A broad, swift river with wooded banks, and islands, this section of the Mississippi is a favorite among anglers. This stretch starts with one of the most pleasant places on the Mississippi, the Beaver Islands, just downstream from St. Cloud. Savor the narrow, winding, shaded channels before you head downstream.
Anoka is known for its fishing. With its deep holes and extensive riffles and easy rapids, it’s excellent for smallmouth bass. In fact, it’s probably the best big-bass stream in the state, producing a lot of smallmouths over 3 pounds. It’s also good for walleye, northern pike, and even a
few muskies. In recent years, channel catfish have been stocked in this stretch and are now common and large.
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