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Bodyman

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This is my 3rd winter living in Hudson, moving here from LaCrosse in 98. I have always enjoyed ice fishing the back waters of the mississippi at LaCrosse. Knowing all the hot spots after 30 years fishing the same area has it's advantages. Since moving here I have not made it out as much as I would like to have. Not really knowing where to go, or what to fish for. Any info on the St.Croix would be appreciated, seeing it's right out my back door. Thanks and good fishing.

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Turk

Bodyman,

I live in Hudson as well, north of town a few miles actually, but you are within miles of a fantastic fishery! Let me know what your after in terms of fish and I'll steer you in the right direction.

Good to have you on board!

Turk

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Bodyman

Thanks for the reply Turk. I fish for whatevers fit for a skillet. Mostly panfish and walleyes. Ive traveled to Winnie the last 4 years for the perch action, if I could find them around here that would be great. Can't beat a mess of perch for a fish fry. I have an 8 year old boy who's going to be my fishing buddy this winter. Been breaking him in the last few years, thinking this year he's old enough to get as serious as his old man

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Bodyman,

About the only fish that's hard to come by for me and other anglers I know are bluegills, at least a good steady area for the gills. However the crappie bite can be very good in the Bayport area out in the deep water anywhere from 32-38 feet especially as winter rolls along on waxies and 1/32 jigs 2lb. test. The crappies shack up in the deep trench out in front of anderson point but mainly on the Wi side. There are some ice houses there right now. Walleyes are currently on the hard to find side, but normally 24 feet is a solid starting point + or minus 3-4 feet. Mainly stick to structure and that will be mainly shoreline breaks. A good map is really the place to start. The Bayport area is really the best area for safe ice, however the power plant area is naturally dangerous. To access the Bayport area just go to the City park and head east towards the Croix! Northerns are caught near harbors and on the flats near weed growth. 4-10 feet is the usual depths. From a learning stand point the openwater would clearly be my preference as a new comer but, it's all good anyway, right! get a fishing hot spots map and study it, and don't de afraid to break away from the pack after a bit. If you see a angler working a spot lone wolf style there is a good chance that's me.

I'll be fishing trips tomorrow and friday, I'll get back to ya.

Keep catchin'
Turk

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Bodyman

thanks for the info Turk. I'm going out this weekend. Out from Bayport or maybe Little Falls lake at Willow State Park. We had some luck for Gills off the bank this summer. Nothing really big, but I have heard there are some nices ones to be had. If nothing else I know it's not over fished. I like to get out away from the pack also. I would have checked out the open water for structure,but seeing the boat is on next years wish list. Was not an option for me this summer. I really prefer ice fishing to open water.

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