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Well... my g/f is tired of me being gone every weekend since opener, and I promised her that this weekend we'd do something 'together'. I offered the suggestion of renting a conoe on the 'Croix for a day... and she's all for it. Plus... I can get some fishing in that way (hehe)!
My question is... any good recommendations as for a place to go out of (renting the canoe, etc)? Also, I'll be prepared for smallies... any tips on what to bring? What about 'eyes and saugers?

Thanks guys for and and all info!

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I think the best bet would be to rent one in Taylors falls. I am not sure how far South they let you go before they pick you up. I have never done that. The Smallmouth were really biting well on saturday. You may have read my post on a topic below this one. Walleyes and Sauger are also abundant from Taylors falls and South. I think they pick you up in Osceola. You will have a good trip if the weather cooperates a little bit!

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Fishn, you can get a canoe in Taylors Falls and get a ride back at William O'Brien State Park, or Marine on the St. Croix rents canoes as well and is not at far north, and has lots of Walley, Smallmouth, and White bass around the state park. My wife and I fished it Sat and Sun, and boated over 60 fish. Brought home 11 eyes 15 to 20 inches.

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Fishnchester, 1/2 to 5/8 jigs, dark in the am and bright in the afternoon tipped with fatheads work well around 7 to 10 feet at breakpoints. We did well casting wing dams with ratlin raps. All of our eyes came out of 10 feet or less water. If is is warm the smalls are very shallow and everywhere. William O'Brien has a nice rock wall about 1/2 mile long that is great for smallies.

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Thanks for the info guys! Looks like we're gonna rent out of Taylors Falls and go from there.

AllWet -- What did you get the 'eyes on? I'm not familiar with the Croix up north... any tips would be great.

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