This weekend I am going to go to either Interstate Park in Taylors Falls or William Obrien, for some hicking and general outdoors enjoyment. I want to be able to try some fishing from shore for a shot at a small mouth or two. Any thoughts on wich park will offer more opprotunity, and if yes, can you suggest a spot to try.
Fishing from shore is going to be tough... you are really limiting the areas you are going to be able to cover. You might be able to get into some slabs or walleye from the parks. Slip bobber would work best to float around to cover more spots. I would tend to use fatheads this time of year. Good colors would be blue and white. Go to lindys if you got a boat traffic problem.
You could also rent a canoe and spend the day canoeing and fishing. YOu can rent canoes from most of the parks along the St. Croix just give them a call ahead of time for a reservation, normally not an issue.
Wild River and St. Croix State Park are also good options. Both have a lot of shore line access. The key is usually to be mobile.
If you go farther north on the river it gets shallow so you'll want to focus on the deeper pools. Smallies are usually relating to rocky areas and then weedlines in deeper pools. Find as many areas like that as you can and give it a shot.
Your main battle from shore will be mobility and access to the good spots.
Both are good areas and walking the shore is a great way to go and the water is still warm to do so. Try to walk up river casting to anything in the water weeds, rocks, logs. My go to bait when doing this is a white with red dot bettle spin or second Mepps XD in size 3. And don't pass up any rocks or logs out in the middle. Lots of small pike up in this area also so have some extra lures with ya. Have a great time.