Brian Jaroszewski

After being a successful, avid fisherman for years, Brian Jaroszewski started professionally guiding on the St. Croix River to share his techniques and tips. He won several local tournaments, including the 2007 Beanie's River Rat Tournament with 110 competing boats.

5/15/09 St. Croix River's wind proves to be as big a fight as the fish

Posted by: Brian Jaroszewski under Fishing, Walleye Updated: May 16, 2009 - 8:33 AM
Friday, May 15, 2009 

  On the St. Croix today ~~ WOW! First, this is what I call hard core fishing. It wasn't the most diserable of conditions. Winds were out of the South at 25 to 30 mph most of the day.  I couldn't even tell you what the wind gusts were.  If you have ever fished the St. Croix you know there aren't too many places to hide from a straight south wind. Water temperature was at 57-58 degrees, which is good. I started out jigging a minnow, realizing really quick the jig isn't going to work today. I changed over to rigging a night crawler with a couple of drift socks. This slowed me down to .75 to 1mph. This I could work with.  Several more short Walleye and a 17" Walleye, Success. I found most of the fish in 17 to 23 feet of water. As the white caps continued to push me out of the zone, I changed it up again and began a troll.  Trolling did produce the next 17" fish, but still a lot of short fish. Changed spots a lot looking for areas not as wind blown. I even back trolled for a while with a night crawler and found it was really tough to keep where I needed to be and didn't have a whole lot of luck. As the water was making bigger breaker's, I finally called it a day at 1pm. It was still a great day on the water and this really does beat working. 
 
Have a great fishing day !!
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