Mississippi River and lake pepin walleye report

After being gone for twelve days I had a chance to get some great clients out on the mighty Mississippi River.   Wow is all I can say with how high the river has risen in the time I was traveling for Helens softball games. 

Kevin, Sean, and Kyle joined me on Monday morning out of the Frontenac launch and we headed straight out to fish a couple points pulling three ways with crawlers.  Although the fish were not exactly on fire this morning we managed to put a couple quality walleye in the boat.   It seemed if we could find a little cleaner water pockets we got bites.  

After a few hours we went to several areas trolling cranks.  We caught several shorts in areas by the end of the day we found an area that started to produce some keeper sized walleye and sauger.  Oh yeah and a couple nice crappies to boot.  Sean I wish we could of just seen the giant you had hooked up for about 30 seconds.  What a great time gentlemen and Kevin thanks for choosing my guide service again to take your fireman out for a good time on the river. 

Friday I had to assist Jeremy Shriner on a guided trip he booked with seven folks from Arizona.  What an absolute blast these folks were to take out in lake pepin.  I had the pleasure of taking out a young lady name Bailey that had never fished before she not only caught the first walleye of many she got the most today. This young lady really showed the excitement that a guide like myself really loves to see from our clients. Several times she mentioned to her father Dana that he needs to take her fishing when they return home to Arizona.  

Bailey, Jaiden , Dana and Dave had all reeled in several fish in my vessel today.  Pulling cranks was the choice of technique today with this group of clients.  As you can see between my vessel and Jeremy’s we had lots of work to do cleaning this mess of walleye and sauger.   I am really glad you folks enjoyed yourselves on Lake Pepin with me today and look forward to next year with you.

The river is just starting to recede so thing are gonna change a bit.  The water will clean up and the bite on the river itself will pick up.  In the mean time I can tell you look for cleaner water and you should be able to take a few fish for dinner home.   I have been trolling from speed that range from 1.8 to 3.1 mph.   Colors for cranks have been different each time out.   When pulling bait my speeds have been .6 to 1.3 mph.   Keep in mind pulling bait takes patients but the size of the walleye you catch can be rewarding.

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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