Ted Peck

Ted Peck
New Albin, IA

Cap’n Ted Peck has been guiding for over 30 years and writing outdoors stuff for even longer—with at least one column, article or broadcast every single week since June 1973. This experience has led to sponsorship by many national sporting goods concerns and frequent seminar requests.

Peck authored Mississippi Musings with the Old Guide in 2011, chronicling his guide work centered on Pool 9. When not on the Mississippi you’ll likely find him fishing somewhere else in Wisconsin or on other Midwestern fishery, averaging about 210 days a year on the water or out on the ice.

Recent Fishing Reports:

Mississippi River Pool 9 - Genoa

great morning fun fishin' . found multiple quality eyes back in the wood in 3 fow on a purple Trap. Multi-species outing. SMB to 19 1/2, a 37" NP, a magnum WB and many short SMB. You can find me on Facebook now.Not so much drama there

Mississippi River Pool 9 - Genoa

my bad. figured New Albin ramp would be closed cuz River is on the way up. There is some water coming over the road, but the ramp is still open. River is dirtier than yesterday. Bite somewhat tough. Just a couple LMB, SMB, pike and one WB throwing Oxbow Trap

Mississippi River Pool 9 - Genoa

Yesterday with Del & Chuck all we could manage was a couple of short eyes and a respectable mess of SMB & WB. Rolled a couple of fish which had to be big 'eyes. Same spots, same baits today with Jordan and his Dad, Don. Don caught a 25 and a 24, Jordan caught a couple 20's...and they caught 25+ SMB up to 18", LMB up to 18" and a mess of WB up to 18". All bass and the big eyes released. Kept the two 20's and about a dozen WB for a fish fry. Strange that SMB and WB would be so aggressive in 48 degree water. Maybe early ice out had something to do with it.I don't know. Not a clue.  Just fish hard every day and happy with whatever the Creator brings my way.  fotos are the catch--and the release.

Peshtigo River, Marinette County

Fished the Peshtigo dam tailwaters the past couple days with my ol' pal Ron Barefield.  Caught a PILE of fish, 60% suckers, 40% walleyes, 85% of everything foul hooked. We hooked up about every 10th cast for 2 days. My biggest LEGAL 'eye was a 25 inch male.  About 85% of all eyes tussled with were males, most actively milting. Most productive baits were Rat-L-Trap and Husky Jerks, mostly firetiger pattern. Out of probably 100 fish Ron and I hooked probably 12-15 in the mouth and therefore legal, with at least that many more hooked with in an inch of the mouth--but outside the mouth--so not legal. It was essentially elbow-to-elbow combat fishing, but most folks understood the ettiquette of wade fishing rivers--standing essentially in a line, casting directly out in front of where you were standing. Once numbers increased to about 40 anglers on each side of the river, there were several anglers who didn't adhere to these principles and messed folks up within casting range downstream on a regular basis. Great to fish with an old friend again. We have a combined age of over 130 years, giving even more meaning to this trip.

Mississippi River Pool 9 - Genoa

chased walleyes with buddy Tom today. All i threw was the Teddy Cat, cuz it is a thrill catching fish on a bait you designed...and the TC catches fish. never expected a brown trout to eat the TC!!! on the way out of the Army Road saw about 100 snow/blue geese loafing along the road.  this was a very special day on the immortal River