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Shore Channel Cat Spots in Minneapolis St.Paul


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Hello there,

New member here and loving the forum. I started to catfish this year and got really addicted and pretty much explored all the spots around the cities. I fish off shore and have caught plenty of small channel cats from the Miss. I was wondering if you guys have other shore spots around the cities that is worth a try. So far I have tried Locke lake channel off of Eriver Rd in Fridley, Boom Island, Mill Ruins, and the Coon rapids dam. I am usually finding deeper holes where slack current meets flowing current. I did better earlier in the year when the water was high but now the fish seemed to have re-located. Any tips and pointers and locations would be very helpful. Thanks!

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Welcome to the HSO Family UncoChu

I have noticed a lot of people fishing by the Wakota bridge area. lots places to fish around there with some searching involved.

There are also some places on the Crow River in the Dayton area that can produce great catfishing as well as the Mississippi.

Good Luck and hope you find some more kittys

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You need to get a Public Recreation Information Map (PRIM) from the Minnesota DNR. You want to get the Metro Area North map and the Metro Area South map. Go to this HSOforum to order your maps: Public Recreation Information Maps

These maps are perfect for what you are looking for. The map provides a convenient listing of all Parks and Recreation areas and this is the best place to start. Just open the map up and trace the Mississippi River, the St Croix River, the Minnesota River and the Crow River. Look for every symbol that shows water access: carry-in access, watercraft camping, fishing piers & platforms, overlook, parking, rest area. All those symbols indicate that you can reach the river from shore so that means fishing opportunities. You will be surprised how much of the river is reachable and available for fishing. PRIM maps are perfect for the person willing to explore and find his own spots. I have PRIM maps of all the areas I like to fish.

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Steve is right on. We were up in Lockport fishing the red river just this last weekend and we were commenting on how much of the river there is PRIVATELY owned. It's quite a contrast to the numerous parks that the county/state/feds have put in around the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. Get out there and explore, and you'll find something. Google earth is your friend too, when you have narrowed down a few selections. The satellite view is fantastic both there and at Bing maps.

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