I have not posted any reports for quite awhile. The fishing has been very good of late. Multiple guided trips for pan fish have been very successful. These fish are moving into their wintering areas and eagerly willing to bite. The flat head fishing has been very good also, with larger fish being the rule rather than the exception. Fish are not overly concentrated in any one spot, but when you find one anther is almost certain to follow. The key for us has been to move quite often and change up on species of bait you are using. Some days perch seem to be preferred and other days gills and crappies are getting the bite. Last night I took Marvin out flat head fishing for the second time this year. He was accompanied on this very successful trip by Donte. We fished four spots and managed four fish. The areas we keyed on were rather featureless with a depth of between 25 and 40 feet. They each caught two fish with Marvin catching a 42 and a 10 and Donte caught a 25 and a 10. That was the last guided trip of the fall I am going to do; it is time for a little fishing by myself and as much hunting as possible. Also, I probably will not be guiding next year as it is very hard to work full time, which includes some weekends and schedule clients. I had a lot of trips this year, paid my expenses and enjoyed the company of each and everyone I took out. I thank you all for your support and I hope you all enjoyed your trips and came away with an appreciation of the beauty that the Mississippi offers. Also remember even though the waters of the Mississippi offer a great fishery it is not endless and we need to all practice catch and release and limit our harvest of all fish. I wish we would all adhere to a self imposed slot limit. I love to catch big fish just as much as everyone else does, that is why it makes no sense to me to keep the largest fish of any species. Please let the big fish go so they can be caught, photographed and released and the next person and the person after can do the same. There is no doubt in my mind that the Mississippi River would be the best quality fishery in the Midwest if it was managed for quality and not harvest.
[This post was last edited on 9/29/13 at 10:49 AM]