very well put Cycleguy
Mississippi River Pool 9 - Genoa
That is a loaded question(s).... I had a lot of boating experience on lakes and still hired a guide (Ted Peck) my first time here. We spent our four hours navigating the river with him showing me how to read the water. Wing dams, deep holes, current seams, back channels and such. Some of it was common sense, but all of it helped in navigation and then also fishing. Having a good on board mapping system with the dams helps a bunch. Staying inside the markers in the main channel is a given. Don't assume floating weeds can be driven through... they often have other crap mixed in and can be like small islands.
Launches will depend on you, your boat, current and wind.... much more than on a lake. The landing below the Genoa Dam is usually the most consistent, and easiest if there is current.
The river is always fun... but it can test ya a bit. Plan ahead, be safe, take your time and enjoy it!! I look at it like the most exciting and at times frustrating place to boat/fish ever.... always changing, and always worth the experience.
I am coming up Wednesday morning to hopefully catach some fish. I am planning on bring my boat. I have never navigated these waters before. I have always fished off the barge. If anyone can give me helpful advice I would appreciate it. Not looking for anyones secret spot just info on fishing would be appreciated. I also would like tips on where to launch and any hazards in the water I should be concerned about. wingdams etc etc
MOON PHASE (37%)
Finally, no weeds today and lots of walleye around. Need little cooler water but it's starting. Fish on killer jigs,streamers, floating jigs. 10 to 20 flat heads a day on the killer jigs tipped with minnows. Have never seen this many.
MOON PHASE (70%)
71° - 75° F
61° - 65° F
Plan for last weekend was to fish both days and youth deer hunt with Ben, thunderstorms saturday am dampened that plan, no fishing saturday. Ben got a doe in a storm in the afternoon, wanted to provide tenderloins for moms birthday breakfast sunday am, glad he did! sunday started to troll some areas i knew were holding fish, lots of flow and weeds from the rain, made it impossible. checked out some perch spots with no luck. ended up catching a nice limit of gills off pauls deck (snowball) , had to sort through them, many small ones, but some were nice to 9" , last night mom said I want to go fishing again!
Ted is still around, look him up
MOON PHASE (80%)
61° - 65° F
61° - 65° F
Northern trip today with Larry. Good day despite the rapidly rising, weedy water! Finished the day with a few nice crappies. Water temp down to the low 60's.