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jerrys1
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 11:02 AM 07/23/07 (CST)
I'm planning on taking the family up to fish the St. Louis this weekend, but have never fished the river before. I'm planning on putting in off of Highway 23, just south of Duluth. Can anyone give me any pointers on how and what to fish or if there is a better place to put in, etc. Any input would be much appreciated.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 11:21 AM 07/23/07 (CST)
Welcome to the site, its nice to see new users.

I don't have alot of info about the river but I do know that you need to be careful with low water this time of year. Certain areas with some prop eating rocks and logs.

You can usually get into some walleye and smallies up there. I would suggest talking with a bait shop in the area that can give you good info about what parts of the river to avoid to make sure you leave with your prop in one piece.

Good luck and let us know how you do.


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 11:39 AM 07/23/07 (CST)
Hey jerrys1,

Welcome to the forums!

This is a link that might help you out...

http://www.arrowheadflyangler.com/TheWaters/StLouisRiver/tabid/1299/Default.aspx

"The St. Louis River is one of the largest walleye spawning areas in Minnesota. The walleyes from Lake Superior make the trip from the lake up the river to the Fon du Lac dam to spawn. Therefore during the early season you can expect to have great fishing and a chance at a trophy walleye. One of the great things about fishing the harbor is the view that you usually don't see from the shore. The view of Duluth along the hill side in the mornings and evenings is breathless. You can also watch ore boats and salties pass through the channels of the harbor. All while you are having a great time fishing!

There are a few very effective ways to fish for walleyes on the St. Louis. The most popular way is with spinners also called harnesses. These are usually used with a night crawler, leech and minnows. Another way to catche these fish is jig fishing and pulling crank baits.

Fishing the St. Louis River you have a good chance to catch: Walleyes, Muskies, Smallmouth bass, Crappies, Perch and Northerns."

Also a link to the DNR complete with maps and other stuff...

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/canoeing/stlouisriver/index.html

Hope this helps!




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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 12:04 PM 07/23/07 (CST)
Thanks a lot for the info. I'll let you know how it goes.
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 12:30 PM 07/23/07 (CST)
Jerrys1,
Welcome to the site, hopefully that information answers some of your questions. We hope you stick around awhile.


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 01:01 PM 07/23/07 (CST)
Hey jerrys1,

Welcome to My Fishing Pals. Glad to have you aboard!



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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 03:40 AM 07/24/07 (CST)
From what I've seen on the Cloquet side.. maybe 1 person every couple days has the guts to even launch a boat from the Hwy 33 bridge (the campground/park off hwy 33 where you do a u-turn from 33 around the train to the launch)...

Even though launching are barely even motoring because there's rocks showing that you'd NEVER seen in the past and god knows what's where you never saw rocks b4. The river is VISIBLY at least 1+1/2 foot shallower than even 4 years ago with the drought. I'd hate to go up north to Brookston and check out that launch.. I've been too lazy because of the crappy shore fishing in Cloquet, that I haven't taken the drive up to look there even. Heck, I haven't even gone down to Duluth to check out the Boy Scout or other spots in Duluth.



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 11:00 AM 07/24/07 (CST)
There are safer spots to fish in the Duluth area, the bite as been decent on some of the lakes lately (Isaland Lake, Fish Lake). You might want to consider these spots if its your first time and you are unsure about the river.


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 10:20 AM 07/30/07 (CST)
It's not bad moving around the 23 bridge area if you take it slow and have some one up front looking for rocks. Once you done it a few times, you'll feel much comfortable doing it without a look out. Smallie fishing is good up from the 23 area to the power station. The area gets fished pretty good, so you'll catch a lot of small ones, but their are some big bruisers still running around up that way.

The river is way down, so be careful out there. I take my big boat up that way lots of times and know when to slow down and when I can get it on plan, but the channel is very small above the 23 bridge, and follow the Wisconsing shoreline if your going up.

With the low water conditions, you can wet wade near Chambersberg Park, just above the camp sites. You can walk the shallow ripple areas all the way across the river, as always take it slow doing this as well.

Good luck.




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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 10:47 AM 07/30/07 (CST)
thanks for the first hand info.


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