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fuzzyray

Blanchard Dam - Water Levels?

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I might get up to Blanchard Dam later this week. Just wondering if anyone has been up there in the last few days and could fill me in on water levels. What is the accessability of the RR footings/powerhouse right now? I fished the Alexandria area this opener and didn't get into any walleyes so I thought I might make a quick trip to Blanchard and see if I could pick up my first of the year.

Also feel free to drop any comments you have about fishing at Blanchard. I have been fishing there for about 20 years (ever since I was about 5 years old), my grandma lives in nearby Bowlus. It's been pretty sad seeing the place fall victim to excessive/destructive littering and vandalism. The last few years have gotten really bad. I've been thinking about trying to organize some type of clean up. Let me know if anyone else thinks that would be a good idea. Anyways.

Maybe I'll see you on the river.

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Fuzzyray,
I was out there for the first time on Monday evening. I don't have a point of comparison for you, but the trail down on the west shore was good, the footing of the first rr pier is about a foot above the water, and people were making their way out onto the dam's lower wall. The west-side spillway wasn't open. Place looks promising - I think I'll return.

Litter wasn't bad. I didn't take notice the graffitti, but being a city-boy, I rarely do, unless it's mis-spelled wink.gif

Fishing was good

Rob

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Thanks for the info Rob. I can't wait to get down there! I guess the graffiti is just more bothersome to me because I can remember back to when there was none at all! The trash problem was really bad last year. It seems that people thought it would be a good idea to throw TV's, a lawnmower, appliances, etc. off the RR bridge.

I'll probably fish around evening tomorrow and into the dark. I've had some good luck fishing late there (11-12 at night), plus you don't have to fish with as many people!

I'll drop off a report on Friday. Hopefully a good one, I have some nice fresh minnows I caught in creek not to far from the river that I need to get used up!

Good fishin'

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Well, made it to the Dam last night. Got there around 7:00. 10 vehicles at the West side. I fish all over. action was a little slow but I caught a nice smallmouth, a small walleye, a few rockbass, and a big (4-5#) catfish that put up a great fight. Other things I saw caught; a 5-6# pike, a 4-5# dogfish, a few small walleye, lots of rock bass, a few bullhead. I fished til around 10:30. I am going to try wading the Mississippi South of the Saint Cloud State Dam next week. Any tips on that area would be appreciated!

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well we motered up from the sportsman park today and the water level is fair. first time up there and we had fun. caught a few fish by the dam and a few on the drift back. smally action should be great in 2 weeks. they sure were smakin the minnows today!

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