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EBass

How's the bite/flow around Ripley?

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EBass

Got a boat finally, want to head there for some smallie action. Anybody care to share.

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Navigator

EBass,
I can't speak for the Ripley area. The river is high right now south of Little Falls, but don't let that stop you, fishing wise. The smallies are tight to the banks and "snappin" at most plastic tipped jigs. If you find a series of eddies or one BIG one, fish it! Even consider pulling plugs through the eddies, which will work well for the smallies and walleyes. Good luck and let us know how you did! Nav

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Navigator

Oh Yeah,
If you go early morning or evening, bring poppers, buzz baits and anything else that goes wooosshhhh!! The smallies are hitting this stuff NOW. Nav
www.naviguides.com

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Mike W

Congrats on the boat.

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EBass

Thanks Nav. I haven't made it up there yet. But I will soon. I did fish another river and caught a 19.5" 20" and 16" Smallie. Only off this very tiny slack water with fast current close by. It's only about 10 ft long and had 4 smallies in it. I love it when you hook one and there's another following it. Gotta love smallies.
All fish were released and I did get a pic of the 20". I'll post it when I get it.

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Royce Aardahl

nice fish! I smacked a 19 last night on the mississippi by sauk rapids using a #3 blue fox spinner. gold with yellow hair.

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Royce Aardahl

I fish the mississippi alot around st.cloud to sartell. where's another spot not to far where I can go to chase the mighty smallmouth? any you guys hit other rivers around here? thanks!

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Kevin Turner

You might want to try the Miss. around Monti. Some very good Smallie action.
The Crow Wing from the Miss up to the Sylvan dam can be great. Even if the bite is slow, the scenery is worth the trip.

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Royce Aardahl

thanks Kevin!

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EBass

All the fish were nice. The bellies weren't huge, but it's not fall time.

I want to get up there pretty bad, but looks like I'm staying close to home this weekend. Which is fine cause those smallies were 1/2 hour by road and 15mins by boat.

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