My favorite part of the river. I can give you a couple of suggestions:|
First, try below the Ford dam in Hidden Falls park. Lots of smallmouths in there, along with loads of rough fish. I caught a nice big buffalo in there last year on a gob of worms. Everything is there, in the range of rough fish.
Next, the public dock near the Wabasha St. bridge in St. Paul is a great bet, just about anytime. Lots and lots of catfish between the end of the dock and the island. I caught a 20 lb. channel cat there last year, and some folks have caught flatheads in the area with live minnows. Stinkbait on a variation of a Carolina rig works great for the channels, as does most any catfish bait. Worms will get you some sheepshead, and there are tons of BIG carp in that water. You might try small crankbaits around the dock for smallmouths, as well.
Those spots have both worked very well for me, and are easy to get at, even if you have just a couple of hours to fish.
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