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:

2/20/2017
Mississippi River Pool 9 - Genoa

Got out for a couple of hours this morning ahead of the rain. Had to frog around to find decent fish. Finally found a pod in the 3rd wintering hole i checked.  Popped 5 fish 15-18' in about 20 mins, plus several shorts then headed for cover. Saw THOUSANDS of mallards milling over fields on the way home. Weatherman might get it wrong, but the ducks never do. Spring is on the way!

2/19/2017
Mississippi River Pool 9 - Genoa

Another gorgeous early April afternoon on the immortal River! Launched the boat at 12:45 and headed for a wintering hole about a mile upstream from where i hit 'em Friday. Only one other boat within a half-mile--a good hook from Boscobel who understands the term "deadsticking" on a level most other folks will never realize.  He and his partner had been on the spot for a couple of hrs. and filled out about 20 mins. after I dropped that certain color killer jig down on my Croix Legend Extreme. Caught 6 fish in the firt 10 mins, including a fat 18" sauger which shook off as i tried to air-lift her into the boat. Oh, well. Caught 3 legal eyes up to 21", several shorts and a pile of saugers 14-18".  All released, as the Admiral is cooking chicken for supper. Got off the water at 3:40, stopping at 20 fish. #20 took almost a half hour to find the jig, ain't that always the way it goes? Once again the good fish were at a critical depth. Ran out of minnows with 5 fish to go, and found they liked the Teddy Cat just as much as that new hot color Killer jig Karen started tying up last fall. About half the bites were just a subtle presence more than a definitive bite. Convinced I wouldn't have hooked up if it weren't for that Legend Extreme. Ice floes once again an issue--but not all bad. ice floes are a lot like a bubble line in cold water. They tend to bunch and track along current seams which also hold the fish. There's today's guide tip. tight lines.

2/18/2017
Mississippi River Pool 9 - Genoa

quite a few ice floes coming down this morning as running sloughs begin to shake off winter. This can be a MAJOR hazard in navigation. take it slow and easy. Water temps still in the low 30s--sometimes even below freezing. We are a solid MONTH ahead of ice out, based on the past 10 years. Supposed to get significant rain on Monday and again on Thursday. major cold front next weekend, then 40 on Monday the 27th. Showtime.

2/17/2017
Mississippi River Pool 9 - Genoa

Stopped at Capn hooks for a scoop of minners about 1 pm. Saw at least 70 boats below the dam. not my idea of "fun fishin". Launched many miles downstream with a little difficulty and probed several wintering holes. Found a pile of fish. Only 2 other boats within a quarter mile. With water temp 31-33 I knew the bite would be technical. boy was it! Had to resort to a stinger, meat, a certain color killer jig and fish within an 18" parameter to catch quality fish. Too shallow or too deep, small fish or no fish. Ice floes kept pushing me out of the 'zone'. but when I was able to get back at the precise depth, with the right color jig, a stinger and MEAT I got bit every time within a minute or two. Caught 6 legals, including two mid-20s fish, probably 10 fish just short. Kept a 17" sauger and a 15" eye to feed the Admiral. Oil is heating up in the Fry Daddy. Just about to witness another spectacular  sunset. Too many blessings to count! Imagine there will be twice as many boats below the dam tomorrow. There are certainly a pile of fish there...but its a BIG RIVER and the tailwaters aren't the only wintering hole!

2/16/2017
Mississippi River Pool 9 - Genoa

The main channel is open from the dam down past Lansing. There were about 20 boats below the dam this morning and about 20 guys ice fishing on DeSoto Bay. The ramps on hwy 82 are both still blocked by ice. There were a half-dozen guys pike fishing Chain-o-lakes south of 82 and another half dozen guys fishing the north end of Shore slough.  There are some fairly large ice chunks coming down the River today.