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
Matt C

Croix Opener

5 posts in this topic

Im headed out for my first time on the Croix for opener on the 28th. I am going with a few guys that have been out there before. Putting the boat in right north of Prescott but on the MN side is what I'm told.

Any tips ya'll can offer?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

use the search feature on here and look at posts from years past. I fish the shallower areas and do well casting cranks and trolling cranks. If the bite is off for the cranks then I'll start working some of the deeper holes and current breaks with a jig and minnow. Some days they like fatheads, sometimes shiners or if you want to keep your hands warmer try jigging with plastics, tubes, ringworms and curly tail grubs and especially the shad type baits work well. I'm sure the guys you are with will point you in the right direction as well. Good luck!

Tunrevir~

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If it's slow where you are fishing and if you can, try up by the Kinnickinnic area, don't be afraid of trying leeches either.

Opener can be real tricky you can either struggle or get on some fish. A lot of the mass fished, traditional spots I have watched over the years have people who "Just Sit There" not catching much. So, don't be afraid to try non-traditional opener spots!!

I took that next Monday off (as usual), so I can fish it 3 days in a row on Opener.

Good Luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Last year the opener was rainy but plenty of action, around 8 I got a call from my brother to see how it was going and I informed him of the action was hot, he got in his truck and drive 2 hours to get down there and around 11 he was in the boat pulling eyes, we boated over 60 for the day and left the river with a really nice box of tails, only to have the same experience the very next day. We caught most of the fish live bait riggen on a short snell, 2 foot, black hook ,glow bead, shinner, others caught on the trusty jig head pink,yellow. Most fish were holding tight to the bottom and staying on top of them and vertical were the key. I'm so ready for another year on the croix, last year I used over three hundred gallons of gas getting to know the river better and I plan on spending even more time on the croix this year, I've got alot of people from my church and others I've met, that want to go fishing and learn more about catching walleyes on the river! It's going to be a great season on the water! cool.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the great info! Hopefully I can make the Croix

opener a yearly ritual, along with MN's opener. smile.gif

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

    • SkunkedAgain
      I've been going to the Landing regularly for the past 10+ years. I think that ownership has changed due to bad management more than anything. When Jack bought the place again, it was hopping because he gave everyone what they wanted...a fun place with good value. That was only four or five years ago. That in itself proves that the cost of entry doesn't preclude reasonable prices. I've had one interaction with the new owners, or more specifically one of them. He was extremely nice and help me out when I was in a bind. I'll still go there for a beer or two but in general don't frequent fancy places because I save my money for other things in life.   I think why people complain is because it is the only option on the west end of the lake. There are off-lake options like the Crescent but it's not on the water. With The Landing it's like someone took something away from the lake. I believe that is the emotion that is being tapped. If there were three on-lake options on the west end of the lake and one went fancy, then probably no problem. That's my take.   One would hope that local economics would guide decisions at such a place. If the majority of customers want X, you provide X. The new owners have been providing Y for a while now and don't seem to mind if that hits them in the wallet. That's their choice and I'm fine with it. I just won't eat there often if at all because it's not what I want when on the lake.
    • kelly-p
      From what I understand the walleye population is still a little high for the long term health of the Red Lakes.   A perfect example of that is that Buddy just got across that pressure ridge Sunday so Hillman's road is just now getting to their normal fishing areas. Awesome pictures once a cop. I'm getting old but I can remember when if there were 10 of us fishing on Center Bar it was too crowded.   Since those pictures were taken both Hillman's and Beacons have extended out another 2 miles.
    • onceacop
      1/15/17
    • curt quesnell
      I dont think you will have trouble. Just be careful. There are a million trucks driving all over the place now
    • Chill62
      Big Pine as of 1/15 had 16" of ice on the north side.  Only drilled 5 holes and all were around 16" according to my ice scoop.  Just placed fish house out there for the nephew and called it good.  Sorry no fishing report.