Mooneye near Minneapolis?

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TylerM
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Mooneye near Minneapolis?
Hey all Does anyone have any spots/tips they want to share for catching mooneye near the twin cities?
TonyS
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Mooneye

Pool2 has a decent population drifting worms on a split shot rig or a couple feet below a float should produce some.  Flies can be good during a hatch.  Actively drifting bait is consistently the most productive method for catching Mooneyes for me, Mooneye fishing is a lot like trout fishing IMO - except the waters are bigger and warmer.  The Croix is generally better for them, it seems to me.  Of course if you took a field trip to the Lower Red Cedar in WI you'd have to try prety hard to NOT catch some. 

TylerM
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Thanks for the tips!

Thanks for the tips!

I don't fish the Saint Croix much, but I will get that river in the mix more often! The Lower Red Cedar looks pretty awesome, I will have to plan a trip out there if I don't catch any from Minnesota this summer.

Carp Chaser
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Yes I second the St. Croix.

Yes I second the St. Croix. Especially if you can find side channels with good depth. They seem to like slower moving current in these types of areas. Freelining a worm works nicely. If there's a lot of them around they will bite on the bottom as well. 

"There's always a bigger fish"

Graceclaw
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LRC

I can confirm the Mooneye are hot and heavy in the Lower Red Cedar right now. I caught over 10 on Saturday and had a hard time getting to other fish through them + Drum. 

It's not where I was on Saturday, but if you fish below the dam there in Menomonie using the techniques described by Tony I have a hard time thinking you won't get one. Lots of other cool stuff down there too if you switch to bottom-rigging after your lifer! 

TylerM
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I'm going to have to head to

I'm going to have to head to the lower Red Cedar River tomorrow, thank you for all the tips everyone!

GeluNumber1
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Eric Kol
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current

look for them in current. In the Mississippi in Minneapolis I have good luck with a chunck of crawler heaved out to drift with the current. Using a float is a great way to adjust depth until you find them.

I caught close to 20 this weekend on a tributary of the St Croix drifting a crawler with the centerpin. They are always welcome

Carpy Diem!

TylerM
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Thanks for your help everyone

Thanks for your help everyone, the Lower Red Cedar produced!

TonyS
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Awesome!

Glad you had success out there, one of my (many) favorite rivers