Pool 3 and 4 walleye fishing report

Over the last couple weeks the mighty Mississippi River has made some drastic changes which has taken us from really high water levels to just about summer average levels.   That was probably the quickest I have seen the army core drop the river in a long time.  What does this mean?   Lots of adjustments to put those elusive walleye and sauger into the boat.


My trips have been shared between both pools as of late, seemed like each pool had its strengths however the pressure is not as strong on pool 3.  Is it as easy to figure out?  Well it can be if you spend the time on it learning what areas at each level the walleye and sauger will spend their time in.   Everyone has done there homework on pool 4 and it shows when I fish there.  The other good news to each pool I have seen lots of walleye and sauger in the 12-14 1/4 inch range.  This shows how good the spawn has been the last couple years. After this springs high water I'm expecting it was a great sown this year too.


I have been extremely busy this spring into early summer with a full plate of clients.  We have had several folks put their first walleye into the boat to many personal bests this spring and early summer. A little shout out to Loretta Robinson on her three day visit with the boys from Hamburg Iowa.  She bested the boys all three days on biggest walleye in the boat.  She seems to pull this off every year.  Dean although not with us anymore would be very proud of "Rita" holding on strong.  We miss ya buddy. And I'm glad we got to spread a few of your ashes in the place you loved very much.    Great times with great folks from Iowa.  

A big shout out to my buddy Robert Lampman on  winning the AIM walleye division out of Everets Resort. 41 Lbs is very impresssive against a group of fishermen in this tourney. Good to see some of the old boys I used to fish against in the past 20 years. 

The techniques I have fished as of late has ranged from Trolling the rig, pulling bait, pitching jigs and also Willowcat's. Every technique had its place to be used.  Figuring out which one was best is the biggest puzzle you will have on the river system.  The water depths have mainly been around 7-12 feet for me as of late however I was going as shallow as 2 feet just a week ago to get my walleyes.  Water temperature has raised as high as 76 degrees on my Garmin and now has lowered back down to 71 today.    Side note I have been seeing some may flies as of late so this could effect your bite soon so you may need to adjust to what your doing.  

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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