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Went out for the late afternoon run yesterday. Ended up with 3 walleyes and 2 sauger. I only kept a 16" sauger for the table. The rest of the fish were on the smaller side, I guess I could have kept one of the walleyes.
All these fish were on cranks. Namely the new double jointed ones. Didn't really matter the style. I had two lines behind the boat and the one with the jointed caught all except one fish.
Later I tried jigs and some lindy type setups and had little going on. A couple of bumps thats about it. I guess I'll just keep burning up the gas as long as it's still working.
Anyone getting them on crawler harnesses n' spinners? I guess I should have tried that, being a ol reliable, but it got late and I became tired. The sauger tasted fantastic by the way. The water has cooled a bit. I don't know if that really matters this far into summer, but it was tasty!

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Last Thursday I trolled some cranks around Catfish Bar in 15-25 feet of water and had similar results to your report. The exception (and surprise) was my accidental snagging of a three-foot gar. Great battle! They certainly aren't pretty, but it fought quite well being tail-hooked.

If you're in the mood for white bass, they were running very high on the bar. Near twilight, I changed rigs and casted a Mepps spinner (Turk's suggestion) across the top of the bar and enjoyed great action. I kept four white bass ranging from 14-16 inches.

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That's sounds great. I was noticing a lot of surface action, but I forgot the box that had all my mepps minnows in it. I was helpless. I will remember next time for sure. Oh and by the way, I wasn't anywhere near as far down oas catfish bar. What's the best free launch down that way?

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Where is catfish bar? I would like to get some whitebass action. Or, where ever they are hitting.

Mike

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Mikey - Catfish Bar is opposite Afton. See the map on Turk's web site at http://croixsippi.com/croix-south.html

It's located near the middle of the no-wake zone on the Wisconsin side. Be warned, the spot is no secret, and you can expect to have company on any given day. Also, be sure to look up from your rod tip and/or electronics often, or you could have a close encounter with one of those recreational "tubs" chugging through.

Sucka - free launches on the Croix are like free lunches are to a businessman. They're rare, and there are usually other "dues" to pay. In this case, a wait or rough conditions. I'm a fan of Beanie's ($7 on a weekday, $10 weekends). Of course, a launch at an Afton marina will get you to Catfish Bar the quickest.

Good luck!

Paulie

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Mikey the white bass are hitting all over the St. Croix. Go out in the mornings and drive around until you see them bust the surface look around sand points. As for the free ramps. I believe Hudson city ramp is free otherwise the only free ramp I know is Hastings on the Miss 3 miles from the Croix. The Washington County park (Bluffs Regional Park south of Afton) is $20 for the year and is free on the first tuesdays of the month. Nice area to lunch a boat!!

The fishing should be good with more stable water after we get rid of these big rain storms!!??

Good luck guys and keep reporting!!

chris

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Yes, free things do seem to be dwindling away everywhere you look these days. I guess hudson is the obvious choice. Not too far from catfish bar and the pennisula is on the way! Woo hoo!! I guess I know where I'm launching now......does Hudson have a park open/close time?

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Last I checked, there was a fee for launching at the park in Hudson. Residents of that fine Wisconsin city get a discount. I wish we could all be so lucky!

If there another launch available for free, I'd love to hear about it. Good luck!

Paulie

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Yeah I guess you are right. After further review. It's only like 3 dollars or something like that though. One of those payboxes. I can tolerate that.

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