Mississippi River walleyes and sauger report

Over the last two weeks the weather has changed so many times that switching from ice fishing to the boat seemed like a rollercoaster ride at times.   The good news is the water levels have continued to drop for us and we are getting real close to normal levels for winter time.  

I would like to start out by saying what an absolute great afternoon into dark I had with John and Steve on our outing on pool 4.   We fished in several areas today and boated both walleye and sauger.   The fish seemed like they were gathered up on small schools in several areas.   Steve started out with the hot hand today boating several fish before both myself and John even had a strike.   Steve was a fast learner today to the slow technique we were introducing to the walleye and sauger.   Hey even a bonus small mouth liked what we presented to them today. 

As the day went on John not only picked up the pace today he made it at times that I could. It even drop my line in due to having to grab the net.   Both gentlemen had walleyes that came close to 20 inches today but none over hat size. As always guys what an absolute great time in the water with y’all again and can not wait till our next outing.  

Next I fished with my good buddies Chad Sickler and Brian Paulson.  On this date we fished for walleyes and sauger and even got into some bonus small mouth, perch, and a sturgeon.   We fished Dubuque  rigs today, split shot minnow, pitched jigs with plastics. All three presentations caught fish in my boat.  

Chad it was a pleasure taking you fishing today.  And sorry about your dad Dennis.  He was always a hoot to have at our girls softball games. All the kids loved having him around.  He will be dearly missed my friend.   We will get out again soon.   

The ice fishing has been a little slow but now that I’m getting over the bad bad sickness I have had the last week and my fishing partners ready to get back at it I will be both on the hard water and boat hard again .   

The water clarity has been very good I believe I could see at least 5 foot my last time out.  Water temp is starting to come up a little now that the level has dropped so the power plant is doing its job.   The walleyes in every pool have started to make small runs towards the areas they are gonna do their spring spawn.  This is the time of year folks will be surprised at the size of a fishes belly.   Give you and example.  Two years ago I had a client catch a 25 in walleye that weighed 8.97 lbs .  What a beast.    Until next time.  

Good luck guys and gals !!!!!!!

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

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