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I am wondering if I can fish in the river north of Monticello (all the way to ???) with my 17' Alumacraft w/40HP Merc? Obviously not an ideal river boat, but I don't know the river at all, so perhaps it would be fine.

I've only fished it from shore and that was 10 years ago.

Where can one put in, how far upriver can one go, any good navigational maps to get?

Thanks!

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You can navigate all the way up to the St. Cloud dam, if you're careful. Unfortunately maps of the river do not show water depth. The best way to learn the river is to take it easy your first few outings and make a mental map of any shallow spots, along with any places you catch fish.

I guide on the Mississippi river from St. Cloud to Brainerd and the Monti to St. Cloud stretch is dynamite for smallmouths and walleyes. Right now fishing is a little slow. Look for it to improve shortly. June, July and August are hot months. Hope this helps. Good luck. Nav

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Thanks for the reply Navigator. I'd love to give the river a shot, but I'm unfamiliar with boating on a river in general, let alone that specific stretch of the Mississippi.

Obviously, I'll be best off having a partner in the bow with some good polarized glasses.

Thanks!

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There is a launch in Clearwater. Most of the river in that general area is pretty safe to navigate but be careful once you get a couple miles upstream ... I have beat up the lower unit a few times on my 25hp when the water gets down. The river channel is only about 10' wide in some places and hard to stay on.

The fishing can be great in the area for smallmouth, walleye, and cats.

good luck

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Thanks for the info, Dave. I would assume that the river would be navigable betweeen Monticello and Clearwater, then.

I'm ultra-paranoid about taking out my lower unit....almost to the point of excess, so I think I'll have to take a chill pill before I try this thing.

Still looking for more tips if anyone wants to chime in here.

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Huskminn

I fish the river between Monticello and Clearwater a couple times a week. I have a 14 foot shallow V with a 10 horse short shaft motor and I occasionally hit rocks later in the summer. Your only sure bet of fishing the Monticello area would be to put your boat in at Ellison Park in Monticello. This would allow you to fish above the rapids past the Nursing home and just above the Hwy 25 bridge, where you run into another set of shallow rapids. This is a good area for catfish and big smallmouth bass. 17" smallmouth on Monday this week, lots of smaller ones caught.

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