Mid March Report, 2017
Walleye and sauger fishing on Pool Four of the Mississippi River near Red Wing, MN.
The river is seeing no influx of new water and the level is dropping, plus the weather had chilled and the water temp rise we saw weeks ago has slowed. This mid March stage will hang around until the weather warms.
We found over two limits of keeper saugers today caught all on Rapala original minnows. Most fish were 15 to 16″. The bites were incredibly light and really just a “tick.”
It was absolutely necessary to hold the fishing rod vs. rod holders to help catch and trigger fish.
Not a lot big ones yet, looking forward to a nice walleye and sumo sauger bite just around the corner.
Jigging techniques have and will be good again, The Rapalas excel when the fish spread out as the flow drops.
Charlie “Turk” Gierke
19 Year Professional Guiding experience on St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers
USCG licensed OUPV Captain
5x Beanie River Rat Tournament winner, 3x Paul Koval St. Croix Classic tournament winner
2001 World Walleye Association Championship winner, 2009 Full Throttle Big Water Series Team of the Year
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March 1, 2017
Walleye and sauger fishing on Pool Four of the Mississippi River. Today out best luck was with minnows.
My boat and trailer was covered with snirt (snow and dirt) when I reached Everts Resort this morning. A couple inches of snow on the road quickly covers your boat like sprayed stucco on a house the further you drive the thicker it piles on the boat. I will say this nobody and I mean nobody was on the river today. Jeff and I were the only ones dumb enough to fish, but it wasn’t that cold at all. Especially when the fish bite!
Jeff said “I will take some wind and cold and NO boats any day, especially when we are getting fish!”
The weather soon will be downright great! 50 degree high and the river will be packed with boats all looking for a tug on the line. Over all our best action was on minnows as a cold front hit us this week. We did get some on plastics.
February 16, 2017 —
Catching walleye and sauger on Pool Four of the Mississippi River. Today our best luck was using ringworm soft plastic baits.
This time of year it is often necessary to tempt the walleye and sauger with minnows, though the plastic baits work well too. Hard to generalize but often bigger fish come on plastics.
The weather should warm, look for more good fishing soon. Actually mid 30’s is great when you dress right, the wind well not so fun, but when the fish hit, the weather doesn’t matter.
January 24, 2017
I am hearing good reports on the St. Croix River Bayport area fishery this season. One of the surprising and often reported catches are nice sized saugers.
The St. Croix ice bite is one where the majority of the anglers are targeting the very nice sized crappies on the Croix. Saugers and walleyes are a lucky bonus catch. I have heard that the saugers in the two pound range are showing up. Not in huge numbers but a couple here and there – enough to add to the enjoyment for sure. Fish with fatheads under a bobber just off of the bottom.
January 17, 2017 —
Ice thickness is 10-14 inches on the St. Croix River’s Bayport area trucks have been driving on the ice lately. Most anglers target crappies using crappie minnows and bobbers.
Here’s some info from the old days… I remember an angler named “Tom” from River Falls, had a home made three hole shelter. All holes were inline and about seven feet in length from hole one to three. Anyway he chain smoked these cherry cigarillo’s with his three holes in front of him and he hammered fish. He fished all the time out there and did better than anyone. He always fished all three of his legally allowed lines using bobbers staggered in certain depths off of the bottom. He set up and stayed put—moved from trip to trip but not much on a given day.
January 2, 2017 —
St. Croix River ice thickness is 5-6 inches as of New Years Day. The St. Croix sees most anglers fishing for crappies in the Bayport area. Here it is a deepwater basin bite. Fish can suspended easily 12 feet off of the bottom. The crappies roam the entire area. Dead stick minnows is often best versus active jigging.
Crappies can be found across the whole basin and are caught best on a crappie minnow. Many of these fish are suspended up to 12 feet off the bottom and can be hard to decipher at times from the abundant shad baitfish.
BE CAREFUL! There are multiple areas of openwater on the St. Croix – only fish where safe, and driving automobiles on the ice is not safe yet.