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    St Paul, MN
  1. Musky Reel

    Geez, y'all have a different understanding of "affordable" than I do. I use a Shimano Cardiff. About $100 new. Parts (even upgrade parts) are easy to come by. It is durable and fishes great. If you plan to fish long days, several times a week, it probably makes sense to throw an extra $100-$200 into a lighter/faster/bulletproofer reel. But if you're just looking for a solid reel that won't disappoint a recreational musky fisherman, a Cardiff is a good choice. Buy one used and put the $40 you save toward good line and leaders. ...and don't feel guilty if you outfish the guy with the $300 revo. just my 2 cents
  2. Anyone seen any active carp around here yet?

    They are active now. Comparing the bellies I saw last night to those I saw last week, I'd say they are just post spawn where I'm catching them.
  3. Trout Photo Gallery

    29" brown from Chequamegon bay. My new PB.
  4. Trout Photo Gallery

    Briefly visited and released this beauty on a very small stream where I normally catch brookies. This was a welcome surprise. Great 2016 opener!
  5. Anyone fishing right now?

    My dad has been catching crappies in the southern tc suburbs. I've been unable to find them in the northern suburbs. Found one culvert just packed with 4-inchers that were happy to play, but that doesn't really count. FWIW, his fish have come in really shallow connecting channels in between different bays and/or different lakes.
  6. Carp and other Rough fish pics

    White sucker on the mississippi
  7. Kinnickinnic River 2016

    Thanks for the update. Seems like no one is posting fishing reports lately. This is encouraging. You just made it feel more like spring in my world.
  8. This is the year...I hope

    Delcecchi is right on. Practice casting (just the line) in your yard. It will shorten the learning curve a ton. My dad taught me in my early teens and I would fish for sunnies in the spring at cleary lake (prior lake area). Any place that is clear of backcast obstructions is good to start. If you want to chase trout with a fly rod, the kinnickinnic is more fly-fishable that most streams in this region. Most streams within a daytrip of the tc metro are narrow, overgrown, and best fished from the bank (not waded), so they aren't very cooperative with less experienced fly fishermen. It's been several years since I've fly fished, but I spooled up this winter and have been yard casting with the same goal. I'll be out to catch panfish later this week.
  9. The Sucker run has started!!!!

    I've been shut out so far fishing the metro. Nice to see someone finding action.
  10. Spring Fever and Micro-fishing

    I was honestly attempting to catch sheephead. I went to spot where I've taken them before on jigs, but they weren't there that day. After an hour of encountering only a few gamefish, I figured it was time to cut it short because I didn't want to run afoul of the law. I try to avoid baitfishing before the open season because I hate to deephook an out-of-season fish, but it can be hard to target roughfish with artificials. Makes for a bit of a catch 22.
  11. Spring Fever and Micro-fishing

    This evening, I walked over shingle creek to a spot where I'd seen some baitfish. Made my first attempt at microfishing and failed gloriously. The baitfish were nowhere to be found. I pretty quickly discovered the reason. 2 small pike were sitting in the "holes" where I'd seen the baitfish. There's maybe 10" of water there and I was wholly unprepared to chase pike. I had a size 26 hook on 1lb flourocarbon. Ended up taking my kids to a park on the river and saw some fisherman catch a few walleyes from shore. That kinda snapped my mindset back to more traditional fishing. My boat is starting to look like a good idea.
  12. Spring Fever and Micro-fishing

    Tried visiting a few spots on rice creek yesterday and saw no signs of life. Is anyone seeing baitfish or roughfish anywhere yet?
  13. Catfishing open water on rivers in Minnesota

    I've caught cats very early near the black dog outlet on the minnesota river in burnsville. The western channel from the lake (before discharging into the river) can become active weeks ahead of the river at large.
  14. Getting riled up for the spring sucker run

    Just read a post from a MN guy on a rough fishing page. He's already catching carp and suckers in open water now. Convinced me to go give it a shot. We're well before peak, but the brave get rewarded early.
  15. Fish labeling

    The majority of farm-raised salmon comes from Chile. They are Atlantic Salmon (species), but are raised in net enclosures in the South Pacific. Calling them "Fresh" doesn't have anything to do with the source (wild-caught vs farmed.) The salmon Cub is selling is just the most commonly available farmed salmon. If you want a good, cheap, wild alternative, buy a whole, frozen pink salmon. They are not as large, but they are delicious, wild-caught, cheap and abundant. Mercury content is too low to measure. The past few years, the pinks have been very good to commercial fisherman in Alaska. " Three of the top five Alaska salmon catches in the past century on record have occurred within the last decade, including the all-time record harvest of 282 million fish in 2013. " They are underappreciated by consumers who just want the largest fillet they can find. Kicks farmed salmon's butt if you ask me.