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The crappie kid
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:43 PM 07/27/11 (CST)
Was down at Minnehaha Creek today, and had a good day. It was slow fishing, but every fish I caught was a good size. I also caught my biggest fish to date..a 6 pound catfish.

Right off the bat, I got an okay Northern.


A little while later, this 2 lb catfish struck very hard on my Mimmick Minnow and put up a great fight. It stayed down the whole time, and it wouldn't tire out. I could only guess what it was until I got it in the net.


After I made a lunch run, I came back to same place I caught the catfish, and got this 21 inch Walleye! Nice...

(I put it on the stringer because some people saw me catch it from a ways off, and they wanted to see it. I let it recover in the water while they made their way over to see it...Walleye suck at staying alive).


Then, within 5 minutes after I released the walleye, I got a violent strike from a catfish. I caught a glimpse, and it looked big. After a very powerful, 5 minute fight with the beast, I pulled it ashore. It measured 25 inches, and it weighed 6 pounds. That's my biggest fish!


Here it is by my foot for scale. I wear size 13 shoes.


Later, I got a bass in an area of faster current a little upstream. It was a pound and a 1/2, and it measured 15 inches. My phone had died, so no pics...
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:27 PM 07/27/11 (CST)
Nice to see you got out. I was down there as well this evening, fished from 6:30-8:30.

Looks like you fished mainly in the creek itself. I was fishing at the mouth of the creek for the most part. A lot of Sheepies tonight plus this one nice pike. It hit about 5 feet from shore so it put up a nice fight. It even launched itself completely out of the water about 2 feet in front of me.

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Looks like you had a good multi species day. I would offer 1 suggestion and that is next time you may want to just release that walleye right away. Running a stringer through the gill opening like that is hard on the fish. The gills are sensitive and running that rope through there can do some damage. Also if a DNR officer happens to see you do that you'll be looking at a hefty fine, he doesn't know you intend to release it. They patrol that area pretty heavily and often times they are up in the trees watching with binoculars so you'll never see them until they are handing you a ticket. Its just not worth the risk to the fish or the risk of a ticket.

I think you have my convinced that I need to spend some more time fishing further up in the creek. I assume you were there more mid day since I didn't see you this evening.




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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 12:04 PM 07/28/11 (CST)
Nice Northern!

Good advice about the stringer. I bet the DNR guy would be skeptical of my story. I've seen a lot of people keep the fish they catch down there. Plus, I don't want to hurt a healthy Walleye over 20 inches...I want to see him again next year when he's 30 inches!

I was there until about 5:30, so I just missed you. Fishing up in the creek is fun. I've caught 6 different species so far (Largemouth, Northern, Dogfish, Sheepshead, Catfish, and Walleye), and I've seen people catch Crappie, and Smallies. I've also seen some big carp swimming around. In fact, I might get some carp dough bait and try and catch one next time (never caught a carp..).

I'm thinking I should spent a little time fishing by the mouth of the creek and up the main channel. I've never really fished much out there, but It'd be a nice change of pace. What did you catch the northern on?
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 02:05 PM 07/28/11 (CST)
The northern came on a jig and a fathead. Thats basically all I've been using down there the past year or two. Plastics also work well, the Mister Twister Sassy Shad has caught me alot of fish there in the past.

Generally if you can fish the current seam where the creek runs into the main channel you'll have a better shot at more walleye. You can see on the surface where the two currents come together so its easy to find.

Other guys where throwing spinner baits and fishing off the bottom with stink bait but didn't do as well. The stink bait did produce 1 real small channel cat and 1 small sheepshead. I've still never see a fish cuaght with a spinner bait down there. Guys use them all the time but I've never see it work in the river.


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 02:32 PM 07/28/11 (CST)
Hey kid and nofish,

I gotta ask... can I add a few pics to the pics pages?



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The crappie kid
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 04:57 PM 07/28/11 (CST)
Absolutely Webdude. Thanks!

Nofish,

Thanks for the info! I'll have to put it to good use.

Everything I caught yesterday was on a Mimmick Minnow. It's not something I'd expect to catch Catfish on, but I'll take what I can get!

You ever catch White Bass down there?
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 05:09 PM 07/28/11 (CST)
Have at it WD.

I have caught quite a few white bass in the spring, not many this time of year. But then again this time of year the creek is normally just a trickle and the only place to fish is the main channel.

Usually the white bass will hit anything white. I usually catch them on a yellow/green jig with a white plastic of some sort.




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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 06:41 PM 07/31/11 (CST)
I might just have to try that.
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 07:10 AM 08/03/11 (CST)
I finally got the pics up... thanks!

Crappie kid, your photo album is located here...

http://myfishingpals.com/minnesota-fishing-pictures.taf?function=username&photoid=240

nofish, yours is here...

http://myfishingpals.com/minnesota-fishing-pictures.taf?function=username&photoid=229



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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 07:55 AM 08/03/11 (CST)
Kid and Nofish,

Nice fish there guys. Looks like a nice peaceful walk along the river and creek banks as well.

How have the recent rains affected your thinking on how to approach fishing this, or any similar type spots? Do you find a difference in how you should effectively approach spots like this when the water is up and when the water is lower?

Nice pics as well. Thank you for sharing them!

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