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4th Annual Pop-N-Squirt May Fishing Trip....


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Annual May Pop-N-Squirt (father-n-son) three day outings started when The Boy was two and he got his first stringer of sunnies (it was a warm May) and has now graduated into a pike/walleye trip. Destination...Long Prairie/Sauk Centre/Little Falls area.

Tuesday on Sauk Lake was a windy bust. I found a couple of good spots, but no active fish.

Tuesday night we fished the Sauk River Dam and one bullhead prevented a skunk.

Wednesday we launched at Pike Creek and went up to the Dam at Little Falls. We were rained on from the start. The boulder fields weren't a problem - water was high enough for easy navigation. From the peninsula below the dam we got our rods bent in fine order!

Castable lindy rigs with a fathead on a red #4 octopus were the ticket! Surface temp was 57ish, and we got perch, walleye and one 16" channel cat. We saved enough for a couple of meals (including the cat - man, that was good!) and released everything else. We explored the shoreline architecture and the new park where the old paper mill used to be - very cool.

Thursday we shore-fished at two locations along hwy 10 and hit into enough eaters to bring home for mom-n-'ems.

The species count (a fun way to guage our river success) was an impressive nine;

Walleye (biggest 19")

Crappie (12")

Channel Cat

Perch (in spawn right now)



Yellow Bullhead

Rock Bass

Bowfin (a baby that popped out from under a rock to attack a jig 1/3rd its size!)

The Boy is refining his casting trajectories and his jig handling. After the cast I have him close his eyes and 'use the force' wink.gif to feel his jig tick bottom. He did well with a yellow-orange hair-jig with a yellow-orange 1 1/2" twister.

While in Little Falls check out the Minnesota Fishing Museum. It's $3 for adults and kids are free. They have lots of cool old stuff and replica mounts of the major state records. The one I noticed was the Rock Bass - I'm pretty sure I broke that a couple of years ago and just didn't know it!

Oh, if anybody lost a pink 3/8 oz. jig below the dam...we found it - inside our dinner!! smirk.gif

Good luck, ya'll...take a kid fishing - someday they'll sneak you out of the rest-home opening weekend!

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good report Rob, glad to see that your son likes to fish, I could see that up at the cool cats festival. My Godson keeps asking to get out, now just need the weather to coperate.

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Well my squirt is 14 yrs old. We got out fishing this weekend and caught lots of fish. The walleyes seemed to have lockjaw, and we were able to release 2 14-15" fish.

Found a few cats, largest 9 pounds. The most interresting catch was a 45" musky on an ultralight with 6 lb test in the current was a tough battle, which after 20 minutes the Musky won right next to the boat when his teeth sliced the line. In total we probably released a dozen rock bass and more smallies than we could count, with the largest at 19"

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    • jparrucci
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    • herm
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