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Fishing report for the St. Louis River

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tacklejunkie

 Now that the weather is  drying out a little and the bay and the river are starting to clear out a little I headed out yesterday morning to do some fishing.   Crawler harnesses with yellow and fluorescent blades and fire tiger worked the best. All fish were caught anywhere from 4 feet to 7 feet of water.  Hit every flat I could find from Spirit Lake all the way down to the bay. The fishing picked up when the wind picked up. Water temperature were in the low 60s.  Nothing fast and furious just steady

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Well, the river fishing has slowed a bit but still fish to be had. I tried a Lindy rig on the flats and trolled slower than I would with a crawler harness and picked up a few that way.

 

Is it me or have others noticed a huge supply of under 15" walleye this year in the river/bay?

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6arrows

yes tacklejunkie  lots of under 15 inchers this year but a lot of good eaters also.  well any way on to a report trolled the bong bridge  flats  to high bridge  did good trolling slower then ever before crawlers and green seem to be the ticket... Have not herd much news on the alloweze bay action in a long time....

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Daniel Anderson

Been getting some smaller eater channel cats between HWY 2 and Brookston. Cut and stepped on pike sucker minnows and crawlers are working. I even caught a walleye and few nice smallies on the cut minnows, which I thought was odd, but it was a neat surprise!

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tacklejunkie

Picked up some nice crappie and a couple eater walleyes on Allouez Bay the other day before the rains. Trolled crawlers with one light split shot and others with bottom bouncers.

I was surprised at how big the crappie were

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tacklejunkie

 Anybody been hitting the river lately? After fishing Lake Superior yesterday, I parked my boat at the dock at that landing in Allouez to clean my fish  and saw some walleye carcasses in the garbage there. 

One walleye  was huge and filleted out.  What a waste of a giant fish. You wonder if the person who caught that will actually eat the fillets

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st.louis.eyes

Can anyone comment on ice out for opener on the river? Looking to head back up to my home water and get at least one good day in on opening morning! As I'm sw of the twin cities I can't see it for myself.

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Jim Almquist

From what I can see from Thompson Hill the river looks to be ice free.

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st.louis.eyes

Thanks Jim!

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Jarrid Houston

It will be a raging zoo this year no doubt.  Come early...

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st.louis.eyes

Always do, fished the river and pretty much only the river my whole life. Until I moved down to this zoo. At least the inland lakes are opening up...hopefully that'll quell the pending swarms.

 

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st.louis.eyes

Thinking about picking up some Lindy Lil Guy for opener, anyone have any experience with them? 1/1.5/2"? Color?

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Jarrid Houston

Lindy little guys can work decent enough. Also try the new Northland Fishing Tackle Butterfly blades, and of course should have the old regular crawler harness.  Happy the inland lakes are going to make it, There will be good fishing on them..

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st.louis.eyes

Well opener was nice but poor luck. Started on Arrowhead flats and ran up to Spirit, crossed that up to the mouth of mud lake and back down to top of spirit and that's it. Saturday 545am-2pm we only caught 2 snake pike, a 14.5" eye, and a ~36" musky broke off after 1 min of fighting, caught a glimpse.

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tacklejunkie

My report isn't much different. Two 14 inch walleyes. a rock bass, a nice perch, and crappie. Might hit the local inland lakes for a while

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Fishing is picking up on the river. Trolled crankbaits from Arrowhead Flats to Barkers. A lot of undersized walleyes but did get my two 15” for dinner. Seen a number of sturgeon leaping  out there. Four to eight feet of water

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Jarrid Houston

Boy, it may muddy up pretty good now.  We will see..

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Not much has changed since my last report but have been using crawler harness more with success. Big, bright blades but zip on the bottom bouncers. Tried Allouez Bay but no luck. More action on the flats between the two bridges. 

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Jarrid Houston

Lower sections have been crazy pressured these past two weekends with the tournaments. Sad to hear about all the walleyes that get killed in them tournies.. SLOT SLOT SLOT....so needed 

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postman

Couldn't agree more on a needed slot!! See big fished killed on every trip to the river. The tournaments should all be CPR that would be a start,

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The last two times on the river have been slow to say the least. Trolled Shipping channels, river channels, and all the flats. Crawler harnesses and crank baits. Anybody having any luck out there?

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riverrat21

Ive been out a few times as well..have tried from the harbor all the way up to boyscout...have been getting a few everytime out but has been slow for me....been trolling crawlers with big colorado blades..have caught fish on flats by barkers,between the bridges,and out from clyde area....got 6 cats accidentally while trolling boards by the community hole south west side of spirit lake...water clarity still sucks in the harbor..a bit better the farther up river u go...has it been kinda slow for everyone?????ive been doing better on fish lake.lol

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riverrat21

Cpr'd a nice eye last night..a tad over 27" out past spirit lake last night in about 8ft of water on the ugliestcrawler harness in my box.lol...other than that only 1 dink eye and about 10 cats i couldnt keep off the lines...

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Rick

Nice walleye and photo.

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