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Mississippi River Fishing Reports Pools 2 & 3

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southerner

Similar results for us today, Old Timer. Very few boats out for such a nice day, which meant very little competition for the primo spots. Water temp is up 7 degrees from last Saturday, and the water level has dropped 1.5 feet. Beautiful day to be out there, and although we didn't light 'em up we did boat a half dozen decent-size 'eyes along with a couple dinks and a crappie.

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fisherjmb

Fished yesterday from the confluence to the dam. Did pretty well. Boated about 20 eyes ranging from 13-19 inches. Best spot was where we found a current seam and 11 feet of water. Missed quite a few fish too. Beautiful day to be out.

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Flood the Rink

Pool 3 - I was out Saturday and Sunday in the Prescott area. Caught a few fish but it was not hot by any means. The nicer fish I caught was trolling cranks otherwise jig minnow boated smaller saugers. Guys working blades seems to boat a few also.

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phishnerd

Fished pool 2 saturday. Pretty slow. Boated 2 walleye (jigs) and some big carp (crawlers). My buddy had one that was 18 and some change. Found a few channels in shallow water with current(cutbait). Nothing of any size. Lots of traffic going into Hog Lake. Anyone know if there's been any action in there yet?

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CarpKing921

Hog lake huh, never heard that before.

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phishnerd

Hog lake huh, never heard that before.

Yeah, it's the small body of water that's attached to the south west corner of Pigs Eye through a channel. That might not even be the right name. I've always done really well there in the late summer with livebait rigs and crawlers but have never paid much attention to it in the spring. laugh

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CrappieFshr651

I used to do well there trolling crankbaits along the weedline

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OLY

My buddy got a 25 out of "hog lake" yesterday. He picked me up at the launch around 4 and we decided to do some bass fishing. I got this 17 incher and lost another about the same size. 3469035885_68d9be5056.jpg

The water temp was 58. The bass bite will be blowing up here in the coming weeks. If you know where to fish 20-30 bass days can be expected. I will be hitting it hard for the next few weeks thats for sure.

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goblueM

the southwest corner of Pig's Eye is the river, isn't it? Is this "Hog's Lake" the one between 61 and the industrial complex?

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muskrat

No hog lake is between pigs eye and main channel, would be east of barge as you go up stream from 494. Hwy 61 is east of pigs eye and hog lake is west of pigs eye near main channel closer to concord st. in So. St.paul. You need a boat to get there.PS. you need to go behind the sunken barge and you can't see lake from main channel. Watch your depth.

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Shack

Nice bass Oly! smile

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phishnerd

It has always been deeper on the upstream side of the sunken barge. There is a channel along the back of the barge this year but it comes up quick to about 2 feet. All of the traffic that I have seen this year has been accessing the lake on the upstream side of the barge. Trying to decide on pool 2 or 4 for monday.

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CarpKing921

I never knew this Hog lake was there. Finally made it down to the river today launched out of S St.Paul. Made our way to Pigs Eye to chase Carp but didn't hook any instead my cousin caught a couple Channel Cats on corn biggest was a fat 8 lbr.

When do they put the dock out at the launch? Seems to me I remember it already in at this time.

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LazyIke

Fished pool 2 from 10:30-3 on Saturday, but got skunked. Launched from St. Paul Park. I think we found "hog lake,"threw everything at it, but got a whole lot of nuthin' ... Any one have any luck Saturday? What pattern was working?

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old timer

Out Sunday in the rain. 9:00 am 12:00. Fished the confluence and near Hwy 5 bridge. Caught 2, 1 nice one, 1 dink. Both caught on current seam in 7 fow. 3/8 blue and white jig head and chartreuse ringworm without any minnow. Tried dragging cranks, with no results, still too early.River is down a couple feet since last weekend. Hidden falls ramp better, but the eddy still a challenge.

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CarpKing921

What kind of depths are in this Hog Lake? Is it deeper or more like Pigs Eye 2-4ft.

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HellaBass

Hog Lake is much deeper then Pigs Eye lake, I for sure remember seeing water at least 15ft

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ratherbefishn

Oly, Talk to dave. I picked up a 19.5 saturday down there on a road runner. I think I told him where?? I ended up with 5 of them things in about 15 minnutes then had to keep after eyes. Im sure you know it but was a little ways from where you were at and I think there are plenty there at the moment!!

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old timer

Fished 9:00 am - 12:00. No walleyes 3 white bass near the island below the Ford dam in 7 fow

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fishuhalik

Can a guy still keep eyes out there? I'm going after smallies right now and got a couple eyes and threw 'em back. I wasn't sure. Figured better safe than sorry!

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goblueM

pool 2 is catch and release for largemouth, smallmouth, walleyes and sauger

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moonboots

what about stripers and drum? I was out yesterday and a guy was collecting a stringer on one of those two.

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fishdale

Pool 2 is just catch and release for largemouth, smallmouth, walleyes and sauger. Everything else follows the normal regulations.

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Shack

Got out yesterday for the first flathead catfish trip of the season on Pool 2 out of Lillydale.

Still a little early, but wanted to get out and see what the flood waters had left us behind wink It turns out some very nice snags have formed this year and if the water level does not rise again, they should hold very nicely threw out the summer.

No fish caught (as was expected), but was nice to get back out on the water none the less.

We found water temps in the main channel at 55 deg. before and after sunset. We also found some backwater temps around the 56 and 57 degree mark. Did not see any barges, but the paddle boats are out in full force. Word at the launch from other fisherman was the day time bite was slow. No reports of walleyes, but a couple white bass and a channel where caught.

Water level is almost back to normal summer stage as was visible from the shore line!

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boatluvr

I put about 3 hours in at the Ford Dam yesterday in front of the lock. A few really small Walleyes....we pulled an 8" out of the water who was only holding the minnow! We got one really decent one at least a 25" up to the boat. He was hooked really light and did a head shake as I tried to grab him....forgot the net. Light lipped yesterday.

We could have put 10-15 nice crappies in the live well if we wanted to, but were just out for CPR. I think the Crappie catch could have been even more if we downsized our jigs and minnows.

There was a Sheriff's boat down there. I am not sure what exactly they were patrolling for as they were not checking anybody. However, some solo guy was fishing two lines by the lock. The two guys in the Sheriff's boat (in some kind of uniform) looked at this guy sideways after seeing this. They got out a reg book and were talking and phoning someone. They then went up and had a discussion with him. I am not sure the outcome on his end. Not knowing the catch and release on pool 2 is plausible, but fishing 2 lines is a hard mistake to make! I doubt that he motored up all the way from Prescott.

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DGTAYLO

Was out Friday afternoon and caught a couple decent eyes, 19 & 23. Quite a few short bites. Next time I break out the stinger hooks.

Caught 8 or so crappies 13.5 being the largest. Minnow and jigs.

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OLY

Made it out today with a friend from 5 untill 830. We ended up with 4 walleyes a 26, 2 25.5, and a 20. I will post some pictures tommorrow.

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tommyk

Thanks for the reports guys! Sounds like the bite has picked up.

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ohenryohenry

Hi all! I'm new so I just have a general question.

I looking to fish first time in Mississippi river. How fast is the current right now in Pool 2 and 3? Will my 25 HP motor be able to handle it?

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OLY

The current is not bad at all. It is down in the 25,000 cfs range wich is typical for spring. You should have no problems.

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    • Roseypike19
      Sounds great Squirt.  Good to hear you have plugs that will hit those depths, but more than likely you'll only need something in the 10-20' range...maybe even higher in the water column.  Hope you get to find out!     We also eat a few pike.  My personal slot ends at about 25-26" - everything bigger goes back - but the new NE MN limits allow harvest up to 30".  Northern nuggets are tasty, and I've never had anyone who could tell me the difference when presented side by side with walleye.  
    • Squirt
      RoseyPike 19 and all, Thank you for the tips. Very good instructions and specifics that I can see on the map. I will give these a try. For big pike I am looking for 40 inch plus.... I also like fishing the shallows as you say for the 20 - 30 as I like to eat pike. I think the fillets are the best minnesota offers. For the deep fish I have the tackle and divers to get down 30 - 40 so I will try that. You also gave me specifics around where I am staying, so I will report back on how I do.   Thanks all!
    • JBMasterAngler
      Launched out of Copas today. Got beat up by the wind pretty good. Caught an 18.5 inch largemouth, and a 17 inch walleye. Then it was a looooooong time in between fish. My son found a brief bit of success when he started jigging a small paddle tail and caught his very first sheephead. Then I had him jig one of those gulp minnow things, and he caught a 15 inch smallie. But that’s where it all ended. After we loaded everything up I threw him in the river 😂  
    • Rivergroup
      I'm in a group of 5 that heads to Vermilion once a year.  We'll be on the West end starting 6/13.  We're open to traveling but will be looking for walleye primarily.  I'll keep an eye on the message board, but any input for success would be appreciated.  In the past, we've had luck with crawlers and leeches, but not much with minnows.  We've had the most luck with lindy rigs and slip bobbers.  We'd like to get ahold of some crappies too if anyone has any pointers.  We're used to Mississippi River fishing so we're kind of at a disadvantage when it comes to Vermilion.  Thank you in advance!
    • smurfy
      well...........i'll be up for round #2 wed morning!!!!!!!! look out fish. last time was mainly work. did get a bit of fishing in but i was limited.
    • Roseypike19
      Hi Squirt,    The previous tips are all good regarding pike on Vermilion.  Find some shallow reeds/weeds and you will find some nice sized pike (Average = 20-30" with a bigger fish at times).    What is your definition of a "big" pike? The shallow program is fun and that's how I do most of my pike fishing, but overall that is not how you will find the biggest pike on Vermilion.  I'm talking East Vermilion as that's the basin I fish.  By now many of the biggest pike are suspended and feeding on ciscoes in deep water.  They will make occasional forays into the shallows to follow food (think windy days), but they spend much of their time suspended over the depths.     Several really good areas very near you have this potential: 1. The narrows between Moccasin Point and Pine Island.  You can't miss this area on a map.  There is BIG pike potential here.  2. The deep water break on the east side of Isle of Pines.  I have literally seen giant pike chasing ciscoes out of the water here (also a fantastic muskie spot).     Those two areas are a literal stones throw from your place.     How do you fish the deep water?  IDK!  Like I said, I'm a shallow pike program guy.  The few times I've done the deep suspended thing we found the bait and big hooks on sonar and then jigged 1 oz hair jigs and/or 1 oz lead heads with a white fluke.  It worked, but it was technical and tough.  If I ever do it again (maybe later this summer), I'll troll big plugs at the depth just above the fish.     Last week we had a lot of fun catching many nice pike in the shallow weeds, but our two biggest fish (including a 40"er), came on a very windy, cloudy day while fishing shallow rocky points adjacent to deep water.   Coincidence?  I think not.  So definitely take advantage of those windy, cloudy days if you expect to find a giant.  In my experience, those conditions provide your best shot a true trophy pike from shallow water.  (Of course there are some exceptions and any cast on Vermilion could land a big pike!)   Otherwise, ply the suspended depths and report back what you find.    Good luck.    
    • Roseypike19
      Hope I'm not too late on this report.  We were up last week (23rd-30th), and overall we had fantastic smallie fishing.  We had to adjust a bit as they were definitely more in spawn mode than most Memorial day weeks, but that just meant moving from points and secondary points towards the spawning bays and banks.  I really enjoy pre-spawn smallie fishing because they are often schooled up on the points leading into spawning areas, they are fat as heck, and they are very active - and while we had some action in this regard - we had more overall action on the banks and in the bays and saw a lot of spawned out females compared to previous years.  So I'd say about a 1/3 of our fish were pre-spawn, a 1/3 were spawn (males on beds), and a 1/3 were post spawn.  T'was all fun.     The whole month of June = awesome shallow smallie fishing, so whoever is up, good luck!  
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      I have one that I would sell you.  I'm on Richie Bay.
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      This is how my boat is.  The bow eye fits snuck right up the roller with the latch below.
    • ozzie
      Wish I had some information for you rayguy but from what I have been hearing the shallow bite in a few popular bays is non-existent this year.  Tough panfish bite...but the sunfish should start biting in the next few days as the water temp on the main lake (Cross) was 60-62 this weekend.  Good Luck and keep us posted!! 
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