October 23rd, Noon till 5:00pm. Northwest wind, overcast and cold! I started out fishing all of my spots south of the landing without a bite. Finally found fish in 22-28fow south of the railroad bridge to the end of the first dock system with gold jig and minnows. This area produced all saugers, caught 8 in the 15"-18" range. Around 4:00pm went to shallow hole under railroad bridge and found the walleyes stacked on a drop-off from 12' to 18'. Schools of bait fish would constantly go by the graph. I guess that is why the walleye were there, duh. The two I kept had big shad in the belly. Caught about a dozen, maybe more in an hour. All but one over 15" biggest 17.5". A nice smallmouth too. They were biting really light, but never dropped the minnow once taken. Talked to a boat that was lead lining the deeper water and they caught over 60 sauger with jointed minnows. I wish I knew how to do that, but I do enjoy jigging the most. No luck on rippin raps, jigging raps or vibratos....just jig and minnows today. Got really cold in the wind, but was worth it! Good luck.
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October 20th, 2020, 8:00am to 11:30am until the snow became too heavy. Water temp was 53 degrees and the flow was slow...almost non existent matched with a southeastern wind. Fished with small suckers and jigs and rippin raps...looking for bigger fish mostly along points and casting to shore. Did mark a lot of fish in the 16'-20' depths on humps. No big fish today, only (8) 14" to 17" mixed walleye & sauger. Did not fish the popular spots south of the Hwy10 bridge or along the boat docks. The only other boat on the water today did fish the popular spots, mostly south of the 10 bridge along the west bank in 13' of water. Said he had his best day ever on the river? The water is really low and needs to cool another 8-10 degrees. Hope the snow and rain will raise the river trigger the big bite...wishful thinking. Will be back out soon as I dont want to miss the window! Good luck!
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Fished St Croix out of Prescott WI Sunday November 3rd from 8:00am to 1:30pm. Caught 20-25 walleye & sauger...none over 16". Fish were scattered in 22-24 feet in the big flat areas, 12-16' right below the trail bridge near shore. I think it depended on the water flow. Need to trust electronics to locate the fish or you will be wasting a lot of time. Jig with minnow or jig with chartreuse ring worm brought the same results. Saw a few guys trolling with good results. Saw a guy on shore catch a nice eye casting a greenish paddle tail. Previous week I caught a 23", 24" and 27" (8 lbs) eyes on current seams off points, right on the edge of calm water. Love my spot lock trilling motor. No such luck this day. Going out this Saturday for my last trip before ice fishing hits. Hope to catch some big ones! Good luck to all.
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We launched yesterday afternoon at the MN State Bluffs boat launch and fished from 1300 to dark. Our targeted species was walleye. Trolled between 2-2.5mph with various presentations in the hard lure category (flicker shad 5, 7, flicker minnows, husky jerks). We caught a lot of white bass, a lot of white bass--did I mention A LOT OF WHITE BASS.
We started on east side of the river and trolled north to Kinnick. That was the run that caught most of the white bass. Turned and started heading South to Prescot. Caught a couple small mouth and more white bass. Missed on walleye on the net job right in front of where we put in (that fish came in about 20 feet of water suspended 15 feet down).
Continued our journey south until we hit the dike and made our way back north. We trolled the first and second breaks. We marked a lot of fish starting around 7pm. Those marks came in suspended at about 15-20 feet. Nailed a couple more small walleyes, under 12 inches. I did get one nice 25 inch walleye at dark as the moon came above the tree tops.
One note. I fish salmon, musky, and walleye, in some of the most congested fishing waters in WI. I troll and cast a lot. I do not know if people are taking boating safety courses or not these days. However, I had one boat (we won't mention what state it was from) that decided to try and cut between my outside board and the river bank (my outside board was less basically bumping dock ends). He was following me for over 15 minutes so he clearly say me working the boards. Well when he decided to pass me on the inside, he hit bottom... instead of backing off and going around me on the channel side (where the water would be deeper), he decided to just run over two of my three boards to get out to the channel... Spooled one of my reels, and I now have a lovely off shore planer boat that looked like a shark ate it. Mentioned it to the driver, "Boats have neutral and reverse folks--its not cool to ruin peoples stuff!" His reply, in broken english, "I didn't see you and blew me off and took off."
Next observation, when you are pulling a tuber, you cannot be playing crack the whip between the largest boats on the water that are under power. I get the desire to pound waves, but think about what cargo you have en-tow. I saw two mid-teen kids get whipped off a boat less than 50 yards in front of a 25+ foot boat that was planed off (maybe going 25 mph). I could see the horror on the face of that boat captain as he had to make some serious evasive actions to avoid hitting the two tubers.
Not that I am wanting to ruin the fun that this river has to offer, and I know a weekend this close to the cities would be a zoo (I don't mind the waves, the noise, and what not) but when boards are getting run over and kids are nearly getting hit.
Why? Because people don't know what they are doing and are willing to take risks that could result in serious injury, I think it may be time for some boating law enforcement.
On the bright side, the moon was beautiful, the fishing wasn't horrible, and it was another safe trip.
As the weather starts to cool and we get some more cold rain hopefully fish will start school and patterns will emerge.
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St Croix dropped a bit overnight, but is currently 4' high at Prescott. Landing is good. Current is swift near the bridges, but not too bad down stream a bit. Fished from 7:00am to 2:30pm when the heavy rain drove us back to shore. Caught a couple walleye just north of the Bridge early, but most of our fish came south of the railroad bridge along the boat docks. 26-28 fow was the trick for us. The bite was slow, but picked up from noon until the rain started around 2:00pm. Only a dozen or so sauger, a few huge...really huge sheephead and one jr catfish. Jigs with minnows, jigs with crawlers and Vibrato caught all the fish. Released everything we caught. Others did okay north of the Bridges dragging night crawlers.
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