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Anyone been on pool 4 lately?

  • buckybadger
    Participant
    Upper Midwest
    Posts: 4119
    #2151662

    I’ve played the can line game up there many times. It’s definitely not a weekend spot for me. I like to nab a few for the box and move on if people are around. If someone sees a net there on a weekend it can quickly look like a parade in a matter of minutes.

    mojogunter
    Participant
    Posts: 2713
    #2151680

    2.7 down and 1.7 up

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>mojogunter wrote:</div>
    I was in that area the last few days. I didn’t do very well but a friend had it figured out. Cranks and planer boards to get the bait away from the boat worked best, and yes not much room there.

    How fast was he pulling them ?

    Brian Klawitter
    Keymaster
    Minnesota/Wisconsin Mississippi River
    Posts: 58698
    #2151710

    Slow today. I’m seeing a trend of folks running big planer board spreads in the crowded head of lake area. Not going to tell someone what to do but really messes up other guys ability to maneuver.

    I darn near crapped Saturday!

    There were a lot of pleasure craft out, a few tows and twice as many fishermen in the can line channel.

    I came though heading to the lake with the Carver (at no wake speed) and it was tight between two boats trolling up stream and myself going down stream between them. As I was right next to the boat on the starboard, I saw the planner board. I wasn’t in line to hit it, but it was a startling reminder to be on the look out for them. The guys using the boards didn’t even know how close I was to them, likely because they had a fish on the inside board.

    FYI when I fished the can line for eyes, I don’t ever remember fishing “in” the channel, we were always closer to shore. Not that I have a problem with it, just thought it was odd.

    mojogunter
    Participant
    Posts: 2713
    #2151733

    One problem is the water level is so low that even in the channel in some spots it is 7′ so I think that is why there are more guys in the channel. There were several fishing right down the center too. That made it very challenging for anyone trying to make it through.

    FYI when I fished the can line for eyes, I don’t ever remember fishing “in” the channel, we were always closer to shore. Not that I have a problem with it, just thought it was odd.

    buckybadger
    Participant
    Upper Midwest
    Posts: 4119
    #2151750

    One problem is the water level is so low that even in the channel in some spots it is 7′ so I think that is why there are more guys in the channel. There were several fishing right down the center too. That made it very challenging for anyone trying to make it through.

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Brian Klawitter wrote:</div>
    FYI when I fished the can line for eyes, I don’t ever remember fishing “in” the channel, we were always closer to shore. Not that I have a problem with it, just thought it was odd.

    The more traffic and noise there, the more fish push out into the channel in my experience. This creates a traffic jam in low flow periods of fishing boats, barges, and cruisers. The same effect happens at the foot of Pepin and in Pool 5 as well. Always have your head on a swivel and assume everyone else does not see you or understand navigation rules of the water.

    isu22andy
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    Posts: 362
    #2153867

    Bite must be good . Everyone’s quiet . Went and messed around for 2-3 hours today . 70 boats at the dam . All I picked up was one nice walleye on jig and a minnow a long way from the dam .

    Does the bite not exist in the lake ? I know they migrate up there but damn . Seems early . 49 water temp

    Kevin
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    #2153972

    Hit pool 4 for a couple hours from the bank this morning, the bite was pretty good for me. Caught prolly 20 walleyes, a lot of small ones with a few whitebass and sheephead mixed in and kept my limit of 4 perfect 16-18 inch eyes. 1/8 oz black jig and a fathead caught all the fish.

    Jim
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    Posts: 127
    #2158178

    Fished Monday by the dam. 2 boats and 4 guys. Seemed like saugers/walleyes were in just a couple, very small spots. If you weren’t on one of those spots, you weren’t catching much. We only had 2 in the box at noon. A boat with their limit left and we moved in. 8 keepers the next 2 hours and a bunch of small ones. Finished with 9 saugers and a walleye. We had an excellent fish fry

    isu22andy
    Participant
    Posts: 362
    #2158196

    Fished Monday by the dam. 2 boats and 4 guys. Seemed like saugers/walleyes were in just a couple, very small spots. If you weren’t on one of those spots, you weren’t catching much. We only had 2 in the box at noon. A boat with their limit left and we moved in. 8 keepers the next 2 hours and a bunch of small ones. Finished with 9 saugers and a walleye. We had an excellent fish fry

    Anything with any size ? I played around up there last weekend in the rain and mist but quickly lost interest .

    Jim
    Participant
    Posts: 127
    #2158198

    Good esters, 15” – 18”, which is what we wanted for a fish fry. Caught twice as many small ones.

    isu22andy
    Participant
    Posts: 362
    #2158483

    Guessing the dam crowd gonna be a little lighter coming up this weekend lol

    Justin Laack
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    Austin,mn
    Posts: 372
    #2158503

    Guessing the dam crowd gonna be a little lighter coming up this weekend lol

    In all honesty it really hasn’t been that bad, even the other weekend when it was 65 degrees, both days I would consider it light traffic.

    isu22andy
    Participant
    Posts: 362
    #2161777

    200 boats out there today felt like , anyone do any good ? I couldn’t find any size . 2 over 15 is all . Pulling 3 ways .5 mph up river . White seemed to be best color for me . Caught about 2 dozen . Someone tell me what I did wrong lol .

    Mike Johnson
    Participant
    Posts: 55
    #2161786

    Did good using jigs and plastics in 24-27 feet. Working the bait slow seemed to help. There was a lot of shad coughed up in the livewell. Color didn’t seem to matter, we just had to slow down the presentation.

    captddh
    Participant
    Cannon Falls, MN
    Posts: 534
    #2161865

    Ive been having the best luck on F9s or 11 in natural black/silver colors. Takes awhile to sort thru small ones to get a limit of keepers. I also TARGET 0.8-1.0 upstream.

    Jon Jordan
    Keymaster
    St. Paul, Mn
    Posts: 4411
    #2161995

    Pretty good bite considering the boating pressure and bluebird skies! We got bit on everything we tossed at them. Like said, need to sort through a lot of shots, but nice to get down there Saturday.

    Shout out to Everts Resort access. They really had the launch and park system pinned down. They got a lot of boats through there in a hurry. Nice healthy scoops on the minnows too! peace

    -J.

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