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Coleman

I went out yesterday above the Sartell Dam.  Water Temp was 42.6 when I started at 3:30, and dropped to 42.1, when I left around 5:30. 

Fishing was pretty good until about 5.  All fish I caught except one were right behind larger rocks. I caught one fish on the bank after I saw it pick something up on the surface.  I'll probably try a few more times before I put the boat away for the year.  But, it's getting pretty dang close to being done.  

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eyeguy 54

Hit 2 spots yesterday and got skunked on the first spot. Second spot much better. 8 nice smallies in about 30 minutes then they stopped. then got 2, 14 inch eyes and that was it. Quit at 5. 

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TunaCan

Not a bad half hour of shore fishing yesterday afternoon! I hardly ever fish for walleyes on the river because the smallmouth fishing is so good, but it was nice to get a limit ranging from 14"-18".

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eyeguy 54

30 minute

honey hole. :) 

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MinnowBuckets

Is anyone doing well for smallies or walleyes on the river right now? I haven’t been out in over a week and the water has gotten pretty muddy with the recent rain.

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Wanderer

Haven’t fished the river for weeks and came home to high, muddy water so I doubt I will for another week.  I’d focus on shorelines and whatever backwater I could find at this time if I did go.

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DonkeyHodey

I hadn't hit the river in >1 month, but last night went Fishing below the SCSU dam in St. Cloud last evening and the river conditions are really quite good for July.  Water height is at a good level and the past week of dryness has improved water clarity. (...that may change today with possible rain all day in forecast)

Probably the hottest bite I've ever had in the river--Pretty much everything was biting on nightcrawlers!  (there were 10 different species pulled out in <2 hours!)  Fun Evening!

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eyeguy 54

gotta love the sippi.

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Rick G

Nice job scoring some fall gold!

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MinnowBuckets

Thanks! It was fun to have almost the whole river to myself today, with the exception of a couple other anglers. I think  the cold kept many away....

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eyeguy 54

NIce job. Fun times indeed. :)

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eyeguy 54

Hows the action. Got out a couple times and it was fun. 

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MinnowBuckets

Gonna try and get out for a bit over the weekend and hit some shore spots. Will post a report if they bite.

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IceHawk

Nice catch looks like a nice meal!

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JeremyCampbell

Awesome catch MinnowBuckets!!😎

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eyeguy 54

nice job!  gotta love the fall bite on the sippi. 

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MinnowBuckets

Thanks guys! I wonder how much longer the bite will last with the cold temps this fall. The water is already extremely cold for this time of year. Anyone else have any reports?

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Stick in Mud

I've been doing OK, too.  I dunno how long the bite last. In the old days when we had real, manly winters, we'd whack 'em through the ice down below the Sartell dam, so I imagine they'll keep biting as long as we're willing to tough it out.  :)

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MinnowBuckets

Yeah, I’ve thought of ice fishing below some of the dams in the area, but I always end up talking myself out of it. 

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eyeguy 54

dont talk yourself out of it. :) might hit a couple spots again this coming week for fun. Over the years I have had off and on luck till thanksgiving time. Couple pics from this fall.  I just like a fathead on 1/8 oz jig or a plain hook with a split shot. Quite the battle when the 28 inch northern tried to eat the bass. It got stuck on the jig so reeled them both in. Ran into the current two times. Fight city. LOL 

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MinnowBuckets

Nice report! Glad to see there are others still getting out on the river too. I need to get simpler in my presentation and use the fathead/split shot technique more often. I can’t afford to lose 3 swimbaits or rapalas each time out. 😭

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yep, lotta lead on the sippi from this guy. LOL  sometimes I do a simple drop shot setup. tie a #4 hook on and leave about a foot or less of line. then just pinch the split shot on bottom and jig away. didnt have to tie on so many hooks. :) 

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eyeguy 54

Popped down for half hour to check a spot this morning and only one showed up for a pic. Water is up 2 feet from 2 weeks ago. Hope to try a spot north of town tuesday. 

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