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Mississippi River Fishing Reports Pools 2 & 3

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expl

No problem.

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buschman

expl,

how are you rigging the stickbaits? 3-way? Any better than others? I'm running out of places to put the boat. A wild hair just might bring me down there.

rascal

the best advise I can offer is to use a fast snap and allow as much freedom from the nose of the bait to your line. If you are using stick baits in the fall bend the nose point down as much as possible without going out of tune. Sometimes you will have to retune these when doing this but gives you more actions in a slow pull. Biggest piece of advise is to SLOW DOWN.. when water is below 40 degrees you don't have to move that bait much if at all sometimes. You will be surprised now slow they really like it. Late advise but better than never I guess

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DREZLER

Was out on pool 2 Saturday 3/14. Flow was very slow. Water was clear. Fished for about 4 hours including down by the airport, up by the confluence, and a few holes in between. Only caught 2 smallies and 2 walleys total. I did also hook into a 30lb flathead catfish, it was a riot!

I did not see much else being caught at all.

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Craigums

Are the backwaters starting to open up?

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Naturboy

is fishing down there that good that nobody wants to say anything?

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searching4slabs

Fishing is good there. I dont like the cities so I would rather not fish in that scenery. Quarter ounce jig with a fathead or plastic vertical jigged will work. Dont be afraid to try shallow.

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expl

With the water warming it has become a variety bite - walleyes,sauger,cats,smallies,whitebass,crappie,sheephead.If you can get there during or rite after a rain event you have a very realistic shot at getting the elusive candy bar wrapper or other hook and line fouling trash .Plenty of action from something lately you just never know what.

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DaveZman14q

Hopefully I can revive this thread and get a discussion going!  Not a great report, but it's better than nothing.  I've been shore fishing pool 2 from the 35E bridge (just down river from the confluence) up to the dam with minimal luck.  I've been targeting my typical current breaks along this stretch that normally produce well for me come April.  

 

Although I haven't been out in the past 5 days, I'm guessing my lack of success has something to do with one (or all) of the following:

1) The walleye are still down river a ways (on the wingdams?) and haven't congregated that far upstream yet.

2) I'm fishing too shallow and once the water warms up a bit, they'll start using these haunts.

3) My presentations have been too aggressive for this time of year/temp. I've only been throwing blade baits, rip'n raps, and 4 inch ring worms on a 3/8 oz jig. I'm guessing live bait might be the ticket but prefer to catch them on artificials if possible.

 

Anybody have any thoughts on this? Advice? Thanks!

 

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Slobslayer99

Last week caught a bunch of small males on pool 2 in the  usual spring haunts no big females yet  use live bait in the current brakes and eddies along the shore there they're just slow down your presentation and be patient   The big female shouldn't be too far behind another week or two and they should be moving in once the water gets to the right temperature 

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drscholl14

I've been out shore fishing a couple times at Hidden Falls and Minnehaha up to the dam.  Been really slow for me too.  Going out again this morning for the first time in a couple weeks.  Hoping to find a better bite as I've been hearing slightly better reports from boaters in the area.

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fisherjmb

I've been out a couple of times over the last few weeks and I have never had so much trouble finding the walleyes. I generally fish from the 35E bridge to the Dam. I know this time of year is not always fantastic for walleyes in this stretch but in years past I have always done fairly well on walleyes in the summer in that area even though they are mostly smaller fish (under 20 inches) but we always catch 8 or 10 each time we are down there. The past two weeks we caught two walleyes in two trips. We've caught plenty of channel cats and sheephead/drum but the eyes have been very hard to find. Tried several tactics including jigs, rigs and trolling cranks. What is odd is we just aren't marking many fish either. Most years we mark a lot of fish in certain areas, now not all of them are eyes but we would mark a ton, not so this year, in many areas we mark nothing, like it's devoid of fish. Seems odd.Anyone else that fishes this part of the river noticing the same thing? I've been fishing Pool 2 for the last 10+ years and this is by far the toughest year I have had for walleyes. 

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phishnerd

Anyone been out recently sniffing for kitties?  June was a tough month for flatheads in my boat.  They should be starting to spawn so I'll have to switch back to channels for a bit.  Does anyone have any input on where they're at with their spawn so far.  They're usually finishing up around now.  Thanks fellas!

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phishnerd

Was out last weekend sniffin' around for kitties. Put in at the Wakota Bridge Access. I was surprised to see how low and slow the river was! Tried a couple of wing dams but the action was pretty inconsistent.  Moved to a mud flat in about 12 fow. Found 'em in the same spot as last week. Lots of channels in the 10-12lb range. Still having some trouble finding the flathead. Tried a variety of baits from livers to bullies. Had a couple of doubles which was fun. Channels were really digging the liver for some reason. Easily 3 to 1 vs cutbait. The key for me was finding current which was actually challenging. Good luck out there!

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    • TAJ
      I agree with Rayguy. A lot of ecological changes happening everywhere and I think we’re seeing that on the Whitefish chain. Keep looking for new spots and new structure. Fish are still there. It’ll be interesting to see how Fall fishing goes. I am planning on fishing the next couple of days. I’ll let you know how I do. 
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    • Borch
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