New photos of the Mississippi River

I have so many new photos I can’t keep up and having to reformat really set me back, but just to get something out here is a few photos from the other day:

Clinton Fulton bridge

Clinton Fulton bridge

Clinton Fulton bridge

Clinton Fulton bridge

Clinton Fulton bridge

Clinton Fulton bridge

Clinton Fulton bridge

Clinton Fulton bridge

Clinton Fulton bridge

Clinton Fulton bridge

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Mississippi River Bass

Mississippi River Bass

Mississippi River Bass

Mississippi River Bass

People think it’s a big river, that there is plenty of fish but looking at this Bass you can see signs that it has been caught many times before. I do recognize some fish, I catch them in the same spots year after year and when people keep fish, or birds eat them, they of course disappear. As far as Bass, there is several tournaments every weekend on every pool, guys practice by fishing during the week to locate fish. The trick is too catch every fish you can so no one else knows whats there. Then come tournament day you hammer the spots where you caught fish. So the average person can’t catch easy fish, they have to dig deep and fish for turned off fish that have already been caught over and over. The only way to get in on the fun is to hammer spots and be the first to catch the fish and then keep the mouths sore so others won’t know whats there. The down side is it gets boring, and if a guy isn’t fishing for money, it just sin’t worth it for guys like me who are spoiled with good fishing from Lake Erie or Walleye fishing the river. To me it’s worth it because I need photos to make art pictures and T-shirts. I now have so many photos of fish I will be busy all winter working on them.

Mississippi River Bass

Mississippi River Bass

Here is another fish for example, every fish I catch has signs it has been caught many times before. The eye has a deep gouge out of it. Now in no way am I against fishing or against tournament fishing, I may want to start fishing tournaments again myself someday, but I feel there needs to be more control on how many tournaments they have on our pools. The regular fisherman have rights to fish and catch Bass as much as anyone else, but there are guys coming from hundreds of miles away to fish our waters, and with all the local tournaments its just way out of control. I’m not talking about having one tournament a week, I am talking about having several tournaments every Saturday and Sunday and the river just isn’t big enough and there isn’t enough fish. I do have a lot of suggestions on what they could do, I would start with banning tournaments during spawning times. I would make it so tournaments can only be on Sunday, with Saturdays off limits for tournament anglers to practice or hold a tournament. This would give regular fisherman a chance to go fishing without having boats flying around all over the place fishing for money and showing no respect. Sometimes I like to Bass fish a little myself and everywhere I go the Bass boats either pile on, cut me off or fish everywhere I fished. If they see a boat fishing somewhere, they have to go check it out because they are professionals fishing for money.

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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