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BigMike

Monti Smallies??

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BigMike

Being that I haven't had much time lately, I am living vicariously through anyone fishing smallies on the 'sippi right now! How is the smallie action up there right now? Is the water as high (or higher) than it was a few weeks back?

I need to get up there asap... the bass shakes are setting in! I only hooked a couple bass on Saturday @ rush lake and only landed two. But bronzies are the true cure for my disease!

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BigB

The smallies are picking up as the water level is dropping a bit. The St. Cloud flow measurements provide more accurate flow data for our section between St. Cloud and Elk River. On June 9th flowage peaked around 10,100 cu. ft./sec while today's reading was at 6,600.

With the water warming and beginning to clear up after all the rains, I hope to see the levels stay where they are. Live bait continues to work well, along with various colored powerbaits and the good ol' mepps. Surprisingly we have been catching many more pike this year while fishing for smallies, compared to years past, with our largest at 30".

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HawgTide

The fishing is picking up again. Went out this evening for about 1.5 hrs and caught 7 nice smallies. The water level has dropped about 2 feet since Sunday.

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Royce Aardahl

I wonder what it is with the northerns this year. We have noticed it also.

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EBass

I have to hook up with you hawgtide. I was blanked at the Rum. It's pretty much flooded. Going to Tonka tomorrow and staying on lakes.

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BigMike

Ebass - I was starting to wonder where you were! Isn't this your week off from work or something like that? That's might explain the lack of presence on FM... wink.gif LOL Bummer about the rum! I'm sure you were able to get a lot farther up river and into some backwater/flooded areas, just stinks that you didn't nail the smallies.

Hawgtide, just drop me an email whenever you have a free night pop up last minute and I'll see what I can do (continued from Lake Harriet thread): michael_cross@countrywide.com. I'm usually free mon, tues, & thurs nights 85% of the time.

Speaking of monti stretch... I may try to get up there this Saturday morning. I wish I could make a day of it, but may be limited to pre-noon hours (aka time before my wife wakes up on Saturday LOL wink.gif).

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HawgTide

The Monti stretch should be wadable<?> by this weekend. It's dropping fast. BigMike, we'll get together soon. EBass, do you fish Sundays? I usually try to fish Sunday mornings.

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BigMike

Hawgtide, sounds good.

I really want to get out wading again, but a few weeks ago it was a little too high to be safe (or make that much of a difference). I had a good outing, but learned a lot about what and what not to do when wading in higher - fast moving current. If I can make it happen, I'll hopefully be up there early Saturday.

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BigMike

I'm going to try and be up there wading tomorrow morning (6am-11am). Still not for certain, but I'm really hoping. Anyone else going to be out tomorrow morning? Any new reports?

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EBass

We went miles up the river. It was a cool ride ripping through the river bends. There are some deep holes way up stream from Anoka. The water was too high and fast to get accurate casts, but even one swirl that we saw/heard had to be a smallie because minnows were making quite a ruckus. However it was way up in a mix of bushes and trees that we couldn't get a cast in there.

Sippi is sounding better and better. I may try the 694 area for the pocket bass in that section.

Oh Hawg Tide, sure I can fish on Sundays.

[This message has been edited by EBass (edited 06-21-2004).]

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HawgTide

I didn't do very well this weekend on the river. I'm blaming the weather. I would have thought the middle of June would be the best time of the year, but I guess I've got a lot to learn.

I saw a new RiverPro LowPro Sunday near Becker. Kevin, did you deliver a new one to the area? That is a sweet looking boat.

BigMike, did you make it up to Monti? How did you do?

EBass, when you're ready, let me know.

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BigMike

Well I didn't make it to Monticello, but made it out to a downtown mpls spot for the first time this year to hit some pocket bass! They were out in full force on Sunday afternoon. I picked up a bunch in only two hours. Nothing big, but a lot of action & fun.

I was on Lake Harriet ALL day on Saturday and only manage a handful of bass - mostly pocket largies, but one was a 16.5inch football. Largemouth don't really look like footballs compared to smallies, but this thing had a huge misproportioned gut hanging on him - he looked like he was in a serious feeding binge!

I hope to get out on the 'sippi again this week after work. The river is starting to look better and the water is slowly coming down. Although it is still really high with very fast current!

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EBass

HT,

R U going this Sunday AM and what time is early? Are you like Moby and get up @ 4AM? Oh, is this a jet only area or could my 14' Jon boat make it through with prop?

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HawgTide

We could give it a try this Sunday. The areas I usually fish usually range from 6" to 10' (inches to feet). Now I have seen some prop boats in the area in recent weeks, but the river was higher. I wouldn't recommend it. You could drift down river in your boat without a problem, you would just have a problem getting back to your launching point.

7am is plenty early for me. The smallies seem to bite better later than early.

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Kevin Turner

HT, Yep! New LoPro to a couple Washington DC boys. I brought the boat up to Monti. and they are going to fish the week then head home. If you see them, say hello.

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HawgTide

Kevin, I saw them again this evening cruising around the Becker area. If I would have known they were from DC, I would have waved them down. I lived there from '87 to '99. I assume they'll be fishing the Potomac with that new ride. Good bass fishing on the Potomac. Hope they had better luck here than I've been having.

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HawgTide

EBass, It looks like we'll have to shoot for another day. My Sunday just got booked up.

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EBass

Sorry I didn't respond sooner. My posts have been limited recently. OK, another day then.

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HawgTide

Ebass, Sorry about that. We're busy working on the house and the wifey gave me a big Honey Do list. Not sure if I can get out this weekend at all. Are you going to be around on the 4th of July weekend? I'm off that Friday through Monday.

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