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Anyone Out On Pepin Lately?

  • BigWerm
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    SW Metro
    Posts: 6966
    #2138986

    I have never fished pepin, any maps to look at that show the wing dams.

    Some map chips have them marked, and if the water low enough they are pretty easy to see.

    Onthewater
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    Posts: 54
    #2139003

    They should be marked on any map chip for your unit. The wing damns are on the river south of pepin. They start right at the end of the lake

    isu22andy
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    Posts: 362
    #2139071

    They should be marked on any map chip for your unit. The wing damns are on the river south of pepin. They start right at the end of the lake

    How do you fish em ? Get in front of them and throw a jig in the scour hole off the side of it ? Drag a jig over the top of them ? Get behind em ? I always thought the wing dams were the ones up by Lock and Dam 3 but Im new to the whole Miss river fishing . Did pick up 2 walleye trolling in front the rush is 16 FOW .

    dirtywater
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    Posts: 509
    #2139197

    WD’s should show up as a straight line extending out from shore on your map chip. Here they are starting just downstream from the Chip and Reads landing.

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    FishBlood&RiverMud
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    Prescott
    Posts: 6253
    #2139216

    I have never fished pepin, any maps to look at that show the wing dams.

    Mississippi river guide and your graphs map

    ProStaffSteve
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    Posts: 71
    #2139700

    Love seeing this post get more attention! I’ve been out three times in recent history. Wish I had better news to report. I hit Maple Springs and Wabasha twice. I’m new to wabasha but my IDO research led me right to the three wing dams, but it wasn’t what I hoped. Pulled a couple eaters each day, the fist on cranks & ratte traps & the second on crawlers and leechs. Lots of fish were marked but they didn’t react to slow or fast presentations, willow cats could have changed that. If I get out much more I’ll be back on the big lake, found an Instagram post from a pepin guide who has been sticking pigs and numbers somewhere out there. I’m thinking Maiden Rock will be the move

    isu22andy
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    Posts: 362
    #2139756

    Love seeing this post get more attention! I’ve been out three times in recent history. Wish I had better news to report. I hit Maple Springs and Wabasha twice. I’m new to wabasha but my IDO research led me right to the three wing dams, but it wasn’t what I hoped. Pulled a couple eaters each day, the fist on cranks & ratte traps & the second on crawlers and leechs. Lots of fish were marked but they didn’t react to slow or fast presentations, willow cats could have changed that. If I get out much more I’ll be back on the big lake, found an Instagram post from a pepin guide who has been sticking pigs and numbers somewhere out there. I’m thinking Maiden Rock will be the move

    Least your picking up a few . I was out last weekend with little to show in front the rush . Tried for pike the rest of the day and skunked ! Guide still trolling cranks or did it say ? I’ll be out Sunday hopefully. Trying to figure out where to launch solo . Can’t wait for the pleasure boaters to calm down a little ha .

    eyeguy507
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    SE MN
    Posts: 3218
    #2139824

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Onthewater wrote:</div>
    They should be marked on any map chip for your unit. The wing damns are on the river south of pepin. They start right at the end of the lake

    How do you fish em ? Get in front of them and throw a jig in the scour hole off the side of it ? Drag a jig over the top of them ? Get behind em ? I always thought the wing dams were the ones up by Lock and Dam 3 but Im new to the whole Miss river fishing . Did pick up 2 walleye trolling in front the rush is 16 FOW .

    there are 3 up near lock and dam #3. 2 on the left on the dam side and one by the vermillion river. i believe the rest of them are below Pepin and there are a lot of them so be careful if you are fishing there. i am far from a wingdam expert, just not my favorite way to fish but if i had to, i would point my nose up river and spot lock just down from the wingdam and cast as light of a jig as you are able to use. i know guys throw blades and cranks too.

    isu22andy
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    Posts: 362
    #2139858

    That explains some things better to me . Has to get a bit crowded down that way from the looks of things on my Humminbird . Anyone picking anything up lately ? Going for about anything that bites tomorrow . Maybe a smallie . Any tips ?

    buckybadger
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    Upper Midwest
    Posts: 4119
    #2139861

    Get out early. The productive wing dams get boats on them all the time. The best ones are also near spots with crazy weekend boat traffic, so be prepared to get tossed around a bit if you fish them during the weekend. Don’t be discouraged if you lose some hardware to the river. These spots are notoriously snaggy.

    eyeguy507
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    SE MN
    Posts: 3218
    #2139978

    That explains some things better to me . Has to get a bit crowded down that way from the looks of things on my Humminbird . Anyone picking anything up lately ? Going for about anything that bites tomorrow . Maybe a smallie . Any tips ?

    I’ll have a report for you after labor day when i make it back out there again. dog days of summer and too many jibronies out there this time of year. september the kids are back to school and a month later, the hunters are in the woods. pretty much have the lake/river all to yourself even on weekends!

    if i was to fish now either pulling spinners/crawlers or troll bandits/flicker shads in the lake. you guys can have those wingdams!

    ProStaffSteve
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    Posts: 71
    #2140224

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>ProStaffSteve wrote:</div>
    Love seeing this post get more attention! I’ve been out three times in recent history. Wish I had better news to report. I hit Maple Springs and Wabasha twice. I’m new to wabasha but my IDO research led me right to the three wing dams, but it wasn’t what I hoped. Pulled a couple eaters each day, the fist on cranks & ratte traps & the second on crawlers and leechs. Lots of fish were marked but they didn’t react to slow or fast presentations, willow cats could have changed that. If I get out much more I’ll be back on the big lake, found an Instagram post from a pepin guide who has been sticking pigs and numbers somewhere out there. I’m thinking Maiden Rock will be the move

    Least your picking up a few . I was out last weekend with little to show in front the rush . Tried for pike the rest of the day and skunked ! Guide still trolling cranks or did it say ? I’ll be out Sunday hopefully. Trying to figure out where to launch solo . Can’t wait for the pleasure boaters to calm down a little ha .

    The secret on the wing dams was to switch lures every 6 casts and don’t be afraid to lose lures to rocks. The guide was pulling cranks, and that’s how I’ve been picking up the odd fish. My best bet is to pull em late in the day or better yet early in the morning on any of the shore lines. Sauger are almost a given, no sauger is too small for the box and just use em as an excuse to keep you entertained till you stumble into a pocket of hungry eyes. Honest, if you’re pressed for time just pull in front of the public landing. Most consistent walleye for me year over year. Fish everting from 4ft of water to 30ft. Color is irrelevant, just make sure your lure is smashing bottom

    isu22andy
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    Posts: 362
    #2140277

    Was out last night . Marked a S ton of fish in 25-30 foot of water on the MN side south of maiden rock . They wouldn’t bite for nothing . Slid up to that 15 foot mark and started catching lots of shorts . They lakes a way more peaceful place in the week time . Wowza lol .

    ProStaffSteve
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    Posts: 71
    #2140312

    Was out last night . Marked a S ton of fish in 25-30 foot of water on the MN side south of maiden rock . They wouldn’t bite for nothing . Slid up to that 15 foot mark and started catching lots of shorts . They lakes a way more peaceful place in the week time . Wowza lol .

    That’s a good sign in my book! I’d rather catch 10 14.75” eyes than 1 16” all day. What were you using to fish the 25-30’ water? Pepin is amazing how fast it goes from beautiful to a hot muddy puddle covered in recreational boaters.

    isu22andy
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    Posts: 362
    #2140346

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>isu22andy wrote:</div>
    Was out last night . Marked a S ton of fish in 25-30 foot of water on the MN side south of maiden rock . They wouldn’t bite for nothing . Slid up to that 15 foot mark and started catching lots of shorts . They lakes a way more peaceful place in the week time . Wowza lol .

    That’s a good sign in my book! I’d rather catch 10 14.75” eyes than 1 16” all day. What were you using to fish the 25-30’ water? Pepin is amazing how fast it goes from beautiful to a hot muddy puddle covered in recreational boaters.

    I tried cranks first , Wind was about 10 mph out of the north for a bit which made things interesting . Was hard to tell where I was at with cranks . Was using flicker minnow 9s and 2 oz snap weights. Varied the speed from 2.5 to 3.5 but again hard to tell if I was on the bottom or 6 foot off . Then I tried crawler harnesses for a bit with a 3 oz bouncer going 1.5 . Hooked a giant sheepy though haha.

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