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October 25, 2014 - Walleye and sauger continue to bite well on the Lower St. Croix River. Water temperature is 52 degrees F and the fish are full of shad. Match the forage of your target species to improve your chances. Trolling a Rapala Shad Rap® along breaklines in 20-30 feet of water is an effective technique.   Rapala Shad Rap®
 
St. Croix River walleye sauger limit
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September 6, 2014 - Sturgeon season opens today on the St. Croix River. The minimum size for a keeper is 60 inches, and you'll need a tag to keep it. Please handle your catch carefully, and return it to the river as soon as possible.

Wanna “dance” with a St. Croix River sturgeon? Brian Klawitter (a.k.a. ”BK”) can get you connected. Brian's professional guide service will place you on the right spots with the correct gear to make it happen. Brian shares tips and strategies for success on the St. Croix River in an article he shared with us. Read the article

It's a short season, so contact him today to book your trip: BrianKsWorld.com

 
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July 9, 2014 - The SLOW NO WAKE restriction has finally been lifted! Fishermen and boating enthusiasts are returning to the river to take part in their favorite pursuits.

The high water has certainly limited the amount of fishing activity and reports. Walleye have lingered in typical springtime locations, and now they are moving to deeper water. Smallmouth bass are on the chomp, and are especially fun to catch on topwater offerings during the early morning hours.

 

Many anglers are reporting multi-species catches, which is common for the St. Croix River. When you soak a night crawler near the bottom, you can catch bluegill, walleye, sauger, smallmouth bass, sheephead, sturgeon, and catfish.

Of course, crappie are plentiful, too. You'll find them suspended around shoreline timber and boat docks. They'll bite on small jigs tipped with crappie minnows. You'll want to use lighter gear to detect their subtle bites. Those slabs are fun to catch on ulralight gear!

 
St. Croix River crappies
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June 7, 2014 - Oh, yay... heavy rains made the river rise again, and SLOW NO WAKE has returned. So far this spring, it seems the biggest factor in fishing success is managing the high water conditions. Experienced river anglers recognize that fish can be more scattered than during normal river levels, and they adjust their tactics accordingly. In these conditions, spinner rigs can help you conver more water when compared to Lindy or split shot rigs rigged with crawlers.

 

The added vibration and flash attracts fish from a greater distance. The fish are biting more aggressively now that the water is warmer and their metabolism is nearing its peak for the year.

Current water temperatures are 72-75 degrees on the Lower St. Croix River. You can find spawning bluegills in shallow water with a sand/gravel bottom. A small bobber and split shot rig and trout worm works best to catch these aggressive panfish.

 
Spinner rigs
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May 22, 2014 - The river has finally dropped below 683 feet at Stillwater, MN. Therefore, the SLOW-NO-WAKE restriction has been lifted.This is welcome news to anglers and river-related businesses who have experienced a slow start to the season. However, recent rains may cause the river to rise above 683 again, so there are no guarantee for full throttle hopping to your favorite spots all weekend.

You can monitor the river level using the website published by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The weather forecast calls for fairly stable weather for the next few days, so the fish should be on the chomp as the water temperature rises and the water level drops.

 
St. Croix walleye in net
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May 15, 2014 - The river level remains high, which leaves most anglers guessing on the best locations and depths for catching walleye. However, experienced anglers and guides are finding cooperative fish. According to Turk Gierke of Croixsippi Guide Service, “The St. Croix is starting to come alive, with multiple species on the bite as the water approaches 60 degrees. It is currently 56 degrees. ”

It will be at least a week before the river level drops below 683 feet (see the NOAA website), which is the highest level allowed for full-throttle speeds.

 
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Due to high water levels, there continues to be a SLOW-NO WAKE restriction in effect for the ENTIRE RIVER.
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May 1, 2014 - Recent rains have caused the St. Croix River to swell beyond its banks, nearing minor flood stage. Many boat launches are closed, and those that remain open may not be able to accommodate all anglers this weekend.   Bummer at the Boat Launch

Be prepared for a long wait to launch your boat, and please don't get angry if you are turned away. Boat launch capacity is extremely limited when river levels are this high.

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April 30, 2014 - The 2014 Walleye Opener is this Saturday (May 3). Recent rains have caused the river to swell, resulting in a mandatory SLOW-NO WAKE rule for the entire river. Keep your big motor at idle speed, or you risk getting a citation. Please respect this rule, as fragile shorelines and property are now at risk of damage from boat wakes.

Experienced walleye anglers know that fish change their locations during high water periods. You'll find them in shallow water (3-10 feet).

Early in the season, most anglers target the narrow-down areas of the Lower St. Croix River. You'll see a lot of boats in the narrow channel north of the I-94 bridge near Hudson, WI. The narrows near the Kinnickinnic River is another popular spot. You'll find walleye in various locations in these channels throughout May.

Your best bet is live bait rigging with crawlers. Lindy rigs produce a lot of fish.

 

If you want to keep it as simple as possible, a plain hook with a couple of split shot sinkers set about 18 inches up the line is very effective. Some anglers use a worm blower to inject a puff of air into the crawler to help keep it off the bottom, making it more visible for the fish. A jig tipped with a fathead minnow also produces fish.

The key is to use the smallest amount of weight possible to maintain contact with the bottom. Typically, you'll be fishing in 3-20 feet of water. Ideally, your offering will travel 3-12 inches off the bottom to maximize visibility. Any higher, and the walleye may not be motivated to chase it because it takes too much energy.

These are simple tips, but they can help you put fish in the box. Good luck!

 
St. Croix River 2014 Walleye Fishing Season  

Generous Limit

The St. Croix River continues to offer some of the most generous limits in the region. Catch a walleye over 15 inches and you can keep it. Keep up to six fish. It's that simple.

There is no minimum size for sauger, but a kept sauger counts toward your walleye limit.

No Wake
Due to high water levels, there is a SLOW-NO WAKE restriction in effect for the ENTIRE RIVER.

Popular Launch Sites / Upper St. Croix River
Interactive Maps  for the Upper St. Croix River published by the National Park Service
Lions' Park  St. Croix Falls, WI
Minnesota Interstate State Park  Taylors Falls, WI
Popular Launch Sites / Lower St. Croix River
Public Access - Lower St. Croix River - published by the Minnesota DNR
William O'Brien State Park  (Marine on St. Croix, MN) - A park sticker is required
Boom Site (Stillwater) - DNR public access located two miles north of downtown Stillwater. This is no fee at this access, but parking is limited.
Beanie's at Maui's Landing (Lakeland, MN) - Wide launch, but limited room for maneuvering. Minnows, crawlers, and basic gear sold in store. Launch fee is $10 weekdays, $15 on weekends.
Windmill Marina (Afton, MN) - Wide launch with ample room for maneuvering. Minnows and crawlers sold at gas dock. Launch fee is $16 weekdays, $23 on weekends.
St. Croix River Bluffs Regional Park  (Afton, MN) - A park sticker is required.
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April 23, 2014 - Walleye anglers are counting down the days to May 3, 2014 — this year's opener on the St. Croix River.

How are you feeling about your chances for success this year? Are you looking for a good opportunity to learn more about fishing the St. Croix River? Well, the opportunity is knocking...

The St. Croix Valley Walleye League is sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Walleye Club. The league is a friendly walleye fishing league. The league operates on the CPR (Catch, Picture, Release) format. We believe this format is the best for fishery because fish are kept out of the water for minimal amoount of time which ensures the fish are returned to the fishery healthy. This ensures our local fisheries will continue to thrive in the years to come.

There will be a pre-league meeting on Tuesday April 29th, 7:00 p.m. at Matt's Lucky Bait in Lakeland, MN. If you plan on fishing the league in 2014 or have not fished the league in the past, we highly recommend you attend this meeting. Please visit  scvwl.com

 
St. Croix Valley Walleye League
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Meet fellow anglers, learn new techniques, and share fishing experiences.
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April 10, 2014 - It appears that old man winter has finally loosened his icy grip on the region. Boats are coming our of storage, and local marinas are making preparations for the season ahead.

When it comes to fishing, preparation is often the key to success. Now is the time to gear up and build your confidence as you count down the days to the Walleye Opener on May 3. Organize your baits, take inventory, and replenish your supply of your favorites. Review the depth maps of the river and discuss your line up of spots to try with your fishing partner.

Try to enjoy this part of the fishing experience. You're not just killing time, you're building confidence. In just a few weeks you can hit the water knowing your gear is ready, and you have a plan.

The early season is a great time to enjoy fishing on the St. Croix River. Local guide Charlie “Turk” Gierke shares tips and advice for locations and gear in a recent article he wrote specifically for our website. We invite you to read the article.

  Mississippi RIver Pool 4 walleye limit
  Professional guide Turk Gierke with a nice St. Croix walleye caught while trolling a crankbait in 2013.
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March 31, 2014 - Walleye fishing is closed on the St. Croix River, and we've entered into that awkward time between fishing seasons.

Some anglers will venture out on local lakes to try ice fishing for bluegill and crappie. Others will get their boats out of storage and travel to Evert's Resort on Pool 4 of the Mississippi River. The next few weeks will provide some great action on that murky water as some of the biggest fish in the system stack up near the dam to spawn.

You could also use this time to take inventory of your fishing gear. Build some anticipation for the open-water season with purchase of a new fishing rod, or get your reel spooled with fresh line. (it's never fun to look at coils of monofilament hang up on your rod guides when you take your first cast on open water). Learn a new knot, or watch some videos on a new rigging technique for the river. For instance, three-way rigs are deadly for walleye on rivers and lakes in the upper midwest. Spend a little time on YouTube, and you'll find plenty of new techniques to try after May 3.

  Mississippi RIver Pool 4 walleye limit
  Craig Saeger with his March 10th limit of walleye from the Mississippi River near Redwing, MN.
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