Prairie du Chien Area

Boaters on the Mississippi River should use caution now that the
river is below the 7-foot mark. Wing dams, closing dams, and sunken
logs now pose a serious danger to lower units. Panfishing improved
a little, most notably for bluegills and perch. Bluegills were
biting better, although the large bluegills are few and far
between. The Ambro Slough, Black Slough, Fish Lake, the Upper and
Lower Doubles, and Big Missouri and Gremore Lake have been slow.
The most popular bait has been a chunk of crawler or garden worms.
Walleye and sauger action was spotty. Nightcrawlers and leeches
have been the best live baits. Smallmouth and largemouth bass have
been active. Smallmouths can be found on closing dams and wing dams
or rock shorelines on the main channel. Largemouths can be found in
a variety of habitats. Plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits have
worked well. Catfish – both flathead and channel – activity was
pretty good. Channel cats have been a bit more active. White bass
action was spotty. Some moderate action was reported at the dam.
Watch for surface-feeding fish and work those areas in the main
channel. Look for northerns where small feeder streams enter the
river.

Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.

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