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Brandon Fries

Ford Dam To Marshall Ave. Bridge, Catfish?

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Brandon Fries

I am new to catfishing, and live near the stretch of the Mississippi river above the Ford lock and dam to the Marshall Ave. bridge. I have walked along the shore, and found some spots I think would hold some catfish. My only concern is how shallow the river is here. I will be trying these spots within the next two weeks. I am curious if anyone has had success in this section, or will I be wasting my time?

 

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Getanet

Try the Search tool in the upper right and you'll find a lot of older threads about people fishing around the Ford Dam for various species. Putting "Ford Dam" in quotes will help weed out a lot of irrelevant threads that mention Ford trucks. I'd post links to some of them for you, but I don't know the area at all and think you'll be able to tell which ones are close to where you plan to fish based on the conversations.  There was at least one that mentioned catching a lot of small catfish there. Many are old posts, but at least you'll know if people have caught anything there in the past. Good luck.

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ozzie

one would think the river might be a little tough to fish this time of the year with the current flood situations and raised water levels along the river.

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chaffmj
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Lots of people fish at Hidden Falls Park. It is currently closed due to high water. Also another place to fish is Crosby Park off of Shepard road under the 35 bridge. Please wait a few weeks until the river goes down.

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Slobslayer99
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Below the ford dam is much better for cats there is a stretch of wing dams about two miles below the dam along lillydale rd in stpaul there’s a boat launch and parking lot and you can fish from shore when the water goes back down there’s about 8 wing dams or so to fish lots of cats

 

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jigginjim

The river area above ford Lock and dam, has some deeper holes but many in more to the center of the river or near the lock area. You could try fishing under 35w bridge area of cats, try either side, I have fished this area in the past and done fairly well.

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Pigmeat

Tons of potential between Ford dam and St Anthony Falls, better or worse depending on water level. Hit the current seam with a bait rig on the bottom, some kinda meat (crawlers, cut suckers, etc). Channel cats should be perking up soon as water warms.

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