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I am going to try fishing the St. Croix this summer for the first time. I have a map and have read prior posts. I am looking for a beginners lesson on fishing the river for walleyes/saugers. so far it sounds like jigging and pulling crankbaits are good.

Any tips on:
Where to start
depths
presentations
baits
any thing else that you think would be helpful

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Sturgeon46

Just read this forum. Everything anyone needs to know is right here.

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Boz

One of the best ways to learn the river would be to hire a guide for a day or two. There are many good guide services available. There is a group out of Stillwater. You could also check with Beanies in Lakeland. IF you hire a guide, it will cut down on your "learning curve" and it will keep some food on their table. Also, don't try to learn the whole river in one day.

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fishing addict

what area would you guys suggest on starting with. I live in the northern metro(Blaine)?

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STILLNOFISH

Fishing Addict,

Fish the channel just north of the 94 bridge. This is not a very big area to cover and should be a good starting point for you. I like to personally pull crawlers using a slip sinker and split shot. Make sure you blow air into the crawl to keep it off the bottom. this spot is usually better in the spring to early summer rather than later. Good Luck

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Sturgeon46

If you have a smaller boat, another early spring area is Taylors Falls/Franconia/Osceola.

Late Spring/early Summer, Stillwater/Bayport.

Summer, N & S of 94 Bridge.

Late Summer/Fall, Afton to Prescott.

Just my prefs. (God I love the St Croix!)

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fishing addict

thanks for the help so far guys.
I am looking at my Fishing Hotspots map and want to try a few areas. It does not have GPS coordinates. . I am just looking to get into the general area and will put in my time learning to fish the river stretches. Things look much diferent on the water and I never sure if where I am matches up to what the map says. I have found my GPS to be so helpful.Would anyone want to share the coordinates for some of these areas?

1. Hiway 94 bridge . the gravel bar outh of the bridge on the wisconsin side.
2. St. mary's point
3. Catfish bar
4. Hiline point
5. black bass bar
6. kinnikinnic narrows
7. prescott area , narrows

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Turk

Fishing addict,

These places you are looking at gps cords for are not needed. They are all visable, and easy to find just use your map. The shore line (though depth is not very accurate) is at least accurate.

I only have a few places I use gps for on the Croix with the shoreline as close as it is.

In terms of where to fish stay shallow early in the year and move deeper as the year moves on. The channel area can be good but crowded. North of Stillwater and the Bayport area also are good. So is the Kinni... Drift jigs or rigs, or troll both techniques work in the spring. Get the net!!!

Keep catchin'
Turk
www.croixsippi.com

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fishing addict

Thanks Turk,
I emailed you also. I'm hoping we can hook up to fish this spring.

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Ferny

Turk's right about GPS on the Croix. It does come in handy for marking the tips of points that extend way out into the main channel and say the "Humps" in Hudson though. Rember the depths listed are relative depending on the river level.

There's about 2 years of good fishing all the spots on the Fishing Hotspots maps. Awesome deal for the money!

Otherwise you can do what many people with a brand new boat do on opener, wait until you see a net being used then muscle in on them frown.gif It's our running joke on opener to see lots of shiny new boats with guy's that don't have a clue (We call them "Pros"). "Hey, here comes another pro" smile.gif
Sound familiar Turk? I'm sure you get your share of tailgunners?

The river opens May 1st this year!

Good Luck,

Ferny.

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fishing addict

I am trying to do some homework so that I don't become a "pro" on the river.
thanks for the help

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