(Iowa DNR)Guttenberg, Iowa — Kevin Hanson had to throttle back his heavy flat-bottomed aluminum boat as he began to break up a thin layer of ice that had formed overnight on the slack water in Pool 11 of the Upper Mississippi River. Hanson, fisheries technician with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Guttenberg station, was on his last run…
The Mississippi River headwaters at Itasca State Park. (Photo by Brian Peterson) ST. PAUL, Minn. — The economic benefits of preserving and restoring land in the upper Mississippi River’s headwaters region nearly outweigh the costs, according to a new study. Protecting the roughly 200,000 acres would cost between $400 and $600 million, but it would yield almost $500 million in…
Would include the combined daily bag limit for walleye and sauger from six to four, with one over 20 inches, and include an option to further reduce the bag limit for sauger in Pools 5 through 9; the existing 15-inch minimum length for walleye would remain.
The drawdown had been scheduled to begin on Aug. 1 with gates on the Sartell dam being opened until water levels were lowered there by three feet. It would have continued through mid-September.
Those who fish the Mississippi between Hastings and the Iowa border encouraged to fill out online questionnaire aimed at gathering public input as the agency reviews bag and size limits for gamefish on that stretch of the river.
Minnesota DNR plans to drop Little Rock Lake’s level by 3 feet over three days starting on Aug. 1.
A fine day of catching Mississippi River walleyes reminds the author to enjoy these heady days of June fishing.
Team efforts involve mulling reg changes with Minnesota on a stretch of the Mississippi and working with Michigan to help walleyes rebound at Lac Vieux Desert.
In Minnesota, Kawishiwi River and stretch of Mississippi, along with Kinnickinnic River in Wisconsin and middle fork of Vermilion in Illinois included in that top-10 at-risk list.
Corps had told Louisiana officials it could need until October 2022 to assess environmental impact of a project to create new coastal land by enabling Mississippi River to push mud and sand into open water. New deadline is November 2020.
A lock and dam near Burlington, Iowa, recently saw 491 eagles, up from 156 a week earlier.
This silver carp was caught in a gill net by commercial fishermen on June 22, 2017, a mere nine miles from Lake Michigan. (Photo courtesy of USFWS)NEW ORLEANS — A business lobbying organization in Louisiana is expressing concerns about proposals to block an invasive species of fish from the Great Lakes. The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry has released a letter…
The water level at Lake Odessa is managed to mirror Mother Nature. Summer drawdowns expose mudflats that immediately vegetate with moist-soil plants. Water is allowed to gradually return to the newly established vegetation, creating a buffet for migrating birds. (Photo courtesy of the Iowa DNR)Sitting along the west bank of the Mississippi River in Louisa County, Lake Odessa, with its…
Army Corps of Engineers has tweaked how it runs Lock and Dam 8 in Genoa, Wis., in hopes of impeding the spread upriver.
The effort is a joint venture of the DNR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in response to public complaints about brush and weeds at campsites.
Mark Courts of Harris leads the way, with four Minnesotans finishing in the top five in Cabela’s National Walleye Tour event.
NWT event set on the Mississippi at Prairie du Chien, Wis., on June 15-16.
Mystery remains as to how a jawbone from a saltwater shark got in the river.
While event has been held on the Mississippi River in the past, Gov. Mark Dayton will see a much different Mississippi in the greater St. Cloud area when he helps kick off the season — a shallower, more lazy river that calls for different angling techniques than those used on lakes and big rivers.
Walleyes, saugers, pike and bass – just for starters – highlight the incredible open-water fishing opportunities on this border water from March through May.