My brother has a boat on the St Croix. It's not the fishing type, so he has convinced me to come down and do some fishing with my boat. He says that people are catching a lot of eye's down there. The problem is I have no clue on this type of river fishing. So, I need some help this time guys. I really don't want to head into a situation were I have no clue, and have to start from scratch. We will be fishing the St. Croix area where it meets the Mississippi. What's the water levels like? How muddy with the recent rains? What approach should I start with? Please help me!!
We went out on Sat morning and caught some fish. We fished the St Croix just north of the bridge where it meets the Mississippi. We caught a number of fish. Mainly small walleyes, sauger, and sheepshead. The best presentation was a jig and minnow, but leeches worked well, and a few on crawlers too. Lots of bites, but since they were small, they were tough to hook. And the fast current combined with deep water didn't help matters either. Most of the fish were all in that 10-11" ish range. Went back to the marina and caught a few smallies as well by the docks.
I also "caught" a ticket for failing to pay to use the public launch in Prescott, WI. I had no idea that you had to pay to use the launch. There was a sign and voluntary pay system, but I didn't notice it when parking. The cost was $13.25 for the priveledge to use an already publicly paid for launch. The fine is $82.50!!!!
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