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Walleyes 'n' Northerns

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I've been fishing the Mississippi for quite some time in Elk River, MN. The smallmouth and catfish bite is always good but I am having trouble finding Walleyes and Northerns. I was wondering what to try and where to look for these fish.

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How has the fishing been lately near Elk River. Is the water level way up? Any good shore fishing spots for catfish?

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Maplegrove, off shore around Elk River I would suggest under the bridge. There is a small fishing platform but the water out from it is really shallow 2-3 feet. There are some deeper holes a guy could hit from under the bridge. On either side you could probably hit 12 feet or so.

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The fishing in Elk River has amazing for me (Smallmouth and catfish). The water has been pretty high all year. I pulled some catfish off the dock yesterday with minnows. I also got lucky and caught a walleye with a Mepps.
The bridge and the little pier is definitley worth a try.
Thanks for the tips
-AL_B

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We've worked the north shoreline from the 101 bridge south towards Dayton during the late afternoon for smallies and done pretty well (top water - chug bugs & zara spooks) and tube jigs when you hit the fast moving water. Work over any spot where the current breaks - behind boulders, along side fallen trees. When it starts to get dark, anchor above one of the holes/current breaks (helps to have a protable depth finder) and drift some bait down with the current. We've used 3-ways with crawlers, cut up sucker minnows, shrimp, old socks.... We don't get trophies but we do get alot of 2-3 pounders with the occasional 10 lb'er to make things exciting. Be patient, they might not start hitting 'till 10, 11 or later but a good cigar and your favorite beverage (don't get crazy out there!) will pass the time!!
Good luck!

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This area is pertty good for walleyes and smallmouth. Not too many northern. The best place for northern is from the 101 bridge down to the end of the trailer park, fishing the slack water on the southern shore line. If you have a boat troll up stream from the 101 bridge along the Northern shoreline with crankbaits, all the way to the Parrish Ave. bridge. Countdown rapalas or shallow diving shadraps work well. This is the only way that I've been able to consistenly catch walleyes in this area.

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Are there alot of catfish spots from Dayton to Elk River? Was planning an outing this weekend.

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How far can I sexpect to move up and downstream from the various landings - Rogers, Elk River, Monticello, Clearwater with a 17 foot with a 70 horse? I have fished out of Anoka many times - I have a bent scag and several rebuilt props (have not yet dropped a lower unit). I would like to start fishing more of the river . . .

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Thats a lot of boat for anything north of Elk River, a good old john boat is the best way to go.

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