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River Conditions / Fishing Report for stretch north of the Boomsite


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Hello I am thinking of launching my 14 ft craft at the Boomsite landing and fishing between there and the High Bridge. Unfortunately, my old 20 hp Merc does not have tilt and trim so I need to be pretty cautious with shallow water. If anyone has been on this stretch very recently, any feedback on navigability and fishing would be appreciated. I am interested in smalies/wallies, but also relish an opportunity for some channel cat fishing as well.

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i don't think you'll have a problem getting up to the high bridge, i'd take the west channel that's usually marked as a no wake zone when you get about halfway upriver (where the floating johns are) but other than that you won't have any problems.

i park and let the dogs out all along there a few nights a week and soak some lines and haven't got any channels lately but sturgeon will keep you entertained after dark in a lot of places if the channels don't cooperate. also catching lots of suckers.

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Might have trouble getting to the channel. That bay you launch at is extremely shallow this year. Once you get out of there you will be fine.

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If you launch at boomsite, head downstream first till you get into that 4-6' of water, then you can head towards the island furthest south, then cut north up the channel...

There is a 6-12' channel in that stretch of river (16' in spots), generally close to shore....But there is way more area where you can beach your boat laugh Seen it a few times. Done it once.

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Thanks to all for the advice. I made it out on Sunday and ventured as far as the high bridge. We caught and released about 8 walleyes, a nice pike and some smallmouth. It was very shallow in that bay by the boomsite launch, but we made it out to the main channel. There was a lot of boat traffic, but it was a gorgeous Sunday afternoon with the trees blazing with color, so I can understand the profusion of sightseers on the water.

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trees blazing with color,

I'll be there thursday-sunday, won't be as nice as sunday was (I too was out fishing, but a different lake) and am really looking forward to the fall colors!!

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