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Pike Lover
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 08:39 AM 03/03/09 (CST)
If I wanted to fish the St. Croix river in MN. I am thinking of the area north of Stillwater. That is scenic with the rock bluffs on the sides. What would the easiest fish to target be. In other words, what would a novice have the best chance at catching. Does anybody out here fisht the Croix? Looking for any tips. Have always wanted to try river fishing, but the Mississipe grosses me out, plus I am afraid of hitting rocks.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 08:54 AM 03/03/09 (CST)
lots of rocks, LOGS,DEBRIS on the croix too u cant go to far north before its realy shallow immpassable by motor boat, marked by dnr when its low low . of course it all depends on the water level and time of year, easiest fish i would say is the smallies, lots of shoreline cover to throw at, ive done lots of fishing right were u are talking and i like to use a conoe on nice day and start at interstate state park end at onamia boat launch , but i bring a anchor and fish both sides, some back water areas hold traped starving fish and can be alot of fun! work out tranportation , two cars , or leave a bike at onamia.

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Logan
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 03:00 PM 03/03/09 (CST)
They won't even let you go north very far... Last year I was out about ten times and not once were they letting people travel north past the high bridge (mile or so north of stillwater).. The water was high, low and average depending on when I was there and not once was it OK to travel North.. I'm sure they think they are saving the river but Its BS anyway. I feel that I have the right to be on that river traveling as far north as my boat can go.



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 02:06 AM 03/04/09 (CST)
I would say smallmouth and pike. I fish further north and most of the time I just walk the shore.


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 04:49 PM 03/04/09 (CST)
Yeah that not being able to go north last year sucked, but thats were the conoe came in handy, interstate state park rents them if u dont have one available to u, and they transport u back upstream just dont be late for the bus because they will leave u.

Last year i caught a walleye in 4ft of water up the bank during high water used the oar like a pole and trolled and pushed my way thru, the flooding creates lots of cover and u never know what youl end up with, 18inch walleye,only one of the day! ooo smiley

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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 04:55 PM 03/04/09 (CST)
Almost forgot if your going to go to the boom site launch then go early enough to get a spot the launch fills fast on weekends
Logan
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 06:34 PM 03/04/09 (CST)
Does anyone know why northbound travel on the river was blocked?

I thought it was low water.. then I thought it was high water. But eventually I realized it was neither. They just weren't allowing anyone upstream.

I have conspiracies but have yet to learn the truth..



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 07:08 PM 03/04/09 (CST)
Could be a non-motorized zone, something to do with state park?
Pike Lover
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 10:40 AM 03/05/09 (CST)
Ok, so I need some envouragment here. I love the idea of renting a canoe and fishing the river from Interstate park, and traveling south. However a couple of years ago 2 friends and I tried doing this just for the canoeing. That day the wind was strong pushing against us. The wind was strong enough that we would not even float int he correct direction. We busted are amature balls for about 1 mile, but had to paddle back upstream. It was one of the worst experiences of my life. If I were to take a canoe on a day with less wind, how much paddeling do you have to do? It would be nice if you could just float your way down. To me (keep in mind I am not a canoe person), the trip seems far, and a closer pick-up location would be nice.
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 11:15 AM 03/05/09 (CST)
I've done several canoe trips on the St.Croix.

I've had a very similar experience to the windy trip you described. Last summer I went with my wife and another couple to Wild River for a canoe trip. There was a strong wind out of the south that would push you back upstream if you didn't maintain a steady forward pace.

I'm not sure how far the trip was but it was probably 5-7 miles. I'm an above average paddler and in pretty good shape, I had to paddle has hard as I could for the entire trip in order to make any progress. My wife did her best but had to rest at times so it left me paddling the canoe alone. Thats when I had to paddle even harder, i didn't even know I was capable of paddling that hard. No fishing took place that day as I didn't want to give up any of the forward progress that we had made.

Now that trip was extreme, if you go on a calm day or a day with a wind out of any other direction you could use the current to drift. Just plan accordingly.

Another spot to fish is at St. Croix State Park up near Hinkley. They rent canoes and they offer 2 trips. A 3 mile trip and a 10 mile trip. The 3 mile trip starts at the boat landing at the park and you are picked up 3 miles down stream. The 10 mile trip starts up river. You take a shuttle with the canoe 10 miles up river and you canoe back to the landing. I've done both trips and both are fun and easy. Also there is alot of good smallmouth fishing in that stretch, also saw some good sized pike roaming the weedlines of some of the deeper pools. Had one 30 incher hit right by the canoe, it ended up breaking my line after a brief fight.

The river is much narrower/shallower and the wind will be less of an issue this far north.

The last time I did the 10 mile trip my buddy and I barely paddled at all, just enough to steer the canoe. We drifted and fished the entire time, it took us probably 5-6 hours. Didn't even break a sweat.




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