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I fished the backwater near Wabasha off the dike road on Saturday afternoon. The previous Friday i found a few nice northern and they were still in there. My best luck is at the first parking spot and the pool closest to the main channel. Most have been in the 22-28 inch range and all have been released. They are hitting on cranks (husky jerk), jig and twister tail, and anything else that looks yummy.

I fished southern end of Pepin on Sunday with a buddy. Very slow. I caught 3 sheep head, 1 13 inch walleye, 1 small mouth. My buddy caught one small walleye. We floated the lacopolis area and also worked the shoreline between there and maple springs. I saw one fish caught by others all afternoon so i think it was definately slow.

I may have a new favorite lure. The mimic minnow. I bought a few this spring after seeing a video in Cabellas on them...they are about 2 for 2 bucks........I have caught 4 species on them in the past 2 days...northern, walleye, sheep head and smallmouth bass. Thats a requirement for a favorite lure.....everything likes it. My longtime standby for favorite lure is a small husky jerk if fishing shoreline or shallow water.......i have caught just about everything with them...it is definately my confidence lure. bluegille, crappies, bass, northern, trout they all like it.

Any other reports?
Favorite lure?

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i forgot...mimic minnow is made by northland tackle.

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French Spaniel

I used to have a lure called a "Hellcat" it was a floating Rapala type lure. It worked on everything. I think the reason it worked so well was because it was white and black base with red,blue and yellow bloches all over. I guess it had whatever color the fish were seeing.

I couldn't afford to keep using it. I finally had to quit because I broke too many rods trying to horse all those big fish on shore without a net.

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    • osok
      This surprises me Borch.  5-6 years ago when I was  living in the St. Cloud area, if you looked up "Mr. Consistency"  in the dictionary, your mugshot would come up.  Things must be all whacked out. 
    • jmuff24
      I am a catfish guy, but until now, i was unaware that i can legally use small bullheads for bait. However, I have never actually targeted them before, so i am just wondering if anyone knows of any "hotspots" for bullheads (if there is such a thing)
    • Borch
      Pretty quiet in here.  I've been fishing out of town the past 2 weeks.  Hope to fish the area lakes this week.  Heard reports of a good day crank bite on the chain but not much else.  With the full moon coming up this week may try some evening trolling.  Anyone else having any luck?
    • Wanderer
      Haven’t fished the river for weeks and came home to high, muddy water so I doubt I will for another week.  I’d focus on shorelines and whatever backwater I could find at this time if I did go.
    • PSU
      It was slow for me Tuesday afternoon and Thursday in Frazer / Smarts Bay. Wednesday was very good in 20-25 feet leeches / crawlers on a Lindy or a jig. Absolutely beautiful weather!
    • Mlaker3
      My wife and I had a good morning on Friday with bottom bouncers, spinners and crawlers in 20-24 ft.  Caught 9, threw back 3 18-19 in, 2 13-14 in. 
    • monstermoose78
      I would head over the hill into the back country and fish the streams and lakes. You will have much better success catching fish. Bring bug spray 
    • monstermoose78
      Lori has some nice gills and some okay crappies normally. Green has nicer sized crappies and gills. Ann lake has been kicking out some great fish. Check out fishing club.
    • JBMasterAngler
      Streams won’t have much of anything to offer this time of year. Maybe a couple tiny smolt rainbows. There are all kinds of shorefishing spots in the area though. Stream mouths are always the obvious spots to try. Spoons and spinners.
    • jhousenga
      How was the trip? I was on the lake Tuesday and the weather was as good as it gets!