Pool 2 Report (2023)

  • mark z
    Participant
    South Minneapolis
    Posts: 87
    #2209657

    Super slow with a deep diver.If it isn’t ticking bottom all the time, the current is too fast or you need to switch to a different lure that will get down there. Went out this morning with a friend. Water temp yesterday in the morning was 75 degrees. This morning at 8:30 it was 77. By the time we left at 12:30 it hit 79. Only scratched out a few fish in spots that were gangbusters a few days ago.
    It is time to fish slow and deep,(15 – 16 fow) following the counters with a 3 oz bottom bouncer with a crawler and spinner. Not my favorite technique, but it has been my go-to when the water temp hits 80.
    Good Luck

    DaveB
    Participant
    Inver Grove Heights MN
    Posts: 4308
    #2210355

    Who is ready for two lines? Anyone have a game plan for best way to take advantage?!!!

    I might play around with a 1/2 ounce jig w/ big plastic on a 3 way with stick bait out the back or run a crawler/bottom bouncer and crank using 2 rods.

    crossin_eyes
    Participant
    Lakeville, MN
    Posts: 1305
    #2210388

    Looking forward to it, Dave! I’ll probably do one of 3 things…
    1. Wing dams – I’ll use a dork rig and a 1/2 crawler or leech in a rod holder while I’m casting cranks with another.
    2. Trolling – can’t wait to have 2 rods out to play with more colors
    3. Denver rigs – deep crank on the bottom and jig and plastic on the top – can’t wait to try them on P2.

    recordhunter
    Participant
    Posts: 25
    #2210529

    On the Mississippi? I see it passed for the MN river.

    Jim
    Participant
    Posts: 193
    #2210533

    I’m looking forward to pulling Dubuque rigs in the fall and winter.
    From the Star Tribune:
    Two lines also may be used in the Minnesota River downstream from the Granite Falls Dam and in the Mississippi downstream of St. Anthony Falls.

    thatwhiteproguide
    Participant
    Posts: 8
    #2210611

    Come July 1, anglers can legally use two lines during the open water season while fishing the Minnesota River downstream of the Granite Falls dam to Pool 2 on the Mississippi River.

    This implies that you can use 2 lines only while on the Minnesota, not on the Mississippi.

    It appears all the articles I’ve read are copy/pastes of eachother; does anyone know the bill number? Need to check the actual text to provide clarity.

    3Rivers
    Participant
    Posts: 876
    #2210618

    https://www.revisor.mn.gov/laws/2023/0/60/laws.4.63.0#laws.4.63.0

    Sec. 63. Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 97C.315, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
    Subdivision 1. Lines. An angler may not use more than one line, except that:
    (1) two lines may be used to take fish through the ice; and

    (2) the commissioner may, by rule, authorize the use of two lines in areas designated by the commissioner in Lake Superior.; and

    (3)two lines may be used in the Minnesota River downstream of the Granite Falls Dam and in the Mississippi River downstream of St. Anthony Falls.

    walleyewizard
    Participant
    Posts: 111
    #2210843

    I have a question for people fishing pool 2. I’ve had fairly good success on pool 2 catching nice sized walleyes, with a 28 1/2” being my PB. If someone wanted to catch a 28-30” walleye, would you recommend pool 2 or Mille Lacs?

    LabDaddy1
    Participant
    Posts: 1650
    #2210866

    I have a question for people fishing pool 2. I’ve had fairly good success on pool 2 catching nice sized walleyes, with a 28 1/2” being my PB. If someone wanted to catch a 28-30” walleye, would you recommend pool 2 or Mille Lacs?

    Wait, I thought you were a walleye wizard though! devil chased

    Joking aside, I’d recommend pool 2, but they do exist in Mille lacs as well.

    CBMN
    Participant
    North Metro
    Posts: 880
    #2210879

    I have caught 28″+ fish on both but without a doubt I would vote for the River…

    It isn’t even close in my opinion.

    Wndrdr
    Participant
    Posts: 17
    #2211065

    Rainy river would be my top suggestion, but between those 2, pool 2. With it being all CR and the much lower pressure definitely opportunity to catch big fish.

    Steve Root
    Participant
    South St. Paul, MN
    Posts: 5449
    #2212591

    Road construction update: Hardman Avenue is open again.

    About a dozen trailers in the parking lot and shore fishers all over the place. Good to see so many people out enjoying the river on a beautiful afternoon.

    SR

    suzuki
    Participant
    Woodbury, Mn
    Posts: 17875
    #2213233

    Access to launch was a breeze last night. Fishing was tough. We only managed a handful of fish but it was nice getting out. No pig eyes. Some on jig/minnow and some on cranks. Mostly fished wing dams. We snagged a flathead that circled the boat for 10 min before the lure popped out. Barely got to see it but it was a dude.

    Jim
    Participant
    Posts: 193
    #2213292

    We had good action Wednesday AM. 3 biggest walleyes were 21-23”. Jig and 1/2 crawler and trolling cranks worked.

    Steve Root
    Participant
    South St. Paul, MN
    Posts: 5449
    #2213326

    I was out Monday and pulled cranks all over the place. Never had a bump. There are a lot of places Walleyes can be, and apparently I’m pretty good at finding the places they aren’t.

    SR

    fishdale
    Participant
    Posts: 406
    #2213391

    Been having mixed luck with jig and crawlers. One day slow couple days later really good. big fish are hard for me to find. Can we fish with multiple lines on P2 yet?

    DaveB
    Participant
    Inver Grove Heights MN
    Posts: 4308
    #2213883

    if you only catch one walleye…..

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    Jim
    Participant
    Posts: 193
    #2213899

    DaveB, awesome walleye!
    We had good action this afternoon/evening. Biggest was 26.5”.

    Jon Jordan
    Keymaster
    St. Paul, Mn
    Posts: 5506
    #2217105

    Is the Pool 2 guy who pulled a jet ski rider out of the river after a crash here on IDO? (Dead head crash near Wacouta on Saturday afternoon/evening) His father is looking to find you and thank you for the assistance.

    Posting here in case you don’t have a FB account.

    -J.

    Jim
    Participant
    Posts: 193
    #2217128

    From the FB post:
    If anyone knows the fisherman who pulled our son out of the river after he hit the dead head on the jetski by Wacouta Sat around 7 pm please let me know who they are so we can thank them for helping so quickly! He was conscious but bleeding from his chin pretty bad.
    He got out of the hospital this morning with a jaw broken on both sides, 5 stitches in his chin and some broken teeth and minor internal bleeding in his abdomen. He’s pretty beat up but is going to make a full recovery.

    Jim
    Participant
    Posts: 193
    #2217446

    There was a fish kill in the Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant discharge, which some people call Chemical Creek. Steve Root and I fished this AM and noticed some dead fish upriver from the 494 landing. Later we noticed a lot of dead fish at the discharge. The creek had a lot of dead fish. We were guessing around 100. Some had floated down to the 494 bridge when we came in about noon.
    They were mostly carp and suckers, but we did see some walleyes and northerns.
    I reported it to the DNR and will add a comment if I hear anything.

    Evan Goulet
    Participant
    Posts: 4
    #2217554

    New to the area… Looking for some advice for fishing from the bank around the Minnehaha Creek mouth. Most of my river fishing experience is from the Maumee River in OH, where slow retrieval of jigs (either standard leadhead or Carolina rigged floating head) with twister tails was the standard. Would this be a good technique for this area as well?

    suzuki
    Participant
    Woodbury, Mn
    Posts: 17875
    #2217566

    There was a fish kill in the Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant discharge, which some people call Chemical Creek. Steve Root and I fished this AM and noticed some dead fish upriver from the 494 landing. Later we noticed a lot of dead fish at the discharge. The creek had a lot of dead fish. We were guessing around 100. Some had floated down to the 494 bridge when we came in about noon.
    They were mostly carp and suckers, but we did see some <em class=”ido-tag-em”>walleyes and northerns.
    I reported it to the DNR and will add a comment if I hear anything.

    We call it the turd swirler. jester

    DaveB
    Participant
    Inver Grove Heights MN
    Posts: 4308
    #2217567

    New to the area… Looking for some advice for fishing from the bank around the Minnehaha Creek mouth. Most of my river fishing experience is from the Maumee River in OH, where slow retrieval of jigs (either standard leadhead or Carolina rigged floating head) with twister tails was the standard. Would this be a good technique for this area as well?

    That would work, but you might donate a lot of them to rocks/snags. Another option would be casting a shallow running crank bait around sunrise/sunset parallel to shore and crank it in slowly. Good number of fish on those rocks in 2-3′ of water.

    Evan Goulet
    Participant
    Posts: 4
    #2217571

    Thanks, I know on the Maumee, the riverbed seemed to be a little less rocky than what Pool 2 appears to be. Once, I figured out casting directly perpendicular to, or slight downstream, of the current, my snag rate went way down. I might make a few jig casts and see how many snags I get. I’ll definitely try a slow crank bait.

    That would work, but you might donate a lot of them to rocks/snags. Another option would be casting a shallow running crank bait around sunrise/sunset parallel to shore and crank it in slowly. Good number of fish on those rocks in 2-3′ of water.

    Matt Moen
    Participant
    South Minneapolis
    Posts: 3838
    #2217617

    Thanks, I know on the Maumee, the riverbed seemed to be a little less rocky than what Pool 2 appears to be. Once, I figured out casting directly perpendicular to, or slight downstream, of the current, my snag rate went way down. I might make a few jig casts and see how many snags I get. I’ll definitely try a slow crank bait.

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>DaveB wrote:</div>

    That would work, but you might donate a lot of them to rocks/snags. Another option would be casting a shallow running crank bait around sunrise/sunset parallel to shore and crank it in slowly. Good number of fish on those rocks in 2-3′ of water.

    I was just in the boat fishing that area and used to shore fish it a lot. There isn’t really any water coming out of the creek so not sure that would be my first choice. Maybe if we get rain this weekend that will change. If there is water coming out of the creek there will be fish up and down the shorelines. Smallmouth are pretty active right now.

    If I was shore fishing now I’d be fishing just south of the hidden falls boat launch in the morning. There is flow all along that shoreline. Your technique will work but a crank bait as Dave mentioned might be a better bet.

    Good luck out there.

    Hunter
    Participant
    Posts: 29
    #2219663

    It’s been quiet on here for awhile so I thought I would throw this one up. Bangin dams was the name of the game!

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    LabDaddy1
    Participant
    Posts: 1650
    #2219752

    It’s been quiet on here for awhile so I thought I would throw this one up. Bangin dams was the name of the game!

    Nice ol’ muddy marble-eye!

    I just finally last year started dedicating some time to figuring out wing dams— it’s an interesting game and somewhat of a science for sure! Got a lot to learn.

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