Mississippi River

The Great River Road in Illinois

Boating on the mighty Mississippi is a great way to spend the day, weekend, or even longer, whether you’re enjoying a peaceful day canoeing on the slow moving backwaters and sloughs or powering down the river in a pontoon or yacht. There is no motor limit on the Mississippi River, but care should be taken to avoid towboats, restricted areas, wing dams, and other obstructions. As far as fresh water fishing is concerned, you name it and the mighty Mississippi has it. The turbulent water below roller dams provides great walleye and sauger fishing in spring and fall and can provide excellent white bass fishing as well. The pools and sloughs fill with aquatic vegetation which makes perfect habitat for bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, and bull head. Dropoffs from the flats to the main channel are good spots for channel cat and wing dams offer good opportunities for white bass, channel catfish, drum, sauger and walleye.

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