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Few shorefishing questions


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Just thinking to myself how much fun I had passing my summer evenings as a teenager throwing a crawler and sinker out with a cheap Zebco and catching anything from carp to walleye around the Henderson - Blakely - Belle Plaine area. No matter what you caught, your rod was gonna get bent.

Would like to get back into it and possibly get my son involved if I can find a good and safe spot. Would like to ask following since it's been nearly 20 years.

1. I'm guessing it's still acceptable to shore fish along the banks near the public accesses and bridges (Blakely, Belle Plaine, Jordan)?

2. We used to be able to pitch a tent and camp on the bank, not sure if it was technically legal but no one ever said anything when we were kids. Is this permitted or does it have to be a designated campsite? Any camping location suggestions if that's the case (again, Blakely, Belle Plaine, Jordan area) ?

3. Given the recent rains, are the traditional spots even accessible or worth trying if I were to venture out this coming weekend?

Appreciate any advice the seasoned river anglers can give for a guy who hasn't wet a line in the muddy Minnesota for years.

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1. I'm guessing it's still acceptable to shore fish along the banks near the public accesses and bridges (Blakely, Belle Plaine, Jordan)?

Absolutely

2. We used to be able to pitch a tent and camp on the bank, not sure if it was technically legal but no one ever said anything when we were kids. Is this permitted or does it have to be a designated campsite? Any camping location suggestions if that's the case (again, Blakely, Belle Plaine, Jordan area) ?

Shakopee campground is probably your only option for this weekend.

3. Given the recent rains, are the traditional spots even accessible or worth trying if I were to venture out this coming weekend?

Nope...the shore is gone. See response #2

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As far as camping gos. You can camp anywhere along the river that is considers the river channel. The river is up now so camping is not an option. When the river goes down have at it. They can't kick you off a sand bar just like they can't keep you from fishing it when the river is up and your in a boat!

The river is never closed.

In St Peter there is a camp area along the river. You make reservations at the police station. If you want to camp next to the river(Within the banks) you need no reservation and need not pay. It belongs to the state, not the city it runs through.

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"When the river goes down have at it. They can't kick you off a sand bar just like they can't keep you from fishing it when the river is up and your in a boat! The river is never closed."

Tell Three Stuges Park District that! They get the cops to help kick you off AND write tickets for 'unattended rec fire' while you are 10 feet from the fire in your boat.

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Thanks for the info! I'll give it a couple of weeks before I try the shore.

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Tell Three Stuges Park District that! They get the cops to help kick you off AND write tickets for 'unattended rec fire' while you are 10 feet from the fire in your boat.

yeah Murphy's landing comes to mind...been kicked off there already myself.

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Definitely want to wait for the river to drop quite a bit before you camp out, unless you find an actual campground like Shakopee (heard it's closed?). Just be careful to monitor what the river levels are doing. There are some sandbars that go underwater in one nights worth of time when the river is rising as fast as it sometimes does.

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yeah Murphy's landing comes to mind...been kicked off there already myself.

Is that a county landing or a DNR landing?

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Three Stuges Park District

You will have to be a little more clear on that. I can't find it so I can't check into it.

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Just be careful to monitor what the river levels are doing. There are some sandbars that go underwater in one nights worth of time when the river is rising as fast as it sometimes does.

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yeah Murphy's landing comes to mind...been kicked off there already myself.

Ha, HA laugh

Hey now that is funny laugh.

What, weren't you dressed in 1800's attire?

When you said Murphys landing I though you meant a boat landing. blush

Well I know that I do like going to places like that but if they think they own that part the river I will not waste $3 on the tour. Sometimes you just have to look the other way!!!

There has to be other places to fish. Around the bend? The railroad bridge?

I could see how they wouldn't like fisherman with the way I see shorelines littered with Nightcrawler cartons, pop cans and such. A few can ruin it for many.

It is public land. Let them play dress up in piece.

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OK, This has got me going so I'll get on my soap box for a moment and get this out of me system.

I have no idea what those people at Three rivers park district are up to but I will bet you not one of them have a clue of what fishing is about nor do they care to. I can just hear them saying thing like, Oh we are all for fishing, we have fishing docks on some of our lakes.

Saying your all for fishing and closing public access at 10pm or any time makes as much sense as saying you are all for camping and telling everyone they have to leave the camp ground at 10pm.

When someone is fishing they are staying out of trouble. Night fishing give people something to do on summer nights. What would you want them to do other wise? Hang out at the corner drug store? Sit on there sofa and stare at the TV, eat junk food and wait for a heart attack?

When you vote for you next commissioners make sure they understand the outdoors and fishing beyond Cub Scout level.

Now I can understand why the Twin Cities were voted as one of the least manly metro areas. You can't even river bank night fish on public land unsupervised.

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Too many hippies around here who like the nanny state to make rules for them. The longer you're here, the more you'll get used to it and stop trying to be logical about everything. wink

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lol I never yet met a hippie who ever wanted to shut anything down at 10:00pm. Like anything else it pays to watch your step along the riverbank, until you know what is what. It aint the same neighborhood it was 20 years ago. There is some good in that and some not so good. If you haven't been around it in some years, better to fish days and evenings for a while to get back your street smarts for the area.

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