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whats everyone doing up in bayport? Im south of there in Lake St. Croix Beach, MN(1 mile south of Hudson Bridge). The fish are bitting. A lot of Cats,bass,and walley. Ive pulled a few 19 inchers out of there. There is no one else around me. You cant get ur truck out there but u can get ur sled or atv out there. the ice is about 20 inches and te depth ranges from 10-40 ft. I hope to see someone out there!

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Popo35, which side are you getting on from?Don't need to give up any hotspots.I was south of the bridge a little farther about a month ago.I was on the WI. side down highway "F" to Cove road.Nobody down there either but also got skunked so I had to wonder.The weather was bad that day though.I want to try a spot out from Afton state park that Bodyman told me about.Probably this coming weekend as time is running out.Thanks for any info.Good Luck Fishing!!! PS:The reason I ask about access is that when I look at the river map and go a mile down from the bridge,I don't see any landings or anything close by for getting on.

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Hey sinker, there is no landing or anything, you have to park on the street and walk over the levy, its all public land, thats why you cant get your truck out there, just take hwy 95 or 18(same thing)south on the minnesota side, go untill 13th street and follow that up by a big white church, follow the road around. and you will be driving right next to the river. drive down that road(riveara)until you get to upper 17th street, park there. then all you have to do is walk over the levy( hill) and ur there.

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Thanks for the info Popo35! Sounds easy enough.Maybe I'll see you there.Always looking for somewhere new to try.Not a huge fan of the big crowds.Are you just fishing the break from shore or is there some other structure you are fishing?Also,are you using jigging spoons,jigging raps or live bait?Thanks for any info.I take any tips I can get because it's a big river!Good Luck Fishing!!!

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Im all about live bait. Im fishing on the drop offs and it seems to work, also, there is a small weed bed around 15 ft.

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TRZ

Sounds like a fun spot, it has been dead around the open water the last few days. maybe i will check it out, are the bass smallies or whiteies?

sinker, have you been up there at all? last few days have been really dead for me, only mud puppies and a few sturgeon.

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TRZ, no I haven't been on the river since last friday.Pretty slow down there,huh?With the season winding down I want to hit it pretty hard until the end.I was thinking about the open water but I don't know now.I might try some spots south that I've wanted to try.I see some shacks out south of the interstate bridge by that open water.Might be worth a try.Also down off Afton state park where Bodyman talks about.Lots of spots.Not enough time! Keep in touch.

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Hey Sinker, you talk about the season winding down - - is there any good late season ice fishing in the bay right in front of the park in Bayport? I'd think there might be some good crappie action in there.

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Sturgeon46, long time no hear.How's it going?I took the rest of the week off and was down there today.I was south of the cluster of shacks probably 400 yards and caught some nice crappies but only three.They came between 9 and 11 am.They were 11"(white),12 1/2"(black) and 13 1/2"(white).I typically did well on sauger in that area but didn't catch one.I also never caught sturgeon in that area and today I caught two smaller ones.That river is real goofy,but fun.It seems that you can catch certain species and sizes in a spot for a while and then they disappear and something else moves in.So to answer your question,it can be good in that area but you have to move until you find them.Good Luck Fishing!!!

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