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Enough with the ice fishing already!!! Where do you folks like to get the jump on early open water - either from shore or boat - any species? My personal favorite (like many) is pool two on the Mississippi.

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redhooks

In high school my cousin and I were regulars jiggin below the redwing dam but now that I live up north I'm chompin at the bit for the rainey river to go out. Can't wait, gonna be another bountiful spring!!!!!!!
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I'm gonna start working the Crow south of Buffalo once the thaw starts & the levels are up a bit. Montissippi Park is nice, unless the river is raging and it takes 1 1/2 oz. of lead just to keep from floating up!

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fiskyknut

Gosh guys some of the best fishing for Eyes, Pike and Perch of ice season on LOTW is yet to come. Fish open water on the Rainy one day and icefish the pond the next, best of both worlds!

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redhooks

Hey Traveler! you sound like a man that really knows the northshore fishing world-I am somewhat of a nueby but am addicted to chasing loopers and mostly hit the Sucker, but would like to expand my range and check out some of those Wi. rivers like the Brule and others. Maybe you'd be interested in tagging along w/ me on the Rainey some day this spring in exchange for letting me tag along w/ you chasing loopers? If so drop me a line at elihill_2000@yahoo.com and maybe we can work something out, if not thats cool too. tight lines!
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Jim W

redhooks,

That's what I like to see!!! Fisherman meeting new fisherman while sharing their knowledge and favorite fishing hole!!!!

Keep the rods bendin'!!!!

Jim W

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Sturgeon46

Robert, I used to live in Buffalo. Fished the Miss at Monticello and the Crow in lots of places - fantastic. Now I'm in Burnsville looking for new places. St Croix/Miss always my favorites!

Traveler, We used to drive up to the north shore often Aug-Sept to fish salmon at night tossing big J-13 rapalas at them. Sometimes it was like fishing alligators in a bathtub - back in the salmon hey-day. I'd like to get up more for the loopers. The other place we'd fish a lot on the shore was Stoney Point and the breakwater in Two Harbors. Often really good. You are lucky to live up there!

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Redhooks. look for an e-mail for me in the near future, sounds lke a plan. Sturgon46, boy does that bring back great memories! 1987-92 I just lived down at the french river in the fall. Do you remember seeing a guy fishing out of a green coleman canoe?? I was one of the first chasing them in small boats, mostly at night, what a trip! The "alligators in a bathtub" is a great analogy, sometimes I'd be half asleep trolling along and have a fish jump so close to the canoe it scared the daylights out of me. Wish we could have it back... Now I have to drive all the way down to the Milwaukee area to get my fill. At least the steelies are making somewhat of a comeback up here, and theres always loopers.

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Easy one, we never put our long rods away. North shore looper fishing, all winter. The southern WI tribs. by the 1st week of march, MN tribs around april 15. Gotta get up and try that early season action on the Rainy one of these years though.

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I was up there a lot 82 - 86 less after the kids started to take all my time. We'd see some crazy guys ut in small boats. One gu used to do real good vertical jigging with a hair jig. He used to use a flyrod with a spinning reel attached. Sometimes on the quet nights the salmon would end up swimming behind us - right on the shoreline! Often, the surf would make it difficult to even keep on your feet. That was magical fishing - loved it!

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