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Does anyone have information on how to locate wingdams in pool # 2? Any help would be appreciated.

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If your looking for a map contact the State DNR office in St Paul and ask for the missippi river boating and safety guide. They sent me a book in the mail. You can also go there and pick one up.

There are a couple of wingdams that could be fished from shore. One is right by the boat launch by 494. The are some that are by the public launch south of the 35e bridge too. The wingies there are out of the water most of the year though. Your best shorefishing opportunities are going to be the upper part of pool 2 in the parks. There are some current breaks and rocky shoreline areas that will hold fish there.

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Are you asking how to locate them on the water? or are you just looking for a map?

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I am looking for a map if they do make one or any help on locating them. Are they generally above water or does it vary depending on water levels? Any information is helpful. Thanks!

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They are rarely above water, but typically 1-3' under the water. Sometimes you can see the dam's line on the water where the current is running over it.

Regarding fishing them from shore- I think that would be a nightmare. Snag city, hard to fish productive part, hard to fish w/ the current, etc.

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Google "Rock Island District US Army Corp of Engineers" scroll down and on the left side click on "Navigation Charts" then click on "Mississippi River Navigation Charts". It could be a bit more user friendly, but the maps are great.

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Probably not the kind of answer you're looking for, but a good one to keep in mind none the less: scout the area you want in late summer, when the water is at it's lowest (late August,Sept.) and you can see these wingdams above the water. Mark their locations,note landmarks, draw maps, etc. Then the next spring when they're submerged, you will will know where to fish.

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Pisces has it best. The Corps maps are a good start but there are other current breaks like sand bars they don't mark. You have to learn to read the water. Wingdams are pretty easy to see once you know what to look for. They have a telltale ripple (or wave in high current). This will show up a good 5ft or more (depending on current) behind the top of the wingdam. Other breaks are more subtle but will hold just as many fish as wingdams. Go with someone who is experienced or hire a guide. Steve DeZurik is a top notch guide on Pool 2 and can teach you everything you need to know in one trip.

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