Howdy y’all Jim Duckworth here, this month I’m coming to you from the Minnesota & Wisconsin border on the St. Croix River, and the fishing is great!
We (Duckworth diving) are up here for the Wisconsin dot moving 65,000 mussels for a new bridge over the river. The weather is great, high around 75 and lows in the mid 50′s. Who could ask for better weather?
Here on the St. Croix River, the water is tea colored, brown shades, they call it tannic. The bottom and banks are mostly sand with some round rocks scattered in spots. The main channel water depth is 20 to 40 foot.
As with any new river or lake, I always fish a buzz bait to locate the fish. You will have a lot of false strikes, but if you throw a plastic worm in quickly you will usually pick up fish.
As we all know Mr. Smallmouth prefers rock to sand. What you do is just head up the river and look for rip rap and rock banks. Try around bridges and marinas. Pull your boat tight to the bank and turn your outboard so that when you turn your trolling motor on your boat will be dog-leg up the bank. This will keep from dragging the motor on the bottom.
I usually put my trolling motor on low 24 volts and leave it on. This allows you to cover a large amount of water in a day. When you get a few strikes in an area, slow down and throw crank baits and or jigs.
I fish probably 20 new lakes and rivers a year with my job. I have been using this method for 15 years and it works. Two things, to remember water temperature must be over 55 degrees. And it doesn’t matter what color your buzz bait is as long as it is white or chartreuse.
Hope y’all have a good late summer’s fishing. Don’t forget wear that life jacket, set the hook and may the fish be with you.
Duckworth guide service