Minnesota river fish kill die off?? summer 07

Discussion in 'MINNESOTA RIVERS TALK' started by Goldenshinner, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. Goldenshinner

    Goldenshinner New Member

    say i have herd on the news of some of our local lakes getting bad summer kill. even the bigger lakes like tonka have been stressing out. but anyone hear any offical news on the river. ive seen tons of dead fish floating recently. the other night we saw the shore littered with dead shad, crappies(rarish on the river), sheepheads and all sorts of odd stuff. I would normaly not think much of that except that after casting my line out, it slowly got loaded up with dead carcases!!!! at one point i had 3 fish hung on my line disintergrating into pieces!!! what it up. and my thoughts are that the bite this year is much less than previous years!!
     
  2. Larry

    Larry New Member

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    I haven't noticed any of that. Where are you fishing? I bet there will be some kill of after the bridge collapse with all the Fluids from the submerged cars in the river. That will be interesting.
     

  3. gilmafam

    gilmafam Well-Known Member

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    Larry, I was wondering if you or any of your minn BOC brothers have fished under the bridge that collapsed? I have not fished there as I'm stuck here in Calif and have fished under many bridges here and on the colorado river between ariz, and calif....... What is the normal water depth as it flows under bridge....

    Just wondering...... bayrunner ray
     
  4. rushing

    rushing New Member

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    I haven't seen or heard of any fish kills on the river. Where were you fishing?


    Bayrunner Ray- From what I have heard the river under the bridge right now is only 7-12ft deep. We are kinda in a low water period right now.


    LFC - Larry send me your email and lets see if we cant set somethime up to fish this month or the beginning of next!

    rob
     
  5. Goldenshinner

    Goldenshinner New Member

    hey guys good to see you all on this board. i dont visit it much. im fishing twin cities streach from chaska/savage to blakely(roughly), then i do afew trips to the granite streach, and try to do one odd trip somewere inbeetween every year.
    as to that bridge. its not a good section for flatheading(that i know of) firstly its too light up. secondly it can get dangerous there, and by dangerous im not refering to water wise, rather i mean by being shot at by some crazed crack head. the river is sand to solid bead rock, with big bolders. good for smallies, but for flaties y need to get up against the dam, and they get funny about that. i know of some occasional big flatties that have been caught up close to the dam in this section, but y can forget even thinking about fishing it. y will get a nice escort out of the area. depth is in the 10ft range with two holes in the closer to 20ft+. flatheading starts at the ford bridge and down stream
     
  6. Goldenshinner

    Goldenshinner New Member

    say guys have you noticed a dramatic reduction in the frequency of caught fish this year????

    i have had several nights with absolutely not a bite. and that is insaine considering that often i fish a group of 7+ people. also i would mention that i havent seen the tons of dead fish this last weekend. i did meet an odd fellow(old guy) whos been taking 5 flaties a night to keep his smoker going.he knew the river very well, as he was fishing out of his ford! i would have normaly been anoyed by such a person except for the fact he was so informative(spots) and entertaining.

    ok gus ive got to go run the river. this will be another anoying weekend with tons of random people out, as there is some contest in bell plain i believe, catch y latter
     
  7. Larry

    Larry New Member

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    Bayrunner.
    To answer your question. Yes I have fished under the bridge as recently as a few weeks ago with my boy. Kinda scary to think how things work out.

    Rushing is pretty close to the mark on the depth in the area.

    As far as Flats starting down in the Pool 2 below the Ford Dam. There are lots of large fish caught in Pool 1 I know of more than a few 30 plus pound Flatheads that have been caught this year. Unfortunatly with bridge collapse no one except emergency boats can access that section of river. Not that you would want to. Some of the local reports are saying that the water it pretty bad above the Ford Dam with the vehicle fluids.

    thanks
    Larry
     
  8. Goldenshinner

    Goldenshinner New Member

    what about simply walking in from shore??? i didnt think fishing has been allowed in this streach for atleast over 8years now(fishing close to the dam boatwise). if your talking pool 1 , your talking about the wash and relevent fish pod pile just next to the dam.