If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.


    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  

Pepin....smallie attack

Recommended Posts


I took the afternoon off on friday and fished Pepin again. I was not finding any cooperative walleye / sauger in the heat of the day so i decided to switch tactics.

I fished the rip rap shoreline on the minnesota side and it was very productive for smallies. I wasn't doing anything special but using my go to smallie bait.....3 inch twister tail cast to the shoreline and slowly retrieved.

I caught about 12 smallies, 2 crappies and one sheephead. the majority of the smallies were 12-14 inches. I caught 1 15 inches, 2 16 inchers and 1 18 incher. I was surprised at how shallow these fish were in the heat of the day....most were caught in 2-4 feet of water.

Here are a couple pics

16 incher:


18 incher:


I really thought that 18 incher was going to be a 20 inch class fish but it wasn't. Fishing smallies on Pepin is a great way to spend a hot afternoon when nothing else is biting. All fish were released!

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
Tyler Holm

Awesome fish daddy,

Those smallies are a total blast. Nice fish. Shallow rocky water.... Yep, that sounds fimiliar. Nice report and pics.

PS. Your 16"er looks 20" Very Nice!

Rugby and I got into heaping piles of smallies at the BWCAW and I'm still working on getting the pictures and a post up. My avatar is a dead giveaway(the smaller one is 18.25")

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice fish

what were you using to catch those big daddys


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
Coach Dog

Nice fish, and even nicer pictures. The bluffs look beautiful in the background. I grew up in the area and moved up to the cities about 5 years ago, and man, I sure miss seeing those bluffs.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  


  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • FishandFowl
      Have not been here in sometime. Thought this would be a good opportunity to get back on here. Got out for the C season, arriving just before sunrise  and the birds were already on the ground. Started with an aggressive calling sequence "Purr into a loud Yelp" there were birds North and West of my location responding. This guy decided to take a look about 30 minutes later. He got within 5 feet of my blind full strut. Something I have never heard before he started to hiss at the decoy.  Not a great shot at that range but sealed the deal.   
    • Wakemup
      Very nice! I was kicking myself real hard this weekend for forgetting my fish finder at home. I did manage to bring this smallie in, but they were tough to pattern for me and this was the only noteworthy fish of the weekend. Hope the water temps come up and I can get back next weekend!
    • Wakemup
      Nice boat Raven! I think I saw you out buzzing around in Wakemup this weekend!
    • Borch
      I got out on the Cass Lake chain this weekend with a group of 10.  We found walleyes still hanging out shallow and scattered.   Jigging with shiners or gulp in 4-10 fow got several walleyes in the livewell.  With the heavy wind we also had a good daytime crank bite.  In the evening trolling cranks was productive as well.  Saturday morning I stuck a 43" musky trolling for eyes. Not a great photo but I was fishing by myself and wanted to get it released quickly. Panfish were hard to pin down with them bouncing shallow and then disappearing with each weather change.  With wind gusting to 25+ miles per hour finesse presentations were difficult. Water temps ranged from 53-60 degrees.
    • Knowknot
      I have to agree, always enjoy your videos Curt. Fun to see what is happening even from the southern part of the state...Keep em coming...
    • CigarGuy
      Chad, was that on the West end?  My turn to follow you around 😀. I'll be back up Thursday night!!
    • TomWehler
      Swim 9 am this morning.  No idea on temp but Major Shrinkage.  Coolimoolio! keep on rocken!   T  
    • pikeandchester
      Spent a couple hours on German. Slow fishing, just a couple small sunnies, the boy and I where happy to be out though.  Water temperature ranged from mid 60s to mid 70s. No fresh vegetation and dirty water. Must still be running a bit behind despite the warm weather.
    • Raven77
      Got to get the first fish guts on it yesterday!
    • Raven77
      Interesting. So the sows are still in shallow? We fished 10-24' the past 3 days and have done well with a lot of 14-18" eyes using Lindy rigs and rainbows.