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marblei

Finally did some fishing this week end, but found the bite pretty tough! Did catcha few and a couple of nice 18 fish, but in general the smallie appetite seemed quite small, (atleast to me) I tried crank bait, spinners, and buzz..caught one or two on each presentation, but smallies are usually not the "fish of a thousand casts". Did anyone els find the bite this tough, or is it just my inexperience??? What kind of presentation, area?? (just general info, no secrets necessary.. smile.gif ) Very curious to hear your results for the past few days.
Thanks!

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uphill

I was fishing above the Sartell dam and found fishing to be the same way. I tossed just about every thing in my box in the water and caught 1 smallie on a white double willow blade spinner bait. Does anyone have suggestions when the bite is so slow.

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Royce Aardahl

looks like we just need some warmer weather. I noticed the bite slowed way down also. 4 on saturday and 3 yesturday.

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SgtCaesarfishinguy

We fished the Anoka to Dayton stretch on Sunday and only managed one smallie and it was a about a 12"er. Other than that the day produced a mixed bag of four keeper eyes from 15 to 19 inches, a few small pike from very shallow water, and also some little kitties and the famous redhorse on crawler rigs! Only one smallmouth though is unheard of for this stretch! Hope it picks up soon!! Water temps according to my locator were at 69 degrees once the sun poked out!

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Ray Esboldt

Good. I thought it was just me.

I fished Pool 2 on Saturday. I caught some largemouth and a couple smallmouth in backwaters, but never caught a smallmouth in the main channel. For guys that fish it regular, that's unheard of. You can always bang a few 10" fish.

I fished Anoka on Sunday and caught one smallie. Now, I did have other motives for being there, but, jeez, one bass.

Thanks for making me feel a little better about myself.

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panolo

Same thing here. I didn't get a ton of time out but the fishing was lite. Did find a couple of walters in one spot so that helped. Most of my bites came on tubes.

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BigMike

Where did all the smallies go???

DOWNTOWN! The action has been good so far this year. I've caught some larger than usual fish in my fav. downtown mpls spot. My friend that I fish with down there has been down there a couple more times than I have and has caught a bunch of smallies and a handful of those in the 14-16 inch range. For downtown, that is a good size fish! Still a bunch of pocket bass, but a nice fish thrown in here and there.

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Royce Aardahl

much better tonight. 7 for me and 13 for my pard. bring on the warm weather!!

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HawgTide

It's been slow, but it's starting to pick up in spots. Caught about a dozen Smallies yesterday evening, which is the best luck I've had in 2 weeks. I think the warm weather this week will have them back to normal.

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EBass

The bass bite on pool 2 (where I go any ways) has been OK. I think the bite was better when the water was higher. But my boat still managed a few. Notables are 1 16" and 1 15", and the rest were pocket bass. Maybe it's post spawn or something. They'll turn on here. We've had some warm stable weather for a couple of days. That may help.

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smallie_hawgin

Watch the flows guys..... When it drops rapidly the "bite" is usually off. Try and stick with slower presentations and back off the primary structure you fish. Imagine your roof falling in on you??? What would you do?? I think the weather has little to do with the activity of river fish. They always have to eat to make it in the river. It is a tough environment to live in. From my experience and research, when the flows drop abruptly, fish are not in positive feeding moods. When flows are stable, rising or slowly dropping, things seem to pick up for anglers anyway. Although my hunch is that they still are feeding actively....just not on what we toss at them grin.gif

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Royce Aardahl

last week and weekend I noticed a lot of short hits and not as many fish than when it was warmer out. 2 days of hot weather and they are snapping hard so I think it has to have some kind of effect. Even if it's minor it helps. As much as this river goes up and down it's almost like a yoyo.

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marblei

Good information on the replies! Thanks for all the input. Is great getting all the differant opinions from the pros. I'm gonna head out this eve. for an hour or so. Hit my 'HOT' spots...(right!!)...and see if I can get a yank or two.

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Royce Aardahl

the water is warming up and they snapped great again tonight.


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Aquaman01

Ha Ha! Sounds like group therapy..."Thank goodness - I thought it was just me" grin.gif

Me too. I haven't put in any serious time - an hour here & there from shore to & from work, but I too was getting skunked.

Last night I tried a back-pool & it's riverward edges with white spinnerbait, white buzzbait and a big-lipped jointed shad rap in perch pattern - zero. The skeeters were the only ones who caught anything.

Nice to hear it's picking up, though.

Rob

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BigMike

eyeguy.. maybe you should be called smallieguy! Nice fish! I'm jealous. The largest smallie I've got this year was just shy of 19'' and that was WAY back in mid April and didn't give up a typical "mid-summer" fight.

Great fish!

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Royce Aardahl

thanks, it's really fun catching a dandy and fighting in the fast water!

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marblei

WOW......warm weather got the smallie jaws a chompin!!! Did pretty good...(slight problem with large solid object.........[rock]) guess that is what river fishing is all about...even with a jet......(found 1/2 H20 not enough...ouch)...still floating though! Skinny water seemed to be the ticket though...How'd eveyone els's bite go?

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Royce Aardahl

we got out mid day saturday and released 13. biggest was 17. the water is almost as low as it was last fall. couple inches more and it'll be the same.

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