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wondering if there is any place where a guy could fish of shore and what would work best

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There are quite a few shore fishing opportunities in this pool, but this time of year your best bet is one of the fishing floats at either Alma, Fountain City or Dresbach. All are situated in positions you can't get to with a boat and the floats themselves attract fish because they are structure. I personally prefer Alma because the two brothers that run it are top notch fellows and will help you out with what to do if you are new to float fishing techniques. Be prepared to catch some big Walleyes, I was there Thursday and saw a dozen 6 - 11.5 lb. fish caught.

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I am ignorant to "float fishing" as you call it in Alma. What does that mean? Is it something I can take my dad to and enjoy a liesurely afternoon? Is this really a large boat? Could you share with me more about this?


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I've fished the Alma float since 1965 Max used to own it then and now Jim and tim Lodemier own it...good guys.

they pick you up with a customer barge down near the tracks in Alma. Stop at quick trip and enquire for exact directions.

they have good food and bait on the float....heavy jigs (flathead) river types are cast up towards the dam and jigged'll see, everyone is doing it. Watch out for the cable (snag) and casting towards the Minn. corner into a place we affectionately refer to as the "gator pit" a lure boneyard.

tip: this time of year fish the far west end for the last two hours of the day in the shallow sand...big pike and big walleyes arrive around 6:30 to close.

the big hens spawn right now in that sand and the time of day is crucial to fish migration to the spawning area.

My buddy tom shurson, Read's Landing has two legitimate 32" 14 pound eyes mounted he caught from the float.

10 pound plus fish are rarely caught after April 10th the best bite there begins around Mid March.

there is also a very good sauger bite that begins in late october on the wisconsin side about 30 yards down from roller no 3 ....thats roller gate, "not tainer" gate.

I took a rare fall 10-4 eye there two falls ago while fishing the occaisional big eye does cruise through in the 10 foot flat just outside the lock.

You can walk into the dam from Pioneer on the Minn. side.. and in the fall the walleyes can be caught off the wall in two flurries which occur in the morn and late afternoon.


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