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walleyejim

Has anyone ever fished the Cedar River between Austin and the Iowa border? I've walked the river near Osage and St. Ansgar Iowa and found the river to be very productive for smallmouth bass. I was debating on fishing a few miles of the river in the canoe next week. Just wondering if anyone has had any luck in the past.

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Mike Walerak

I have fished the Cedar quite a bit in the past. Right in Austin can be good for smallies and above town can be good for pike. As for South of Austin to the border I have not found it to be too productive. There are many refrigerators, stoves and tires though frown.gif

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walleyejim

Yeah, tell me about it. I hunt down by lyle, and its like a landfill in some spots. There is a no kill reg in effect between the state line street bridge and Otrano Dam, so there should be some nice fish down there, but I just don't want to fork over the hefty fee for an Iowa fishing license.

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Mike Walerak

I usually spend the coin for the license. Growing up in Rose Creek I used to frequent many of the smaller rivers south of the boarder. It can be good if take the time to figure it out.

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Perchy

It's $39.50 for an annual nonresident Iowa fishing license, roughly 2/3 the cost of a Wisconsin nonresident license. It's a good deal if you live near the border, some excellent fishing to be found. The Cedar River and Clear Lake are reasonably close by and the walleye season is year-round, except for a few lakes noted in the regulations.

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walleyejim

Yeah 39.50 isn't too bad. I think I'll wait until January to pick it up. I've had really good luck trout fishing down there too around (St. Ansgar and Cresco)in the spring and fall. Iowa stocks their trout streams once a week, so if you go its a pretty much guaranteed meal.

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wanger29

Went out on the Cedar River a ways south of Austin last week and did real well. Sat. morning ice was collecting on my eyes. Caught 2 eyes & countless smallies. Morning was Ok, late morn/ afternoon hot, evening slow.

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KK

How far South did you fish ? Canoe or bridges ? A friend has been catching some on the river right in Austin !

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wanger29

Austin can surprise ya. I was going down outside of Lyle. Started there and found myself down to Mitchell Damm by days end. Just shore fishing.

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KK

Just saw a pic of two walleyes caught from fishing pier at the Mill Pond. Caught at 6:00 am with in 15 minutes of each other...27 1/2"

One of them looked like a pot bellied pig. Jig with white twister tail. He also caught a 24" after that. All fish were released for someone else to catch. I will try to get the picture to scan and will post it later. You may even see that pic in the local paper soon!

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shaunlenway

Crazy! That is very rare for the mill pond! you should get the pic up if you can

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eyenut17

the dnr released a bunch of pounders in there a couple of years back, never tried it but hear of people catching a couple. dont eat them. who knows what the have been eating

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wanger29

Actually East Side's got 1 or 2 in it also.

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shaunlenway

ya about 3 yrs ago i caught one 25" below the eastside dam. and i caught about 4-5 13-14inchers since they stocked em. I havent fished around austin lately since i live in mankato. Are there still some around after the flood?

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wanger29

No not really, a guy might get lucky once an awhile

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Doufish2

Unbelievable anything lives in Mill Pond. Years ago, like 35 years ag0, we caught huge northerns by the pool and near the bridge casting orange and black spotted daredevils, but usually with sucker minnows. We caught some huge bass in East Side Lake, just under the I-90 bridge. Have not fished it in 30 yrs. Brings back so good memories tho!!

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shaunlenway

Hey there are loads of fish in the mill pond! Ive had a shack on there the past 4 winters and we get a lot out there. days we caught over 100 gills. some big ones too i got a 9 1/2 inch out of there last winter. Big crappies in there too. catch lot of northerns and large mouth on tip ups out there too.

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zepman

Ah yes, my old stomping grounds. Eastside Lake produced many LM Bass in the 20" range for us when we were young. We would literally walk around the entire lake casting until our arms fell off. I never fished much at Mills but I remember catching lot's of really nice crappies by the bridge there in the spring. The areas best action that receives the least amount of pressure is the smallmouth that make their home in the river. Glad to hear there are still some decent fish around.

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wanger29

How long ago? I had to have ran into ya? Wasn't too many spots we didn't hit in that town. Mill can surprise a guy at times. About 5 years ago I got a 7 lb. flathead out of there. Wasn't a trophy by any means but how many flatheads you see come outta there?

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zepman

I'm referring to the mid to late eighties.

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KK

3 more nice ones caught by a friend(walleyes)last Monday in a park in Austin. I would post the pic but they are stringered up. The Cedar river is full of fish and so is East Side Lake (Just check the DNR website). A person just needs to take the time to find them. And a pair of hip or chest waders too!! Small rap or jig with twister tail (white). Good luck!

Just a side note about East Side Lake. My Dad told me it was a gravel pit years and years ago and a premier spot to swim and fish after the dam was built!! Any old timers out there remember that or have any other stories ?

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Frank Boling 41

Any bluegills in this lake?

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zepman

There are lot's of 'gills and crappie in East Side Lake.

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Crestliner-fever

Wow I'll bet east side lake & Mill pond will look like small Milacs Lake this winter,

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shaunlenway

I doubt it

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