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i am looking for a spot to lanch my canoe on the st. louis river between highway 2 and cloquet. has anybody fished this area. any info would be apreciated.

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Was at Hgy 2 On Sunday water is very low, Talked to some guys who came down Cloquet river, had to do some dragging, water was so low. I would say get ready to get wet.

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There is a ramp on the east side of the river, just underneath Hwy 2. If going westbound, left just before the bridge.

I would be very interested in how the paddle is from there to Cloquet. I think there are some class II-III rapids. Probably some good fishing in there.

The Cloquet River should be good if we get some rain. You can launch @ Hwy 53 and float to Hwy 2. Its a good day trip with Smallies, Walleyes, Catfish, and even Trout. The fish are slow growng in this area, but the action can be good. Catch and release is Imperative.

I do the best with jigs, beetle-spins and floating raps. They have been the best for me in the shallow water. Live bait will work as well. Look for the pools below the rapids.

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I have been down the stretch from hwy 2 to cloquet a few times. It is about a 14 mile ride, the 1st 6miles are flat water, then 6 miles of non stop rapids and pools, followed by another 2 miles of flat water.

I've only floated it in August, during low water conditions, never had the guts to do it any other time.

Its a full days trip, especially if you want to spend some time fishing.

The fishing is excellent, especially in the pools below rapids in the middle stretch. Actually had smallies jumping out of the water to grab my bait as it dangled off the side of the canoe.

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Gonna get that new Loomis out and break it in Catfishhunter?? Just make sure you leave the 7wt Fenwick at home, no need for a fly rod with those cats. smile.gif

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i have been fishing alot between brookston and highway 2 it's awsome. i am just looking for a halfway point between 2 and cloquet. i fish to hard to do the strech in a day. C&R is a must on this fishery!

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deathroe, you should try your fly rod for cats it's a blast. my best on it is 5.8 pounds and 40 min. I might need a extra guy for catn fri. night so reply. i would camp till sat. morning and fish all night and it's only a mile hike. let me know.

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I've fished between 2 and Cloquet, Not many places to put in but there are some off the beaten path but I wouldn't recommend leaving your rig there. As was stated the downstream side of hwy 2 bridge being the easiest. You can get into SM Bass, catfish, and eyes in that section, all are on the smaller side though.

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Sorry Joel, can't make it as i have to mate on the big lake Saturday and Sunday. Gotta get my beauty sleep!

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    • Stick in Mud

      Posted

      We've done OK out there this year. Nothing special, but better for us than last year. 

      Last time out, we found piles of fish in 60-70 feet. Caught a few, couldn't release them, and stopped fishing them.  Got a couple jig rapping shallower, got a few trolling, and got a few on spinners.  No one pattern got skunked, but nothing stood out, either.

    • Stick in Mud

      Posted

      Sorry for the late response....I suspect not many folks are building skid houses these days. :)

      Our houses have steel skids.  One had wood, but we changed them out. 

    • if you ever need another shooter let me know I would be down to shoot with you

    • FrazerBay

      Posted

      Like the food and like the menu. Like the fact there are places to eat on the lake and will continue to support them.

    • delcecchi

      Posted

      Thanks, cigar guy.   Might check into it next year.  Or maybe not.   They always used to have some expensive entrees but we just ignored them.   

      Even 12 for a burger is sort of high for the area, but the view is worth something.   Probably stay with the Crescent.   I don't see how there are enough tourists for the landing to make it. 

    • jigginjim

      Posted

      I have put my guide clients on lots of pike this summer. So far largest bass is 21"- 5lbs  Pike 36" Approx. 8-9lbs, Walleye is 23 inches 3lbs. The walleyes will get better as the water cools. Time to start jigging, everything you got. I'm even started using my crankbaits.

    • bassbouncer

      Posted

      I'm a local and yes we boycott the place. Friends have been told that they aren't wanted there that they only want the tourist business. Wife and I boat to Wolf Bay when we go out. We live 2 miles from the landing and wish it was still run by Jack.

    • RoosterMan

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  • Posts

    • Stick in Mud
      We've done OK out there this year. Nothing special, but better for us than last year.  Last time out, we found piles of fish in 60-70 feet. Caught a few, couldn't release them, and stopped fishing them.  Got a couple jig rapping shallower, got a few trolling, and got a few on spinners.  No one pattern got skunked, but nothing stood out, either.
    • Stick in Mud
      Sorry for the late response....I suspect not many folks are building skid houses these days. Our houses have steel skids.  One had wood, but we changed them out. 
    • ZachD
      if you ever need another shooter let me know I would be down to shoot with you
    • FrazerBay
      Like the food and like the menu. Like the fact there are places to eat on the lake and will continue to support them.
    • delcecchi
      Thanks, cigar guy.   Might check into it next year.  Or maybe not.   They always used to have some expensive entrees but we just ignored them.    Even 12 for a burger is sort of high for the area, but the view is worth something.   Probably stay with the Crescent.   I don't see how there are enough tourists for the landing to make it.