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Papa Grump

48-49 in the main channel last Sunday , probably low 50's after today

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DTro

It was 55 yesterday, this rain will cool it off a bit though I'm sure.

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NKLCOLT1911

came up more than a bit.

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dan z

Had a touch over 54° last night. And some activity on the clicker.

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clayton08

Had some clicker activity yesterday also. 2 landed and one hog got off. This one was 39by22 full-29588-47565-kitty9983598609_n.jpg

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pikerliker

Nice fish! How is it getting around on the river now?

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snagfinder

Getting around is great if you can get on. Only place around BP to get on is Jordan.

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MattL

A buddy and I took advantage of the open water the last couple days and got out in the boat. We got a mixed bag of walleyes/saugers ranging from little guys up to about 26". Vertically jigging minnows in 10-22' did it for us. Here are a few of the bigger fish..

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pikerliker

Nice fish Matt and way to take advantage of the warm weather! If life gives you lemons make lemonade as they say wink

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Fever

So, I have a couple things to rant about..... Please be patient and don't judge too much, as I typically don't complain too much about much.

Anyway, I've been ice fishing the Mn River now for around 6-7 seasons. I made the switch from area lakes to the river for a few reasons. one of them was to get away from the crowds. The others were the challenge, the risk, the excitement, and of course the quality of a certain species of fish found there. I've had some luck and have had some struggles over the years. I'm cool with that and see the downs as being part of it all. Anyway, recently, I've had a little success, not alot, a little. And, I've been quite happy about it. To my point - Now... Outdoor news publishes a few lines about some fish potentially biting on a fairly accessible area of the Mn river that I've been fishing steady now for 4 seasons. Monday afternoon - there was around 2+ dozen people out there - half of them had NO CLUE what they were doing, and I've never seen more than 12-14 total there, ever. There was litter / garbage by the landing and in the parking area, and basically, imo, way too much pressure than the spot could possibly handle. Outdoor news really is the death sentence for smaller isolated fisheries. I wish they'd realize the impact they have. There are a lot of people that read that publication that are too lazy or too otherwise uninformed to find fishing spots on their own. I personally wish that segment of that publication would end as it does more damage than good.

Also to rant on... Some dude backs his car down the landing, and unloads it - then leaves it there while he goes out and fishes. Basically blocking all people from backing down to unload or load next to the ice. I cant wrap my head around that approach.... Next time I see that, I'm backing down and blocking him in and he'll just have to wait till I'm good and ready to leave. Common sense just isn't as common as I think it used to be.

There are some sketchy people (mainly from a small town located on hwy 169) fishing around that spot. I had a spud bar that I dropped while loading up on New Years Eve (It was WAY cold and I think my brain started to freeze a bit during the process of loading up). I remembered after about 2 miles down the road, flipped a u turn, and was back to landing after only 3-4 min. There was no spud bar (just the imprint of it in the snow) and a white pickup with a topper and a very recognizable sticker on the back drivers side window was pulling out. He saw me and instead of stopping or slowing to ask if it was my spud bar I came back for - he sped up and squealed out of landing parking area. Needless to say, if and when I see that white truck with the topper & sticker parked there again, he'll need to call AAA in order to get home.

Rant over

Thanks & carry on...

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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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    • MarkB
      I haven't posted on the forum for a couple of years now, mainly because I don't have the opportunity to fish Vermilion on a regular basis anymore. With that said, I do have a bit of experience fishing that fabulous lake and, when I did fish the lake, I kept a fairly detailed journal of every day that I fished. Comparing only 6 years, from 2010 through 2015, it appears that I spent the majority of time during the first week in August, fishing only 2 places: the south shoreline of Birch point from the point where 15' of water starts to the channel that separates Strawberry Island and Birch point. Now that is quite a distance for a trolling run but I have consistently caught fish all along that area in 12-20' of water. You just have to fish it to find where they are any particular day. The second spot I fished was a hump that rises up to ~12' straight south of Moose Island. It's a fairly large hump and the surrounding water is ~ 25' deep. I liked to get right up on the hump especially if a slight west wind was blowing. Navionics chip will make the hump easy to find (approx. 1/4 mi south of Moose). My go-to bait in August is 1/2 crawler on a red Gamakatsu hook or a #4 Slow Death hook, 4'  fluorocarbon leader, and a 3/4 or 1 oz bottom bouncer. I placed a red bead above the hook and added a orange/yellow in line floater at times. If all fails, fish the same area with Shad Rap in Firetiger. Remember to stay trolling slow when rigging. .4-.6mph is about right.  Good Fishing, MarkB😀  
    • Rick
      Don't forget Rapidan.
    • 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.  
    • Sofishticated
      I use the bitsey bug jigs with good success.   My personal favorite is a rebel craw crankbait. 
    • Sofishticated
      Struggled with the same thing on lakes around mankato. A bit of a drive but lake Hanska by new ulm has good access. Mostly do river fishing because of this.
    • Rick
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    • Wanderer
      I haven’t seen it for a while so I couldn’t tell ya for sure, but I bet the Rum is high too with all the rain that’s come through central MN.  I used to live on it near Isanti up til 4 years ago, and have fished it from the Walbo access to nearly St. Francis.  The Miss in Central has been high most of the season so far.   You’d have more back water and oxbows to try on the areas around Walbo and that could be your saving grace if the water is high.  You run out of those once you get down to the Cambridge area.  The flip to that is I usually felt there were more pike and eyes through that range with the bass picking up once you got south of Isanti.   The deer flies will probably be horrendous around this time - FYI.  Just be prepared and you can manage.  Cover your head.  I wore a hoody even in the summer.  I haven’t been in thick deer flies with a HUK mask yet so I don’t know if they can do the same job.   If someone reports the water Is normal and clear, I’d hit it.  If not, I’d pick a lake.   Good luck!
    • JBMasterAngler
      I haven’t fished the “scummy rummy” in Isanti County area in well over 20 years. Since the St. Croix is too high for my liking this week, I was thinking of giving it a try again. What area is considered better bass waters? I think Walbo was the spot I fished back in the day, but I’m sure the river has changed since then.
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