Finally back to the big river

Well since my last report I have been far from the Mississippi River ranging from Colorado to oklahoma to Missouri .   Helen will be a senior in high school this next semester so I have made it my best to follow her around the country playing the game she loves.  Softball!!!  Although I missed my river I would of not changed anything about how I spent my july.   Love watching this kid and her teammates.   

Now to my fishing report.   Over the last week I have gotten out several times with trips and with my buddies Brian and also Marty.  The bite on pools three and four are from being anything consistent.  So I headed my way down to pool 5 to check out a pool with some flow on it.   Well that's exactly where the fish were biting.  Wing dams, trolling the rig and also using jig and crawler worked down there. 

It was not always fast and furious but if you put your time in you would be rewarded.  The day Brian and I went down there we also chased perch and we were rewarded with a few dandies and also some very nice gils.   It was a blast fishing with you again Brian and look forward to checking out your new Lund coming up.

I have been staying in areas the have the most current due to the high water temperatures.  The combined with the lower water levels will keep the fish in these areas.   This is the time of the year that pan fish will be a better option until our levels come up a bit.  We pray for rain right now not only to bring the level up but also to take away this clarity we have on pools 3 and 4 right now. In my opinion I believe a lot of our walleye are feeding at night due to these conditions.  

Yesterday was a fun day with some clients I have had fir 8 years.   Great group of gentlemen. Dave, Brian and Dave joined me this year and we not only had first fish of the outing we boated most and biggest.  Biggest going to Brian on this outing being a 21 incher.   Great time guys and like always I look forward to our outing.  

Most  of my walleye of late have come from 9-16 foot in depth.  I have used salmo, jointed Shad raps and also flicker shads to catch my walleye when trolling. Changing up baits can be rewarding when the bite is tough. Trolling speeds have ranged from 1.7 to 2.7 mph.   With the low water levels casting a 3/16 to 1/4 ounce jig has been plenty on wing dams. Remember try different techniques if you believe the fish you have located are walleye. 

 Water temperature is 75 degrees and the level is back down to 2.3 foot    Be safe.

Good luck out there guys and gals !!!

Mississippi River, St. Croix River, Pool 3, Pool 4, Walleye Fishing, Sauger Fishing, Red Wing, Hastings

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