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Hello everybody. I finally registered after lurking around this great site for some time.
I have just recently discvovered the joys of fishing the Mighty Minnesota. I do most of my fishing from shore between Belle Plaine and Lesueur. I have been out twice this spring and have had good luck for white bass with a few sheephead and quillbacks thrown in. Most of these fish were caught casting mimic minnows in the current seams.
If anybody out there fishes walleye along this stretch I would appreciate some general pointers especially concerning where the walleyes might be hanging out come opener.
Thanks in advance for any advice and good luck fishin'!

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Shunk ape,
Welcome aboard. Haven't fished down there in sometime "humm maybe this week". But in Belle Plain we used to launch from the CR25 bridge to a little ways past CR40. It's a great place for channels and flats. I've done the best for whitebass and walleyes off of CR40. If your going from shore take CR25 North over the river, to CR40 take right, about a mile or so down and just past the guard rails, you'll see a driveway on your righthand side to a parking area. Being the water so low right now you'll see why the wally's like it there. There tons of rocks and rapids. I've doen well using live bait rigs on bottom, casting rapalas, or casting curltails.

Good Luck and tell us how you do

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Sorry Skunk-Ape,
Good thing fishing doesn't require good spelling.

Hey Dennis,
This is the spot I was trying to tell ya about. The RiverPro would be needed, I think for this stretch right now.

See ya on the water

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I know it's not in your area but at the landing in St Peter Just south of (next to) the Hwy 99 bridge. Behind the Police station. I caught a 20" walleye and my son a 21" walleye on 5/1/04. If you fish from shore just walk down the landing turn right and walk until you have to climb or swim. Right there is a large eddy and the current is going up stream. This is a classic Walleye spot. Just up steram is a sand bar that runs 2/3s the way across the river. The water is over 20 feet deep near the rip-rap on the other side and around 13' deep 13' out.
This is what I look for when hunting River Walleyes. It can be a wing dam, sand bar or just about any thing. The larger the edie the better. The deeper the water the better.
Just take a look at it. IT'S A CLASSIC!
By the way I was using a 1/16 oz white jig with a blue and white tub tale and Crappie minnow. My son was using a 5-1/2" sucker.

[This message has been edited by Red_Ball (edited 05-03-2004).]

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Hey red_ball, I think that I may have seen you, were you in a red boat? My buddy and I were fishing just to the left of the landing and I caught a white bass and a sheepheed. Glad to here you had some luck!!!!

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Yes that was me!
When I came down the landing you said good luck. So I owe it all to you.
You caught A White Bass?
For me it's been every thing but White Bass.
If I Would have had AAA batteries along I would have taken pitchers of the Walleyes.

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Glad to see you had some luck there Red_Ball! I fished that spot last year several times. Fished it for channels one day with Troutman72 pulled a couple nice ones out of that spot. There is a nice drop coming off that sand bar! The area under the bridge has some nice structure too.

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Good Luck & Good Fishing. Lucky

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Glad to help!! That white bass came from an area about a mile south of where I saw you fishing. I might head over to St.Peter this weekend.
GOOD FISHIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hey Skunk...Welcome to FM! The Walleyes won't be hard to find with the low river this year...but, they may be harder to catch. The bait is all over with no place to hide. The White Bass have been pretty fussy for me so far and the other fish are not exactly starving either....but, a few are grabbing.

If your gonna hit the river for opener, look around the creek outlets in the evening and the drop offs and rip rip during the day. I think the area being mentioned in St.Peter will be more popular all of a sudden as well.

I'll be back after opener and looking for Flatheads.

WET NETS! smile.gif

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Thats Ok if there are a lot of people at the St Peter landing. I wish them Good Luck. I just hope they put some back. I never keep fish out of the River and I don't think I ever will. Take a picture and let it go. Greed is what will kill a good thing.
Been there done that.
There is a spot I want to try some long line troling over the Submerged weeds. It will be nice to get a way from jiging for awhile.
In late July and August you will find me on the River looking for the Big Cat.
I also have to scout out Cedar Lake. I have no maps of it and never fished it. Sounds like fun.

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