Mississippi River Pools 16-19. Tailwater stages have been fairly steady to falling slowly this past week. Main channel water temperature is 60 degrees and water clarity is fair. Tailwater fishing for walleye and sauger has been slow. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 17 above New Boston is 3.01 feet and has been falling slowly. Floodstage is 15 feet. We have not received any tailwater reports for walleye and sauger fishing. As water temperature begins to fall the tailwater bite should pick up.
Channel Catfish - Fair: Look for channel catfish around brush piles and snags along the main channel and side channels. Try fishing with stinkbaits, nightcrawlers, and cut shad. Channel catfish can also be caught fishing above the wingdams.
Walleye - No Report: Look for walleyes on the wingdams. Try trolling three-way rigs with crawlers or casting crankbaits.
White Crappie - No Report: Look for crappies in the backwaters and sides channels around brush piles. Try fishing with minnows under a bobber or jigs and minnows. Try fishing in the Huron Island complex.
Sauger - No Report: Look for saugers in the tailwaters. Try vertical jigging with minnows.
Source: Iowa DNR