Saturday, February 4th, 2023
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Minnesota Pro Tip of the Week: With warmer, lower water, focus on current areas on the Mississippi

By Denver McKinnon

With the water level having dropped some, warmer water has concentrated fish forage into the high-current areas of the river. If you are roving around while observing your electronics, you might see bait on your side-imaging in these spots.

I’ve been focusing on these fish because walleyes and sauger will natually follow this bait. I like to run an in-line spinner rig with a floating Spin-N-Glo. It’s a little floater with wings on it. I’ll tip the rig with a nightcrawler or a leech and put a couple of split shots above the rig.

Drifting this rig downstream has been pretty darned good to us. I would recommend concentrating on the high-current areas. You may want to be fishing in anywhere from 2 to 12 feet of water. Focus on bends in the river, where there is more velocity, current, and oxygen. That is where the current is strongest as it is twirling around those bends, and it’s oxygen that is drawing the baitfish to those areas.

McKinnon is a fishing guide focused on walleyes on Pools 2-4 of the Mississippi River. He can be reached at or (952) 210-0543.

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