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I will be working in the Hastings / Prescott area next week and was wondering where I could fish if I got a chance after work. Doesn't have to be anything special, just looking to wet a line as I have never been to this area and hate to be away from my home waters this time of year. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

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Are you fishing from a boat or shore? What species are you targeting?

Walleye is open downriver from Prescott but anywhere above that point is considered inland waters.

There are a few shore fishing spots at Prescott or you can fish in Hastings at the park below lock and dam #2.

From a boat there a multiple wing dams downriver from Prescott to explore.

From Hastings to Red Wing is pool 3. Check the Mississippi-River Pools 2 and 3 for lots more information.


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Thanks funfish,

I will be fishing from shore. I don't care what I fish for as long as I am fishing. Are there any lakes in that area to try some shore fishing?

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Lake Rebecca in Hastings has some panfish and is very near Lock #2. I'm not sure exactly where to fish the river with the water being as high as it is. Look for an eddy or slow spot along shore.

The following link is a map where the park is located and you can fish the river or Lake Rebecca in the same area. Zoom out to see where you're at.

Lake Rebecca Park

Next map is Point Douglas park by Prescott. There is a fishing pier by on the MN side down by the bridge. Park in the lot and walk down the path to the bridge.

Point Douglas Park - Prescott

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try lake isabelle, in east side of town. 1/2 mile east of rebecca. has fishing pier, and has been dredged recently. many springs in that on and rebecca. seems to be key spots. Sharp bend upstream from mississippi bridge, just up stream of boat dock ( not yet out, just anchoring pillars ) is a good spot for worm, hook and bell sinker. Depends how adventurous you are, what you like to fish for. Mostly a river area, couple few lakes. Youcould also try the vermillion river (runs lakeville to red wing and through Hastings, Short drive (15-20min) to cannon river. as youmay know rivers can hold anything. could get, carp, smallie, catfish, crappie, walleye, sauger, northern, mooneye, sheepheads, muskie trout.......... Let us know what you end up doing, or what you may be most interested in while your here

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    • MarkB
      My cousin sent me a couple pictures from last week's trip. After the storm, the perch kind of took over the bite and those pictured were all caught on crawlers in 22' of water adjacent to a rock reef . We caught lots of walleyes in this same area. The other picture was take from the Pike River bridge as we were leaving Friday morning. Good Fishing. MarkB 2024 perch.jfif Pike River bridge June 2024.jfif
    • 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
      Heard that too. Also heard 38 was closed for a but north of rapids due to flooding.    I know the water really came up when I was up last week compared to when I was there in April. 
    • Kettle
      Someone said 4 inches in the past week, more expected this weekend. A few roads, including county roads that are asphalt ended up with sink holes. Lakes are the highest I've ever seen in the 30+ years coming to the area and now living here. Several people lost trees Tues night
    • smurfy
      Dang Kettle  that bites. Great to hear fishing was good though.   How much rain you get up that way?
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