Mississippi River-St. Cloud to Anoka Professional Review and Guide
"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.
If you’re fishing and the water is low, step out of your canoe and pepper the deeper runs and holes with a crankbait, jig, or fly. The entire section of river to 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 one of the best big-bass streams in the state, producing a lot of smallmouths over 3 pounds."