April 17, 2017
Since the last report we have done a lot of casting techniques to catch fish on Pool 4 of the Mississippi River.
Many of the fish we are seeing still have eggs and the males are milting. The females will be finished spawning in a few days and the post spawn drop back to Lake Pepin will start. Males hang around long after the party is over as if they don’t know the females left!
The bite has been up and down with periods of good activity and then slow action.
Early in the cold water season dragging jigs is always a viable option to catch fish. I drag jigs like I Lindy rig, I like the weight just off of the bottom. So for dragging jigs I keep the jig just off of the bottom.
So casting has been the main approach as my clients look for big fish this last week. Blade baits are a top producer of BIG fish.
One aspect of fishing Pool 4 is the variety of presentations that work well during the early spring. Heck even nightcrawlers start to put fish in the boat. Trolling Shad Raps catches fish too.
The river has been stable for a month at about three feet high and the flow stable as well around 30,000 kfps.
River flow is cfps 33,300 and stage is 6.4 (672.4) River water temp is 47 – 50.
Signed, 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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April 5, 2017
Jig fishing has been our top technique for fishing Pool 4 of the Mississippi River.
Crankbaits are still getting fish. Rapala original minnows are working, but the shad style lure bodies like a shad rap will very soon be a producer as well.
From the “head of the lake” to the dam there are a lot of good places to fish, all spots are not within site of the dam.
The river is mostly debris free and not clear but not too muddy, it is colored just right. We have done better on sunny days.
March 28, 2017
Spring is here! Today it was 60 degrees, the fish are biting and we are having fun on the River.
We are getting mostly sauger but they are in the 18 to 19″ range! Huge for saugers anywhere in the nation – the Mississippi has great sauger fishing.
Walleyes should make up half of the catch soon. We are seeing small males show up – but not a lot of big gals – yet.
Catching on jigs and plastics and original Rapala’s. 13 to 22′.
River flow is cfps 29,000 and stage is 5.22 (671.2) River water is stained but mostly debris free.
March 24, 2017
Spring is about to arrive on the walleye and sauger fishing scene on Pool Four of the Mississippi River near Red Wing, MN.
Thursday morning on the drive down top Everts Resort http://www.evertsfishingresort.com I saw Robins back in the area. I have also heard some songbirds singing a tune I haven’t heard for months. So spring should be here soon. This is when the river gets good, when the earth warms up and the frogs come out of the mud and the worms start to wiggle.
On the half day trip with Jeff and Wes last Thursday we started fishing at 12:30 pm and stopped at 5:30. We caught many small ones and these two kept ten total: 4 – 14″, 2- 16″, and 4 from 19 – 20″. Nine of the ten were saugers. Walleyes must be 15″ minimum.
Minnows and plastics caught 70% of the keepers. Our biggest did come from an orange/chartreuse colored soft plastic. Trolling Rapala Original minnows caught three keepers, but I stopped that technique as it was too scattered and we rigged with the flow instead. Fish are deep we caught almost all keepers from 20 to 28 feet of water. Walleyes are generally shallower but we got a nice one in 30 fow!
River level is scheduled to rise 2′. cfps 30,000 and stage is 5.3 (671.2) River water is stained but mostly debris free.
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.
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.