Fishing Season: May 15th till end of Febuary

Mississippi River - MN

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

77

Kip Veith's Tip of the Week

It's terrestrial time. Look for beetles and hoppers. The Smallies are keyed up on them. Spawn is in different phases depending on where you are fishing. The warmer weather is getting things going. Please leave spawning fish be so they can make more.

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5-Day Outlook as of 9/13/21

The transition is beginning and the fish are responding. Bite is good. Topwater is king right now on warmer days. Pre Spawn is in high gear with some fish starting to get frisky. Poppers have been effective along with streamers. If you see males guarding nest please leave them alone so we have a successful spawn. River is in great shape for this time of year.

Techniques & Tips as of 9/13/21

Minnow patterns across rock flats. The popper bite is strong. Divers have also been very productive this season. Look to the drops for the most active bigger fish

Current Conditions as of 9/13/21

The transition is beginning and the fish are responding. Bite is good. Topwater is king right now on warmer days. Pre Spawn is in high gear with some fish starting to get frisky. Poppers have been effective along with streamers. If you see males guarding nest please leave them alone so we have a successful spawn. River is in great shape for this time of year.

Local Species Available May 15th till end of Febuary

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    Smallmouth Bass/Muskies

Kip Veith's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Wildwood's 3M Minnow Silver/Cooper
Bass Popper N/A
Hair Bass Bug N/A
TeQueely Streamer N/A
Murdich Minnow N/A
Umpqua Swimming Minnow N/A

Wildwood's 3M Minnow

This streamer fly is simply irresistible to a wide variety of fish species.

Kip Veith's Recommended Gear

Description: About Mississippi River

The stretch from St. Cloud to Monticello is relatively undeveloped. The Beaver Islands, a group of more than 30 islands packed into a two-mile stretch just downstream from the St. Cloud dam, break the river into a maze of channels. Downstream from the islands, the Mississippi is wide and shallow, flowing swiftly past agricultural land and high sand hills covered with hardwoods and occasional pine stands. Mississippi smallmouth bass fishing is reputed to be nearly the best in the state. Electrofishing surveys have turned up record-sized fish near Monticello. Anglers occasionally catch five- and six-pound bass.

Nearest Airport:

Minneapolis/St. Paul International

Best Time to Fish:

Heat of the day

Best Stretch:

Brianerd to Elk River

Best Access:

Any landing in that best stretch