Where is all The Grass Coming From?

Where is all The Grass Coming From? With the high water again the bass guys are back in the weeds cutting up grass. The grass is the worst it’s ever been because of the high water and usually by now most of the fish are out in the main river currents (secondary sloughs with current). But now it’s back up again and just one boat can cut tons of grass, which makes fishing almost impossible down stream. The only way to fish is with a cross wind to blow the grass on one side of the river. This is a problem all the way up to northern pools as well. You also have commercial fisherman in the grass beds because that’s where the carp are. And the growing problem with the mud runner boats that don’t have to stay in the channels already cut, they just chop up grass everywhere they go.

The wind will also play a roll, when it’s windy it breaks the grass free, to float down river. This only gets worse as the season progresses and the grass gets weaker and starts dying off, which is an endless process.

The May flies are finally done. What used to last about a week now lasts for a month. I’m not sure why. Now the gnats are coming on in great numbers. I guess we have been lucky not to have had them as bad as they have been in drier years. Everything seems late this year. Some carp have still been spawning.

I see a lot of commercial catfisherman going into backwater lakes and getting large catfish, but most of the sport catfisherman stay out in the main channel even though the water is high.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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