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1 minute ago, Macsimus said:

That's quite a different experience than the La Crosse area. Many years of C & R regs have produced a quality fishery there for sure but it isn't bass boat territory! 

Describe what you mean? We used a jet boat of course

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1 minute ago, Mitch f said:

Describe what you mean? We used a jet boat of course

Was just thinking of anyone that might be interested in going there and should've been more clear regarding how shallow and rocky it is. Plus, SM fishing is excellent, LM not so much and there certainly isn't any backwaters or slop bite like there is in the La Crosse area.

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7 minutes ago, Macsimus said:

Was just thinking of anyone that might be interested in going there and should've been more clear regarding how shallow and rocky it is. Plus, SM fishing is excellent, LM not so much and there certainly isn't any backwaters or slop bite like there is in the La Crosse area.

Yes, it’s very treacherous running if you’re not a very experienced boat operator. With water levels dropping recently and weeds growing so quickly you had to find water farther downstream to be able to make it happen. One morning we had to punt and go back further downstream because the only channel we could run was a small channel in the middle of the river that wasn’t  choked by weeds. This channel was full of huge rocks only an inch or so under the water. 

Even in the deeper water downstream, we needed to have the second guy in the boat constantly searching for rocks and giving me hand signals to make it happen. Once you’re in the spot you want to fish, you only had a certain amount of time to cast as you drifted downstream. The last thing you needed was to drift into a rock and get stuck sideways in the current. It’s no easy fishing but the fish were definitely right in the current and it was the only way to catch them. 

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2 minutes ago, Mitch f said:

Yes, it’s very treacherous running if you’re not a very experienced boat operator. With water levels dropping recently and weeds growing so quickly you had to find water farther downstream to be able to make it happen. One morning we had to punt and go back further downstream because the only channel we could run was a small channel in the middle of the river that wasn’t  choked by weeds. This channel was full of huge rocks only an inch or so under the water. 

Even in the deeper water downstream, we needed to have the second guy in the boat constantly searching for rocks and giving me hand signals to make it happen. Once you’re in the spot you want to fish, you only had a certain amount of time to cast as you drifted downstream. The last thing you needed was to drift into a rock and get stuck sideways in the current. It’s no easy fishing but the fish were definitely right in the current and it was the only way to catch them. 

Sounds very challenging. I've only done float and wade trips. Just think of the bright side however - no jet fleas or wakeboard boats. 😀

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One of the funniest things I’ve noticed about the Upper Mississippi above Minneapolis is that everyone you talk to thinks their section of the river is better than anyone else’s. That river is good for 100 miles. 

The bass look different from different sections of the river, the farther North you go, they look like an oversized blue gill, very tall from top to bottom. The farther Downstream, the fish look closer to a Missouri smallmouth. But guess what? You put them on the scale and they weigh the same. It all depends on what kind of water you like to fish. 

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