In “normal” water levels in July and August, fishing in the early morning and evening should be pretty…dare we say, “easy.” Look for a sand bar drop off and work it. If you can find some structure, like a downed tree, even better. We’re big fans of Mepp’s (or single blade spinners) for small mouth and jigs for walleye and sauger – live bait is also an option. You’ll also find catfish, strippers, musky, northern, sturgeon and a whole bunch of others. Here are some additional tips.
Unless you are an accomplished fisherperson, we HIGHLY recommend you bring other food options with you, and, if you catch any fish, you can make yourself a hearty meal over a roaring fire.
Right across the street from our shop is Tall Tails, they sell fishing/hunting licenses as well as adult beverages (Remember: no glass on the river). Keep in mind, the person buying the license needs to be present to purchase one, which may not be the case if you drop your people off at your put in upriver. Plan ahead!
Buying online will be the best option for most folks. It’s a simple process, and you can print or keep the proof of purchase on your cellphone if you bring it with.
It is YOUR responsibility to be sure that you’re complying with all fishing laws and regulations; ensure that you understand what size fish must be to keep. Our stretch of the river is patrolled by the DNR.