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Dayton Access/Eyes.

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Is access in dayton at crow river and miss. deep enough for 18ft. lund? How is the walleye fishing from there down? As you can tell I'm new to the River. How far does the pool from coon rapids dam go? Too dayton?

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I would say your boat is probably too big, especially given the low water conditions we'll have this summer. There are shallow riffles just below and just upstream of the access that could mess up your prop pretty good. I was gonna use a canoe there sometime this summer...the bass fishing is excellent there!

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Your better off launching in Champlin with that boat, you'll have a heck of a day in this low water without something that is purpose built for the river (Jon Boat, Jet Boat, or RIVER PRO!!!!) I saw a Fiberglass bass boat try to put in there last year and he wasn't happy when he pulled it out right afterwards with is prop all chewed up!

From the 169 Bridge south to the Coon Rapids Dam is fairly safe running once you know it a little, when the Recreational Pool is at full height you should be able to go anywhere in that area!

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I would launch form 101/169 bridge and slowly move around, untill you are aware of were danger spots are at. Take it slow and trim up. A trolling motor is a must. I have an 18' boat I bring down their, but I do not have a deep hull. Good luck!

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Champlin would be the safest bet. The Dayton launch isn't all that (lots of sand) and it's still low water. Is that mongo sand bar showing in front of the crow? If it is it's prolly too shallow.

Yup the shallow rocks are right below the launch and about 3/4 mile up. So not much area to fish in that big of a rig.

Any who - the Champlin launch is pretty nice from the CR dam to the 169 bridge. What RR said grin.gif

Also the "pool" is X miles long. St. Cloud to Coon Rapids.

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I ran up to Dayton today from Champlin, if you you don't know the river really well don't even try it, unless you have a jet or a really shallow draft boat. I've made the trip a hundred times and had some white knuckle moments. Got hung twice on the drift on rocks, the wind did not help. The sand bar will be showing by tomorrow I think. I hit a lot of water today, caught a few small fish, Smallies and Snots, no Eyes and snaped my shift cable about 2 miles from home. Anybody got a spare 14 foot Yamaha shift cable they're not using? frown.giffrown.gif

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