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.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
marblei

River navigation north of Monte.

6 posts in this topic

Would like some quick/basic info on River navigation north of Monte. (I am very familiar with river south of monte through Otsego)I have only gone up to the start of the islands at the Nuke plant. Is the navigation north of the plant straight forward? How is that stretch, depth, current, etc compared to south of monte)I do have a jet, so "ovious" hazards are my main concern. Is navigating around/through islands difficult or is main channel easily distinguished. Does the river open up past the islands, if so how far?? (guess I'm pretty cluelss here) Thanks in advance.(ofcourse any info on 'smallie' pop is also appreciated!!.. smile.gif )

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a flat bottom with a regular motor and I made it from clearwater very close to monti last year when the river was super low. Had two area's that were tough at night. I would think that with the water level now and the jet you should be fine. I know there are a few other guys here that are on the river more than I am that can tell you about any hazards.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yea I only encountered a few bad areas. It seemed like all the areas that were 6" deep there were areas on the side of it that were 1-3' and easily navigable if you were careful. Do you have a V or a flat bottom HT? The bad areas I would use my trolling motor set on five and bring it just below the surface to try and get through them. I also don't mean to imply that I did 25 through those areas because I travel slow. The two worst areas for me last year were right below Monti and a few miles north of Clearwater. Don't know maybe I am just lucky!?!?! I should add that It doesn't bother me to get a ding in the boat. I know its not a Ranger or one of those awesome River Pro's. I am usually the one you watch and think " Man that guy is never gonna make it." Trust me I have had to get out and walk a few times.

If you see me I am in a mid 80's tracker. Feel free to say "Hi". I fish the Clearwater to Becker areas mostly. I can always use a lesson from some of you river guys smile.gif

[This message has been edited by panolo (edited 06-23-2004).]

[This message has been edited by panolo (edited 06-23-2004).]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's very rocky around the islands near the nuke plant. After you get past the islands, maybe a 1/2 mile, it "opens" up some for a stretch until you get near the Becker landing. It gets really bad from the Becker landing North for about 1/2 mile. There are stretches where it's not too bad, but experience is the only way to find out. I drifted down it last year a few times and I found plenty of areas where it was only 6 inches deep.

Panolo, you need to show me the channels you took! I was always hitting bottom on my old boat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a Tracker Jet now, so it's not a problem getting up stream. Last year I was using a 16' Lund and banged it around alot. There were a couple of areas where I couldn't find a way to get upstream with the 20hp Johnson.

I'm sure I'll see you out there. Flag me down.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

thanx for the info...Im deff. heading out this Sat am, sat pm, sun am. Not sure if Ill make up past monte or not this week end, but most certainly gonna take a shot at it over the 4th week end......Have the entire three day week end booked for fishing....sun up to sun down...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • airnuts
      Finally making it up for our first trip of the year. Strictly walleye fishing in Frazer Bay with slip bobbers around the reefs. Appreciate any fishing reports. Thanks!
    • ZachD
      I believe they take vets living in veteran homes around the area like Silver Bay veteran home ect
    • ZachD
      tango loves going to Crooked lake!   Sand pines really works with you well for starting off. I don't know just because they were not busy but the kid stayed out with me and planted one by one until I told him to release them all. Golden meadows is nice as well. Do the pre buy program (I think if you buy before mid Aug) and the birds are a good price. They will flag all the birds if you want.   He still only weighs under 60lbs but I like it that way he is deadly fast and never gets tired   Cant wait to see how he does this season want to make a trip to the Dakotas at least once
    • fishingalex
      Does anybody know of a local Alexandria shop that would install a Humminbird Helix for me?
    • ifishwalleye
      Like Mlaker3 said... go as light as you can. The key is to try and stay vertical. It's the nature of the beast when jigging in rocks that your going to get some snags and loose some jigs. 
    • JBMasterAngler
      Thanks for all info. Even if I end up staying at the kawashiwi river campground (which I've done the past 2 years), now I at least know where to drive around and scout out some spots for next trip. 
    • redlabguy
      Good advice! I appreciate it. And good to hear from you. I found fish over the weekend on reef tops with few if any bites. I should've moved on but 11-12" fish made me think better ones might come. The good fish I did find were on the sides of reefs.  I'm off the water for family business, but hoping for a good August! Dick
    • eyeguy 54
      maybe he didn't see the question yet? google is your friend. this one sounds like its for vets that are at the VA.  not sure. Check out Take a Vet Fishing online.  couple events coming up. not by Duluth tho. 
    • loadmaster
      And people do not understand why this site is dead.  Ask a simple question and not even a reply.  Will be seeing ya all
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Good walleye, bass and panfish there! Cliff