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August 1, 2014

August 1, 2014

Blame it on my success at Eagle Creek but it gave me an idea to try other Twin Cities streams listed on the MN DNR map.

Tuesday afternoon found me checking out Black Dog Creek and Kennaley’s Creek in Dakota County.  Save your time.  Not much to write about. Both flow into the Minnesota River and are in poor condition.  Kennaley has a beaver dam that has limited the water flow to a trickle.  Black Dog is ankle deep and looks like a mud/muck filled mess after this spring’s high water.  Oh, well – I can say I gave it a shot.  Took a few casts along some riprap on the MN River – nothing.

Years ago I played golf at Oak Glen Golf Course in Stillwater and as is the case anytime there is moving water (Brown’s Creek runs through the course), I wondered if it contained any trout.  Over the years the DNR has acquired some public easements to Brown’s Creek and made an effort to restore it as described on its website. I was in the area and so decided to give it a shot.  If Eagle Creek is difficult for most anglers I found the section above Neal, just west of the course to be almost impossible.  Very tight, shallow water, and plenty of trees, bush, weeds to get snagged on.  I tried to access the “gorge” section of the river but was unable to find an access point.  Off to the Old Mill Creek in Marine on St. Croix.  From my research on the web I noted that several people mentioned they couldn’t find the park or creek as it flows through Marine on St. Croix.  The DNR mentions to head a block south of the Brookside Grill but the creek flows behind and underneath the Brookside Grill, under the road where there is a falls.  The creek then runs a couple hundred yards to the St. Croix.  The slope down is steep and the water very shallow so I didn’t give it a try.  I didn’t give the shot above town off of Hwy 4 a try.  A little uncertain as to where to park.

Today, Friday, August 1, was an opportunity to try to the Vermillion River just east of Farmington, MN.  Denoted as a river, it felt good to be on water that was little bigger, although it is still very difficult to fish.  Tight lies and lots of shrubbery to snare one’s tackle on.  Back to flipping streamers and wooly buggers, etc.  Skunked after three hours. I know there are fish here having caught a 16″ brown trout years ago – none today though.

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A Haiku –

Rise, wooly bugger

Take a listen, make a cast

Vermillion River


Come to think of it, it was kind of a bad week for catching as I fished for about an hour and a half on Monday morning at Bush Lake with a frog-patterned Dahlberg diver in the slop and got blanked there too.


– Hats


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