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polarsusd81

Red Wing Dam 4/9

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Hey guys,

Was out on Saturday from about 7:30 a.m. until about 4:00 p.m. Started out on the Minnesota side of the main channel and caught a few fish, lost a good number of jigs on some logs. I caught one small sauger and had a huge "golden" walleye. LOL. The other guys in my boat did a little better, but not much. We got three Saugers that we kept, one was about 14, and the other two were 20 to 21. I didn't see a lot of people getting a huge number of fish, other than the one boat with two WI guys who lived on the river a couple miles downstream. The saugers we got came on bucktail jigs or soft plastics. It was just really nice to get out on the water and wet a line. I did catch a nice sunburn though.

Did anyone have a lot of luck out there Saturday? I didn't see too many fish being pulled in. The WI side just seemed a little too tight to get in and anchor anywhere in there. Boats were stacked on top of each other. Where they catching fish.

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Polar,

I was there on friday and I have to say it was almost comical. The WI side below the dam resembled a parking lot. It is amazing to see all those boats anchored by shore one after the other grin.gif It would be understandable if it were producing fish but it wasn't.

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We were there on Saturday as well. I sure didn't see many fish caught in that string of bumper boats, although we didn't stay there long. We caught one 14-15" sauger & two nice eyes, none of them by the dam, for three guys in 10 hours of fishing. We did catch a couple of good sized cats too, which we threw back. One had to be close to 20 lbs & the other was 10-12 we were guessing, they sure fight.

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Neighbor and I fished saturday. Caught a few good fish along the rip rap north of red wing. We boated a 25", 24" and a 20" that had not spawned yet. Spoke to some others that had good luck trolling stickbaits up river below the dam. Most of the walleyes were spawning this weekend. Next weekend will probably have to start working down river for the postspawn fish.

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Yeah, thats kinda what I was thinking. I was not driving the boat, my uncle was and he really didn't want to leave the dam, even though the fishing was really slow up there. I guess I will have to keep an eye on things down there, if they close the dam by the end of the week, I will head down Sunday morning. But if it is still open, I might try somewhere closer to home for some crappies and bluegills. I just have a 14' with a 15 on it, if the current is strong as it was Saturday, I might have a tough time out there.

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I was there Friday night and Sunday. We saw much better action on Friday (30, 10 over 15" between 3 guys) but there will still plenty being caught Sunday (14, 2 over 15"). For the most action a minnow on a colored hook or small jig were the ticket. I stayed with a larger presentation and the quality was better but not the quantity. No piggies in my boat boat we did witness 6 eyes over 24" with 1 big gal!

Green, brown & orange have been good colors since the water got dirty. Water temps were up to 48 by Sunday afternoon. Those backwater have probably been over 50 for several days so the post spawn frenzy should be starting this week.

Good luck!

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