All wingdams hold fish, sometimes more than other times but they all hold fish. They have secrets waiting to be discovered. If you use your fish finder and check around wingdams you pickup fish everywhere, they may not be Walleye but they tell the story, all wingdams hold fish.
Since I had to take an early retirement with a bad back and lost a good portion of my retirement when the mill went bankrupt, I like to fish waters as close as possible. I wish I could afford to go where I wanted, but I just can’t.
Pool 13: The wingdams on pool 13 get better the further north you go. The wingdams up by Belview hold big fish about year round, I used to fish there often when I was working. But that is about ninety miles from where I live and so it’s just out of my range. I notice after I sold a few DVDs that I filmed near Savanna to people in eastern Iowa, that the wingdams became so crowded I can’t even fish there anymore. These guys are missing out, the best wingdams are sitting there full of big Walleye and no one is fishing for them. I just like to get away from the crowd so I have to take wingdams that don’t have as many fish and are hard to fish. It is a huge mistake to follow me, they could be doing a lot better elsewhere.
Pool 14: They stock pool 14 near the power plant in Cordova. That area has the best fishing most of the year. The further you get away from that area the less fish you have. The Clinton guys have wiped the dam area of any fish that make the mistake to go there and now there is few fish left that even go there. But the crowds won’t give up, they chase fish stories and miss out on better fishing down river. I like to fish by Fulton only because it is closest to where I live, I have to drive about ten miles further to fish down river. Last year I just couldn’t get away from the crowds, seems everywhere I show on my DVDs now gets hammered by fisherman, so I started going down river and I was surprises, all the pressure left the best area and now fish up river. So I had it all to myself and I caught tons of big Walleye with hardly any boats around. The boats I saw all hit community holes and left the best spots untouched. That is why this area will be top of my list this year and I will try to get a new DVD to show people what they are missing out by chasing yesterdays fish stories.