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musky fishing the river

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I've caught some Muskies on the St. Croix but it was by accident I wasn't targeting them. It anything I would say first try the shallow bays, they might be after the bait fish.

Good luck

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I have raised a musky or two (wouldn't want to say anymore for fear of musky hunters ambushing the Croix) while fishing the Croix. I haven't been equipped to handle the toothy critters, but have raised them with the Zara Spooks while smallie fishing. From what I could tell, not many, but good girth to the river muskies.

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Hello,

Just wondering if anyone out there has fished the st. croix for muskies. I've never got into musky fishing rivers, but if i had some time this summer I'd like to give it a try. Any big ones in there?

Reon

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50 inches is the biggest i have seen, my buddies brought it in on 8 pound test. couldn't tell you how to target them, we have gotten several but never on purpose.

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I'm hearing more and more about Muskies on the lower 'Croix. Good spot to try is where the Apple comes in. The owners of Beanie's replied at the end of the last year that the walleye anglers are seeing more and more of them. Hard to target because of lack of weeds in the river. If you can find weeds, I'd say that would be good place to start. With all the gasper-goos (sheepies, Turk'll like that one)in the river, no wonder you're seeing more muskie. They must provide an awesome forage base. Low fishing pressure also. Somebody said that Pete Maina came over last Fall to try for them. Hard to put a pattern together. They are there and chances are if you catch one it will be big.

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I got 2 so far in the 11 years I've been here. They were both between Stillwater and Bayport. I got them accidently while trolling for eyes. 1 on a flat and 1 on a point. Both on cranks.

I've seen some BIG pike in the Apple chasing suckers but never any Ski's. The bad thing about that is the darn Zebra Mussel checkpoint won't let you pass North of the high bridge! So if your going to try that area you have to launch up North like Marine, Copas, or Wm O'Brian.

Pikers used to like the area North of the high bridge where the springs are and the small creek coming in on the MN side and the few cabins.

Good Luck,

Ferny.

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Reon,

I have only fished the river once for Muskies and had some success. I have a friend that fishes it often and had taken me out last year. We caught one with another follow. he likes to fish the marinas around the boats in the evening and it is amazing to see the muskies come out from underneath the docks. you may also want to try the shallow bay next to St. Marys point. People have had some success there as well in the shalow flats.

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Reon,

I have only fished the river once for Muskies and had some success. I have a friend that fishes it often and had taken me out last year. We caught one with another follow. he likes to fish the marinas around the boats in the evening and it is amazing to see the muskies come out from underneath the docks. you may also want to try the shallow bay next to St. Marys point. People have had some success there as well.

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Hey guys,
I'm a Muskie fisherman and I wouldn't worry about hordes of Muskie fisherman descending on the Croix. I have many Muskie fishing friends in the area and we are well aware of the numbers and size of the Muskie being caught. We are also well aware of the fact that they are being caught by Walleye fisherman by accident.

Muskie are hard enough to catch and the Croix would be a very low percentage shot if you were targeting them.

I am continually being reminded by my Walleye fishing friends that they are boating Muskie while NOT fishing for them and I am getting skunked while fishing for them.

I fish Muskie at my cabin in Wisconsin, which is where I am now, but if I choose to stay in Minn. I go to Mille Lacs where the percentage is much better.

Scott

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