Fishing the Mississippi River 11/24/13

It was around zero for a low and highs in the twenties, following a similar day before with 10-20 MPH northwest winds and this really shut the fish down. I pulled jigs and crankbaits through fish with only two bites all day. I snagged a few from trying to go through fish so much, which is rare to snag walleye. One time I was going through a school of carp just trying different patterns to find aggressive fish and of course snagged a carp, so I thought, turned out o be a big Walleye hooked by the tail. I tried to repeat the pass but only snagged into carp. Now how can I key in on anything when schools of carp, gar and catfish are sitting in the areas the walleye use? I tried running my motor over them but that didn’t help. Seems ever since those commercial fisherman were out last winter netting carp in that area that the carp now hang in the ledges next to deeper water where the Walleye hangout.

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I went back out yesterday in the snow fall and I did catch 7 fish but only felt two of them actually hit the lure and the rest just nipped at the last hook and were barely hooked.

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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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