We are at a point of harmonic convergence RIGHT NOW on the upper Mississippi River spawning run.
My last blog was about barriers & current breaks, The massive lock & dam systems which break the River into 33 pools are the ultimate barriers.
The average date of major spawning on the Miss is April 15-22. Last year was an outlier. Spawn came in fits and spurts. Not all walleyes go at the same time. A few dropped their eggs in a warm spell about 10 days ago when water temps in the mainstem were at 45-46 degrees…then temperatures dropped almost 10 degrees over several days, shutting down the bite.
Now mainstem water temps are back in the upper 40’s.
The full moon was last night–the 19th. Three days either side of the full moon is a big factor in fish behavior
River is rising sharply again, up 2 more feet by Wednesday.
This is a no brainer. Go to the ultimate barrier: the dam
Fish a 1/4-3/16 oz jig with a purple/yellow (or white) B-Fish-n Tackle Pulse R. Steady retrieve, just off the bottom. Set the hook!
There is no mystery in this. If you enjoy “combat fishing” this weekend will be the combat zoo at it’s finest.
This homey don’t do combat. Don’t like crowds…which tend to bring out the worst behavior in some of those foregathered.
With no trips on the books due to flooding, I’ll be chasing smallmouths. They start migrating out of wintering areas at about 55 degrees. have picked up several of the scouts in recent days. Next week is gonna be a hoot!