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Mississippi River Question

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A friend and I are attending the U of M and we were wondering about the river around there. We're hoping get some carp near the Washington Avenue bridge. Would there be anything other than carp? Has anyone fished that area before/know whats there/have any advice? We were planning on using canned corn and marshmallows.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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Along with carp(canned corn, marshmallows, dough should be fine) you can also get some small smallies (a few medium size ones), channel cats sometimes, drum occasionally, small pike rarely and on special occasions, a crappie or a walleye! There's a lot more kinds of fish than that from the ford dam to the falls, but that's most of what you can catch from shore in the area you mentioned. The river's been weird this year, though, so the fish aren't always as happy to oblige even the patient angler. Hopefully the bite will get better in the fall. Good luck Sttab. Go Gophers!

Dave D.

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Fish below lower st anthony falls and you'll catch more carp and cats. Use minnows you'll pick-up walleye,pike and small mouthbass.

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Bring some cut up Suckers, or live ones then cut them up there and a 1oz weight, 30lb swivel, bead, and circle hook.

Toss it out and wait. If no bites in 10 mins cast to a different spot or move. Don't be afraid to cast into the main channel either. The current is so slow that they can be any where. Maybe up the weight if casting into main channel. My .02 but I'm chasing bass till winter. I do like catfishing in the spring though.

Mr. Special is a catfish master, see if you can et info from him. He's in the know grin.gif

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Well we've made a few trips, each one yielding a few smallmouth, the largest so far being 15 inches. My friend had a 30 inch pike follow him in once, but no sign of catfish or carp.

We started out with corn + mallows and took a smallie on a marshmallow, but now have a source for free worms so we're using that now.

Thanks for all the advice.

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If you'd like another for the fishing party- I work on East Bank, and I'm always looking for an excuse to fish~

gpbakken at gmail.com

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There's an old boat launch at East river flats which is just around the bend downstream from Washington Avenue bridge. I've caught just about everything there and it is a good spot that funnels fish. Cast out towards the bouy and behind the wind dam (Large flat rocks sticking above the water) and let it flow back into the eddy. I normally set my rod on the rocks and sit there. You can sometimes catch fish in the calm pool right next to shore as well.

If you fish it though, please let me know how you do now that I have let you know. I haven't made it down there this year, but might if I get a chance before it gets too cold.

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There's an old boat launch at East river flats which is just around the bend downstream from Washington Avenue bridge.


That's exactly the spot we fish. So far only smallmouth with 1 pike sighted, but we're optimistic that we'll pull up some other species.

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I know in the summer the channels can turn on right at sundown. I have heard of walleyes coming from there too. I've never caught anything big there, but I have wanted to try some big live bait for flatheads there. I caught a baby once there. The way the current comes around there, I would really like to hit it for flats. Maybe next year.

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Just a little update, tonight under a lock and dam just north of Wash Ave, we took a 15 inch walleye. A pleasant surprise...but the spot smelled raunchy due to all the sewer gasses...

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