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Cody Lubeley

Smallies in Montissippi State Park-Mississippi River Fishing Reports

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Cody Lubeley

Can you fish for smallies at Montissippi during the winter months or is there a closed season for them now.

Also does that part of the river stay open through the winter?

Thanks

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jigginjim

the season is open for catch and release only the last I saw there ice to fish around.

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Cody Lubeley

ok thanks if i was able to find crawlers would it be legal to fish live bait or is it atrificial only?

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pikedreams

You can use whatever you wish, live or artificial. The gamefish season is still open till the end of Feb. so if you get a walleye you have the choice of keeping it, but the Smallies are catch and release only. Then after the game fish season closes you can still fish there but you better make it very obvious to a CO that your fishing for cats!

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William T. Brask

Why last year a state record was broken there according to this picture hanging at one of the Gander Mountain Bragging boards wink

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river rat316

Why last year a state record was broken there according to this picture hanging at one of the Gander Mountain Bragging boards wink

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My guess 19.5-20" and 4.0 lbs... maybe 4.4lbs Nice smallie but know where near what it was quoted at

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Rick G

Could be the man holding it is Andre the giants brother and its was the new state record. LOL.

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vern

Wow! Almost 9 lbs...crazy

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JBMasterAngler

I don't think smallies are capable of growing that big in the river...they burn too much energy living in that current.

An 18" smallie on mille lacs or the boundary waters could run about 4.5 lbs, but on the 'sippi that bass will only weigh about 3 lbs.

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river rat316

I have never seen a 18.5" 4.5lber.... the average 18"er on the river weighs 2.5 to just under 3lbs, I have scaled alot of smallies in the past 3 years and I have seen 1 over 5 it was 5.1 lbs 19.99999" opening day 3 years ago, still full of spawn and fat as ...well you get the idea. To fat to jump.

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vern

I've fished that area of the river for 20 years & my biggest is about 21".

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insufishentfunds*

Agreed, questionable for sure. After the power plant shutdown you could walk the banks and pick up dozens of dead 18-20" smallies but I did not see anything over 20.5", and I saw hundreds of dead fish. Fish have come back but not nearly the numbers, nor the size. These fish should likely be left alone for a few years to allow them to reach the size of reproduction. That 2 mile river stretch is usually flush with anglers and I am not sure why. You can catch fish on anything tied to a hook, and I do mean anything. No skill required but gets boring real fast.

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jigginjim

I wonder what was used to measure the fish?

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river rat316

A educated guess grin

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polarsusd81

Or could that be an uneducated guess?

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BP21

I could be mistaken, but isn't the river open all year for catch and release.

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uwecsteeple

NO, the river there is not open all year to catch and release fishing. Regular rules apply plus the additional limitation of all smallies 12-20" much be released.

Only Pool 2 is open to C&R all year walleye sauger SMB and LMB.

But don't take my word for it (or anyone's on the internet), read the rules.

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    • Reid Saarela
      28.5, but the fattest walleye we’ve seen. My dad and I both agreed it was a bigger fish than my 30 last summer. Wish we would have weighed it but I would rather have the fish swim off healthy! 
    • delcecchi
      I don't confront people on the water about what they do.  Expressing an opinion in general is fine.  Getting up in people's face is different, as I hope you agree.
    • IceHawk
      That's awesome Don. Very creative and looks like fun. 
    • Wanderer
    • delcecchi
      Gotta be careful to keep the holier than thou attitude under control whatever you decide to do. After all not much difference between bass, northern (looking at you harpooners), walleye, even gills.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I have eaten quite a few small mouth bass from Vermilion and a few large mouth bass from other lakes. The smaller small mouth are not bad table fare! The larger fish taste like mud to me! All large mouth taste like mud to me!!😛 If you were to suggest to these fishermen that eating the smaller fish will make a much tastier meal, not to mention a much safer meal because of the contaminant level in larger fish, that may make a difference in what they decide to keep.????  But as you said, they can legally keep them of all sizes. The DNR approach of a size limit would be best! Cliff  
    • Harry Goodliffe
      a sign that ASKS people to selective harvest, releasing the bigger fish to keep those better fish genes in the population if you keep fish eat smaller fish...the old bill dance quote "limit your kill not kill your limit.... catch what you can use and release the rest to fight another day"
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Nice walleye Reid! How big? Cliff
    • Wanderer
      I respect your conservation minded approach but trying to TELL people not to keep those fish will just get you more of the same response you already got.  I also agree <15 inch bass are better keepers.  I keep a few myself each year and rarely keep anything over 16, preferring 12’s for the table. I’ve been a bass tournament angler in the past and have also promoted staunch C&R, much like the modern muskie culture, but have grown wiser with age.  I still target bass quite a bit just because they’re fun! On a 300 acre lake I agree a small group of anglers can and will have an impact with constant return visits to harvest large fish but the only two things you can do about it is, 1) As mentioned, lobby the DNR for protected slots, and 2) When people are happy to show you their catch, congratulate them and mention you like bass too but find the smaller sized fish much better table fare.  And maybe that you also fell releasing the mature fish keeps reproduction up to sustain a quality fishery.  And be nice about it.  Once you turn people off they’ll stop hearing you. That’s about all I have for ya.  Good luck.
    • Reid Saarela
      Bite was OK for us this weekend. Marked tons of fish but they only seemed to bite in small feeding windows due to abundance of mayfly larva down there. When they decided bite, they were inhaling our leeches though.  Rocks next to mud was best for us. Highlight of the weekend was walleye pictured below.