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St Croix River - Prescott WI

St Croix River - Prescott WI
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5/12/19 @ 10:14 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (58%)
Waxing Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F
AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F
LongPast50
User since 5/25/17
Fished Prescott area May 7th 9:00am to 5:30am with the "Grizz" and my good friend Ron. Water was fast and high, but dropping about a foot a day. Water temp was 52 degrees. Hit 106 fish on the counter...there were about 15-20 rough fish with the rest walleye and sauger. Pretty equal for the sauger to walleye ratio. Most over 15" with an average around 17". Plenty of nice 18"-22" fish, too. Fished areas out of the main current...but with just the right amount of current to hold fish. Fished spawning beds and post-spawn areas too. Walleye were pretty much done spawning and the sauger were up to bat. Most of the walleyes were males and the saugers were 50-50 male and female. No really big fish in the boat, but a really a great average size of fish. Every time I fish with the Grizz, I gain so much knowledge. Spawning areas, preferred currents, spots that hold fish during and after the spawn and much more. Not many guys can educate you about fish and share with you what it is like to fish with the Vice Pres...pretty special day on the water for sure.

8/26/18 @ 8:37 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE
Full Moon
airborne1986
User since 8/16/14

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. 


Good luck. 


7/30/18 @ 5:39 PM
Vger
User since 3/26/15
LongPast-I fish there often and love the area (also do Evert's), usually below the bridge.  What area were you fishing?  I chose to go north on Sunday thinking that the boat traffic would be nasty but like you I'm thinking of a mid-week trip.  Been to long without a ST. Croix fix

7/30/18 @ 12:01 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (93%)
Waning Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
LongPast50
User since 5/25/17
7/29/2018 First time out on the St Croix since the high water. Still a touch high but very manageable. Beautiful afternoon with a slight breeze from the north with water flowing about .6mph. Easy fishing conditions...except we could not find the fish. Tried jig and minnows, Vibratos and a jig with 4" plastic worms (moxie). Did not have crawlers on board. Caught one on a jig and minnow and the other 2 on a firetiger Vibrato. Fished hard for the 1 walleye and 2 saugers. Nice and plump 15" to 16". Only 4 sheephead if that gives you an idea of how slow it was. A few other fishing boats were out, but did not see any fish caught. Lots and lots of recreational boat traffic which may have affected the fishing...slowest day of the season for my boat. Lost what I assume was a big catfish. Hope the water will continue to fall and will try again mid week. Heard walleyes were hot at north lake. Good fishing!

6/9/18 @ 9:35 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (22%)
Waning Crescent
CONDITIONS
Raining
AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F
LongPast50
User since 5/25/17

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.

5/23/18 @ 11:08 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (67%)
Waxing Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
LongPast50
User since 5/25/17
Fished the St Croix River today at Prescott WI from 4:00pm to 8:30pm. My best fishing was from the rail road bridge south to the end of the first boat dock in 26-29 fow. A light south wind and overcast skies made for a nice afternoon on the water. Sauger were not as aggressive and smaller. I stopped counting sheephead at 20 and caught 4 nice catfish, 1 rock bass and 19 Sauger...but no walleyes. Majority of fish were caught on a Gold Sebile Vibrato in 26 to 29 fow. Fished a couple holes at the ends of the boat docks with an orange jig and minnow. Bite was slow and smaller sauger. All the catfish were caught on the jig and minnow in the holes...with the biggest catfish almost 26 inches. Most boats reported fish, but also noted today was a bit slower than last weekend. Sheephead were very aggressive and a few were over 16". Most sauger ran from 12" to 15" and the biggest was a bit over 16". Prescott area has been producing good results. A couple boats who fished north of Prescott reported a slow bite and moved back to Prescott to catch their limits.

5/19/18 @ 3:07 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (23%)
Waxing Crescent
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
LongPast50
User since 5/25/17
Fished from 3:00pm to 7:30pm. Sunny, hot and a brisk south wind made river fishing a challenge. Caught 14 sauger, 4 walleye and over 20 sheephead. I have noticed the fish are larger on average than the previous 3 years. I have caught very few "cigars"...vast majority of fish are over 14" with a good number over 18". Most fish were caught on a gold Sebile Vibrato blade bait. For me, the Vibrato catches 4x more fish than a Sonar, with much fewer snagged fish. When I lost the Gold Vibrato on a snag, a firetiger worked almost as well. When I lost the firetiger Vibrato, the bite slowed using Sonars, regardless of colors. I changed to a 3/8oz gold jig and minnow around 5:00pm and the bite picked up...with a few nice 18"+ fat saugers in the mix. The river bite has been real good lately despite the lower water level. The best spots were drifting south of the rail bridge in 28 to 30 fow and along the boat docks, tight to the boats.  Most holes at either end of the boat docks were holding fish, too. I saw a few nice fish caught by shore anglers just north of the boat launch. As always in river fishing, keep it vertical to avoid snags. I have yet to keep a fish this year, but I think that may soon change with the nicer fish this year.

5/5/18 @ 9:53 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (72%)
Waning Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F
AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F
LongPast50
User since 5/25/17

Fished the St Croix River at Prescott from the Highway 10 bridge to the southern most marina on Friday from 10:30 to 6:00.  A bit windy but a beautiful sunny day with surface water ranging from 50 - 54 degrees. Fished multiple jigs with minnows and night crawlers with no success. Switched to firetiger & orange blade baits (like every one else) and caught 20+ walleye and sauger. A dozen small sauger around 12-14", but the walleyes ran from 15" to 19". Lost one large walleye at the boat as I forgot the landing net. All walleyes were male and full of milk. Blades do work well when the fish are grouped, but roughly half the fish were snagged and half hooked in the mouth. All walleyes were caught in the mouth, most sauger snagged. All fish were released. Should be a decent opener, however the river is very high and is "no wake". Tip: Prescott seasonal pass is $50 and the MN St Croix Bluff regional park is $30/year and is an outstanding launch only a mile from the Kinni narrows. Good luck and be safe in the high water.

6/4/17 @ 10:45 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (80%)
Waxing Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F
AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
LongPast50
User since 5/25/17

Fished Friday 8:00am to 12:00. Lots of drum, 9 walleyes & saugers in the 10" to 17" range...kept 5 for dinner. Fishing starting to pickup as water level drops. Switched from crawlers to jigging minnows...worked! Expect it to get better as the water continues to drop. Flow is less of an issue than wind. Lots of debris in the water...keep an eye out and good fishing!

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