bass, and a 17 inch largemouth bass. Hopefully things warm up before I head out there again next Friday.

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I had some pretty good fishing on Sunday morning. Trolling with lead core, caught 6 walleyes with 3 under 15 and 3 over 15. Biggest was 22, and also got a nice northern, maybe went 6-8lbs. 

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Sorry for the really late report.  Was out last Friday morning and fished the Hudson area for about 5 hours.  Community spot for a good portion of it.  Managed to land 9 walleyes and 1 sauger.  4 of the walleyes were keepers between 15 and 17 inches.  Fish were caught between 18 and 20 feet of water. No other species caught.  The usual program of cranks with snap weights.   Good luck out there.

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Fished the Kinni area yesterday afternoon/night solo.  Lines in the water at 2:30 and done by 6:45.  Fishing was pretty good, by my standards anyways.  Caught 12 walleyes and 3 saugers.  4 of the eyes were between 15 and 17 inches.  Fish caught from 15 to 20 feet of water.  Water temp was 57 to 58 degrees.  No other species caught. All fish returned to fight another day.  Same program of snap weights and crank baits.  Good luck out there. 

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The Croix has not been good to me so far this year. Went out of William O'Brien on Friday, thinking the white bass (or anything for that matter) would be active. Nope! Caught 1 smallie, and 1 whitey. We did, however, get attacked by a giant prehistoric sized beaver. Gonna give the river a break for awhile. Maybe go back to trout fishing. :whistle:

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Can't let SC get all the glory, so here's a pic of our haul on opener a couple of weeks back. All caught north of Stillwater using jig-n-min and 3-ways with original Raps in 15-23 FOW. Since then, all success on 3-ways, but soon will switch over to snap weights with Shad Raps. Also, I just ordered some Scatter Raps due to SC's success with them and will report back with results soon. Good luck! 

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Great report Gimp.  Thanks for the info.  I have found the Scatter Raps to be as good and sometimes better than the normal Shad Raps, but that's just me.  I get the Deep Diving ones - think on the package it says 8 - 11 feet and then add snap weights to get down to desired depth. Of course Firetiger has been the best color by far. Look forward to more reports.  Good luck out there.  Haven't made it out recently due to the poor weather.

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SC - Yeah, I'm excited to try the Scatters. The three colors that always produce (if there is any bite at all) are fire tiger, perch and chartreuse so that's what I loaded up on. Perch has been hot as of late. With all the rain, things are on hold--same as you. Will hang out in garage and fry up some SCR walleye, have a couple beers, watch some hockey and look forward to clear skies.

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Herky Jr. picked up a couple nice white bass, one trolling and one jigging. We turned them into delicious fish tacos!

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Since the water is still fairly high and full of a lot of debris (at least north of Stillwater), I haven't tried the Scatters much lately. Instead, going with the tried-and-true method of jig-n-meat combo. Was out Saturday late afternoon for a few hours and bought home one short of a SCR limit using leaches. Largest was 20" (biggest I'll keep on the river unless it's a lifetime trophy). Even north of Stillwater, the river is nuts with pleasure boaters galore, but a guy can still find some solace in spots and catch fish. Good luck!

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