River Siltation

Boy has that river silted in badly after all the high water this year. I have watched my spots fill in over the years and most of the places where I used to catch big Walleye are now just sand flats. One channel I ran two years ago had 8 feet now has 5. The only good thing is the grass didn’t grow as good as it has been so there is less floating grass which just ruins fishing because casting, trolling an d bait fishing is impossible without getting grass on your line. Forget night fishing, you can’t see the grass to avioid it. I remember years ago, about 1995 the DNR said they were going top try a draw down to get the grass to grow like it used to and that they did and they grass is so bad it has hurt fishing, not helped it. Fish disappear in the grass, grass constantly floats down river.

Because of the high water this year everyone has been hitting the river hard to make up for lost time. Usually by the dog days of summer most guys give it up and get ready for hunting season, but not this year, even though the fishing has been tough they still flood to the river. Oh and those fishing reports Iowa puts out, they are outdated being a couple weeks or so behind the times and they are inaccurate because the only guys that want to talk about it are the guys who had a agood day, so the majority don’t stop by the bait shop to brag about not catching much.

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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