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That's an epic shovelnose you got there smalltastybird! Did you get it from shore, or from a boat?

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Labor Day weekend with the kids on the Minnesota near Mankato. 

My first sturgeon and a couple of cats. Great day to be on the river. Still high but manageable however the landing was muddy 

Finally got out fishing, been a busy summer at work. Spent Saturday and today in the Mankato area. Amazing to show up at a boat ramp on Labor Day weekend and be the only person at the launch! Caught a

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How long is that guy? Looks to be well into the 30s, no? Every shovelnose I've caught has been 2 feet long or so.

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yeah, i got him from shore just east of chaska. He was about 34" (a little over) didnt get a weight on him just cause i was by myself and wanted to put the least stress possible on it.

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CORN.....CANNED WHOLE KERNEL CORN

I also heard the walleyes are biting on mepps spinners under a bobber in the fastest current you can find.

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To go with that shovelnose I caught one the other day that was bigger then any I caught before. Maybe there getting bigger it the Mn river. I remember thinking wouldn't it be funny to catch a state record and have to put it back because of possession laws.

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The spinner float is one inch (or so).

Caught near St Peter Mn.

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Nice shovelnose, buddy caught one the other morning that was well into the 30's. I have caught a few over the years and remember one being 37" grin

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Things have been slow for me lately on the MN river. Sheepshead and some smaller channels mostly.

This was accidental, caught in May. Seemed like nice size, did not measure or weigh because of my own ignorance. frown Good fighter tho!

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That's a good size sturgeon too. Maybe they're getting bigger and bigger. Eventually maybe we'll see some record-class fish being caught (though no record will be taken, as they're protected here).

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I have a feeling they'd be fun on lighter gear ... Every time I catch one it water skis. Lame. Here's my personal smallest from this year though smile

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Just more proof there isnt as many predators out there. I have caught at least a handful that size this year.

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Hey guys, how have the fish been coping with the low water levels? Just wondering if it's worth trying to navigate the low water this weekends. Thanks!

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Hey guys, how have the fish been coping with the low water levels? Just wondering if it's worth trying to navigate the low water this weekends. Thanks!

Depends on how much money you've got to spend on a new prop

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I haven't been there in forever, but I have to think that downstream of the 169 bridge you will be OK. They dredge a channel to keep barge traffic open to Savage.

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I fished in Eden Prairie Friday night for cats. We got only 2 sheephead and another fish that looked like a small northern, but the hook came out before we could land it. I went down to Carver on Saturday afternoon and caught 2 very small channels, 1 shovelnose and 1 painted turtle. First time I have caught a turtle, he was not happy. I got jabbed in the hand by a catfish spine, those wounds always bleed a lot. I wouldn't dare taking my boat out in that area, not much water, too many logs.

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We got one the other day too, and it was pretty small but still fairly cool. No matter what they're not going to get huge. If you want big you should cross your fingers that some kind of laker population starts taking off smile You hear reports of them being caught, rarely. Maybe improved water quality will make it more common and they'll start coming up from the Mississippi (though I don't think there's a HUGE population of them in pool 2 either).

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Buddy caught a shovelnose on saturday when we were out. We launched out of Shakopee and went up stream a little ways.

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Caught a couple Sheephead and a white bass last night casting jigs from shore. Worked the rocks and any water that was moving. Was hoping for a Walleye or two but no deal.

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RBS,

Where are you getting into the white bass? I have fished the MN River between Shakopee down to MPLS for a decade or better and have only caught one of them. I hear they put up a decent fight.

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