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Big Eyes on the Croix


Cody Lubeley

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Does anyone ever catch any big eyes like over three pounds out there.

It seems like there is enough stucture and food to support big fish I've just never heard of anyone catching anything over 20 inches out there.

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i've caught a few during open water in the same areas that I ice fish. I just haven't caught them during ice fishing.

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Oh yes! They are out there and if your in the right area over twenty can be numerous. I have seen a few 5# and a few 10# a year during ice.

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I've yet to see any hogs during winter, but my brother caught a 28 incher a couple years ago on open water

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First off, the river has alot of quality walleyes in it and anything over 20 should go back, so its nice to here not many are pulled though the ice. I havn't ice fished out there because I prefer open water fishing and pool 4 doesn't freeze so I spend time down there in the boat instead of ice fishing but during open water on the croix several over 8+ are released every season, since I've kept a journal (6+ years), the count is up to 18 now, four of which came this pass open water season. The Croix is a great fishery and there are alot of big eyes in it just remember catch and release! cool

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River Dan you fish out of the boat even in the winter? since pool 4 dont freeze is the access open? that would be realy fun to try however id prolly freeze my balls off.

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My uncle regularly fishes pool 4 in the winter out of his boat. Pepin freezes up though, that part of pool 4 isnt it?

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Everts Resort in Hager City is always open. Their access has to the dam is always open and fishable from a boat. We were there within the past month. Its cold but pick a day when its warmer.

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Yep, got ot everts you can fish around there just fine. I wouldn't go out if it's way cold out, but those rare days that's it's in the upper 20's or low 30's it's a good time.

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Going on friday may have open seat Pool 4 "Soft water" if the old man passes. I will call you later Quietico.

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While all you guys are holding down the ice in Bayport the tough guys are in a boat on Pool 4. The ave day for us is 25-50 Saugers/Walleys with a long rod.

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All I can say is ewe do those fish glow in the dark with all the floressence and other stuff in that water. grin

Thats the Missi down thar is'nt it.

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If you can believe the EPA the miss from the hastings dam on down is the cleaner then the croix,

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That's very hard to believe. I don't remember what year but the St.Croix was listed as one of the cleanest rivers in its class in the U.S. Not Questioning you just the findings of the EPA. They are a politically motivated entity.

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I agree croixflats, i dont see in any ways how that stretch of the miss is cleaner than the croix.

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I think everyone should go down to pool 4.There just arent any eyes on the Croix during the winter.However,Ill stay behind just to make sure wink

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Does it really matter if the croix is cleaner than the 'sippi? Just as many polluted 'sippi eyes could be spending their winter in the croix right now, so who's to know what you may be eating. My opinion, if it doesn't glow in the dark it should be safe wink

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I've eaten eyes out of both the croix and pool four many times and none the worse for wear. Have at 'em boys.

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I have been eating the eyes from the Miss's since the 1950's, and from the Croix since the 60's and aside from the nipple growing from under my chest I am fine. They are both clean enough to eat the fish, the sippi is just muddier. Oh, and I have caught 9#+ from both rivers in the last 2 years. CPR except for a 12#er in 1969 below lock 5A, which was a dust collector for 30+ years.

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FishonTom Welcome to FM.

I"m just having some fun with the stereo type of the Big M. Besides them thar guys in them boats have water in their veins and if they did'nt have open water I think they would dry up. grin

I hope you take advantage of what FM has to offer to all of us. Such a vast wealth of knowlage at our finger tips and a great bunch to offer it up. It looks like we can learn a lot from you also.

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It depends on what part of the Miss or Croix you are at. Lake Pepin is impaired for Mercury, but heck every water in MN is as well. If you are close to where 3M discharges you might want to rethink eating the fish. Back about 15 years ago they were using a substance which had dioxins in it, which are one of the most toxic substances known. Also, two years ago the Miss had its first mayfly hatch in about 20 years, signs that the river is improving.

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ANyone wana take me along in the boat for some winter walleyes? I think it would be a blast! ill help pay gas, buy munchies.. please please can i can i huh huh can i huh?

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Mississippi cleaner than the Croix??? Come on I find that VERY hard to believe. Look at the confluence of the MN/sippi sometime then the croix/sippi...hmm? Look at the water shed of the sippi/muddysota compared to mostly scenic river way of the croix. Think of all the farmland and industry on the sippi and sota...really can't wrap my head around that one!

Skeptically,

Ferny.

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Ferny, relax, the Croix is cleaner. A long tome ago a Republican Pres. made the Croix a National Treasure and protected it. He also started the EPA. Most people don't know that the republicans are the real earth savers. Dems talk the talk, but GOP walk the walk. By the way it was Nixon. Not the one the GOP is most proud of

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He signed it into law but it was 2 democrats that created it.

Mondale and Nelson. One from Minnesota and the other from Wisconsin.

The Dems were instrumental in creating. Without them it would not have been written.And the creation, signed into law, of the national wild and scenic rive act was in 1968.

Hmmm, who was in office then? Hint he was a democrat.

Republicans cant take full credit for that one. grin

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Ferny, relax, the Croix is cleaner. A long tome ago a Republican Pres. made the Croix a National Treasure and protected it. He also started the EPA. Most people don't know that the republicans are the real earth savers. Dems talk the talk, but GOP walk the walk. By the way it was Nixon. Not the one the GOP is most proud of

is this the political forum now. OK - yeah the GOP are the real earth savers just like they are fiscally conservative... crazy

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To view MN lakes and river for fish consumption: google -fish consumption advisory MN -, and the Deptment of Health site should come up. As mercury is an air deposition pollutant you may be surprised what you find on the "clean" lakes. Then look at the Mississippi in relation, you might be surprised.

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