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St. Croix River ice fishing walleye
January 28, 2014 - According to Matt Wiseman of Matt's Lucky Bait (Lakeland, MN), ”Crappies are still being caught near Bayport in 35 ft of water up by the high lines with crappie shiners and tungsten on a dead stick 1/3 ft off the bottom. Best times are early morning and right before sundown. The shanty town is still pulling up decent numbers. Walleye are being caught early morning just south of the I-94 bridge with a jig rap and a shiner head, as well as a day bite in 20 ft of water on the sunken islands near the YMCA camp. Please use caution and good judgment when venturing to these spots.”
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St. Croix River ice fishing walleye
December 21, 2013 - Clusters of permanent and portable ice fishing shelters have been arranged over productive areas of the river near Bayport, Minnesota. There is over 12 inches of ice in areas with little current. Therefore, seasonal river crossing known as the “ice road” is open. This is used by locals and commuters for quick river crossovers between North Hudson, WI and Bayport, MN. It stays plowed through the winter, and provides ice fisherman with convenient access to the most highly frequented crappie and walleye spots on the river. If you are not familiar with this popular access, click here for driving directions.
You'll find that there are very few places to buy bait in the cities along the St. Croix River during the winter. As far as we are concerned, there is only one that can provide fresh, lively bait along with the latest ice fishing gear and friendly advice. Stop by Matt's Lucky Bait in Lakeland, MN to get everything you need for ice fishing on the St. Croix River.
According to Charlie “Turk” Gierke of Croixsippi Fishing Guide Service: (December 9) The lower St. Croix River ice fishing is variable depending on the day. On the right days, crappies and white bass have been on a good bite from dawn until around 9:30 -10:30 a.m. The evening bite is starting an hour or more after dark. Crappie average size is 9 to 11” and some magnum-sized crappies (12'' plus) are also coming in. Anglers hitting the ice at the right time are getting keepers in numbers of the low teens. On the wrong days almost nothing is being caught. Ice is forming with thickness anywhere from 6-10 inches. Crappies are over the deepwater basin in 36 to 39 feet and hitting on small crappie minnow tipped jigs along with plain bobbers. A few sturgeon have been caught this winter as well.
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December 10, 2013
Tug boats breaking ice on St. Croix River through January DANGER! Thin Ice
Barges broke ice down St. Croix and up Mississippi to St. Paul on Dec. 4.
Crews will continue to break ice near the St. Croix Crossing bridge construction zone until bridge pier foundations work is complete in January. Everyone participating in winter activities on the river should use extreme caution and stay away from the construction area.
Tug boats are breaking ice a few hundred feet north of the project down to the southern end of the Xcel power plant, resulting in thin, irregular and dangerous ice conditions.
Signage about the thin ice will be placed at six river access points as well as on the St. Croix River both north and south of the bridge foundations.
You should also be aware that on Wednesday, Dec. 4, St. Croix Crossing crews moved three barges from the bridge work zone near Oak Park Heights, Minn., and St. Joseph, Wis., down the St. Croix River to Hastings and then up the Mississippi River to St. Paul.
This movement broke up any ice that has already formed. This was the final demobilizing of barges for the project this season. One barge will remain in the river until spring. Other barges and equipment will be removed from the river and trucked away.
For your safety, please heed thin ice warnings, use extreme caution and stay away from the construction area.
 

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November 28, 2013 - Anglers are looking forward to the ice fishing season. There is no snow cover, and cold nights with temperatures in the teens has the ice building quickly.

If you are one of the people who likes to be among the first on the ice, please BE CAREFUL! Ice conditions on the St. Croix River vary significantly due to current and other factors. Therefore, it's not a good idea to venture into untouched areas if you are not familiar with the river.

Always remember that it is DANGEROUS to venture out on ice less than four inches thick. No fish is worth putting your life at risk!

 

DANGER! Thin Ice

Extremely Dangerous Ice Near Highline Point

We have received a report that a tugboat was seen breaking up the ice in the area near the highline point (Wisconsin side) near Bayport a few days ago. This will result in weakened ice as the area refreezes. Use extra caution in this area, and we suggest waiting at least two weeks before walking on the ice in this part of the river.

 
 
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