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Does anyone still head up towards the dam on the St Paul side for walleyes during the summer, or is that just an early season spot? I was thinking of heading out there after work someday, but I haven't had a chance to in about a month or so. Last time I was down there, I was just going for carp and not the eyes. Any info is appreciated.

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I was just on the river all day sunday. The water is really high, for this time of year, fishing sucked. only a couple eyes and smallies. Otherwise the sheephead bite was hot.

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I fished the river all day today caught a few walleyes and smallies. The river is starting to come down. We helped a guy and his little girl land a 10plus flathead grin this afternoon. We also caught several cats, but the sheepheads will drive you crazy. crazy

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What still seems a little dirty, at least it was for me on the upper part of Pool 4.

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You may have alot cleaner water htan upper pool 2. I little more filtering through pool 3.

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Good night last night. Just over 4 hours and 20 eyes (biggest 23"), 5 smallies, 5 sheepies, 3 northern, 5 striped bass and 2 crappies.

Constant action.

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Jim, which side were you on? Were you on the St. Paul side up near the dam? or buy the creek. I've been to the creek several evenings this week and also found the action to be constant. Where do you suggest I park on the St. Paul side if I want to fish it?

Thanks,

Phil

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Hidden Falls Regional Park, North Entrance. If you park nearer to the pavilion there are some trails that lead you to point directly across from the Minnehaha Creek confluence.

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Without giving away the farm - could any of you give me a few tips how to fish Pool 2. I've fished the area around Pike Island and upstream of the lock and dam with little to show.

If I'm lucky I get a catfish or a smallie - but can't do it consistently enough to keep my kids interested in fishing the river.

thanks

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Otherwise the sheephead bite was hot.

isn't it always?

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Without giving away the farm - could any of you give me a few tips how to fish Pool 2. I've fished the area around Pike Island and upstream of the lock and dam with little to show.

If I'm lucky I get a catfish or a smallie - but can't do it consistently enough to keep my kids interested in fishing the river.

thanks

with summer temps and water levels upon us, you need to key in on structure, and those with a decent flow. fish wingdams, rock piles, etc. the easiest for you would be to anchor upriver of a wingdam and pitch crankbaits, jig/plastic, jig/livebait, to it and if you do not find active fish, move onto the next one, you will eventually find a wingdam that is holding active fish.

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I havent been on the river since early spring and we did pretty good closer to the dam from the creek. WE usually fish from shore and pitch jigs, the only problem is you go through about 25 jigs in a day if not more. any tips on thwe fising from the shore??

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ILLIFIED, sorry it has been so long getting back to you. I only fish the St. Paul side of the Island. Some guys will tie off on the wall, I just don't trust it. Other wise I fish the lock area and down stream from there.

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