Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
dan2957

Just moved to MN and I need some Mississippi river smallie hot spots.

Recommended Posts

dan2957

Hey hey, I've just moved to Minnesota (Buffalo) and I really need to get on some Smallies. I have a good river boat and a very good trolling motor. I tried the river twice, 1st time I got skunked and second time I landed a 18.5 in gaint, but I had to fish for 3 hours to get him. I starting to get the hang of the river I think.
Here is my question. Where is the best place for smallie numbers? I haved in Monticello and at Clearwater. Can you guys give me any tips and is there a boat launch in St Cloud?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

There certainly is a ramp in St.Cloud. I'm not sure of the name of the roads to get there, but It is on the saint cloud state campus on the west side of the river. It is part of the Beaver Island Trail. Does anyone know specific directions for how to get there?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mark Christianson

If you can find the hockey arena in St Cloud, you are within eyesight of the launch. But its a twisted mess to get there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Musky Mike

It's been a while since i've launched there,but beware of the VERY shallow spot's just down from the launch. float trip is a nice way to fish the area. Can't help with direction's, sorry. But if you find the arena you,re almost there!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Musky Mike

It's been a while since i've launched there,but beware of the VERY shallow spot's just down from the launch. float trip is a nice way to fish the area. Can't help with direction's, sorry. But if you find the arena you,re almost there!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Walleye_GFA

Ive done well putting in at Coon Rapids Dam, fishing upstream (only way to go... lol) around the bridge always provides smallies, at least 1 per piling... also look for tell tale big rocks, and changes from small to big rocks...

Wally

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Royce Aardahl

I wouldn't recomend by the campus right now. Really low!! Wilson Park and Just north of Sauk Rapids are good spots to put in with Wilson being the safest. I went out at clearwater on Moday p.m. and headed north. Good fishing there too. Mepp spinners have been working great and we found a nice hole under an eddy that was about 10 feet deep where they loved the night crawlers we offered them. Another good place to start is north of Sartell past the papermill about a mile. Very nice landing there. Good luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
dan2957

Hey guys, thanks for the feed back and info about the st cloud ramp. Think I'll try N. of the paper mill. By the way, what side of the river is the ramp N. the paper mill on? East or west??

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Royce Aardahl

on the east side. go north of the mill about a half mile then turn left, cross the tracks and road curves to right, access is right by the long white fence. smile.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
HawgTide

Welcome to MN. I'm fairly new here also and I live pretty close to you (Monti). Just started fishing the Miss this year and have been out there about 8 times so far since spring. I have only fished from the power plant in Monti to Elk River, but have never caught less than 12 Smallies everytime I've been. The fishing is great locally so I've haven't ventured to far from home. Spinnerbaits, Crankbaits, and Jigs have worked best for me. I'll be out there tomorrow AM, so the story may change frown.gif
Good Luck.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kevin Turner

Wow! More river rats...always good to see new faces on the river....
I've been fishing the central MN Mississippi for 15 years, so if I can be of help just let me know.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Aquaman01

Welcome!
I'm in Buffalo, as well, and fish the Missy near Monticello every chance I get. I'm shorebound due to mechanical difficulties I find mechanical things difficult grin.gif ), but still get my share of this & that & the other. For smallies I look for transitions in current, transitions in bottom, transitions in light/darkness and if I were in a boat I'd throw at the backside of every big rock I saw.

------------------
Aquaman
<')}}}}}><{
Peace and Fishes

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
smallie_hawgin

Just a tidbit, Monti and Elk River areas hold the highest number of smallies from electrofishing by the DNR. But angler catch rates are generally better in areas with diverse habitat. Like upstream of Monti Nuc plant or around St. Cloud. Basically areas with islands offer more diversity in depth, substrate and eddies.

As the flows get lower a jet becomes a requirement, not an option. Keeps the Riff-Raff out!! LOL Wading in certain areas can be good as well. I love the river and wouldn't trade fishing there for just about anything!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mark Christianson

Smallie Hog smile.gif

I couldn't agree more, jet drive is the requirement. I was out today on the river and I watched(I mean I heard), three different prop boats chunk rocks. Thank goodness for jet-drive!
We caught a few fish, nothing spectacular in size.
Always fun though! Nice to be out and not have huge cuddies swamping a guy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Eat Lightnin Crap Thunder

smallie_hawgin sounds like you got it right.

There are tons of smallies in between Elk River and Monticello. But there also is a wicked current to deal with. You need a nice heavy anchor and a shallow running boat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
EBass

OK, since you guys are on the river all time I have a Q.

I have a 14' Jon with 25H tiller prop and can put it on shallow drive, but how low is low when people are hitting rocks? I pretty much drive like a granny especially in low water.

I guess just wondering what those people were in when they hit and was the motor all the way down?

I was on the MN river and good thing the bottom is mud in most places. I swear I was under a foot in some places.

Also, how's the clarity?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mark Christianson

Clarity is awesome right now.

If you don't have a jet drive, you just are looking for trouble in a lot of areas. There are stretches that are fine, but impossible to document in text.
Float trips are your best bet. Don't plan on going down river somewhere and try to get back upstream.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

Hey biglake I have some questions. I am going on the Miss. out of coon rapids dam. Are the waters going north realtively deep? I was going to use electric motor and fish along the shoreline. Then motor around to other areas. It looks relatively deep around that area is this true or are my eyes deceiving me from shore. Are many anchoring and fishing?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mark Christianson

If you dump at the Coon Rapids dam, you can go all the way up the Anoka/Champlin bridge with no problems, using your big motor.
Just DO NOT go past the bridge.
Then you are asking for problems.
I have not anchored and fished the river this year at all. In fact I have not fished the river down there at all yet.
I have been out a few times from Clearwater and west, and I hope to try it down there sooner than later.

[This message has been edited by biglakeba$$ (edited 08-11-2003).]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

Biglake, thanks for the info. and warning. I am going to give the area a try after I am done responding. I'll post if I got any.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
HawgTide

EBass, I have a 16' with a 20hp. I've been going out there every weekend. You have to have a depth finder to use your motor at all. There are a few sections of the river (I'm only familiar with the area between Monti and Dayton) where you can go north with your motor and drift back down, but it is easier on your boat if you just launch north and drift to the next launch. You need two people or vehicles for this to work, though.
If you put in at Montissippi Park, you can't go north at all, unless you can drive in 1ft of water. If you put in at the park in Downtown Monticello, you can go north to just past the bridge. If you put in at Dayton, you can go north for about a mile before you will reach the 1ft deep area. I have tried going south of Dayton because there are some shallow rapid areas just below the Dayton Launch, and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get back up stream.

Hope this helps.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
EBass

Thanks for the replies. I need to save for a jet drive I guess. I think my draft is 18" or close to that. I do have a Vex to. I guess if I go I have to take it slow. I always - ALWAYS go upstream as far as I can or want then float and fish back down.

So has anybody launched from Coon Rapids Dam? I saw before when the water was low the launch was closed. This is on the Coon Rapids side not the Brooklyn Park side.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

Ebass, I launched at CR dam this morning for the first time. Decent landing. The waters going north is relatively deep. I was wide open in this area. When you come upon the first bridge, cement, that's where it starts becoming shallow in areas. Watch your locator on depths. I was using my electric motor most of the morning and doing some drifting. Only caught 3 fish in about 5 hours. To me the water is really murky. I thought it would be a bit more clearer. Some areas you can't see bottom and it is only 2-3 feet. Hope this helps and good luck fishin'.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mark Christianson

Loon,

Boy 2-3 feet of clarity in the Miss would be about is good as it ever gets. This is the Ole Miss.
What did you toss for baits?

As far as watching your locator for depths, I hope you aren't under power of the outboard, because you will be beached awfully quick in a couple areas west of the bridge. And they are not sandy.

[This message has been edited by biglakeba$$ (edited 08-12-2003).]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
EBass

3 fish in 5 hours. Sounds like Lake Sara last night. I hope they had some size to them. I still think the smallies are up stream even with the low water.

Thanks for launch update.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • CLPDB
      Was hoping to come up with a 1/2 ton and a 16ft wheel house Dec. 1st.  Any thoughts if the ice will be think enough to go out of Hillmens?
    • timjones
      Took a drive around Lake Osakis earlier. It appears the cold and calm winds we had last night made a lot of ice. From what I could tell it appeared the lake was locked up except there was a small open area in Manthey's Bay that had a couple trumpeter swans swimming around and another small area in front of Holiday Resort that had some ducks swimming around. The rest was all ice, thin ice. Don't know if it will hold up over the next 5 days. High of 38 tomorrow, 46 and showers on Friday with high winds, 36 Saturday, 44 Sunday and 44 Monday. The lows over night aren't going to dip very low. If it was a few inches thick I wouldn't be to concerned, but as thin as it is, could be bad.
    • PRO-V
      Not by itself it won't but they raised the price on licenses for everything. Once you add it all up I'll bet you never got that big of a raise at your job. I paid for an ATV license since they first came out and we didn't get squat for it for over 20 years. What a joke, not to mention debacles like Mille Lacs Lake management. AAARRGGHHH!!  I gotta quit now before I pop a vein.
    • JerkinLips
      Thanks for the updates.  Think I will play it safe and wait until Thursday, November 30 to go out from McKinley Park.
    • Finnish Flash
      7" of good clear ice in the couple holes I drilled in Pike Bay this morning.   
    • cookie129
      not sure why its not showing I'm posting? Anyway walking out on the south shore gets you in deeper water quicker. Yes they do bite on red lake during the dark. I hardly ever go on the lake early ice unless Buddy Hillmen needs my help. Once I drive on the lake with blue thunder I will be on her just about everyday un  tell mid march if mother nature cooperates.
    • Roscoe010
      Can anyone recommend a place nearby the Metro Area where a person can take their air rifle to sight in the scope since you cannot shoot them in city limits.  Plus, probably not smart to just pull up to a random field to sight in, either.  Thanks!!
    • bbfenatic
      Went out early Sunday on smaller lake before the Vikes game...5" of good ice and it was growling so making more before it warmed up. Caught a bunch...pic of the dozen crappies we kept...but it was fast and furious from 7-9am
    • ozzie
      Happy thanksgiving Cookie to you and your family!!!  Glad to see you made it through the summer and are getting ready for the long winter on such a Grand Lake!
    • cookie129
      well we finally got our home computer back so it sure is nice to be able to type again instead of using the phone.
      The wind were wicked Monday night but by the looks of it this side of the lake held together so that's real good news.
      Lonnie and his buddy braved the winds yesterday and headed out ,they managed to get 7 of there 8 but it was a tougher bite then last time they were here on Saturday.
      This weekend is going to be crazy up here as I have had quite a few inquirers about lodging on shore. Buddy Hillmen may have something but he is tough to get a hold of as he is busy building that mammoth house.
      We ran into a hiccup on blue thunder and have a part we can not get off to replace. I'm hoping Tom can come over and button it up. as Devon worked his butt off to get er done. You could see the disappointment in his eyes, Blue thunder is my work horse and I'm feeling the pressure of getting her up and running..
      Our new used lake truck may show up sunday if all goes well. Its name is Cheyanne "I think that's spelled right. It blew a radiator in fargo and is arriving on a trailer .
      Old Minnesota is the only house that I have not detailed as I also had some major work on her that was ignored while I was trying to break 80 at the golf course this summer. Every one have a great thanksgiving and if your coming up here make sure you check in the resort your going out of as they have been on the ice everyday