Thats a tough one you could hit some of the discharges on the Mississippi river like the Black Dog areas around 106th and 35W but with the water temps so low I don't know if it be would worth. I went down to Minnhaha Creek the other day and pitched a few jigs, shad and got shutout. Red Wing is a bit far from where you are and a boat is pretty much necessary down there. Once St. Anthony Falls fills back up in a couple weeks after the draw down that emptied it there will be some Channel Cat action for sure.
Pier Bridge good question. I think it closes this weekend with Wisconsin game fish closing on Sunday(tonight). I think Red wing stays open year round, but I could be wrong. Of course in St.Paul it is catch and release year round.
On a different note Pier Bridge where are you going on opener? Since I sold my place on Mille Lacs to Jason,Chuck and Ryan I might have to go up to Big Sandy and give uncle Tod fishing lesson's.
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988