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Hi everyone. I moved to Rochester around the 1st of July from SW Missouri. I am an avid bass tournament fisherman and have found a few people to lake fish with around here and fish the Zumbro jackpots often now.

With all of these streams around here, I broke down and bought a fly rod and am trying to teach myself the basics. I wanted to ask where some good places, close to Roch are. I am looking for smallies mainly but wouldn't mind catching some brown's. I know the root is supposed to be good but where exactly? Public access's or close to them???

I will be using my 5 wt fly rod with 6 wt line and spinning gear. All artificial for me. Thanks a lot everyone. Would appreciate any help and would love to hook up with anyone on a trip.

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Sarge

Hey Fluker, it's great to have you join in on the board.

Yes the Root river has some good smallmouth fishing, I would recomend the north branch of the Root anywhere from High Forest down to Chatfield. I have caught bass throughout the whole strech. Obviously some areas are better than others, just stay out of the mud, and on the rocks and you should find smallies, and a bonus trout here and there. But don't pass up the Zumbro river it has some very good smallies.

So what is this Zumbro jackpot you refered to? I'm not familiar with it, and I'd like to hear more about it.

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Creek Kid

Fluker, welcome to SE MN! Don't let the bass fever die off. Plenty of green & brown ones in the Miss. Might be going to Big Cedar and looking for some info on Table Rock Lake later on this fall. Any chance you would help? I'd like to help out w/the Root but am most familiar w/smaller, trout-only, creeks. Would be happy to get you there but the trout days are dying quickly. Keep posting on this forum. Don't want to offend anyone, but it seems like this is one of the quieter forums. Nice to have ya!

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Sarge - the "jackpots" I am talking about are weekly bass tournaments on Zumbro lake out of Fisherman's Inn. They were on Tues nights but now on Sunday mornings due to the days getting shorter. 6:30 to 11am My partner drops me off at 10 so I can get to church and he finishes it out. $20 a boat. Pretty cheap and lots of fun.

Table Rock eh??? I can sure help you with some spots pretty close to Big Cedar. The Rock is a beatiful lake. Drop me an e-mail with details of your trip and I can try and help out. I would love to get into the trout thing also. Bought my first fly rod about a month ago. Like you said though, we can wait until next spring.

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Jim W

Welcome Fluker,

Or should we call you "super Fluke"lol!
You have come to the right place for SE MN smallmouth talk/info/stories!!!

Join in anytime!!

Jim W

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