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Mississippi River Fishing Tips

The Mississippi River makes up the largest river system in North America, and is the 4th longest, and 10th largest in the world. Contained completely within the U.S., it begins in northern Minnesota, at Lake Itasca, and travels slowly south over 2500 miles to where it dumps into the Gulf of Mexico near Pilottown, La. It flows through 10 states, and with it's tributaries, drains 31 states. It has been, and still is, a vital water-route used by commercial shipping, barges and boats.
The Mississippi is divided into 3 sections: The Upper, Middle and Lower Sections. The Upper Mississippi runs from the origin in Minnesota south to the conflux of the Missouri River, near St. Louis, Mo. The Middle Mississippi runs from the Missouri split to the conflux of the Ohio River, near Cairo, Il. The lower Mississippi runs from there to the Gulf of Mexico at Pilottown, La.
The Mississippi River covers many ecosystems along its route, so it is little wonder that it contains over 119 species of fish, but the most important species to anglers are catfish, bass, walleye, saugers, and panfish. You can catch all the fish you want by using a few Mississippi River fishing tips:
  • Walleyes are mostly in the Upper Mississippi, with the best areas between St. Paul, Mn. and St. Louis, Mo. Try to stay within a mile or so of the numerous locks and dams. Walleyes like current, but prefer it a slower, rather than strong, and they like to spawn near the concrete structures and locks.
  • The Mississippi is famous for it's catfish. There are two main species in the river, the Channel and Blue. They are similar in appearance with the main different being size. The Blue catfish can get considerably larger, exceeding 100 pounds. A third species is less prevalent, the Flathead, or yellow catfish. They can also top 100 pounds. The best methods for monster catfish is to fish with cut-bait below the numerous tail-races. Catfish are numerous along the entire course of the river.
  • Bass are prevalent all along the river. The best places to find them are areas out of the current, with still backwaters being the best. One of the best lures for them is a Texas-Rigged purple-colored plastic worm.
  • Saugers are close relatives of walleyes, with similar habits. They also inhabit the Upper Mississippi, but tend to stay in deeper water. The same tactics that work for walleyes also catch saugers.
There are a few other species of interest, such as paddlefish, gar, carp, and even Bull sharks have been spotted as far up river as Illinois. Whatever you decide to fish for, you'll do better if you keep these Mississippi River fishing tips in mind.

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Spring Bass Fishing Tips

Spring. Bass Fishing Tips

Towards the end of February in the south, and March up north, it's time to start thinking about hitting the water again. The Super-Bowl is history, your sick of watching re-runs on TV, and Cabin Fever is driving you crazy. When the water temperatures get in the 50s, it's time to go out and kick some bass.
It may seem a bit early, but this is the best time to catch bass while they are in their pre-spawn mode. They've been doing the same thing you have all winter...hanging out and not doing much of anything. They've been living mostly off of stored energy all winter. Spawning takes a lot of effort, so the bass know they have to stoke up for the rigors to come. They will get out of their lethargic mood when the water temperatures get to 53°F (for smallmouth bass) up to 57°F (for largemouth bass), and begin actively feeding. They will move from deeper water (20'-40') into shallower water (5'-15') several times a day looking for high nutrient foods such as crawfish, worms, and other things they don't have to chase or fight much. By learning a few good spring bass fishing tips, this can be the best fishing of the year:
  • Bass will move from deeper to shallower water along lines of structure. Look for channels, old river beds, tree lines, rock-piles, and ledges that run from deep to shallow water. These will lead to suitable spawning waters as well.
  • Get to know the forage in the lake, or river you will be fishing in. You need to know the average size, and coloration of the food the bass are likely to be eating so you can match your lures to them as close as possible.
  • In pre-spawn mode, bass are still a bit slow, so slow-moving lures will produce better this time of year. The all-time best lure for spring bass is a soft plastic worm, crawfish or lizard. Texas-rigged soft plastics have accounted for more bass than any other bait, period....even live bait. There is one secret that is murder on feeding spring bass. When using plastic crawfish, take a hypodermic needle and 'blow' a small bubble of air into each 'claw' so that they float up, in a 'defend' posture. Cast them directly into cover...and hang on.
  • One of the best kept secrets of bass fishing is the Jig & Pig combo. Tipping an Arkie jig with a pork-bait can be deadly in spring. But there is one secret to it....only use floating pork baits. The reason is simple, crawfish do not drag their claws along the bottom, especially when threatened. They have them up and defensive, so your pork needs to float up to resemble this posture. When you buy a jar of pork-baits, drop them all in a bowl of freshwater, and only use the ones that float. Use the rest on spinner baits later in the year.
If you really want to bust your bass, take a little time and apply these few spring bass fishing tips to significantly improve your catch-ratio.

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Fall Bass Fishing Strategies With Video

This is a Bass Fishing Tips video we found.
The video itself is called "Fall Bass Fishing Tips"...
Here is a great video we found on Bass Fishing Techniques for the fall. . The video does a good job of helping you understand the migration of Bass in the fall. In addition, it helps you understand the nature of this prize fish in the fall and goes into some detail on how you can locate these fish as the seasons change.
Well watch and enjoy this video below.

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Wax Worms Great Bait for Bluegill Fishing

This is a fishing tips article on using wax worms for bait when going bluegill fishing. This may be pretty basic for your more advanced anglers, but they may learn something as well.

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If you like bluegill, one of the best baits that we have found for catching them is wax worms. Wax worms are live bait that you can get at your local bait shop and some department stores that sell fishing tackle and other supplies.

What are wax worms?
Wax worms are live bait that are very small and they really don’t look like a worm, they look more like a small caterpillar. These worms are small and white in color and are not as messy to deal with as dew worms.

Bluegills love wax worms
Bluegill absolutely love these wax worms so if you’re in an environment that has bigger bluegill. It is almost a must stop by your bait shop and get some wax worms.

How to fish with wax worms
The best method that we have used for fishing with wax worms is using a very small hook then feed the wax worm through the hook. Then attach a bobber about 3 feet above the hook with the wax worm on. You then would cast into the areas or location where the waters are populated with bluegills. This can be done from a boat very effectively or fishing off the bank.

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In conclusion
Wax worms are live bait that you can get at your local bait shop or department store.
Bluegill absolutely love wax worms.
Try using this live bait on a small hook and a bobber with a short poll.

Good luck and good fishing

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