Fishing Season: May 15th till end of Febuary

Mississippi River - MN

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

66

Kip Veith's Tip of the Week

Fish are pretty much spawned out. Start the search. Water is low look for cover and rocks. 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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Kip Vieth

5-Day Outlook as of 6/8/21

Summer has arrived and fish are wrapping up spawn. Might be a little post spawn funk going on. 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 6/8/21

Minnow patterns across rock flats. The popper bite is starting to go also.

Current Conditions as of 6/8/21

Summer has arrived and fish are wrapping up spawn. Might be a little post spawn funk going on. 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