Summer Fishing on the Mississippi River
Fishing is a favorite pastime for many Wisconsinites, loved for many generations, and it is no different in the beautiful Driftless Region. Though spring trout fishing in the cold class I-rated streams that criss-cross the Driftless Area is hard to beat, a little summer fishing along the Mississippi River is definitely worth your time. During the warm summer days, there is nothing better than a quiet, early morning fishing trip to the Mississippi River. Surrounded by nothing but beautiful waters, birds chirping, and the stunning landscapes of the Driftless Region, it’s hard to imagine a more restful or relaxing day. To make this dream fishing trip a reality, book your room at our Driftless Area Vacation Rental today.
Fishing the Mississippi River
The Upper Mississippi River is home to an incredible variety of fish. With over 119 different species of fish inhabiting these waters, which is more than any of Wisconsin’s inland lakes, you are sure to enjoy your fishing trip along the beautiful Mississippi. Favorites that are frequently caught here include walleye, sauger, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, northern pike, bluegill, and crappies. Fishing reports are positive, and with a continuous open season you have a great chance of a spectacular catch. With it’s intimidating size and busy boat traffic, the Mississippi River may be overlooked as a great fishing destination. However, thanks to the many backwater lakes, running sloughs, tailwaters and main channel habitats, it is actually home to some truly spectacular fishing.
Areas that are protected by Wisconsin’s DNR not only protect water quality, but also improve fish habitats, meaning the fishing in these areas is typically better than average. These are especially great areas to start if it’s your first time fishing on the Mississippi River. One of my favorite Mississippi River fishing spots is the Minnesota Slough. Here, you’ll find easy access to this backwater area at Blackhawk Park, a few miles north of DeSoto, WI. Once you launch from one of the boat ramps at this park, proceed directly west and you will enter the Minnesota Slough. The slough runs perhaps 10 miles further north, and there is a respectable current running through it. Motor halfway up the slough and float back for 3 or 4 miles while dragging a night crawler or plastic jig. I’ve caught nice walleye repeatedly along this stretch of water, some up to 24 inches in length. As always, be sure to check out all fishing regulations before you head out on the water. Now that your interest is piqued for a Mississippi River fishing trip, book your room at our wonderful Driftless Area Vacation Rental to make it into a reality.
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15662 Vance Rd
Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin 54655
Our family stayed in mid-August. We had a very relaxing visit. The house is comfortable and the property is encircled by hills, making the experience a unique getaway. We enjoyed building bonfires each night, hanging out in the nice living room and taking the surprisingly lengthy hikes that are all on the property. Mornings started with coffee on the second story porch overlooking the meadow and hills, evenings ended with zero noise except that made by nature or our family. Each night there was a canopy of bright stars that weren't diluted by light pollution. We enjoyed hiking Wildcat Mountain, canoeing down the Kickapoo, roasting smores and hanging out. My son and I tried our luck at trout fishing in a nearby stream (Tainter?). It was an enjoyable, unique experience although we didn't catch anything. We'll be back.
- Dave, Eau Claire, WI