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Bodyman

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After 3 seasons here without a boat to get on the St.Croix I finnally broke down(the wife let me) and picked one up. Spent the late afternoon fishing the Croix down by the Kinni. Picked up some nice sauger on jig and minnow combo's.The biggest 17". Along with a bunch of sheephead. Saw a few guys trolling but not much happening there. A slow drift thru the channel, vertical jigging seemed to produce the best bite.. I can't wait for my next outing. Its such a beautiful river and after growing up on the Mississippi, almost like home smile.gif
Good fishing.

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BIG

......where did you launch??......$$$ to launch?

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BIG

......that's fair.....I used to pay $20 on the weekend to launch at Afton.....

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Bodyman

We launched out of St.Croix regional park. Nice ramp,very busy. You need a park sticker $20 for the season.

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Guest

On the Wi. side of the river here. Any suggestions where to get some walleye or catfish from shore??? Any help would be appreciated.

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Sorry new to this posting stuff. LOL... I am located by St.Croix Falls area. Guess this may help to get a reply huh? Thanks again.

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Bodyman

Buzzy, I wish I could be of help to you , but I'm not all that familar with the Croix yet. Especially north of Stillwater. I did pick up a Hot Spots Map for the lower part of the Croix and it shows some of the bank spots. Maybe if you pick up the northern one it would show you more of the same. I always thought the spot by the Afton State park would be good for shore line fishing. It's a half mile hike to the river and a good point comming out just north of the beach. Deep water on both sides of it. Down to 60+ feet on both sides and comming up fast to the point. Could be worth checking out if you feel like a hike. There's a # of spots down at prescott where you can fish the bank. I did pretty good on walleyes down there this spring.
Good Fishing

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snagger

If you're looking for cats around St. Croix Falls, just go down below the dam at night. It is great cat fishing down there. Walleyes from shore are a little tougher this time of year in that area. Below the dam at night would be the best spot. Try casting raps or jig and minnow into the current and current breaks.

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thanks for the info. Just going to be hitting the unemployment line starting this week and plan on doing lots of fishing. Will try it below the dam. Thanks again...

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HellaBass

Is there any good smallmouth fishing near teh Hudson area?

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Steve-O

They've got a river over there that's pretty good. What's the name of it?
Oh, The St Croix.

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