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I am new to the Minnesota river usually fish pool2 in south saint Paul, I was checking out the Minnesota river and was wondering if those monster flathead patrol that stretch of river by blackdawg rd and highway 13 or do I even gotta go more south if so how far where does a guy start I was thinkin more south but just don't know

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Alagnak

I am new to the Minnesota river usually fish pool2 in south saint Paul, I was checking out the Minnesota river and was wondering if those monster flathead patrol that stretch of river by blackdawg rd and highway 13 or do I even gotta go more south if so how far where does a guy start I was thinkin more south but just don't know

They have fins, they swim. Up river, down river, down into the Miss, back up into the MN, way up the MN. Water temp, level, spawn, migration to and from wintering holes, food sources are all factors in movement just to name a few. They don't have a rule book to follow or road signs. Unless you have tagging data- your guess is as good as anyone else's right now. You can't catch em on the couch without lines in the water I know that. Good luck. Should be able to get a 'monster' that you're talking about the first trip out if you are lucky. Or, the 117th trip out a few years later if you are average.

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clayton08

Couldn't of said it better im still waiting for the monster flatty been about 14 trips for me. Its coming I can feel it. Nothing better than sitting on shore with some buds and having a good time. Its always nice to land a couple which doesnt always happen.

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Gordie

Time is what it takes and sometimes its the first Time out that lands a monster flatty, but reading the river to hone in on the right spots for those big fish takes most of the time.

Good luck I hope you find what your after and that is not a bad place to start your search.

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Scott K

I took my girlfriend out last week for her first ever catfishing trip, and her first fish was a 42"x27" flat.

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bobbymalone

I still haven't even come within 20lbs of the two monster flats my wife caught in 30 minutes the first time I took her out.

I live pretty close to black dog. It's not a terrible place to fish but there are better areas.

I prefer pool 2 and I can get there in about 15 minutes at full throttle from the black dog launch.

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Scott K

I am a pretty good captain, I will usually put the boat on a couple good fish

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bobbymalone

black dog gets a fair amount of pressure due to the easy access from shore.

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DTro

That stupid 45lber I caught the first time I tried to catch a catfish has cost me thousands of hours, and sometimes wish I wouldn't have even caught the thing. grin

Ok....maybe not

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aanderud

black dog gets a fair amount of pressure due to the easy access from shore.

It gets some pressure, but 90% of that pressure is also trying to catch carp, suckers, and channels cats or whatever else will bite on a crawler or cut sucker. Fewer go down there with large live baits looking for flatties. There are some around. I'd say yeah, give it a shot. Also read through the historical posts on this site which talk about catfishing 101 for beginners. There's a wealth of knowledge out there that some good sticks have put time into writing, just have to go through it all.

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