Guided Fishing Trips on the Mississippi River & Black River
There is always a good bite on the Mississippi river. We start our open water guided fishing trips as soon as the boat landings are free of ice, for walleyes and perch. Then in April the bass and northern fishing turns on. In spring we have lots of 50 fish days! When summer gets into full swing we continue bass fishing along with walleye, panfish, and some great catfishing. When we get into September & October and the water cools its Small Mouth time!
Bass Fishing When the Bass Master Elite series was here in La Crosse, they described the fishing as incredible. They had some of the most fun fishing they have had all year. Most were fishing frogs on top-water as well as pitching jigs in cover and around wood. Many having 50+ fish days.
That is the experience I want to give you! Well not all days are going to be 50 fish days, however there is usually a pretty good bass bite somewhere on the river. It may be small mouth on the rocks, current breaks & wing dams or largemouth out in the slop or cut banks. Let me show you a few things about fishing the river that I have learned over the last 20 years of fishing it. Guaranteed you will have a good time on our guided fishing trips for bass!
Northern Pike Great eating, plentiful, and lots of fun to catch. One of my favorite fish to start out the fishing year with. After ice out the norther head to the back waters to spawn. There is no better time or place to catch a trophy pike. They can be fished all summer and are often caught while fishing bass, walleye or catfish. A fun trip almost always guaranteed to catch a lot of fish.
Walleyes Most of my fishing takes place out of my bass boat so trolling isn’t a viable option. There are lots of walleye guides out there that can take you trolling all day and they do catch a lot of fish. But that’s not the only way to catch these fish. I personally find it very boring. I like to spot fish. With the river most fish relate to some kind of structure. These spots often aren’t very big, and doesn’t take long to completely cover them. In a days time we can hit many spots and in doing so we often catch multiple species of fish even when only targeting one.
Panfish -I love to catch panfish. There is nothing better eating or harder fighting for there size. Anyone can go out and bobber fish, and yes I have soaked my share, but come out with me if you really want to have fun with panfish. Depending on the time of year they can provide hot fast action on tube jigs, beetle spins, small crankbaits, spinners even fly fishing.
Catfish One of the most overlooked sport fish on the river. They also are one of the best eating fish on the river. We have 2 main types of cats we target, Channel cats, and Flat Heads. Channel Cats prefer dead baits like stink baits, and liver. Flat Heads prefer live bait and cut bait. Often times we will jig or 3 way flat head cats with heavy jigs and large shiners or small bluegills. Channel Cats we usually fish back water sloughs with several offerings and wait for the bites!
Fish the Black River- The lower Black River below the last dam in Black River Falls, WI is some great untapped fishing. This river is not easily navigated, because of sand bars, rock piles and fast current keeping the boat traffic and fishing pressure to a minimum. In the summer months this river is a blast to fish. Expect to catch Small Mouth, Walleyes, chance at a big muskie, as well as northern pike, and catfish. You just don't know what your going to catch. But its going to be fun!
Rates - Guided Fishing Trips : Up to 2 people
$200 half day (4 hours) $300 full day (8 hours) $150 2.5 Hour Evening Trip 3rd person 4 hour trip $50 3rd person 8 hour trip $75
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