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any ramps open on pool 2?


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This morning Lilydale was barely usable. There was about an 18" ice drop off and I had to back the wheels up to the edge and just push the boat down into the water. Getting it back on in the afternoon was even tricker. Ice chunks had pushed into the launch making it very difficult. Hopefully after some nice days it will be completely ice free.

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We went down to Lilydale and it looked too rough, went to 494 instead. Have an 18 Pro-V and didn't want to tear up the trailer. Build up of ice and the drop - off the edge of ice was pretty rough. 494 ramp and Hidden Falls were good. Lots of boats, we had one bite and missed it, in 6 hours of fishing. Fished from below 494 and worked our way up to the lock and dam. Only saw one fish caught. Couldn't get close to the lock-it was iced up solid.

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Fished for 5 hours today with 3 of us in the boat. Not a fish to show for it. Saw 2 small fish caught all day.

Anybody have good luck today?

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We had 3 in our boat, got into white bass and some carp, watched a couple guys pull some walleye's in right by the airport. That wind was less than fun...

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Hey guys. At the risk of looking like a complete idiot here, where are these launches-Lilydale and the one off 494? I'm in the West metro and stick to lakes, but with the weather this weekend, I'm done with the hardwater. Always wanted to try the rivers anyway.... Thanks.

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Sorry I did not get this until now, but pretty much any info needed about getting out on Pool 2 from shore or in the boat can be found at the top of this forum page. Good you found it smile

Good luck fishing!

Boat Access:

Hidden Falls Park (North) A city owned site accessed from East River Road south of Ford Parkway.

Watergate Marina: This is a city owned facility operated by a contracted vendor. There is a fee to launch at this site.

Fort Snelling State Park: This facility is actually on the Minnesota River just upstream of the confluence with the Mississippi. Entrance to the park is off Post Road off Highway 5.

Lilydale Regional Park: This access is on the south shore of the river between I-35E and Harriet Island Park. Turn off Olson Memorial Highway onto Lilydale Road just east of I-35. You may also reach this site by traveling west of Harriet Island Park on Water Street.

Harriet Island Park: This facility is currently being re-developed. No access is available at this time.

South St. Paul access: This ramp is located just south of the I-694 bridge on the west shore of the river. Exit I-694 at Concord Street and follow the signs to Hardman Ave. Turn east off Hardman onto the first road north of I-694 (Villaume Ave). Follow Villaume Ave. under the I-694 bridge to the access.

Twin City Marina; River Heights Marina: These are private facilities adjacent to each other in Inver Grove Heights. Both have ramps and charge a fee for launching. These facilities can be reached by turning north off 66th Street east of Concord Blvd.

Lions Park (St. Paul Park): Exit off Highway 61 at the St. Paul Park exit. Turn right on Park Road, then right again on Broadway. Follow Broadway to 3rd Street and turn left. Travel two blocks to 7th Ave. and go to the end of the road.

Willies Hidden Harbor: A private facility just south of Lions Park. Continue south on 3rd Street to 9th Ave., turn right and go to the end of the road. There is a fee to use this facility.

River Lake Marina: This is a private facility which charges a fee to launch. Turn east off Inver Grove Trail on 102nd Street (marked Private Road). The facility is located at the end of the road.

Spring Lake Access: This is DNR facility which is not suitable for larger boats. Turn north off County Road 42 on Hillary Path (a road not maintained for public use). Follow Hillary Path to the access.

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Thanks, shackbash.-Hope to check it out this weekend. Hopefully, it's not too busy out there. Although I'm sure a lot of guys have the itch to hit some open water after this last stretch of weather.

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    • redlabguy
      Mark, Glad your crew had another great outing. It’s always good to read your reports. Just wish there were more of them like the old days. Sorry you hit the storm. One of the worst in our 14 years. We’ll be dealing with dock issues for a long time but nothing like the good folks in Cook have.  The fishing has come around a little since the storm. Definitely nightcrawler now. I don’t get far out of Frazer but the reefs are where the action is. Looking forward to hearing from you in September.  My best to you and Linda, RLG p.s. Our good old red lab, Ole, cashed it in last summer, but we have a 6 month old lab now who is learning the ropes up here (and teaching us we’re older than we think we are!)
    • Mike89
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    • smurfy
      yeppers......nuttin more aggravating the boat motor issues!!!!!!!   what was the problem the first time???????
    • Hookmaster
      Nice fish Kettle. Hope it's really "fixed" next time.
    • Rivergroup
      Our group will be returning in September as well. Wish we were able to be there now to lend a hand.
    • smurfy
      dang...tough to hear..........hope the good people up there recover soon!!!!!!!!!
    • MarkB
      We just returned this afternoon from 6 days on Vermilion. We arrived Saturday and enjoyed 3 fantastic days of walleye fishing. My cousin, our friend Greg, and myself fished several of our spring spots and found fish on all of them. Water temperatures were pretty much 65-67 degrees everywhere we fished. The wind was variable and made boat control a challenge at times. Bait was not an issue and we had success on crawlers(Tim), leeches(Greg), and minnows(me). If I had to pick one of those as catching the most fish, it would be crawlers. Our best day totalled 48 walleyes, 4 smallmouth, and 2 big JUMBOS. We ended up with over a hundred walleyes, 12 jumbos 11"-13", and 10 smallmouth to 18". Our biggest walleye was 24.5" and the balance went from 13"-22". There are lots of 14"-16" walleyes this year which are perfect eaters. The mayfly hatch was in full bloom in some areas but we found very few mayflies in the water column over rock reefs. We caught our fish in depths ranging from 10' to 32'. I didn't fish in any area where I could see mayflies top to bottom in the water column. Slow trolling in the .3mph to .6mph worked and we caught nothing using slip bobbers. Terminal tackle was a 3'-4' 10# flurocarbon leader, 2 lime colored beads, and a plain #6 Gamakatsu walleye hook . Snags are always an issue when fishing in and around the rocks and when the fish are biting they are acceptable. NOW, for the bad news.......Tuesday was a day I won't soon forget. The area suffered devastating torrential rainfall. Lightning was non-stop for several hours and when things settled down, flood damage was everywhere. We checked our rain guage on the side of the cabin and we got 7 3/4 " in a little over 4 hours! Breezy Point road washed out, Mud Creek road washed out as did several others in the area. Cooke business area was completely covered with flood water. I would consider it a disaster area and should be declared as such. We couldn't find a dock anywhere that wasn't covered with water. People were stranded behind flood covered and washed out roads. Dock decking, limbs and such were floating everywhere in the big water. My group sends our prayers to the people of that beautiful country that lost their businesses, homes, and suffered damage to their lake properties. The people of that north country are resilient and we have confidence that they will recover. We stayed our final 3 days but didn't fish at all Tuesday. Our last 2 days showed the effects of the storm. Water temps dropped to 64 degrees and our premo fishing became 10 walleye days. We did manage to catch a dozen really nice jumbos. We plan on returning in September and we pray the area will have returned to normal by then. I haven't figured out how to transfer photos from my phone to my computer yet so no pictures at this time. Good Fishing and God be with you. MarkB
    • SkunkedAgain
      Word is that the river has peaked and therefore the town can start the process of recovering sooner.
    • smurfy
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