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July 14 — If  you fish a lot and use your battery power trolling motor you need to make sure the battery cells are full of water to keep them running most efficiently.   Keep the water level just over the cells. use distilled water as well.

Crankbaits are only as good as their hooks are sharp and as true as they track straight.

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June 29 — People just don’t hit the water in the rain. Even fisherman – well some. What does that mean on a busy body of water? It means you can have a lot of places to yourself and find a bit more relaxation. In my business catching fish is a big deal. But in my opinion the ultimate goal should be to come back refreshed by getting away from it all for a little while, not being frustrated if you don’t get fish. Easy to say – I know… but food for thought…
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June 17 — Spinner rig fishing tipped with livebait either crawlers, minnows, or leeches is a great presentation to find active and aggressive walleye.  You must use a high quality swivel to prevent line twist when “spinner” fishing.

In the past I have used a ball bearing swivel as they are high quality – costly too. By accident I started using a high quality but still much less expansive – Rolling Swivel – and it is as good as a ball bearing swivel, but a fraction of the price.  Who doesn’t love to save some moolah!!

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June 8 — If you can fish two lines well… do it!  If fishing two lines makes you miss fish on one of your rods fish one rod then.  A rod hold helps a lot when fishing two rods. Consider one a “deadstick” and leave that alone compared to the one in your hand.

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Two rods fished well can really make a difference in your catching. BUT two rods done wrong can land you less fish, as a result of snags or having your line at the wrong depths constantly, or two lines eating up your concentration as to where the boat needs to be…. Heck some guys don’t want fishing to be much work. I say more power to you! If you want to just relax… so be it.

 

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May 30 North of Stillwater is good fishing. However when the water is over the islands it is tough.  This is because the flow doesn’t stay in the same channels as normally directed by the islands. Consequently the fish scatter then and spread out.
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May 24 North of Stillwater is good fishing. However when the water is over the islands it is tough.  This is because the flow doesn’t stay in the same channels as normally directed by the islands.  Consequently the fish scatter then and spread out.

Axel with a beast smallie – caught on a crawler! His fellow 10 year old buddy netted it. I sat back and let the boys do their thing. Fun to watch.
 
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May 17 — If you are getting short bites, you need to feed fish line. this is one of the best reasons to use a “Lindy Rig”.  a “rig” employs a sliding weight, held on the line by a swivel, then swivel to leader and hook.

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May 11 -— Using light line catches more fish.  Fish become line shy of heavy thicker lines. All fish do…  This short story solidified my belief… On the TV show “Wicked Tuna” The captain of the Wicked Pissah explained to one of his crew members why he used a lighter line than a heavier one.  To sum up the conversation, The crew member told the captain that heavier line won’t break – the captain told the crew member that the heavier line won’t get bit!!! Right on captain! Even in the Atlantic Ocean captains consider line diameter.

Turk Gierke walleye trophy

The lightest line pound test rating you can use is the test strength you should use.

 

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May 4 — Some livebait like leeches are not a good bet when fished too fast as the roll.  So when it is windy and the boat speed is fast a leech is not a good bet.  Presented at just the right speed a leech can get many a fish to bite.

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April 30 — Line twist is often created by: 1. Reeling in a decent fish with too loose a drag. 2. The reel design itself is junk and twists line (believe it or not).  3.  Your livebait or lure is rolling continuously in the water.

The best braided line that I have never seen hold its twist via memory is Suffix 832.

I have used braids that when they twist up  you can NOT run the line through your fingers to untwist.  I have never had a single issue with the 832.

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Popular Boat 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 Boat 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 (just north of 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.

The river is in fine shape right now, and we are catching a lot of walleyes.

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