In the late ‘60’s I fished the Crow River in Hutchinson every summer when school was out. Us kids caught good size crappies, a few northerns, carp, dogfish and bullheads. Never caught or have seen caught a walleye. When I first heard about eye’s being caught there…I thought it was anglers that didn’t want people to really know where they were catching them…but with some extra time this last week, I stopped down to the dam a couple times.
Yesterday, I met a Crow River Rat Jonathone Derickson of Hutchinson (pictured). He shared his recent success with me fishing for walleyes on the Crow. Before the recent high water, he was limiting out by using a jig and white 3 inch twister tail. Actually, white is his “go to” color, but he had success with green and yellow tails too.
As I was watching him, he fished them the same way that James uses BfishN Tackles Ringworms on the wing dams of the ‘sippi. Cast out, let the current bounce the jig along the bottom, and as the jig swings around WHAM! Fish ON! Sometimes the strike would come with a slow…very slow retrieve. He was fishing the under water structure and rocks along the bridge footings
It being a river, to spice things up a carp would be foul hooked and a fight was on to see who would get the jig. Many times it just popped out of the carp…other times it was a fight to the finish.
While I could only stay for 45 minutes, Jonathone had four eye’s up to the bank. Two fish on the first two casts! One dandy slipped off bankside, one was about 13 inches and was returned for next year and two were headed for the frying pan.
Two days prior, I watched as two fisherman from the Dassel area go home with 7 eyes in the 15 to 18 inch range.
Thanks for sharing your information with us Jonathone! It’s great to see the ol’ Crow River handing out some nice size walleyes!