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MinnowBuckets

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MinnowBuckets

With fishing opener a little over a week away, will anyone else will be fishing the Mississippi River on opener? What section of the river do you fish? What will you be targeting?

Personally, I’ll looking for smallies around the Sauk Rapids and St. Cloud areas. I may spend some time looking for eyes as well, but we’ll see what happens. I’ll probably end up doing some of my fishing from shore and some from my boat. Good luck to all.

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ANYFISH2

Not certain I will be out on opener.  I will hit the river the first week though.  Fishing walleyes in Little Falls Area.

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SpearPike

Besides eddies what do you guys look for on the river for structure for eyes? And what baits?

 

Thanks,

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MinnowBuckets

I like looking for any current seams around rock, islands, or sand bars. Fishing around any of the dams in the area can produce also. I like pitching a jig/minnow, swimbaits, suspended cranks, jig/twister. Plenty of options. I’ve just started targeting walleye on the river over the last couple years and I learn something new each time out. 

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DonkeyHodey

Good chance I'll be on the shore just south of the SC dam (somewhat dependant on how much rain this week and how high the water rises).   The suckers are active (breaching regularly!) and great fun to catch, but I'm not planning to target anything specific...

Last weekend was great action (and perfect weather!)--caught a variety of good sized fish with worms on the bottom and I'll probably stick with that.  (My son caught 4 species he'd never caught before!)

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DonkeyHodey

Great opener!  We caught a few beauties with worms--daughter caught her 1st and 2nd walleye ever which made for a fun fishing morning!

Shared the riverside with a number of very good mannered fishers.   I specifically want to salute the two fisherman I saw heading out carrying a bag full of garbage that they didn't bring in (along with a pail of nice eater wallys).   Kudos!

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MinnowBuckets

Nice report donkey. I didn’t do as well as I was expecting but it was a great opener weekend nonetheless. The river ate a lot of tackle for me this weekend, which is always disappointing. 2 walleyes, countless bass, and a small Musky were the results of my opener. I did lose a really nice bass that was was probably pushing 19-20 inches. 

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ANYFISH2

The river bite in Little Falls is going well.  The son, neighbor boy and I did well this evening dragging leeches in shallow water.  Mostly small fish, numbers were fantastic though.

Second hand reports for the opener have been positive as well. Shallow has been the ticket less than 10 ft has ruled the early season.

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MinnowBuckets

The last few days have been pretty hot on areas of the river for a lot of nice bass between 16-18 inches, topping out at 19 inches for my largest. Many were1DBDD4F4-5D71-49BF-AAA3-2BEF14B232D4.thumb.jpeg.79902faf4b403991ae260529aa9655d9.jpeg fish located on spawning beds, some hitting aggressively and immediately, and some not interested in even acknowledging the bait. I started out with a 4 inch wacky worm on a VMC wacky weedless jighead, but found that I was getting larger, more aggressive fish by switching to a 5 inch wacky. I would Imagine that the spawn will be all but over within a few days. 

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ANYFISH2

Thanks for the reports guys.

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