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tie111tie
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 12:04 AM 03/01/06 (CST)
Does anyone get into river fishing? I live not to far from Mille Lacs Lake and can find more fish river fishing. Nothing bets sitting on a river bank and not having all the people around. You never know what you are going to catch. I fish the Rum River. The people fishing the river are different then the people fishing the big lakes. Any other good rivers to fish?
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 05:05 AM 03/01/06 (CST)
We do some river fishing....usually north of Grand Rapids though.

A friend of mine wrote this article last year after a trip down the Run River which I see you fish....thought it might be of interest.

Rum River Runnin'

Minnesota is home to plenty of rivers which are great for canoe floats. Small navigable rivers are some of the least pressured fishing waters out there. This article's featured trip is to the Rum River, which spans 145 miles from the south end of Lake Mille Lacs down to Anoka and empties into the Mississippi River.

Access points are located at highway bridges, public boat landings, and parks. A full day of canoeing is about 10 miles. If you would like to spend more time fishing, a shorter float will allow for less paddling. We chose a 4.5 mile stretch within an hour of the Twin Cities metro area. I will also note we waited for the high spring waters to retreat before even considering this excursion. High waters make for dangerous exits from the river to portage around rapids. Also, numerous river fisherman have confirmed their lack of fishing success during high water times. Today was July 30 and the river has dropped to median levels. The forecast is hazy sun and 92 degrees.

Our target species is smallmouth bass. In addition, the river is home to northern pike, walleye, and other nongame river species. My co-captain Mike, and I opted to bring 3 spinning combos each with line strengths of 8-10 lb. test monofilament Berkley Trilene and Fireline.

We were launched and packed in, but sunscreen was a need for me before taking off. Mike hooked into decent sized pike under the bridge before we even began our float. Onward we went, anchoring near good looking spots for casting shorlines, large rocks, and deep shady water areas.

The first smallmouth bite was on my line with a Shallow Shad Rapala is a walleye color pattern. After a couple runs, I had landed this nice 17" bronzeback, my second biggest ever.

Mike answered with 3 fast strikes landing a small pike and 2 bass. This one runs 14" and ate a black/silver wide-style crankbait.

We arrived at a shallower area of the river with some whitewater ahead. We dropped anchor and got out to wade and fish this spot. This tactic has proved for us in the past, but wasn't today's pattern. After a water break, we decided to change our plan for the rest of the day.

We were slightly under halfway through our trip according to my partners G.P.S. system. He mapped the river points the day prior to our trip. This is a very handy tool to have on a wilderness river float. Anyway, we hadn't found fish in the fast water and we had gone a hour without a fish. We dug through our tackle to match the new structure we would concentrate on. Mike used a white spinnerbait and I went with a shiny gold Bomber Long-A Minnow 3.5 inch model.

We floated near deep shady water where it met the sun. Our lures attracted fish with shine and paid off well. First cast with my lure got me a strike. I knew this fish was nice when I hooked it. My stout drag came out on the hookset and the fish ran out from the nearest downed tree. My partner knew I had a trophy on the line with a shout. The fish did not jump, but surfaced six times splashing water at me each time. I then lipped the 19.25" pig into the canoe. Good pictures satisfied me enough to release this fine creature back in deep.

It didn't stop there! In my next 3 casts, I boated my first rum river walleye and another bass on the same lure. Amazing!

All the while, Mike is uneasy with his spinnerbait still tied up to his line. Persistence pays off with a nice 16" fish and a couple more tallies on his bass numbers.

We came through the final rocky mile of river and felt good about our catch as we arrived to our destination vehicle. The sun baked us all day and we were ready for some rest. A local watering hole filled the hole. We looked at each other at dusk and decided we weren't done fishing yet. We shorefished below the Anoka dam enough for Mike to land 4 more smallies to my none. Nice job Mike.

All in all, we boated plenty of fish with a mixed bag and some great sized fish.

~~~~ Andrew Muntz ~~~~



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 06:53 AM 03/01/06 (CST)
Hey tie111tie,

Welcome to My Fishing Pals. Glad to have you aboard!



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 06:55 AM 03/01/06 (CST)
By the way MuskyBandit,

Like the article. Would go good in the story section if you have a mind to put it there. With permission, of course.




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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 07:14 AM 03/01/06 (CST)
tie111tie,
i fish the branerd lakes and now starting on the rivers as i sold my boat this winter and have no plans on replaceing it got me a canow insteade..
lets try to hook up this summer..
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 08:26 AM 03/01/06 (CST)
Hey Webdude, you can move/post that Story-Article elsewhere on this site if you would like.



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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 09:47 AM 03/01/06 (CST)
I also don't have a boat so the river keeps me happy. I fish from Milaca and north all the way to the Dam at Katio State park. Like I said you never know what you are going to catch. I fish with a plain walleye hook(size 4 or 6), sinker about 2 feet above my hook and I use live bait. Crawlers seem to be the best bait. The biggest walleye I have gotten was a 25in walleye. The biggest smallie was 20in. That kind of fishing is a blast.
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 10:50 AM 03/01/06 (CST)
Hey tie111tie,

Welcome to the forums! Hope to hear more from you!


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 10:54 AM 03/01/06 (CST)
Hey MuskyBandit,

I see 'Dude has your story up on the stories page...

http://myfishingpals.com/MinnesotaFishingStories.taf


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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 11:41 AM 03/01/06 (CST)
yep... it's up.



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