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Fished the River twice this past weekend and targeted panfish in the 4-20' depths.  The areas I found most productive had a couple things in common, rock rubble, current breaks causing a deflection of

Was nice to hear that the Croix upstream of Stillwater was pretty much normal level, so I fished out of Osceola yesterday. Was an absolute beautiful day to be out! Didn’t get as hot as expected, nice

Fished the Hudson area yesterday morning solo from 6:00 am to around noon.  Total of 8 walleyes and sauger between 12 and 16 inches.  No other species caught.  2 were above 15 inches.  All on troll-to

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Can anyone tell me what the closest or best bait store to go to for bait & info on fishing the St Croix? Thanks, Jake

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The closest is High 5 Archery. Just south of Hwy 36 on Co Rd 5.

The best for info would be Blue Ribbon Bait. Just north of Hwy 94 on Century Ave/Hwy 120.

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nmitchell17

fished on the Wisconsin side from noon till dark. Caught two crappies 15 feet off the bottom with plastics. Lots of lookers that didn't even nibble. Nothing on the deadstick or a tip up. Marked fish all day but they weren't taking. Does anyone have any luck with tip ups on the croix? Anyone have any advice for a small jig that is heavy?

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fished on the Wisconsin side from noon till dark. Caught two crappies 15 feet off the bottom with plastics. Lots of lookers that didn't even nibble. Nothing on the deadstick or a tip up. Marked fish all day but they weren't taking. Does anyone have any luck with tip ups on the croix? Anyone have any advice for a small jig that is heavy?

try tungsten jigs they're heavy for their size

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WalleyeChaser

It was just a very poor day for fishing today on the Croix, plain and simple. :-(

Whats wrong with you? I don't think I've ever heard you say something like that. You were the man that could ice fish when no one else could! Is somebody losing their touch?

I have to agree its been tougher out there this year. Even having trouble on the hotspot from last year the couple times I've tried it!

Went back to the lakes yesterday and even that was terrible compared to normal. Plan on heading out to the Croix today though.

I think some STABLE WEATHER is in order. (seemed to be the ticket towards the end of ice season last year)

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Fisherman For a Lifetime

I was on the Croix from 6:15am - 2pm yesterday.

Started by the Hi-lines & tried 4 locations down to the north end of Shantytown. 15' - 37'.

Lookers but no takers.... again.......

Threw lots to them, no go, whatever they are.

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Hey Newbie

I told walleye 6 it was like I was fishing with a snap swivel and nothing else. I only fished for two hours from 11:30 to 1:30 pm and I saw no movement in the fish at all....so I left. Maybe if I stayed around longer, I would have gotten into them, but I don't think so.

Been doing pretty good prior to yesterday, but definitely hit the wall yesterday. Had a little mishap with my truck yesterday which didn't help my mood. lol

Good luck out there!

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slipperybob

The crappie on the Croix seems to have very different moods. I was there today and had no reaction from any fish. Then I toss out various other lures at them to see if I can get any kind of reaction. Coincicdental thing is everytime, I go to change to a different lure, I would get a fish that would show up and make a bee line to the deadstick setup. Almost always there would be a little nibble and then the fish would swim away. Eventually I deadstick my biggest crappie minnow on it. Then the crappie would go and bite it. About only one crappie worthy enough to keep.

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Fished the wisc. side south of shanty town from 7-11 today.Schools of something(bait?) showing up regularly up to 6 ft off bottom. Had two that I thought might bite,but came off bottom,looked at my bait and sank out of sight.It was the same story as yesterday.

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Yeah, Wis side has a lot of bait fish but also a lot of active fish too.( Was out this mouring till around one oclock, my partner n I caught around 15-20 small crappies each. Only mangae 11 keepers(9-12") all caught on jiggin minnow/dead sticking.

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Was out yesterday for the first time. Set up away from anyone on the wi side and caught 3 nice crappies and lost another at the hole. 3 on dead stick, one on jig with minnow head.

Great weather and fun to catch and release a few.

Gander mountain in Woodbury has live bait as well.

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nmitchell17

I won't admit the river has won the war but it is winning the battle. The last three times out I have caught one crappie combined. I have downsized jigs and line, jigging raps, airplane jigs, rattle spoons, rattling flyer spoons, white and red plastics, Gulp! waxies, real waxies, minnow heads, minnow tails, fathead minnows, crappie minnows, deadsticking, aggressive jigging, depths from 25-40 feet. Any advice would be great! I am a catch and release guy so if anybody wants to show me the ropes you can have whatever you teach me to catch!

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I won't admit the river has won the war but it is winning the battle. The last three times out I have caught one crappie combined. I have downsized jigs and line, jigging raps, airplane jigs, rattle spoons, rattling flyer spoons, white and red plastics, Gulp! waxies, real waxies, minnow heads, minnow tails, fathead minnows, crappie minnows, deadsticking, aggressive jigging, depths from 25-40 feet. Any advice would be great! I am a catch and release guy so if anybody wants to show me the ropes you can have whatever you teach me to catch!

Same here.

Gee, perhaps there's just "less of them out there"???

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Are the two of you getting away from the crowds? How far off of the bottom are you fishing? Don't over think the presentation side of things, if there are active fish around, they'll bite. If you fish 10-15 mins and don't get a bite, move. 30 fow, jig 4-6' off the bottom seemed to work Monday. I was a quarter mile from the next closest shack and that was a single guy also. Hope this helps

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Thanks for the insight.

Yes. Stayed away from the crowds.

Multiple depths off the bottom.

Moved 4 times in a 1/2 day.

Multiple presentations.

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yeah I have been staying away from the crowds for the most part. I did fish around shanty town on the wisconsin side one day. As for how far off the bottom I have been moving up and down as fish move in but usually 4-8 feet off the bottom. Bad days fishing are better than good days working I guess!

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was out yesterday, it was a 3 fish day for me and my buddy a dink crappie, nice and fat 25 inch catfish and this 39 inch sturgeon, my buddy had to get his arm wet for this one...

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was out last night....nothing in fact its been awile since we have caught anything. stoped at the local well last night to have one and ran into a few other rats that i know and the consensus is, the dead sea....lots of marks however getting a bite has been very difficult lately, im sure someone is getting them somwhere...

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Finally got into some fish on the river today. Ended up with 6 crappies, 5 around 9 and one slab that was 13, three white bass which were all pretty decent size, and what I think was a shad but it was around 11 inches! I was in 38 feet of water on the wisconsin side

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Got 2 small mouth bass, 3 crappies, and a rock bass today, missed about 4, a couple of them felt pretty nice... Pretty fricken cold out today with that wind.

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Buck_Hunter04

pretty slow today. Found some fish, but they didn't seem very active. I was up north of HWY 8 fishing last night and did really well on crappies. I've just decided that St. Croix crappies are just plain stubborn.

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man, been hoping to get out on the st croix but don't really know where abouts to go. I've never been out there and I'm kind of skiddish because its a river and don't want to get on to to thin stuff. Any help from someone who frequents this spot would be very appreiated. Thanks much!

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Just follow the truck tracks made by other people...only don't just drive onto the ice just to drive up the bank on the other side. grin

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