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Bassboy1645

Hit the Mn river between St peter and kato today 330pm to 6 pm.. I drove from spot to spot via truck and fished from shore and waders. On my second cast with a #5 firetiger jointed shad rap I caught my third biggest eye ever a 23 14" eye weighing about 5 pounds!! It was on a current seam tight against the bank in a foot of water. The next stop produced a couple hits and many snags. A ways down river towards kato I caught a few fish in the 10-13 inch range again on firetiger rap. Not bad for a few casts here and there just for old times sake grin.gif

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harvey lee

Sounds like you had a good time. Most fisherman dont realize how good the river fishing can be. smile.gif

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toughguy

I like those jointed shad raps in rivers. They have nice action at slow speeds. They are my first choice in rivers. Congrats on the personal best.

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jwhawkridge

I've fished the Blue Earth River for years. Seen a lot of strange things come up (including softshell turtles). In the last few years I've seen pike and decent walleyes come out of there. I think I'll have to try the Minnesota, thanks for the heads up!!!

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pikerliker

I've always been interested in the river, but don't know alot about how to find them in the river. I know a few things but I'm afraid to take my boat out and lose my prop to an unseen tree, rock, sandbar, etc. I also don't like the idea of losing $5 and $7 cranks every other cast to snags!! blush.gif I've tried pitching jigs and minnows from shore around LeSueur and I've got an odd walleye or sauger here and there, but I've never had what I considered a good outing. I have seen some very big walleye's taken from boats while I was shore fishing. They looked to mostly be verticle jigging. I'd love to learn how to fish the river, namely because it's closer and I don't have to drive 30-45 MN to get to it like all the lakes around here. I guess I got spoiled growing up near Buffalo MN where I could hit a lake 5 MN any direction from my house.

~piker

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jwhawkridge

I've always had luck with a simple Lindy rig. It keeps the bait moving through the water and is also a lot cheaper to replace than lures. Pulled pike and walleyes in while I was fishing from shore. Of Course you'll get rough fish with that too...

Those lakes around Buffalo can be quite good. My girlfriend is from Delano and I fish with her brother around there. Pulaski is good, Dog, Whaletail (and Dexter) all have good fish in them.

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Bassboy1645

Piker, as a general rule of thumb river fish of any species are more aggresive then their lake dwelling counterparts becasue food tumbles in the current and If thyre slightly hungry they have to hit the food or its gone. Not like a lake fish were it can hang around food all day. Therefore current seams, eddies, pockets, and riffles as well as backwaters, stumps, and rocks usually hold fish. Sandbars and gravel flats can be good too especially the breaks where they go into deeper water. Outside bends hold fish all day but it can be difficult to keep bait on the bottom in the main current. River water is very dingy for the most part so bright colors are a good starting point. As far as the MN river goes I wouldnt recommend any kind of boat other than a Canoe or a johnboat. Very shallow and very unpredicatbale river. Another thing is BE PREPARED! Youll never know what ur going to catch! grin.gif Hope that Helps!

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    • Borch
      It usually pays off finding your own fish.   Nice report.
    • Borch
      Welcome to the forum.  Lots of good options already given.  Have some fun!
    • ozzie
      The fish are out there and they go hot and cold on the bite but they are catchable!  Anytime you can get the kids out fishing is worth it in my opinion!  Take them up and wet a line is about the only way you will find out if they can catch anything or not.  The main thing to look for before going to Red is the week leading up to the date you plan on fishing is to watch the wind speed and direction.  If blowing from the west for a few days the water stirs up and gets hard to fish. 
    • ANYFISH2
      Welcome TheEyesofanAngler! A ton of good bass lakes around the area.  For numbers of 2 to 4 lb bass, the eastern Todd County lakes near Burtrum and NW Morrison county are hard to beat as well.
    • Wanderer
      Good job guys!
    • YellowFinRed
      Have only been out a couple of times now but did get a 5.5 lb walleye my first 10 minutes out in 16 feet of water. Lots of fish in the 16-20 feet range. No jumping in the boat but catching fish on the mid lake areas. I'll be darned if I'll sit under a bridge with other boats when you can catch fish out on the lake without others boaters around.
    • Gillraker
      Any reports from Buffalo?  I would imagine that they are doing OK right out in front of the marina/beach.  Anybody?
    • DonkeyHodey
      agree with gimruis.  look to the river. Your chances of catching a 3# bass or better are exponentially better on the river.  (There's a reason SC/mississippi was chosen for the Gov's opener last year--the Mississippi around here is really a world class smallmouth fishery.)  (most river rats will tell you that you can essentially catch smallies any time of year and often as by-catch while targeting other species.)  Below the SC dam is pretty much catch and release only (all 12-20 inchers must be released) but it's quite loaded with big smallies! (and lots of good shore areas on public land)  Just be prepared to lose a few lures on snags... Frankly, If you want to stick to lakes, I think you can pretty much pick a lake in a 30 mile radius...--most produce bass in good quantity, it's just years may vary in terms of sizes.  Clearwater is good.  Consider Bass lake adjacent to it.  (...it's not just a clever name.)
    • Wanderer
      Haha!  Based on our conversation at the truck I’m going to edit that comment a teeny bit!  Cuz I know both of us had a workout.  I was still sore yesterday but it was a good sore. 😎
    • gimruis
      I like Clearwater too.  I haven't fished in in a couple years now but I used to and we caught a lot of fish out there.  The one negative was all the competition - there seemed to be a tournament almost every weekend. Another overlooked place to target smallmouth: RIVERS.  The Sauk River and the Mississippi between St Cloud and Elk River is plum full of bass and receives minimal fishing pressure (its just my opinion but rivers in general are very under fished here in MN).