Perch show up the day after I fish there.
Mississippi River Pool 9 - Genoa
MOON PHASE (5%)
Below 40° F
Fished all day Saturday and a couple hours Sunday morning. Was the first boat out both days. Action was best just before dawn but slow overall.
Water is very low. Didn't see any fish being caught off the barge. Ended the weekend with a 16" walleye and 5 perch in the box.
Water temp on Saturday where I parked was 35.8 and on Sunday morning was 37.8
Elected to anchor behind a wing dam. Perch came on river rigs with 1/2 crawler. Total of 6 walleye came on red jig head with purple ring worm plastic. Mixed in some pike. Saw a huge pike break off someone else's line in a nearby boat. I caught a 12" walleye and an 18" pike that both had other people's jigs in their mouth with broken line hanging out.
On another note...staging your boat on the water is part of the game when a launch is busy. Please be considerate of others and don't stage straight out from the ramp. I had a hell of a time getting onto my trailer because an inconsiderate person was sitting in his boat about 20 yards straight out past the ramp and I had to maneuver like Austin Powers on a golf cart in a skinny corridor. Other than this guy, I found the launching of everyone else to work like a well lubed machine so hats off to everyone else. Don't bother without 4 wheel drive. The ramp was all ice in the early morning.
The run is NOT on. Maybe by the weekend but should be strong in 10 days. We need a big rain.
Anyone out there fishing could you share a water level report? Want to get an idea of what I am dealing with when I head up there next week. I assume it's low, but how low?! Thanks. Tactics will be adjusted according to water level.
MOON PHASE (2%)
31° - 35° F
Below 40° F
Got an early start today and took a long time to find much for active fish. Water temps still pretty cold 36.8 and lack of flow seems to be inducing lockjaw. Started below Genoa Dam and picked up a few dinks before heading downstream to some more typical staging areas. Deep was the ticket for us 30+ FOW with jigs, minimum plastic and minnow. Steady action but a lot of small ones. Tried some perch---Nothing happening. Left at noon with the largest fish only 17".
MOON PHASE (2%)
Trips the last few day were successful with a mixed bag of fish. 3 smallmouth bass, a few channel cats, walleyes, saugers, northern and of course, Sheepshead! The thrill of the trip yesterday was this sturgeon. Tony's wife caught this beast on a medium action spinning rod with 8 pound test. It was 50 inches long, with a 20 inch girth, estimated weight is 31 pounds. What a battle! Fished four hours yesterday, 3 anglers caught 15 walleyes and saugers, with a 23 in. walleye the largest and a 20 in. sauger the largest. Everything caught on hair jigs tipped with minnows, fished in about 15 to 20 fow.
Thanks for reading my reports and have a good week!
51° - 55° F