Mississippi River Fishing
Mississippi awaits you and lures you into the heart of some
of the best backwater fishing in America nestled between
the steep bluffs of Marquette, Iowa and Prairie du Chien,
Wisconsin. After launching your fishing boat, slowly and
quietly you maneuver into a backwater lake just to the left
of the fog laden side channel. The entrance of the lake
is narrow and almost unnoticeable. A gentle soft current
flows cottonwood log stands sentry at the entry point of
this large backwater lake covered with blooming water lilies
and lotus. The morning is still and as the mist rises and
filters sunlight into a beautiful glow, a great blue Heron
stands on one leg perched and ready to get its' breakfast.
The air is fresh and it fills your lungs. Coming to a dead
stop, thankfulness fills your soul as you experience this
creation of nature. Few people will ever have this experience
and tears come to your eyes as you stare in awe at the glorious
scene looming in the still morning and your heart is filled
with joy. Your first cast with your floating frog lands
him on top of a water lily. Just as you twitch it off the
lily pad and as it hits the water, there is a sudden explosion
of a 4 pound Largemouth Bass that has been fooled by your
"look alike frog".
Around noon your family meets you back
at the launching ramp. After a picnic lunch, every one is
ready to meet the afternoon. After a short ride in the boat
you and your family find yourselves anchored and sitting
idly under the shade of an Old Willow tree in the maze of
backwater sloughs. A cast into the deep shade offered by
the willow sends the bobber and bait to a good looking niche.
The bobber makes a little bounce and disappears as a big
Bluegill struggles to tangle the line in a maze of logs
and roots but to no avail as your son smiles and laughs.
He adds this little scrapper to the live well and makes
another cast to the same honey hole.
Later in the day in the maze of backwater
sloughs, everyone looses track of time and where they are
but who cares because your family is having fun. What a
life this is!
As the sun sets and the sky turns a pink
red, your memories of today's fishing experience will be
fond and never forgotten. When the darkness of the cricket
filled night engulfs you and the fog and mist fill the Mississippi
valley, your dreams about tomorrow ill fill your sleep as
vivid images paint pictures of your destiny tomorrow, a
Hugh Northern Pike just hooked over a clear water weed-bed.
Yes what a life and what a fishing trip!
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