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05-26-2010 10:39 PM
wrobin Try any spots that you can get to on the Miss river near the University Of Mn. There are several spots on that stretch that will catch big fish of all kinds.
06-11-2009 08:50 PM
Bob P.


Interesting report. I've fished the Cannon in probably the same location with similar results. That stream as well as the Zumbro(another S.E. Minn. stream) I think are best fished from a canoe. Access on both is difficult.

I've fished the St. Croix several times as well. My excursions on it though were further north above Danbury. At this point you are in Wisc. Great stream up there. More intimate. You literally will have it to yourself. Have caught numerous 17" to 21" smallies from those waters. Hard to keep the northerns away at times.

Your story about the Sunrise was really interesting. Odd to imagine black bear that close to the Twin Cities!

Thanks for the report!!!

C. P. R.

Bob P.
06-09-2009 08:41 AM

Promised an update so here goes, thx to Tim who provided the info to get me where I fished

Fished four rivers, Cannon Falls, Snake, St. Croix and the Sunrise.

Cannon Falls is south of Mnpls. Didn't do well here, fished in town where access was, river was slow. Couldn't find another access point

Snake River, fished two sites, one by the dam and one where the Snake enters the St. Croix River. Here's a plug for the Snake River Bait and Tackle shop in Pine City who gave me the detailed access information. Bought some tackle in return for the information, fair is fair.

Fished the Snake at the dam and caught about 10 smallmouth, nothing large but a uniform 10-12". One note of caution, the rocks were the slickess rocks I have ever waded. I've waded for 30 years and this was a significant challenge. Without a staff I wouldn't have been able to wade, just fall.

Next morning went about 10 miles out of town to a park area where the Snake has two outflows to the St. Croix. Fished both flows along with the St. Croix. Caught some bigger smallmouth but not as many. Spooked a big northern that was sunning near the bank. Too bad, would have liked to have caught that fish.

Best fishing was the Sunrise River west of North Branch/Cambridge. I think that I fished a different spot than Tim identfied. Fished an access point east of the town (never did see anyone in town) on 7 miles of bad road. Small parking lot that didn't look used.

Took some steps down to the river and was initially concerned about the water depth, about a foot deep.

As I moved upstream I encountered deeper water with some excellent pockets and holes. While the river edge was shallow there was a 2-4 deep center that held fish along with pools formed where the river turned. Started picking up smallmouths 12-16" along with 4 14" walleyes which was a surprise.

Justa fun river to fish. Cooperative fish, easy wading, beautiful scenery.

Things got a little bit more exciting working back downstream. I had walked through an area that was silt and sand in moving along the river. I always look for tracks and had seen the usual racoon, deer, etc.

Imagine my surprise when I saw the bear tracks that overlayed my original tracks. More fun was that the tracks headed downstream toward my exit point. The remainder of the time was split between fishing and watching the tall brush that blocked most of the shore. Anticipating the 7' Kodiak Bear charging out of the brush.

The bear tracks looked fairly small Although I'm not an expert at all, maybe 6" across but let's face it the only bears I know are the Chicago Bears.

Couple of comments, great fishing on the Sunrise and I'm happy to direct some folks to the river. I'm not concerned about traffic on the river based on the difficulty of getting back there.

Which brings a second point, I normally don't do a good job of letting people know where I fish. Even I was concerned about how remote this place was and there was no cellular coverage. If I had taken a spill, sprained or broke an ankle there was no chance that anyone could have found me in any reasonable time frame. The remoteness of this spot along with the bear tracks made me more aware of leaving some better directions as to where I'm fishing especially when alone.

Great couple of days and I'll be looking to do it again some time in the future

05-31-2009 10:14 PM

Four locations,

Snake River, Surprise River, Canno River and the Root River

Will let you know which ones I hit and how it went
05-27-2009 02:55 PM
Bob P.

That would be great! Would love to here what advice he gives you. I'm guessing the Mississippi up by Monticello or the Rum River in Anoka. Both are just north of the Twin Cities. The possibilities though are near endless. Please let me know how it goes.


C. P. R.

Bob P.
05-27-2009 05:56 AM

Bob P., thx for the idea of calling Tim. Turns out that he's in Canada hosting a Fly-in Fly Fishing camp and then booked when he returns.

Not surprised, short notice for someone of his level

Spoke to his assistant who said she will check with Tim and try and get a couple of ideas where to target

Checked the internet a couple of times and the local message boards so I've got some initial directions and ideas

This is just a side trip that I 'm taking advantage of a business meeting that getting me up there

Serious Minnesota vacation is when we go up with the family to the Walker/Leech Lake area

I'll post what I found for others when I get back after next week
05-23-2009 07:25 PM
JC tuna I have family in river falls Wi. which is within 30 min of mnpls and they have world class fly fishing so if its wadable waters you seek I think you will find more than u will have time for. Good luck!
05-23-2009 08:50 AM
mplant1 lake minnetonka is on the sw side of town and is almost a straight shot west on 494 from eagan

the lake is huge and there are fishing boat rentals. lots of pike and bass
05-23-2009 08:09 AM
Bob P.

If you are looking for some great smallmouth fishing, i would contact Tim Holschlag. He is a world class guide and lives in that area. If you can, i would hire him for the day. I'm sure it would be well worth it. You can reach Tim at [email protected] or (612) 781-3912. Give him a call, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

C. P. R.

Bob P.
05-20-2009 12:13 PM
Ed Minneapolis area fishing

Of course there all kinds of small ponds and lakes around there.
Plenty of bait shops too so when you're there check the yellow pages, call one and ask for your specific needs.
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