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Continued: Anderson: Walleyes biting on Mississippi as Ol' Griz knows

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 8, 2013 - 11:07 PM

Now the castoff timber appeared like sodden strands of spaghetti tossed helter-skelter against the Mississippi’s eastern shore.

As Griz positioned the boat, I dropped my jig and minnow to the bottom in perhaps 18 inches of water.

“River fish love structure like this,’’ Griz said. “You might find a good smallmouth here, too.’’

Not far from where we fished, Griz once bet me he could catch a walleye weighing 8 pounds or more in less than an hour. He did it in 23 minutes and the weight was almost 9 pounds.

So I figured yes, all right, maybe a smallie will be here.

Which is when my rod doubled over as a slab-size smallmouth bass took my jig and ran with it.

We would catch other fish in the half-day we spent on the water Thursday, including more walleyes, some medium-sized, some big.

But already in three hours we were at 30-plus in the boat, a lot of action in a short time.

“A good morning,’’ Griz said.

And it was.

Coming Sunday: Fly fishing for smallmouth bass from a drift boat on the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis.

 

Editor’s note: Fishing guide Dick Grzywinski can be reached at 651-771-6231.

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