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
nofishfisherman

Hidden Falls

14 posts in this topic

Anyone been down in the Hidden Falls area lately? Thinking about going down Sunday evening for some shore fishing.

Want to see if I can get a smallie or walleye to come out and play for awhile.

Anything in particular working right now?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

was there last night also didnt get a thing, went down to 5 bridge and caught 2 bluegills, a friend had a large smallie on but he lost it

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was there from about 5pm to about 7pm. Alot of boats zipping around so it stirred things up pretty good.

Casted from the landing at hidden falls down a couple hundred yards to about where the power lines cross the river.

Had something small on the line. Only saw some green and some white. Looked to maybe be a small Large Mouth. came unhooked near shore.

I casted a little bit of everything, plastic shad and twister tails, cranks, rapalas, mepps, silver minnow just went for variety.

Fish came on a yellow Twister tail on a orange 1/4 oz jig with a small gold spinner.

Any ideas of better spots to try for walleye or smallies? I am new to the river.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

nofisherman i probably saw you there cuz that was when i was there ive heard its a great place to fish but they havent caught much lately

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was the guy left of the ramp a ways. Carrying a packback with a small landing net. I was either in a red shirt or shirtless depending on when you were looking. Dang it got hot in the sun. Worked on my tan though which was nice.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

ah that was you, nice to see a fellow fmer, i was one of the kids working the other side of the ramp

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I saw a few people over to the right so i went left. Lots of shoreline to work so I thought I would go a different direction from everyone else.

I will try to get down there again in a few days but I will probably head down later at night to avoid the sun and the boats as much as possible.

Keep us posted on how you do down there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nofishfisherman & ocf, If you guys walk up stream from the ramp you could have better luck. Look for eddies in the current, and slack water areas. This year fish are in the middle of the river caused by low water and slow current flow. Weekday evenings is a good tiome to hit the river. Less boaters, easier to float bobber down with the current.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Do you suggest live bait then over artificial?

What type, minnow, leech, crawler?

How far upstream are you talking about?

I am targeting small mouth and walleye if I can get lucky.

So I assume you cast up stream and let the boober float down into these slack water areas.

Any hints or tips would be great. Probably will try to head back out in the next day or two for round two.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i have the same questions as nofisherman, has anyone been out there lately?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The last time I was there - there was no water coming over the dam. 1 sheepie and 1 wee lil smallie. I haven't been back. confused.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

fished plastics a few weeks ago with no luck. My friend was using live worms with bobber, also no luck. It's a great place to spend the weekday evening, though, even if the fish are not biting.

How about downriver? How far do you have to go until you find some new structure? from hidden falls.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

anybody been out around hidden falls lately? made it out last week for the first time in a couple. Caught 6 white bass in the hour or so before dark. No walleyes. the previous times i went the walleyes were down deep (being in 10-12' of water, main channel). Should i be heading up nice and shallow again with the temps going down? Mainly pulling cranks, any thoughts?

Plan on heading out tonight, will post how things go.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted by me under a different thread from Sunday:

What part of the river? Downsteam of St Paul or Dam/Confluence area?

I was out yesterday above the confluence. We were only out from 2-5pm or so and managed 6 eyes and 10 fat striped bass. The biggest eye was 20".

We were out in my dad's new glass boat, the river makes him nervous, so we didnt hit some of my favorite rocky shorelines.

Considering the time we were out and the bright sun, I think the bite would be pretty good.

The flow was decent (compared to the last few months), the leaves are starting to come down and litter the water. Water temps are just below 70 degrees.

It is a great time of year to be on the river

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

    • Barefoot
      I went yesterday.  Bite was good.  Saw lots of people catching fish.
    • bbfenatic
      Sorry...been posting a few pics in the Panfish section...I've been out a lot chasing crappies, started 10 days after ice out. I did the eye opener and we did good real shallow 4-6ft with jig and shiner but that one eye outing is it for me unless I go out late fall for them again.  Crappies bite has been real good...just not in normal spots...not many spawned in the shallow reeds but beds we deeper 5-7 ft in many lakes. I've been as far North as Little Bemidji to as far South as S. Lida and many lakes in between. Went out Saturday morning early and found them in 12.5ft suspended real high; used the smallest rap they make and just fan casted all around the boat and they were aggressive.  Cabbage is coming up and healthy in most lakes and they will be moving into the cabbage when it warms up. Water clarity has been unbelievable in every lake I've been on so far. Another yo-yo weather pattern makes it more challenging for sure....but search and you will find.
    • eyeguy 54
      WINDY today but got out for a couple hours.   30 inch northern looked all spawned out.  got a few dandy bass. The last smally looks like it ate a duck! LOL 
    • ANYFISH2
      Get'r it fired up Zelek.     Thanks.
    • steiger
      Just curious if anyone else was out on the chain braving the rain sat and sunday? 
    • Wanderer
      Contact the DNR if there are serious concerns.  Tournaments have to be permitted through them.  If they're not handling the fish correctly, they might lose their permit.
    • certified jumbo
      Trophy....
    • Rick
      A 6-mile section of the Glacial Lakes State Trail will be closed as contractors work on improvements, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
      Trail users will see intermittent closures until June 1 as workers remove trees and brush that are near the work area. The segment between the trailhead in Willmar and Spicer’s south side at Progress Way is scheduled to close on June 5 as workers begin mill and overlay work on the trail’s westernmost 6 miles. The project is scheduled for completion by Aug. 25. In addition to a smooth, new surface, trail users will enjoy new benches, improved accessibility, and paved crossings at gravel road intersections. The current 8-foot trail width will also be expanded to 10 feet. “We think our trail users will be pleased with these improvements,” said Jeremy Losinski, area supervisor for the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. “The wider trail will provide easier passage. Plus, the smoother pavement replaces the trail’s oldest paved surface, which is now more than 20 years old. It had deteriorated and reached the end of its life cycle.” Contractors will also be replacing several culverts along the trail to provide better drainage. “While we want to make sure everyone is safe, there will still be opportunities to use parts of the trail during construction,” Losinski said. “The construction will start in Willmar and work its way toward Spicer, so small portions of the trail will have limited use. Our trail users may not be able to go all the way from Willmar to Spicer during times in the construction process. We just ask that our trail users obey the closure signs and avoid construction equipment.” Prinsburg-based Duininck, Inc., is the contractor. Construction updates will be posted on the DNR’s Glacial Lakes State Trail Web page. The 22-mile western segment of the Glacial Lakes State Trail links Willmar with the Kandiyohi/Stearns County line. The 5-mile eastern segment connects Roscoe to Cold Spring. Built on the former Burlington Northern railroad grade, a total of 27 miles is paved as the trail cuts across the border between Minnesota’s western tallgrass prairie and eastern deciduous forest. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • PRO-V
      Rebuilding the shoreline.
    • BassThumb.
      The four I use are pretty shallow for at least the first hundred yards, but I've never damaged my boat or prop. Just gotta take it slow and trim the motor up.    I use Isle, Cove, Garrison, and the one near the casino, Shaboshkung or whatever.