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Willy

Well you seem like a pleasant gentleman!! crazy

I hear ya on the pressure, but it isn't just the river, it is everywhere. Ice fishing has exploded in the last 5 years. Just something we have to deal with.

I'd be careful about talking tough like you're going to wreck somebody's equipement, etc though, especially online. There is no way to be sure that was the guy that took your chisel.

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rbs

Happens around here on the river in the summer also, but just because you have been fishing this spot for 6-7 seasons doesn't mean you can't find another spot that you can fish without anyone there. The river has tons of spots like you are talking about. Might even find a better spot...

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Fever

Hey man, I started my post by asking us not to judge too much. Honestly I am a very pleasant person. High school bio teacher and big time advocate of doing the right thing. I was steamed up about a few things and just had to vent. I would actually never act on what I commented on. Just blowing off steam as some people really get under my skin. I know the guy that drove off with my spud bar knew it was mine. No doubt. I feel sorry for him actually. If he needed it that bad - so be it. I have an extra. As far as the guy with the car that backs down and parks. I will at least say something next time because maybe he just doesn't know.

I know all about the finding other spots. I started icefishing the river about 9 yrs ago before a now popular spot by New Ulm got popular. Then found another spot a few miles west and it was awesome. 2 years later, I moved again because of people crowding in. Seems it's just how it goes.

Did manage 2 fat pigs this past weekend in my normal area. Cold temps kept the crowds home.

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Roscoe010

I was walking along the river in Jordan yesterday and saw two different sets of 4 wheeler tracks that were towing a portable shack downriver. They had drilled about 10 holes across the river to check ice thickness. I walked about 1.5 miles downstream and still saw those 4 wheeler tracks. I've always thought that ice fishing on rivers was very dangerous and I have always stayed off river ice except for near the shore. I wonder how safe it really is, but obviously depends on ice thickness. Anyone know what kind of fish you could target in winter in that area?

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FshBloodRiverMud

Be VERY CAREFUL on the river in the winter. Ice thickness can vary from 24" to skim ice in a matter of 10 feet!!!

You don't get a chance to fall through the MN RIVER ice more than once.

Know the river current.

Check thickness constantly.

Know that it changes with flow.

It's darn risky. Certainly can be done. Just know your risks and be prepared for them.

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pikeandchester

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 lot of sheep head , a bunch of small channel cats and 3 carp, nothing to brag about but action all day. My boy’s first river trip and he loved it!3E2BA716-0086-40EA-AC40-2CEC198BF837.thumb.jpeg.82d648323bd5b6f33f01659c4008abe5.jpeg

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Rick

Looking forward to more of these kinds of Minnesota River Fishing Reports.

 

Any predictions for water levels coming soon?

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pikeandchester

My first sturgeon and a couple of cats. Great day to be on the river. Still high but manageable however the landing was muddy 2C040A64-5071-4701-B498-9795EA8D41D1.thumb.jpeg.d5d1b953889dae860ad9882280181a56.jpeg7DBFD445-5E53-40B8-9DF6-059C2F63404A.thumb.jpeg.21613c3b0c788a3ea3ba6ec3d5c38dab.jpeg

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CharlesC

Catching blues under the bridge next to archery range in Shakopee on the Minnesota River. Water rescinding about 2ft a day. 

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On 6/19/2019 at 5:14 PM, CharlesC said:

Catching blues under the bridge next to archery range in Shakopee on the Minnesota River. Water rescinding about 2ft a day. 

Might be Channels you're catching or Flatties.

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Sofishticated

Had a lot of luck catching cats this summer. The pre-spawn bite at the end of June was awesome! All fishing from shore. Slowed down the last couple of weeks, think they started spawning. All of these were caught from shore and in the 10-25 lbs range. Surprised I didn't hook into any bigger ones, I know they're in there. Been a lot of fun, though.

 

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Got out Thursday for a couple hours, near Mankato6A4F24F0-5FE2-47EF-A564-59B97C55B98E.thumb.jpeg.14088b4e8e798ec6668aa06e670b8475.jpeg. Several small channel cats and 1 for the pan

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leech~~

Looked like a fun day!

So was Mom pizzed that you forgot their mud boots? Or that you let her wear her's on the wrong feet all day!  😆

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Tom Sawyer

Thats what an adventure is all about! Catchin' fish is just a bonus 👍

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Capt. Quicksteel

Nice to see some posting on this thread agin!

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