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tim ballard
 March 19 2017 04:48PM (Read 1241 times)  
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Im looking for info on fishing the desmoines river with my aluminum bass boat. I live in urbandale so I'm thinking the areas between Johnston and Desmoines. Want to target smallies. I fished off the bank at the sycamore boat ramp today and looks like I could put my boat in there. Not looking for anyones honey holes. Just info on navigating the river and access areas. Thanks


 
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 March 19 2017 09:13PM  
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Im looking for info on fishing the desmoines river with my aluminum bass boat. I live in urbandale so I'm thinking the areas between Johnston and Desmoines. Want to target smallies. I fished off the bank at the sycamore boat ramp today and looks like I could put my boat in there. Not looking for anyones honey holes. Just info on navigating the river and access areas. Thanks



Im pretty familiar with the entire stretch of the river. I love fishing for smallies one of my favorite species to target. If you drop in at sycamore and head north up to cotton wood, there is some good smallies in there. I wish they werent working on the bridge right by sycamore because there is good smallies down river. 2nd ave bridge by north high school all the way down to birdland marina has good smallies as well. Just find bridges, rock pilings, or breaks in the current close to shore and im sure you will get into some. Since you have a boat and can cover more water im sure you can do great with smallies! I am boatless and still manage some good fish. My PB came right out of the sycamore bridge on the left side of that beach area. 6lbs 1 ounce. Released ready for you to catch her! Let me know if you have any questions just shoot me a message would love to help you out as much as possible!


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 March 19 2017 10:49PM  
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Im looking for info on fishing the desmoines river with my aluminum bass boat. I live in urbandale so I'm thinking the areas between Johnston and Desmoines. Want to target smallies. I fished off the bank at the sycamore boat ramp today and looks like I could put my boat in there. Not looking for anyones honey holes. Just info on navigating the river and access areas. Thanks



Im pretty familiar with the entire stretch of the river. I love fishing for smallies one of my favorite species to target. If you drop in at sycamore and head north up to cotton wood, there is some good smallies in there. I wish they werent working on the bridge right by sycamore because there is good smallies down river. 2nd ave bridge by north high school all the way down to birdland marina has good smallies as well. Just find bridges, rock pilings, or breaks in the current close to shore and im sure you will get into some. Since you have a boat and can cover more water im sure you can do great with smallies! I am boatless and still manage some good fish. My PB came right out of the sycamore bridge on the left side of that beach area. 6lbs 1 ounce. Released ready for you to catch her! Let me know if you have any questions just shoot me a message would love to help you out as much as possible!





Thanks. I have seen bigger boats up near the interstate 80 bridge east of Merle hay before. Obviously need to take it slow but definitely want to get out there.


 
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 March 20 2017 01:04AM  
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Good spots on that stretch of river! Be safe and good luck!


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 March 20 2017 01:33PM  
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Smallies are biting in the rivers already??


 
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 March 20 2017 07:36PM  
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Smallies are biting in the rivers already??



Not last week they weren't but haven't tried since.


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