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Sinker

Night time fishing on the St. Croix.

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Just a quick report before my question.I was down at the river today and found fishing slow.Only one crappie and two white bass.Kept moving and tried everything but kept flashing lookers.Now the question.I was wondering if anyone has had success fishing at night for crappies and walleyes down at the river?Have caught fish at night on some lakes but haven't really stayed after dark on the river.I read Turk's fishing report on his web page and he was talking about walleyes in 7-14 ft. of water in low light.Not being familiar with alot of structure besides the breaks,where would be a good place to start fishing those depths?I don't expect people to give out their spots but just some ideas.Good luck fishing!

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Sinka,

I like to fish shallow water where I slamm them in the summer. As you said without getting specific, I key on the first breakline off of a significantly sized flat or shoreline. and then from there I just work areas until I find a good one. The shallow bite can be a complete wiff, but sometimes it pays off. I got a hold of some nice eyes last week. I'll put the photo on my report page. 4 walleyes from 19.5 to 16!

Keep catchin'
T.

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Thanks Turk.I'll try to give it a shot in the near future.Do you have any luck staying on the river past dark for crappies and walleye or do you basically stay until shortly after dusk?I was wondering if it would be worth it to stay a couple hours past sunset.Any other tips would be appreciated because I'm definitely not doing as good this year as I have in the past.Good Luck in the future!

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Sinker,
I've fished the river for crappies in the past and haven't had any luck after dark. It seems like when the sun goes down, all the people leave the ice. We did try after dark twice this year and no luck. Also when we left the ice around 8pm, we were the last people to leave the ice, so I'm assuming other people also have the knowledge that there isn't much of a night bite for crappies. I don't know about the walleye or sauger bite after dark as I fish mainly crappies, so if anybody else can add to this, it would be appreciated.

good fishing!

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