River fishing for smallmouth bass is all about fast action on medium or light tackle, and the Mississippi between St. Cloud and Anoka, Minn., is a great place to find it. Slot limits (12- to 20-inchers must be released) protect aggressive smallies that charge topwater baits with gusto. Boat access is plentiful, and you can wade-fish some areas. And bring a fly rod--casting gaudy surface patterns at bronzebacks with an 8-weight is a highly underrated flyfishing experience. Here's the per-angler cost for a party of two, for a three-day, two-night trip, from Minneapolis.