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Mississippi River Pool 4 Fishing Reports Pool 5, 6, 7 , 8 & 9

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How the water level??? I heard it has come up quite a bit.

Thanks.

Mike

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Did the last deep freeze lock up the tailwaters enough to get out on the ice and fish for walleye and sauger?

My experience is that it did not get quite cold enough for long enough to make for safe ice-fishing below the lock and dam at Fountain City, Trempeleau, or Dresbach, but I would be happy to be wrong.

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Hit the water this last Sunday. What a sweet feeling to be in the boat again. Fishing was not so sweet. We saw 4 or 5 other fish caught in our 6 hour outing and I had a gorgeous 17" on a moxi. Good luck to the guys in the tourney this weekend. As always the folks at Evert's where beyond great!

Water temps varied from 36.1 to 37.2 and the current wasn't to quick.

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I was out both Saturday and Sunday. The daytime bite has been tough with the water so clear yet. I did pick up a few after dark each day though.

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played hookie yesterday and got dwn to P4

it was a cold windy day but the sun was shinning and we're fishing.

very tough/slow/light bite, boat control was difficult due to wind. we only managed to put 15 fish over the sides and kept 5 for dinner. biggest was 2 18' saugers

most fish were caught V-jig/minnow, orange was best, only 2 fish on plastics, 25-30'fow

go as slow as possible, seemed to be the ticket

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my bud got a couple bonus fish as well

lost another one bout same size next to the boat

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plz hurry up rain n high water

still beats wrking =D

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Can anyone report the water temp for this week?

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41.6 was the warmest I found

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Has the bite slowed down on Pool 4? Pool 2 has been good for the last month. Water temp got up to 49 before the cold snap and I think they may have spawned. It was dead Friday and Saturday.

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The spawn is going on right now on pool 4. All the males I caught yesterday were milting. One female appeared spawned out, the other still holding eggs. Water was 48 degrees. The walleyes are biting, just gotta sort through the pike and white bass.

Here's the 2 big girls from yesterday...

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I had some vacation days to burn up so I took the day off and hit up pool 4 today. The bite wasn't fast and furious but I did scratch out about 15 saugers and a few walleyes. Got them jigging oystershell and pro blue moxies and pulse r's in 20-24'.  I'm already looking forward to the bite in another month or two. 

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By no means fast and furious but great to climb into the boat again for a couple hours.  We must have been a little rusty though. I bet we missed 10 bites between the 2 of us.  Excuse the thumb in the pic.

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I was out today as well. The walleyes eluded me, but I did find a school of nice perch and some saugers. The saugers were in the 23' range with all the shad. The perch were in 14-16'. Got the saugers jigging a oystershell paddletail and the perch pitching a 3/16 oz silver blade. 

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I made it back out today for a few hours, but I could not find any decent eyes or sauger.  I did snag this beast of a quillback if that's what it was? I've never actually seen one in person before. At 23 1/8 inches long it had the potential to be a state record.

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BassWhacker you caught one of the coolest and one of the least common fish in the river.  That is a blue sucker.

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Very cool thanks Jared.  It didn't quite match the pics of a quillback, but I couldn't find anything else that looked close online.

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Hit the open water for this first time of the year in the boat today, launching out of Evert's Resort.  Fishing was great, the catching was non-existent but that is why fishing is so rewarding when you get into a good bite!  There were alot of boats on the water today, however, this was my first trip to this area so I have no way of comparing it to a "busy day".  From my observations and brief conversations with nearby fisherman, the bite was slow for all.  A buddy and I fished the stretch from the dam down to Evert's from 7a to 6p and only saw 3 fish come out of the water.  The water temp started out at 41.6 this morning and by later afternoon I was marking around 45.  We fished a variety of presentations including jig and minnow, with plastics, blades, jigging raps, various cranks, hair jigs.  The only thing that bit and was hungry was the mighty Mississippi.  It was an expensive day for us as we donated a lot of tackle to the river!  Being that I am a novice river fisherman, I will take this as a good thing and consider that I am getting to the strike zone.  Looks like the weather will be warming up soon so hope to be back down for another outing soon, report will follow.  

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On 2/7/2016 at 3:24 PM, jerad_s said:

BassWhacker you caught one of the coolest and one of the least common fish in the river.  That is a blue sucker.

A friend of mine caught one of those 2 yrs ago the dnr in shakopee said they hadn't seen one in years. His was one ounce shy of the record if i remember right. It was right about 14lbs.

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Water levels?

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This weekend looks perfect for dusting off the long rods. Has anyone on this site visited Pool 4 lately?

 

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Will be soon:)

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