High water


The water has been high for long on the Mississippi River that is has likely made big changes to the depth in many areas. The only good thing is that the water hasn’t been real muddy, so should help. The bad thing is the sand being washed down, it will fill up sloughs and fill in wingdams. With the high water and strong current, every time a barge runs by the current gets all the stronger. This has happened before, a slough with 8′ of water turns into 6″ of water and is no longer navigable. I lost some of my favorite wingdams in the past, and now I fear I lost a few more. It will also eat away at the unprotected islands and instead of the usually 10′ of erosion from the top side of the islands, now it will be 10 yards or more. It will also fill in the main channel so it will affect the barges and will likely need dredging.

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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