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that the St. Louis River is done for the year??

This rain should add nicely to the already chocolate milkyness of the river

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Never, it has slowed down, but there is still plenty of good fishing left. It will get better too. I would try trying different strategies. My buddy Sherpa just caught some nice fish the other day. If it's not raining I'm gonna try and get out there tomorrow. Will report later! G'dluck tacklejunkie!

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In my humble opinion, the river is not done until the ice freezes in the boat ramps. I've caught fish on that river, the latest ever for me was about December 6, weather dependent. The best musky fishing starts about now and goes through November, my only three musky day was around November 8 a few years ago. While it might be a little tough now, some of my best fishing has occurred when the river is in flood stage and I found that one bathtub size pocket that held fish that normally doesn't. But even with that in mind, I have to admit that my thoughts are beginning to turn to bowhunting, so maybe the river is done for the year.

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Yeah I was out last Saturday morning and managed 5 walleyes. That was after the river had a few days to clear up a little. I'm sure it will clear up again if we get a few dry days in a row. If the forecast that I just saw holds true then it might stay pretty dry through the weekend. Except for scattered showers on Friday. I might have to get out there and try for some musky action soon. I managed a couple on the river last year while chasing eyes. I really want to get one on musky gear this year. I'll take them however I can get them though. They are so fun to catch.

Jarrid- I might shoot you a call in the morning. Maybe fish together If I'm feeling up to it.

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The fall walleye and crappie bite isnt even close yet. Bring out the jigs n minnows. Best thing is you dont have to get up early to fight crowds. Only thing is when them dang duck hunters scare the crapola out of ya! shocked

I love them crisp fall days when I can breath real good.

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The fall walleye and crappie bite isnt even close yet. Bring out the jigs n minnows. Best thing is you dont have to get up early to fight crowds. Only thing is when them dang duck hunters scare the crapola out of ya! shocked

I love them crisp fall days when I can breath real good.

Are you talking about the river?

I think I remember hearing about a shiner run on the SLR in fall. Not like the Rainy, though.

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Yes the river. I like big minnows in the fall on the river for the eyes and the crappies also turn on when the water cools.

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Was unable to get out on the ole slr today. Changed my mind and went to ulsc down in Solon springs, wi. Water was about 5 high. Cabins flooded with water all around the perimeter. I hope island and boulder are getting back to normal. I got to believe there getting close. I'll probably hit the river next week sometime. After a few dry days.

Gotta agree with Steve, I'll be jig n minnow from mid sept till ice! Can't wait! Fall-Football (Brett Favre)-fishing and hunting!

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Was unable to get out on the ole slr today. Changed my mind and went to ulsc down in Solon springs, wi. Water was about 5 high. Cabins flooded with water all around the perimeter. I hope island and boulder are getting back to normal. I got to believe there getting close. I'll probably hit the river next week sometime. After a few dry days.

Gotta agree with Steve, I'll be jig n minnow from mid sept till ice! Can't wait! Fall-Football (Brett Favre)-fishing and hunting!

Ah, finally figured it out. ULSC is Upper Lake St. Clair. Otherwise, I was going to drop a big IDKWYTA on ya! gringrin

Now, as to the water being "5 high," what in the world does that mean? It's five feet above normal? It's totally back up to normal (as in the "You're coming in 5 by 5" thing)?

Code only works if everyone has the secret decoder ring. crazy

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Sorry about the Jibber jabber "code" on my part Steve. ULSC stands for Upper Lake St. Croix, and 5 high means the water was five feet higher than normal. Flooded areas all around Douglas County right now, and guess what? It's raining again! I hope that some summer lake homes can make it through this. Yesterday I saw a few houses that are probably going to be ruined.

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Ah, Croix, not Clair. Been too many years since I fished the St. Croix chain, or I'm just getting senile. smile

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Yes the river. I like big minnows in the fall on the river for the eyes and the crappies also turn on when the water cools.

I've never fished the river in the fall.

What's different about spring and summer as far as location and depth? Do you ever troll crankbaits in the fall on the river?

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Was unable to get out on the ole slr today. Changed my mind and went to ulsc down in Solon springs, wi. Water was about 5 high. Cabins flooded with water all around the perimeter. I hope island and boulder are getting back to normal. I got to believe there getting close. I'll probably hit the river next week sometime. After a few dry days.

Gotta agree with Steve, I'll be jig n minnow from mid sept till ice! Can't wait! Fall-Football (Brett Favre)-fishing and hunting!

I was hoping to give it a whirl yesterday but I had to hang around the house and wait for the gas line guy who was supposed to be here in the AM but showed up around 3pm mad

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Tacklejunkie I troll cranks all year long and I like the channel edges and turns with jigs n minnows or gulp.

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