News & Notes

Mississippi River Pool 11

Mississippi River Pool 11Water level is low and stable around 4.6 feet at Guttenberg. Water temperature is near 60 degrees. Fish are on the early fall feed. Live minnows work well on a variety of species. Black Crappie – Fair: Catch bigger crappie on crappie minnows and hair jigs. Bluegill – Good: Use light tackle tipped with piece of worm in areas away from current along the weed edges in backwaters. Channel Catfish – Good: Try cut bait fished in deeper holes along current breaks of side channels.  Flathead Catfish – Good: The flathead bite has been good with the warmer temperatures. Try a shiner or small bluegill for bait. Lots of bank pole fishing with anglers using live bullheads or green sunfish for bait. Freshwater Drum – Good: Use a weighted crawler rig in the current anywhere from shore. Largemouth Bass – Good: Cast jigs or crankbaits in woody cover in the shallows of backwaters. Northern Pike – Fair: Cast crankbaits off vegetation lines or near the mouth of tributary streams. Sauger – Slow: Sauger are starting to bite as water temperatures cool. Try vertical jigging with a minnow in side channels and near lock and dam tailwaters. Smallmouth Bass – Excellent: Smallmouth are getting more active along main channel rock structure. Cast inline spinners or crankbaits along the faster current.  Walleye –  Good: Troll crankbaits off the wing-dams and side channels. White Bass – Fair: Watch for schools of white bass chasing minnows out of the water. Cast spinnerbaits or shad colored crankbaits for feeding white bass. Yellow Perch – Good: Use a jig and minnow fished in the backwaters.

Upper Mississippi River levels are low and predicted to remain stable, making for good fall fishing.  Water temperatures are in the low 60s. Boaters are advised to use caution to avoid backing off the end of ramps with the extreme low water levels. Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire Iowa border of the Mississippi River. All walleyes less than 15 inches long and between 20-27 inches must be immediately released. One walleye over 27 inches may be kept. Walleye/sauger combined daily limit 6/possession 12.