Mississippi River Fly Fishing
The 6th most popular fly fishing river in Illinois.
Sunday 31 July 2016 06:15 GMT
The northern section of the Mississippi River along the Illinois border has some good fly fishing locations. When fly fishing on the Mississippi River, you can expect to find walleye, northern pike, paddlefish and largemouth bass. The upper portion between Alton and East Dubuque near the Wisconsin border consists of a series of reservoirs formed by 14 navigation dams. The tailwater areas below each of the roller dams provide fast, turbulent water which stirs up food and attracts game fish. The best walleye and sauger fishing occurs behind these dams in spring and fall. White bass fishing also can be excellent there at times. In the upper pools, anglers troll above these wing dams and pick up walleyes in late fall, winter and spring. It takes some boat-handling skills to control the speed and proper depth of the lure along these dams. Other fishermen may wade out on these dams during low water periods and score consistently on channel catfish and white bass.
Overall, Mississippi River is the 6th most popular fly fishing river of all 8 fly fishing spots in Illinois.