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MineralMan
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 10:00 AM 08/05/05 (CST)
So, I'd like to go shorefishing for some catfish in the St. Paul area. I've got the tackle, but not the location. Does anyone have any specific suggestions on any good spots I might try, with some basic directions on getting there?

Remember, I'm shorefishing. I ain't eating anything I take out of the Mississippi. I just want to catch 'em.





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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 11:15 AM 08/05/05 (CST)
MineralMan,

Catfish are in all the major rivers in Minnesota. Even the flatheads which can get very large. Couldn't find specific locations, but here is a good article that talks about catfishing from shore - a very popular sport...

http://www.gameandfishmag.com/fishing/catfish-fishing/gf_aa076803a/








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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 11:20 AM 08/05/05 (CST)
St. Croix River (Prescott to Stillwater - MN/WI)
Diverse and productive fishery features walleye, sauger, smallmouth and white bass. Good numbers of pike and catfish are overlooked. 25 river miles.

St. Croix River (Stillwater to St. Croix Falls - MN/WI)
The deep main channel, island and side channels offer top smallmouth action. Walleye, crappie, catfish and white bass are also around. Muskie are caught near the mouth of the Apple River. Underfished! 29 river miles.





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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 11:22 AM 08/05/05 (CST)
Cats of Summer
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During summer, we get calls from readers who are visiting Minnesota on vacation and are looking for fishing tips. Most ask about walleye hot spots, but since we began publishing our annual Catfish Guide, I receive many calls about another of my favorite fish, the catfish.
I guess the secret's out that Minnesota has some of the best catfishing rivers anywhere. Our big border waters hold excellent populations of channel cats, as well as giant flatheads - cats so tough they chase muskies out of a hole.

Try the Mississippi River south of Monticello as well as the St. Croix on the east and the Red River on the North Dakota border. The Minnesota river also offers long stretches of good catfish water - deep pools alternating with shallow riffles and mid-depth runs. A few fallen trees create a catfish haven.

Catfish thrive in warm water, so summer's prime time to fish for them. Use floats to drift livebait or cut fish through productive spots. In deep pools, soak baits on bottom rigs.

I carry big chubs or other livebait along with a smelly option or two, but frogs and craws are good for big channels too. When rivers run soupy warm, cats go crazy for the smelly stuff, particularly juicy, runny dip baits. And I've heard the channel cats go crazy for chicken livers, too.

When you catch a big cat, it's an old fish, so release it carefully to maintain its ecological place in our waters and its hold on our dreams.

The Catfish Guide arrives on newstands January 14, but you can reserve a copy to be shipped directly to you by writing In-Fisherman, P.O. Box 2676, Brainerd, MN 56401, or phone 800/441-1740. Each guide is $5, which includes postage and handling.




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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 11:27 AM 08/05/05 (CST)
Channel catfish live in many of Minnesota's medium to large rivers and their interconnecting lakes. They are especially common in the lower Mississippi, St. Croix, and Minnesota rivers and their larger tributaries (streams that flow into them). They also occur in the Red and St. Louis river systems and have been stocked into some streams and ponds of southwestern Minnesota. The Department of Natural Resources also stocked planted them on several occasions in the upper Mississippi River drainage. Channel catfish occupy a variety of habitats from clear, rocky riffles to deep, muddy pools in turbid (cloudy) rivers. You will most likely find the lunkers in deep holes, in the safety of rocks or logs.
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 02:28 PM 08/05/05 (CST)
Thanks! That's a start. I guess I'll just have to head for the river and try my luck!





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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 10:14 PM 03/25/06 (CST)
I'm new to the board here, and I hope I can provide some help to people here. I do alot of catfishing all over MN and probably can help. Here is a cool site to check out also.

http://www.catfish1.com/forums/register.php?referrerid=1170
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 10:36 PM 03/25/06 (CST)
Me Too!

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