Root River Night fishing

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JabsGrand12
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Root River Night fishing
<p>I am wondering how good the night fishing is on the root river? My boy scout troop is staying there for the weekend in may and would like to know if night fishing is worth it. Id also like to know if its mostly Catfish and walleye, or other fish to during night?</p>
Corey
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What part of the Root?

Which general area? There are different fish in different parts of the river.

JabsGrand12
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Lanesboro, Eagle Cliff Campgr

Lanesboro, Eagle Cliff Campground, I dont know what part that is.

andy
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night fishing eagle cliffs
Don't expect to catch any walleyes or catfish at eagle cliffs. Instead, you might find hogsuckers, redhorse and maybe a shovelnose sturgeon. If you cast into the main channel, or really anywhere actually you will Get bites from millions of stonecats. Weed through them, though and you will land something larger. I would suggest fishing with crawlers in some of the slack water areas around the campground. What weekend by the way?
JabsGrand12
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May 16-18, Thanks for the inf

May 16-18, Thanks for the info, I think the stonecats to be fun for the younger scouts, Also how often are shovelnose caught?

Jason E.
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You might also catch a trout

You might also catch a trout or two at night.  A mooneye might just show up tooI agree with Andy, there's the slimmest of chances you'll get a walleye or channel cat, but your odds of getting something else are way higher.  

andy
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shovelnose
Shovelnose are a rare catch, but always a possibility. The hole down by the canoe launch is your best bet. I believe three were caught in one night down there at last years roundup. Keep an eye on this website, a whole bunch of us will be down at eagle cliffs the weekend before your Scout troop is going.
JabsGrand12
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Thanks, I asumeing most/all f

Thanks, I asumeing most/all fish were caught with just a hook, Split shot and worms.

andy
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a little more Weight...
You will need a little more weight than just split shot. a half ounce egg sinker might be better to stay put out there. Just cast out abs prop your Rod in a forked stick and watch your rod tip for a bite.
JabsGrand12
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Thanks

That sounds alot more sciencetificaly right then what i have been told before. I use the same rig for carp and am very familiar it. Thanks Andy for all the info

Jason E.
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I just thought of this, but b

I just thought of this, but be careful when handling the stonecats.  One prick from their spines and you'll be in agony for several hours.  There's two spines on each side and one on top.  Well, agony might be a tad strong of a word, but anyone who has ever been stabbed by one of these critter will testify that it hurts, a lot.

perkinsdonald
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lucky sturgeon catch...
Last year after tying on a hook I realised I forgot to put the egg sinker on. I used just a split shot for the sturgeon at the roundup. Luck pure luck!

 

 

The gods do not subtract the alotted span in men's lives the hours spent in fishing.

IMFSHN
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7 scouts staying @ Eagle Cliff May 20-21 Weekend

I realize this thread is a bit old, but I'll see if I get a bite...

 

JabsGrand12: How did your boys end up doing? Anything that worked well or didn't?

 

All: 

I'm from a BSA troop in the cities and our boys wanted to do a fishing campout this spring (May 20th weekend). Our Scoutmaster pushed for Lanesboro, since Eagle Bluff had the nicest campsite he has been at since joining (They did a canoeing campout a couple years back, and Mt. Biking a Game Haven Scout camp last year).

Being the Fishing merit badge counselor, I would have rather camped at one
of the many lakes up here and russled up anough boats to take the boys
out, but I conceded, since my son and I were down there last spring
with Minnaqua's Beginnings Fly Fishing Class, I figuring I could have
the boys hit both of the in-town fish ponds.

I talked to the the guys at the hatchery a couple weeks ago, and they said
they were going to stock it last week and would probably be fished
out by our May 20th campout. :(

So I am looking for some alternate places for the small group of 7 boys to fish while we are down there.

They will be bait/lure fishing, rather than fly fishing, and will be rookies, so a fish is a fish at this point in their angling careers. :) Granted being able to keep, clean, and cook a fish as a side to their main meal Saturday night would be a bonus, and wrap up their merit badge.

Thoughts? We're not tied down to the Root around camp if you have some better options.

Reply or feel free to PM me.

Thank you so much.

IMFSHN
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Thank you, RoughFish.com'ers!

A special thanks to andy and Eric Kol for their suggestions and good will.

 

The campground was wonderfully stretched along the river, producing some gorgeous fog framed mornings. We fished the river at the Eagle Cliff campground in the morning with andy's suggested setup, followed by the two ponds in town. It was a little slow, but 10 species was pretty cool.

 

I'd post photos of the other fish, muddy bank-stuck feet, and others from the trip, but they aren't of my kid, so for privacy sake I need to omit those.

 

River: Brook trout, brown trout, Northern Hogsucker, Golden Redhorse (? see pics)

Trout Pond: Carp  (go figure)

Bass Pond: Rainbow trout, crappie, sunfish, perch, largemouth bass

 

 

 

andy
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Great to see!

I am so glad your scouts had some good rough fishing down on the Root.  Awesome job, Scoutmaster!