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Gone Fishing: Fishing on the Upper Mississippi River

Updated on August 18, 2009
Slough where my parents' cabin & boathouse is located.
Slough where my parents' cabin & boathouse is located.
Fishing boat in the boathouse.
Fishing boat in the boathouse.
Boat motor's wake.
Boat motor's wake.
One of the sloughs we fish on.
One of the sloughs we fish on.
Mississippi River backwaters.
Mississippi River backwaters.
Bald Eagle.
Bald Eagle.
Great Blue Heron just after he caught a fish. Can still see it in his upper neck.
Great Blue Heron just after he caught a fish. Can still see it in his upper neck.
Egret perched on a tree branch.
Egret perched on a tree branch.
White Pelican formation.
White Pelican formation.
Turtle party!
Turtle party!
Water snake sunning on a branch.
Water snake sunning on a branch.
Yellow water lilies.
Yellow water lilies.
Closeup of yellow water lily.
Closeup of yellow water lily.
White water lily.
White water lily.
Mississippi River barge.
Mississippi River barge.
Bullfrog.
Bullfrog.

There’s nothing more relaxing than communing with nature in a fishing boat on the backwaters of the Mississippi River. Growing up, we could rarely afford a vacation out of the state, so most of our vacations were spent up in NE Iowa along the banks of the Mississippi River. I always loved going up there to fish. My dad taught us how to put on our own hooks and sinkers, to bait up our hooks and to take the fish off the hook. These were requirements or we couldn’t fish. You have to be careful and not get poked by the fins. When they swallow the hook it is a real challenge, but Dad taught me how to go in through the gills and get the hook loose and then it pulls out easily without much damage to the fish. Mom loves to fish too. They always keep some of the fish to eat; I would just catch and release if I was fishing alone.

I’m not a fancy fisherwoman. I put on a night crawler and see what I get. I can catch bluegills and sunfish, bass, crappies, perch, catfish, sheephead, walleyes, carp, and even the ugly dogfish, mooneyes and redhorses. There are over 200 species of fish in the Mississippi. That’s what I love about it. You never know what you’ve hooked into until it breaks the surface of the water.

Even when the fish aren’t biting I still love to be out in the boat; so many interesting animals to watch and beautiful scenery to gaze at. The upper Mississippi River is home to so many species of birds including the majestic bald eagle, the amazingly graceful blue heron and the pure white egret. I also see white pelicans. They are white with black tips on the wings and when they are soaring in formation in the air it is absolutely mesmerizing. The herons and egrets are always along the banks feeding on fish. If one gets too close to another one’s territory, it chases it away with the most awful sound. I have watched an eagle swoop down and bring out a fish.

Occasionally, I've seen river otters, muskrats and beavers swimming in the river. I’ve seen deer swim across the river from one island to the other. Riding down the river you see turtles sunning themselves on logs sticking up out of the water. If you get too close they plop down into the river. And sometimes a water snake will slither past your line or you will see one enjoying the sun on a log. There are hundreds of water lilies that bloom in mid-summer. There are both yellow and white varieties. It’s also fun to watch the barges in the main channel slowing making their way up or down the river. At night you hear all the frogs croaking back and forth.

The Mississippi River is an integral part of my life and I still make as many trips to my parents' place on the river as I can manage every summer. It is my way to de-stress, and I come back ready to take on life’s challenges again.

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    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the tip, River Rat. But raw, stinky shrimp doesn't sound like my kind of bait!

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      River Rat 

      6 years ago

      Just wanted to give a helpful hint..

      You can double the size and species of those catfish if you try raw stinky shrimp when water temp is 70F.

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      8 years ago

      Thank you so much for your kind comments, D.A.L. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Thanks for visiting!

    • D.A.L. profile image

      Dave 

      8 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Rose Kolowinski, it is little wonder that you return to the river as often as you can . your photographs are beautiful.Really enjoyed this hub.

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      9 years ago

      My pleasure! Thanks for stopping by to read and comment, Larry.

    • larrybass profile image

      larrybass 

      9 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

      Real nice Hub and loaded with great pictures too! Thanx for sharing part of your Fishin' stuff with us. :-) lb

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