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Carleton College - Cannon River Fishing

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Hi Everyone, 

I'm a Freshman at Carleton College (Northfield MN), and I was wondering what exactly was in the cannon river (below the dam that runs through downtown.) I have fished before around July of 2017 just a little south of West Gym, where a smaller creek meets with the main river and caught two Northerns (30 inches roughly), but other than that I haven't caught anything. Are there any good spots or just techniques, things to try for catfish, walleye, smallmouth (maybe more pike, etc.) 


I tried fishing the river this winter and walked around in the Carleton Arb and didn't get anything, so I assume winter river fishing probably is a no go. Is Lyman Lakes viable to try for ice fishing? I know there's a lot of current that goes through so the ice might not be entirely safe but I'm willing to check it out if there's good panfish in there. 

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There are smallies and walleyes in there. Many more pike though. It's not a particularly strong stretch of the river to fish. The best is to fish the Cannon west of Faribault or east of Cannon falls. I do know there are some catfish in there as well. Good luck.

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In the spring, I’ve heard there used to be good runs of white bass. I would imagine not much has changed. But yes, the Faribault area is much better (particularly in spring). White Bass and Largemouth Bass are most common, but you can also get Carp and Bullhead, occasional Walleye. Shore fishing on Cannon Lake is supposed to be good for Crappies.

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