• GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • Join In - We Share Fishing Reports & Outdoor Information Here

     
      You know what we all love...

      The same things you do!!!! Share what you love & enjoy in the outdoors as well as thank those whose posts you 'appreciate.'

      Have Fun!!!

Recommended Posts

ANYFISH2

Good Morning everyone,

The family and myself will be in Mankato July 27-29 for the MSF baseball tournament(U11).  It appears we may have down time Sat. Was wondering if  anyone could point me in the right direction to a shorefishing area I could take the family?  

First time to Mankato, so no real idea where to look.

Thank you.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
roony

Shore fishing can be limited. Personally I would go to the fish hatchery on Lake Tetonka. There is a spot there that produces pretty well at times. 

 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mike89

lots of river fishing, try where the Minnesota and Blue Earth come together.  go to the park down there and enjoy!!!

  • Like 3
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Knowknot

I have to agree with Mike89, lots of good spots to try.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Rick

Mike89 is spot on.

Explore that river. Walleyes and cats can be had.

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mike89

that's the general area where I grew up....  caught many fish there and some dang big cats!!!!!  notherns too!!!

  • Like 2
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hoey

That park is Sibley Park.  Areas there for parking with a very short walk to the river.  Water is high i believe.  And plenty of areas for your family to enjoy as well, with a playground and picnicking areas.  I grew up in Mankato, a Scarlet from the class of '78.  40th reunion this year.  I will be in town on Saturday, driving my Mom around to visit family, graves, and places we have lived.  Good Luck!!!

  • Like 2
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ANYFISH2

Thanks everyone.  Will spinning gear hold up along the river? I have a couple heavier casting rigs i will bring to handle the cats(hopefully).

Any tips on gear/lures/bait to have?

Also, considering I am from very central MN, I have caught your usual species.  Any species in the river there, we/I could target that are not very prevalent here? Examples, goldeye, quillback, drum, ect.  less than common fish? Always looking for new fish to add to the list.

Thanks again.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mike89

class of 70 here, and the park across the river  is Land of Memories if I remember correctly...

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hoey
45 minutes ago, Mike89 said:

Land of Memories

....is a City Park.  Land of Memories  with a lot of Minnesota and Blue Earth River shore access and I believe you can access the confluence of the rivers there as well.  

Another attraction not really connected to fishing is Minneopa State Park with the falls on one side of the road and drive through buffalo herd area on the other.  Parks require a car window sticker for entrance.  

Good Luck

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Rick

Bring your spinning rod and fish for walleyes or white bass at the confluence. Wherever the river is pounding the shoreline fish the current breaks for big flatties. Heavy fiberglass rod with a sturdy baitcaster and 50 lb power pro line will be effective. Fish the head of snags for channels. Setup just like a Lindy rig for them with 1 oz to 5 oz no roll sinker and a big live bait like a 7" bullhead or even larger sucker for flatties. Use cut strips of bait off a large sucker or something similar for channels. Frogs can be good too.

Have fun.

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mike89

walked that creek to the river many years!!!  again home area!!!!  

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Rick

Good fishing in the Blue Earth river too. Also, a short drive to Rapidan can be productive.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mike89

below the darn is a park there too if I remember right, Plus Garden City has a park by the river too I think..

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ANYFISH2

Thank you all, very much!

We arrived this morning, all Isaac wantes to do was fish.  Him and I hit the shoreline in Sibley park.  Not much to speak of.  Isaac, however, accomplished catching his first drum. I caught a SMALL channel cat.

We will try again tomorrow evening.

 

20180727_121117.jpg

20180727_131941.jpg

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Rick

Well done.

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mike89

don't forget at Sibley park you can both rivers!!!!

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ANYFISH2

Tomorrow, i will have to search around for the right bait.  We were limited to crawlers, leeches, or small minnows at Walts.  Apparently, he was cleaned out of suckers and bullheads, due to contest this weekend.

Crawler caught the drum and a leech the cat.

We fished mostly the confluence of the rivers.  I may move down and fish a couple of spots that looked a bit more snaggy on the Minnesota.

Any suggestions on lures to cast around for walleyes or anything else?

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mike89

i used mostly crawlers...  now you can use things I never thought of back then!!!  the best way is to just enjoy!!!!  

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ANYFISH2

Thanks for all the help and pointers! Isaac and I truly appreciate it.

 

We got out for a couple hours Friday at the confluence of the Minn. and Blue Earth rivers.  

Saturday Isaac fished a little bit while we visited Mineopa State Park.  He was successful catching about a half dozen carp below the falls.  The first carp he has caught.

Sunday we spent the better part of the afternoon fishing.  We started at the confluence again, getting skunked for a couple of hours.  The river had dropped about a foot since Friday.  I had convinced Isaac we should start our 3 hr drive home.  He had a different plan, beg mom to go to Rapidan Dam.  He must drive a hard bargin!

We headed to the dam, then proceeded to have a blast.  Using up 2 dozen crawlers and a dozen leeches, and a couple cut baits.  We caught a bunch of small catfish, with a couple decent one mixed in, as well, as my first drum, a walleye, and a bunch of carp.  It really was quality time with boy.  When he figures things out, he definitely can out fish his dad.

 

Thanks again everyone.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mike89

sounds like a great time for you folks for sure!!!  

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Rick
13 hours ago, ANYFISH2 said:

Thanks for all the help and pointers! Isaac and I truly appreciate it.

 

We got out for a couple hours Friday at the confluence of the Minn. and Blue Earth rivers.  

Saturday Isaac fished a little bit while we visited Mineopa State Park.  He was successful catching about a half dozen carp below the falls.  The first carp he has caught.

Sunday we spent the better part of the afternoon fishing.  We started at the confluence again, getting skunked for a couple of hours.  The river had dropped about a foot since Friday.  I had convinced Isaac we should start our 3 hr drive home.  He had a different plan, beg mom to go to Rapidan Dam.  He must drive a hard bargin!

We headed to the dam, then proceeded to have a blast.  Using up 2 dozen crawlers and a dozen leeches, and a couple cut baits.  We caught a bunch of small catfish, with a couple decent one mixed in, as well, as my first drum, a walleye, and a bunch of carp.  It really was quality time with boy.  When he figures things out, he definitely can out fish his dad.

 

Thanks again everyone.

See my comment in the Fishing Report Club.

 

Great report here and awesome detail in the club.

 

Issac has an awesome Dad.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Use a good brand of MARINE silicone sealant. Most marinas will give you the right stuff! Cliff
    • Wanderer
      Yup, that’s one that’s as tough or tougher than lakers.  Keep at it!  I’ve fished 6 days this year em and boated 2.  Been fortunate enough to see some every time out though, so I’ll take that.   Glad to hear you’re trying it out. 😎
    • yoppdk
      I'm pretty sure there is a setting on your Hummer that lets you set where (voltage level) you want to get the "low battery" warning or dropout. At least mine does ... and I temporarily reset it once to keep it from dropping out each time I started the outboard. Of course I wouldn't advise that for a long-term fix as you might go to start the engine one time and get nothing but clicks. Is it possible that setting got changed at one time and maybe it's set too high?
    • chaffmj
      Well I got skunked on my first ever attempt to fish muskies. It was still a lot of fun and I will try it again!
    • Rick
      DNR urges people to use caution when operating farm equipment Exceptionally dry conditions in the northwest part of the state have contributed to several small fires over the past week. To prevent a possible wildfire, the Department of Natural Resources urges extreme caution when using farm equipment right now.  To reduce the chances of starting a wildfire when working in the field, follow these steps: Make sure machinery is well maintained and working properly to prevent overheating and the formation of sparks. When cutting or mowing, be aware of rocks that may cause sparks if struck by mower blades. Check that all fire extinguishers are appropriate for the size of the machinery, are fully charged, and are easily accessible. Carry an ABC rated fire extinguisher – it can be used for electrical and petroleum-based fires originating on the tractor and for vegetative fires. Check and remove combustible vegetation from motors, exhausts, ledges and brackets several times a day. Remove debris from the surface of the baler using a portable gas-powered leaf blower. Keep hay in groups of 10 bales or fewer and at least 100 feet away from structures or other ignition sources. Firebreaks – 30 feet of mowed grass, bare ground, or rock between bale groups – will help prevent fire from extending to additional bales. Frequently check to see if stored hay is hot or has internal fire (noted by a caramel or strong burning odor, visible vapor or smoke, strong musty smell, or all of the above). Do not move overheated or smoldering hay. Immediately call 911 if fire occurs and provide clear directions to your location. Check the weather – avoid running equipment on days with warm temperatures, high winds, and low humidity. Plan your day – take advantage of mornings and evenings that tend to have calmer winds, cooler temperatures, and higher humidity. Find more information about fire danger at mndnr.gov/burnrestrictions. ### Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • mrpike1973
      From what I'm hearing I believe I will just keep my K-Drill. I have no doubts whatsoever that Nils is a great product and Frank does awesome work on the blades. Many of my friends have used his services before. I drill a lot and almost always on dirty wind swept ice last year was terrible on the lakes I was on. 2 sets of blades for me last year first set got dull around January then replaced to the second set at the end of the year. I did call K Drill today they said that's normal for the usage I do. No cause for alarm at all. So I'm always looking for the grass is greener on the other side type person. No hurt feelings here fellas both are good augers and I will not say bad things about them just thought I was missing the boat but as someone said does it really matter if you get the hole drilled 2 seconds faster? It matters how many fish you pull up that hole😁
    • BobT
      Here's a thought that just occurred to me. I was having some similar issues with my sonar unit. While troubleshooting noise feedback from my trolling motor, one thing I tried was to add a ferrite core filter on the power cable to my HB 596c. Now that I think about it, I have not had a problem with my HB shutting down on starting my outboard since I added the filter. It's possible the ferrite core is attenuating the voltage fluctuation just enough.    Got the clamp-on filter online for less than $5.00. Something like this one from ebay. You need to get the right size to fit your HBs power cable. Mine was 1/4".   Inexpensive thing to try.
    • leech~~
      So there is Trout in there as well?  Where is this Holy Buckets Lake?  😯
    • BobT
      Now, I'm puzzled. Both units should therefore be experiencing the same brownout conditions when you start your outboard. I wonder if a surge suppressor might be helpful? Is the bow mount unit a newer unit and if so, maybe it has updated technology that is less susceptible to the voltage drop. I'm just thinking out loud now. 
    • Rick G
      Wow, nice gill😁