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    bass fishing the miss near st charles

    First time fishing the Mississippi River in my life today..the wife and I put in at Eagles Landing Marina and just explored some, we didn't adventure far, maybe a mile or so...we did fish the channel and another marina close by..no bass but did have a couple explosions on the frog..no idea of the species but did see gar cruising around..just looking for some advice. Thanks everyone.

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    I'd be interested in this too. I live in the St Charles area and often wondered about this. There are bass tournaments in the Alton Pool area but I never heard of any around St Charles.

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    What boat were you in?
    I was out yesterday till 12 or so and saw 2 bass boats, a blue ranger and a skeeter I think..
    the water is VERY low so be careful and the fishing around that area sucks this time of year for some reason..

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    We have a Triton 186..blue/white..we put in about 1ish, and we didn't see any other bass boats at all. We went in the main channel, but didn't really go exploring since the river looks down a bit from the bank waterline. (didn't know if it's from the floods you get or if that's the normal level) but just followed some boats, noticed some 40-45' deep water but no way I was fishing the main river with that much traffic.

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    I seriously doubt if there are many catchable bass in the main river, but in and around the mouths of some of the feeder creeks you might have a little luck.







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    I fished it last summer and found a couple of spots where we could pull in with no current. They were holding on lay downs. We caught 4 bass on one tree. They were all shorties but those were my first river bass
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    I had one blow up on my frog, just burning it and something scared the crap outta me..it was a lay down tree, mud bank and no rocks. I threw it right on top of the tree and just blew up on it..again knowing nothing about river fishing could it have been a gar that blew up on it like a bass, or could it have been a decent bass? It was right where we launched and was the only action I had all day

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    it was prob those pesky gar..They love topwater and there are a TON of them out right now..They make it pretty tough as they lay right on the banks and near wood..Ive come up with half bitten plastics throwing near the wood..

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    I looked at a map of the river, looks like marinas about every mile on the river..what about locking up/down?

    1) how far is the locks north/south of st. Charles?
    2) does it cost to lock thru, or just be there at the time and hope for no barges?

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    you can lock up and down just be careful as the water this time of year is REALLY LOW...
    No cost just have to wait your turn if there are any barges..
    from Alton its 41 miles.. Maybe 20 miles from saint charles depending on where you put in at..

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    I really appreciate it..any good restaurants you can dock a boat at and eat at? On Lake Erie we had a couple places like that and didn't know if it's an Ohio thing or what..restaurant was Pickle Bills and it sat on the Grand River which empties in the lake.

    google Pickle Bills Fairport Harbor and it will give an idea of what im referring to. :)

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    Kinders is up north on the right..
    something saloon down south along with another place right next..
    there is a place right outside eagles landing on the right in a red yellow building..

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    I'm going to have to disagree with the water on the river being low. I live on Pool 24 north of St. Charles and our pool is not low, as a matter of fact, it is a little high to the north. The river runs on what they call a "tilt". If there is water coming down, from lets say rain to the north, the corps will open gates on the dams. My pool has lock 24 to the south at Clarksville, MO and lock 22 to the north at Saverton, MO (there is no lock 23). It they open the gates at 22 and 24 it creates higher water to the north but it drops the lower end of the pool to below normal. The trick is to figure out were the tilt point is because this area will not fluctuate much. Of course if it is flood conditions then everything is just high. We have not had much "normal" wate levels since September 2007 and on our pool that has left a lot of silt. There are places I caught fish 5 years ago that are dry ground now. Learn where you can run and where you can't and this may change year to year. When in doubt stay between the buoys and REALLY learn how to spot a rock dike, this could save your several thousand dollars in itself. The best fishing to me is when there have been dry conditions(dry all along the river not just here), they shut the gates down so the current is slower. This makes the main river fishing better and gives you more fishable water. And yes you can catch bass in the main river, I have caught smallmouth and largemout sitting within 30 yards of a channel marker. You just have to hunt to find these places. We also have hybrid stipers in the river which are a blast to catch, I'm sure Nitroman can attest to that. Oh, and to what I said about the water level and the dams earlier, the opposite happens when they shut gates. When they shut down gates the water below the dam to the north drops and the water above the south dam rises and somewhere there is a "normal pool".

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    right now Winfield is rising as its current stage is 17.89 and going up to around 19..
    Grafton is a 15.98 holding pretty steady, but was down to 15 even..
    Alton is at 7.48 and it rising to 8.6 or around as it looks like they are closing the gates this week..
    The feeder creeks are running much lower and about 4-5 degrees hotter as well as we havent had the rain..
    Either way be careful out there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by polywad6963 View Post
    On Lake Erie we had a couple places like that and didn't know if it's an Ohio thing or what..restaurant was Pickle Bills and it sat on the Grand River which empties in the lake.

    google Pickle Bills Fairport Harbor and it will give an idea of what im referring to. :)
    Hey Polywad, Fairport Harbor, eh? My brother lives in Mentor and I grew up in Mentor Headlands. I still visit up that way pretty often.Took a walleye charter out of Fairport Harbor about 15 years ago during the walleye boom on Lake Erie when we limited out on 26-28 inch walleyes! Have not eaten at Pickle Bills though. My bro just sent me pics of some smallies he caught wading the upper Grand. How long you been in MO?
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    Moved out here last August for work, and we lived less than a mile from Headlands. Last weekend was the first time on a river in my life (grand river isn't a river in my book lol)..so needless to say I was quite nervous what to expect. In my head I pictured what I saw by the Arch as what I was going to in when we launched...barges, pretty swift current and such, but it wasn't that bad.

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    Anyone up for Sunday, I'll be out there at crack o dawn to beat the heat.