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 Posted: Oct 3 2011, 07:14 PM
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I am leaving to fish the King Kat tournament on the Mississippi in 3 weeks (the 22nd) To pre fish 3-4 days for the tournament on the 28th-29th. My question is for you river guys as I mostly fish Lakes smile.gif and some small rivers on and off a couple time a year http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd448/NorthportTroller/Smileys/cry.gif With the water temps dropping and hitting a big river for the 1st time. Where would you start to pre fish this big river with 3-4 days of fishing/scouting? The boundaries are 3 pools 17-18-19 covering what looks to be about 60-90 miles of fish able water? Lots of Islands not sure of depth around them or the depth of the main channel cant find any charts with depths? This is fishing for Channels and Flats No Blues are supposed to be in these pools. My thinking/early plan is hitting all 3 dams and drift/troll the channel for about 5-10 miles down river in which would be one day? From what I have seen on google maps the whole shore looks good for flats as far as trees/cover/cuts/creeks lots of possible spots just don't know depths. Still looking for a hot/water discharge? Should i do a couple night trips to find some fish also? Any help would be appreciated as this is going to be a long interesting sleepless trip for me and hopefully a FUN and Safe Adventure on the Mississippi. Thanks for any and all help!

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Wow man, this is big time stuff. You got a location reference so we can look at the maps also? Any idea of the river temp there?

I never fished water that big for catfish so I couldn;t begin to tell you where to look. Brownie migh have some usefull info since he fished the Big D.


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Don't know if you seen these.It has all the pools you mentioned.I never realized the Mississippi River was so complex.Are you planning on catching bait?That would be my biggest concern.I heard them asian carp are all over & make good bait smile.gif .I've never fished a river that big,I'm gonna spend some time looking at the maps.I'm really interested in how you make out.Good luck to ya & be safe smile.gif .I'm sure you seen the pics of cc's G3 that got swamped at the early tourney.


http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/WheretoFish...iverPool19.aspx


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If it was me I'd try to get some fresh skipjack or shad and fish an outside bend with lots of cover. http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd448/NorthportTroller/Smileys/yes.gif


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QUOTE (vinnman @ Oct 3 2011, 08:36 PM)
Don't know if you seen these.It has all the pools you mentioned.I never realized the Mississippi River was so complex.Are you planning on catching bait?That would be my biggest concern.I heard them asian carp are all over & make good bait smile.gif .I've never fished a river that big,I'm gonna spend some time looking at the maps.I'm really interested in how you make out.Good luck to ya & be safe smile.gif .I'm sure you seen the pics of cc's G3 that got swamped at the early tourney.


http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/WheretoFish...iverPool19.aspx

Damn, nice link. smile.gif


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 Posted: Oct 3 2011, 08:18 PM
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QUOTE (vinnman @ Oct 3 2011, 08:36 PM)
Don't know if you seen these.It has all the pools you mentioned.I never realized the Mississippi River was so complex.Are you planning on catching bait?That would be my biggest concern.I heard them asian carp are all over & make good bait smile.gif .I've never fished a river that big,I'm gonna spend some time looking at the maps.I'm really interested in how you make out.Good luck to ya & be safe smile.gif .I'm sure you seen the pics of cc's G3 that got swamped at the early tourney.


http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/WheretoFish...iverPool19.aspx

Thanks for the link smile.gif Now everyone can see why I'm lost on what to do http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd448/NorthportTroller/Smileys/cry.gif Been talking to Calvin on and off about places to see/do while I'm out there but don't want to ask him for fishing info as he is fishing it also. Guess the best place for the carp is below pool 19 at the Keokuk dam and will try to get some for fresh cut bait guess they are easy to snag. Plan on catching shad out their but they have to be dead to use and don't know if I will find them. I am taking plenty of different baits if all else fails catching bait. Might stop at Lake Michigan on the Illinois side for rest and the salmon run found a spot your aloud to snag about 45 min out of the way so I would have them as bait for the week but mostly fresh salmon steaks to eat http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd448/NorthportTroller/Smileys/yes.gif


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QUOTE (NorthportTroller @ Oct 3 2011, 08:27 PM)
Wow man, this is big time stuff. You got a location reference so we can look at the maps also? Any idea of the river temp there?

I never fished water that big for catfish so I couldn;t begin to tell you where to look. Brownie migh have some usefull info since he fished the Big D.

This is the Real Deal and a real Big River. Don't know if I am ready (skill lvl) for a Big tournament like this wink.gif I'm probably going to get schooled (most likely)by all the Pro's tongue.gif I'm going to give it my best shot and try to have fun while being stressed to the Max during this tournament http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd448/NorthportTroller/Smileys/cry.gif


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 Posted: Oct 3 2011, 11:07 PM
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 Posted: Oct 6 2011, 05:28 PM
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Underwater humps and channels, use the shit out of that sonar brah. :waytotgo:
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