Heath Sershen

Heath Sershen has been fishing creeks in southeast Minnesota for 25 seasons.

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Pool 5A Walleyes

Posted by: Heath Sershen Updated: May 28, 2009 - 9:58 AM
    Pool 5A has been producing enough Walleyes for me to eat for the last week.  We have been taking fish on wing dams and current breaks with 3-inch white twister tails on a ¾-ounce jig head. 
    We have been targeting areas where Shad are visibly active.  White Bass and Smallmouth Bass have been in the upper water column.  A quick sinking jig has gotten us to the Walleyes below the Shad and Bass.  Most fish have been hitting when the jig is on its way down to the bottom of the river.
    Pool 5A allows for six fish over 15-inches.  We have not taken our limit as fresh fish are the best for supper.  A slow retrieve bouncing off the bottom of rock piles has been producing.

BWCA fishing is hot

Posted by: Heath Sershen Updated: May 20, 2009 - 12:39 PM

    I just got back from five days in the BWCA.  The walleyes and pike were hitting steady on Lake Agnes off points in eight feet of water on diver plugs. The anglers passing through from Lac La Croix were reporting similar successes.  We were on Agnes which is a portage away from Oyster. Oyster is a trout lake.  All of the guys that were coming out of Oyster had gotten skunked.  We spoke with several parties with this story. 
    We caught enough walleyes for eight guys to eat fish for four nights and once for breakfast.
    The wildflowers were nearing blooming.  We found stands of false morels in areas where there was standing water. We had no issues with bears or moose.
    The wind was horrible.  At one point a whirlwind came off the point and picked up a 65-pound rotomold canoe, spun it around twice, and drug it into the lake. The unfortunate thing is that my tackle box, full of my spin fishing tackle (dozens of rapalas, panther martins, spoons, spinner baits, hooks, weights) got taken into the lake with it. The point we were camping on was a 30-foot drop off. That’s where the box went. The wind demon stole it and gave to the lake.

Root River Round-up 2009

Posted by: Heath Sershen Updated: May 12, 2009 - 11:55 AM
    About this time every year Eagle Cliff campground gets crowded with anglers.  Some would describe them as Roughfishers, others as non-traditional anglers, but to us we are native species anglers.  As a walleye or smallmouth bass is native to some parts of our state redhorse and suckers have a wider native range.  The Roughfish round-up typically happens during the annual walleye opener.  The crowds of anglers are off to the lakes and we find solitude, in our group, having the river mostly to ourselves with 1000s of willing fish to handle.
    The world record golden redhorse comes from this place.  It is known for its annual runs of white suckers, northern hogsuckers, silver redhorse, golden redhorse, and shorthead redhorse.  These are the fish that native species anglers chase.  Some of these anglers have never caught some of the species and come here in attempt to add that species to their lifelist.
    There were 30 of us there this past weekend.  We caught nine different species of fish; silver redhorse, golden redhorse, shorthead redhorse, northern hogsucker, white sucker, brown trout, rainbow trout, river carpsucker, and smallmouth bass.  We enjoyed the fellowship and left satisfied.  
    We didn't break any world records however many anglers got to handle their first hogsucker.  All in all it was another successful  Round-up.  I am looking forward to next May when we do it all over again.

World Class Redhorse

Posted by: Heath Sershen Updated: May 6, 2009 - 2:00 PM
    The world record Golden Redhorse was caught in the Root River last year by Andy Geving. In this video I target Golden Redhorse with crawlers in a plunge pool.
    Golden Redhorse are often incorrectly identified by anglers. Most anglers accept them as carp. In southeast Minnesota most call them suckers. Only a keen few can actually identify a Golden Redhorse. Redhorse are native species to Minnesota. They are keen eaters and prefer clams and crustaceans over crawlers, minnows, spinners, and plugs.
    One can learn to properly identify Redhorse species at RoughFish.com. They key to identification is knowing the number of rays in the anal fin and the dorsal fin. Also, the number of scales along the lateral line of the fish can be used to identify species. Of course you need to know your fish parts.

Fishing On Minnesota's Root River

Posted by: Heath Sershen Updated: May 6, 2009 - 8:26 AM

A master angler catches fish for mental health reasons. Typically the larger the fish the more mental health one gains. This time of the year in SE Minnesota’s Root River an angler can catch 40 fish over two pounds in one day. Of course this angler must be able.


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