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I haven’t fished the “scummy rummy” in Isanti County area in well over 20 years. Since the St. Croix is too high for my liking this week, I was thinking of giving it a try again. What area is considered better bass waters? I think Walbo was the spot I fished back in the day, but I’m sure the river has changed since then.

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I haven’t seen it for a while so I couldn’t tell ya for sure, but I bet the Rum is high too with all the rain that’s come through central MN.  I used to live on it near Isanti up til 4 years ago, and have fished it from the Walbo access to nearly St. Francis.  The Miss in Central has been high most of the season so far.


You’d have more back water and oxbows to try on the areas around Walbo and that could be your saving grace if the water is high.  You run out of those once you get down to the Cambridge area.  The flip to that is I usually felt there were more pike and eyes through that range with the bass picking up once you got south of Isanti.


The deer flies will probably be horrendous around this time - FYI.  Just be prepared and you can manage.  Cover your head.  I wore a hoody even in the summer.  I haven’t been in thick deer flies with a HUK mask yet so I don’t know if they can do the same job.


If someone reports the water Is normal and clear, I’d hit it.  If not, I’d pick a lake.


Good luck!

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Those deer flies are so bad in the rum sometimes that we have to quit even when the fishing is really good.  I haven't found anything that repels them either (other than covering yourself in thick clothing from head to toe, which I am not doing in the middle of July).

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Yeah, all this high water sucks! I looked up water levels for the rum, it’s currently at 4.65 ft in St. Francis. I’m assuming that’s a little high, but I couldn’t find anything that says what the normal flow is. I’ve been eye balling some lakes also, but I just don’t like fishing lakes when it’s really hot out.

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I live just off the Rum near walbo. Water high deer flies horrible. Yes good smallie and walleye when water down to normal. To high right now in my opinion.

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