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Sinker

Bite picking up.........sort of.

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Sinker

Did ok the last two days down at the river.Not numbers but size is better for sauger.Caught one 15+ incher,three 13" and a few smaller ones.By far they were taking live fatheads on jigs better than anything else.I was in 36' of water on the WI. side.Probably caught(and released of course)eight walleyes between 10" and 13".They seemed to prefer a swedish pimple and a minnow head.Also, NO crappies.Weird.Good Luck Fishing and post your reports.

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southerner

Sounds like things are picking up on the WI side. All of my recent action has been on the MN side and the crappie bites continue to outpace the walleye/sauger bites. I haven't yet iced a "keeper" 'eye this season, but I've definitely seen more slab crappies come out than I've experienced in years past. Guys I've spoken with out there attest to the same thing. I'm finding the bites are not consistent in terms of the force they're whacking my jigging spoon. Sometimes they just absolutely pound it and other times you really have to be paying attention to notice a strike. I'm now primarily not using my rod to detect strikes, instead opting to directly hold the line between my fingers to detect those subtle strikes and set the hook. Yeah, I've gotten some line burns this way but if that's what it takes to ice more fish then so be it. Even with a finger on the line with rod in hand, I'm betting there have been several instances this season where I was getting hit and didn't know it, even with the vex. Speaking of the vex, I've seen a ton of interested finned parties this year but getting them to commit seems more difficult. Either I'm losing my touch or they're getting wise. :-)

I'm thinking probably it's probably not too far off until I'll be heading for the powerplant discharge. Seems like that's been a more productive spot for me in years past.

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TRZ

sinker, glad to hear you haven't given up on the river. we have done OK. averaging about 5 to 10 crappie and a couple eyes and sauger. open water hjas been good. sto[p by and say hello if we are out. good luck.

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Sinker

TRZ and Southerner, good to see your reports.It was downright bad a few weeks ago but it slowly has gotten better.It's hard to turn your back on the river when you know they are in there so you keep trying.I haven't caught a legal walleye myself either.Probably have caught a dozen or so between 10" and 13".This cold snap should allow for driving to some better spots shortly.TRZ, are you walking to the open water from Bayport or driving up along the shore on the WI. side? I'll see you out on the ice soon.Good Luck Fishing!!!

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Mr Special

Sinker, TRZ and Southern,

Happy to see you guys kicking butt and taking names. I've been wanting to head out that way but wasn't sure of ice conditions. Do you think it's okay for a 4wheeler yet? But anyways the fishing inland hasn't been great either. Haven't iced a wally yet, but did hook into a muskie though. Never got her up the hole. Talk to ya soon.

Gook luck everyone

Sinker you got mail

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Turk

Mr. S,

People have been 4 wheeling it for about a month now, and trucks are drivng on currently.

Keep Catchin'
Turk
www.croixsippi.com

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Mr Special

Thanks Turk,
If you see red cherokee, or a blue dodge pickup with a 4wheeler stop by and say hi. I'll probably go to the open water if I make it out that way.

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LuckyFish

Hey Mr Special how big was that ski, and where have you been fishing?

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Boz

Had an excellent day yesterday. Walleyes, crappies and even a large (37") sturgeon landed. Quite a day. Steady action all day. The grand finalle was the sturgeon at dusk. You guys can use all of those fancy glowing jigs, but my money is still on a long shank gold hook. Fish the river long enough, you know what I mean. GO PACK GO

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Mr Special

Hey Luckyfish,

I was at Harriet and never got her up the hole. But the biggest muskie I've caught open water is 46" and this one looked bigger. But then again they say the water adds size. It was fun for the 2mins it lasted. If you ever around the cities give me a email if you want to get out.

phillip_sengchanh@silentknight.com

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LuckyFish

Your on! But it will be awhile I broke my left flipper (ankle) as Mr Muskie (on Rochester SE Forum) calls it. It would be a blast pulling a ski that size through the ice.

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