PROSTAFF PROFILE:
Ted Peck

Ted Peck
HOMETOWN:
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:

3/20/2017
Mississippi River Pool 9 - Genoa

I have a much better understanding of 'addiction' tonite. After netting perch, walleyes and saugers for folks the last several days I finally got a day off. The Admiral wanted perch for supper.  All I had to do was catch 6-7 decent ones. This took about 20 minutes on the Perchanator and the basic red hook/orange bead rig. Then i got another bite. Then another.Real tough to throw back 10-11" male perch from cold water.10 isn't quite enough for 2 meals. Twelve and I had enough. Then the slip bobber went down. 11 inch male. Sucked the perchanator in 'way past daylight. By the time I got the hook out the other rod was about to go in the bay. NOW what? Admitted I was an addict. Filled out a 25 fish limit in just two hours. Three big meals of perch.Enough to keep the admiral happy for at least a week. I haven't kept a limit of perch in a long, long time. Won't keep another fish until these are gone.Tried to just keep males, but there were several females in the bunch. males are actively milting. Females I kept had pretty hard eggs. Guessing about 10 days out from the spawn. Why, oh why do perch have to taste so doggone good?!

3/18/2017
Mississippi River Pool 9 - Genoa

had to break ice for 1/4 mile yesterday to get to the perch. Northland Buckshot Rattle Spoon and Teddy Skunk  Perchinator tipped with a little piece of redworm. River is warming steadily, up to 36 today from 34 yesterday. Loading the boat after walleye fishing was interesting. Nothing like going arse-over-teacups off of the stern. Micheal Phelps could benefit in his backstroke efforts by studying my launch technique. Think i'll weld the top of a Weber kettle to my E-Tech. A handle might have prevented a bath. Oh, well. Saturday. Check bath off the list. Had to remind the guys today that fish are cold blooded, requiring a slow presentation. They noted my exit from the water was not slow.  That's cuz i ain't cold blooded...just paralyzed from the neck up!

3/16/2017
Mississippi River Pool 9 - Genoa

ice has returned to DeSoto Bay, pretty much down to the mouth, with exception of narrow path up in Long slough. River is dropping quickly. Water temp remains at 31-34. A drop of one more foot and warming of 3 degrees and it will be game on.

3/14/2017
Mississippi River Pool 9 - Genoa

The River is always a dynamic environment. Over the next week or so it will be more dynamic than usual. Single digit temps overnite last night froze a lot of quiet waters over with cloudy ice. Ice fishing is out of the question.  single digits are forecast again tonite.  Then things are supposed to warm up a little. ice formation in quiet waters will double in thickness overnight to just over an inch. Warming weather, a little wind and a steadily dropping river will move the new ice downstream causing a considerable--and mostly unseen--hazard to navigation. natural factors like ducks, buds on trees and falling river levels tell me we have had our last substantial winter event. Fishing success will improve considerably in the next few days. Weather is still gonna be on the cool side for mid to late march, but more important, river levels are getting down to reasonable levels. The next big variable is water temp. We're still at 31-33 degrees. Put the bait in front of fish and they will eat--but they will eat with more interest when the water temp warms to 36-38. Bottom line, we're gonna be moving into spring pattern. What works in the morning may not work in the afternoon. the difference between a few fish and a bunch of fish is a roll of the dice. Truly right place/right time scenario. Experience can be a blessing--or a curse.A lifetime of fishing this River has taught me the concept of "pre-fishing" for a trip is a total waste of time. this is especially true right now. Best plan is to just go fishing and see what the River will provide. Calling this River a mystery wrapped in enigma doesn't do it justice! She will reward you beyond your wildest dreams then humble you almost beyond redemption on back to back trips. The Mississippi River is my default reality check. Gonna saddle up and lock horns with her again in a day or two. No way I'm ever gonna dominate the contest. Just tickled to be in the arena!

3/12/2017
Mississippi River Pool 9 - Genoa

Got out this afternoon for a couple of hours, just cuz i haven't been out for a couple of days and it looks like it will be a couple more til I get out again. Saw no other boats. made three drifts at three spots. Caught one 24" channel cat.River is high and a little dirty, but not real dirty. Water temp 31-33 the 10 mph SE breeze coming off the water made it feel a little chillier.  Starting to spit snow. Time for a bowl of vennie chili