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Fishing in the Blue Earth River

June 8, 2009 - Chuck Hunt
One day last week I decided to take my friend Michael fishing. Now, this would be not be a big deal for a lot of people, but being new to the area - and not much of a fisherman - it was a big deal for me. I have done some fishing in my lifetime, but not a lot. My major fishing experience is trout fishing along a branch of the Whitewater River near Altura, Minnesota. I have been trying to hone that skill for 20 years or more, but that is another story in itself. My other fishing experience is somewhat limited, although I have gone fishing for walleye, northern, crappies, perch and other fish. Some of that has been done on fishing trips with a group of guys, and some of it has been on camping trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Again, that is another story. So are stories about charter fishing in the ocean. Not knowing where to fish around Blue Earth, and only having a few hours alloted to the excursion after work one night, we decided to make a quick trip to the Blue Earth River, just outside of Winnebago. We were not expecting to catch much, but there is always hope. Much to my surprise, we caught six fish in the two hours we spent along the river. One of them was caught within minutes of getting set up and casting out. Granted, these were not walleyes. They weren't trout either. In fact, if truth be told, they were all pretty much 'bottom-feeders.' We caught two carp, two bullheads, a sucker and a catfish. On the other hand, they were all pretty fun to catch. Since we were using light tackle and line, each one took some effort to reel in. And truth be told again, my friend Michael caught the vast majority of the fish. He had a lot fun doing it, too. Luckily we practiced 'catch and release,' so we didn't have to bother figuring out how to clean this rather diverse group of non-game fish. I have eaten bullheads (in Waterville, the Bullhead Capital of the World), and I have enjoyed smoked carp. That doesn't mean I want to try and clean them. So we went home without fish for dinner. Just a fun story to tell about, and an enjoyable evening of fishing adventure on the mighty Blue Earth River. And if there are game fish in the river, they were safe from our hooking attempts. Maybe next time.


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