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Mississippi River Fishing: Mark Clements, Genoa Fishing Barge, and Internet Fishing News Summary
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with Mark Clements at the Genoa Fishing
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Mississippi River Fishing News.
As often as he can find the time, I
receive an informative, and often fascinating, fishing report from Mark
Clements at the Genoa,
Wisconsin, fishing barge.
If the fish are not biting, he tells us that and tells us why not. If
they are biting, he tells us where and what on.
A note about the fishing barges: Commercial
"fishing barges" are located on the upper Mississippi River below the
Lock and Dam on most of the river pools. These fishing barges provide
an opportunity for travelers to experience some of the best fishing in
the Midwest for a minimal fee. The barges offer ferry service from shore
to the barge. Fishing barges and access points are all noted
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Gotta tell you, a picture is
worth 1000 words!!! Take a look at these fish
Clements Fishing Barge in Genoa, Wisconsin! Thanks, Mark!!!
Above is a picture at the fishing barge of
a sturgeon caught on the Mississippi River, not far from La Crosse. Lake
Sturgeon, by the way, must be released. Smaller river sturgeon are fair
game. Wouldn't that give you a shock! So what's it like to catch a fish
this big? Here's a You-Tube video of catching a giant catfish (and there
we start a whole new set of urban legends!!) Check out our FISHING
category in the Mississippi
Click here to see a video of fishing from
a Barge: http://www.wxow.com/global/video/flash/popupplayer.asp?vt1=v&clipFormat=flv&clipId1=4265546&at1=News&h1=Fishing&rnd=76141569
Jan, 10, 2012
from WXOW TV.
"Warm Winter Fishing is GREAT!"
Genoa, Wisconsin (WXOW) - This warm weather is making it a good time to be a
fisherman. With ice in some areas and open water in others, you can fish any
way you want right now.
We talked to Mark Clements, owner of Captain Hook's Bait and Tackle, and he
said this is one of the best winters in the 12 years he's been in business. He
told us that everything on his walls is selling. Ice fishing gear, open water
fishing gear, you name it. He has even had to keep more bait in stock than
normal for this time of year, since both types of fishing are going strong
Clements said, "Actually, this warm weather has been great for business.
Normally winters can be kind of slow, but this year you have ice fishing in
the sloughs and you have open water walleye and sauger fishing. So we're
getting the best of both worlds right now."
Clements added that there were nearly 60 boats in the water and almost 100
people fishing on the ice over the weekend.
Oct, 11, 2011
"Try a Floating Jig!
The weather has just been way too nice! Can you believe this? Fun to
fish in, but the fish arenít real pleased with it. A lot of bait fish
have been moving up towards the dam and you know what that means, the
game fish are right behind them. We have been getting lots of small
walleye and sauger but until these temperatures start dropping it will
continue to be a little slow. The weather is suppose to change today,
cooler and wetter coming up, we need that. Still catching lots and
lots of bluegills and would you believe, still getting crappie. I love
it. We had 8 of them for supper the other night and they were big
enough to feed the whole family. The walleye and sauger are coming in
on minnows with a river rig or tipped on some hair jigs. Floating jigs
are just now starting to work as well. As the water temperature drops
the fishing will really pick up!
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September 12, 2011
Fishing has been fantastic since we opened back up for fall
fishing. There has been walleye, sauger (few), tons of bluegills,
catfish, perch (already) and would you believe crappie! We havenít
caught this many crappie in over 25 years! Not sure why, but I like
it. Several of the walleye, all caught in the morning hours, were in
the 26 to 28 inch lengths. Not too bad. Did I mention bluegills? We
had several people leave today by 10 with their limits of bluegills.
Not too bad...need to get the kids out here to catch some.
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July 5, 2011
Another big surprise was hundreds
of shovelnose sturgeon being
caught! I canít remember when so many sturgeon were caught out on the
barge before. It was great to see, because once they get hydro power
established on the river the sturgeon population will decrease
dramatically. We also caught a lot of rock sturgeon, you never saw so
many people excited about landing these huge fish. This is the same
fish that the company putting in hydro electric power, Symbiotics, is
telling the federal government that our location hasnít had one around
here in 10 years! See letter below
to contact your representatives.
June 20, 2011 Mark's concerns about Hydro Electric
There is a proposal to put in Hydro Electric Power at
Lock and Dam #8 in Genoa. According
to a recent meeting this would have the following consequences. Clements
Fishing Barge would cease to exist under the current plans. Not
only would our business not be there but with their plans in place
fishing below the dam would change for the worse dramatically. There
is a good chance that the entire area on the west side would silt in or
no longer be fishable. The
turbines will be placed across 50% of the river starting at the
Minnesota side. A submerged
dike would put all the current into the middle of the river and during
low water in summer and fall, the large roller gates would be shut down
so that no current would exist there anymore changing the habits of fish
on that side of the river as well. There
would be a drastic number of fish mortality in our region with many more
becoming injured and thus increasing the mortality rate. The
migration of fish would be devastated resulting in less fish in the area
as well as some endangered species ceasing to exist. The
present plan would economically ruin the areas small towns and
villages. This would be the
death knell of many businesses and thus the area we have all come to
love and enjoy. Nobody is
against green technology, but the types of hydro-power being introduced
on the Upper Mississippi River are not the answer. Please
help us in preventing this from happening. We
need everyone and their relatives and friends (pass this on to anyone
you know) to please take the time to get on line and contact FERC. This
is the organization responsible for licensing. Your
comments about the area, the fishing and our eco system will greatly
increase our chances at survival. Contact
everyone. We have a time
limit of July 10th. If
you have any ideas for us, let us know.
Submit comments to Ferc with the project #p-13010-000. At www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp.
There is another site where they make it easy to contact
your elected representatives. They
are Keep America Fishing Group. Go
to this address and make your own comments and it goes to whoever is in
your zip code. http://keepamericafishing.salsalabs.com/o/6394/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=2611
Ron Kind, 205 5th Ave
S., Suite 400, La Crosse, WI 54601 (608)
Tim Walz, 1130 Ĺ 7th stNW,
Suite 208, Rochester, MN 55901 (507)
May 20, 2011
Near Record Bass, and more Sturgeons!
Well, the fishing has been really good the last few days. Not a lot of
walleye, but a few nice ones, tons of small sauger to keep you
interested. White bass, bluegills, a few crappie, lots of northern
pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass. We are bringing in sturgeon more
by accident as nobody is really fishing for them, but
they are flipping all over the place. Lots of them around this spring.
Plenty of sheephead to keep you occupied as well.
Had to show a picture of my almost world record white bass, aka,
hybrid. We had to have a biologist look at it to make sure, because
every sign on this fish says ďwhite bassĒ. It weighed in at just over 6
pounds. So no record, but a great picture of Karen holding it! She is
much better looking and she canít use a camera at all!
April 25, 2011
The water continues to drop quite quickly every day. We are getting
walleye, sauger, white bass, sheephead, big carp and now lots of
sturgeon. As you know sturgeon love high water, and right now there are
plenty being caught, more by accident then anything, but they are
around. They would probably being biting even more if the the water was
dirty, but it has been clear all through the stages of high water. We
are getting the fish all over the barge right now which is great to
see. Most yesterday were caught with minnows or a minnow on a jig.
Blues and purples were the best colors to use. Still using heavy jigs
right now. Some pretty good fishing though.
April 21, 2011
Hey, how about this weather! Snow and more snow, but guess what the
river is finally dropping very nicely. Over a foot the last two days
and continues to drop. The current is also dropping as the river falls
and today guys got quite a few fish. Lots and lots of small fish, but
finally some nice ones on the stringer as well as a 24 inch walleye
released today. White bass, walleye and sauger were the fish coming in
on jigs, and jigs and minnows. Water is still over the island, but with
the fish biting it just doesnít matter now.
November 16, 2010
Fishing is still going so strong. So
many sauger and walleye being caught. This is by far the best fall we
have seen in years. The fish are all thick (healthy), there is a nice
balance of walleye and sauger, with more sauger of course. The walleye
we have seen going home are in the 15 to 20 inch range, this is
fantastic. To top all that off, there are lots and lots of perch coming
in as well. What a great end to the season.
11, 2010... Best Fishing in YEARS!
Wow, hard to describe the fishing the
last few weeks other than that. A little slower today, by that I mean it
took a little longer to get your limit of fish.
Some really wonderful stringers going
home of walleye and sauger. Today there were more sauger than walleye.
Getting them on jigs and minnows right now. Perch came back in for a
final run as well. Getting lots and lots of them on worms towards the
south end. The weather has been great and the fishing some of the best
we have seen in years. We will wait and see what the weather does, but
maybe we will open up again on the weekend after Thanksgiving. Just have
to wait and see what goes on the week before. Call or email to find out.
November 2, 2010... FISH AT LAST!
Some really great fishing going on
right now. Even though the water level has come up and should start to
drop this weekend, the fishing has been tremendous. So many people
telling me this is the best fishing they have ever had up here. So many
sauger and nice walleye coming in. Minnows are the best bait followed by
hair jigs and floating jigs on a river rig. Water has remained clear, no
weeds to speak of and lots and lots of hungry fish. Corrine caught a
nice sauger next to me that had her jig and minnow in its mouth as well
as Denver's plastic body he was using and lost just a few minutes
before. The fish are just hungry right now. Hope you can make it up and
try this fishing.
We plan on closing the 21st of this month, a Sunday. We are also closing
at 5 at night. We always do this in November. Be sure to pick up minnows
before you come out. Still a few perch, but far and few between right
now. They might pick up again, slowed down after are little hurricane
last week. October 11, 2010... Well, the water has been high since
JUNE..... fish at last!
October 27, 2009... Fishing is Great as
Weeds clear up
Fish were being taken home on Saturday!
Walleye and sauger with a few perch sprinkled in for good measure. Most
were still coming in on just a river rig and a minnow, but hair jigs
were working as well. Floating jigs on a river rig were very effective
for walleye and sauger. Color didn't matter too much but a lot of guys
were using white jigs or Blue/white jigs this weekend. Sunday was weedy
in the morning and cleared up enough to fish in the afternoon.
October 20, 2009... Mark's
clarification of his 10/19/09 letter
I sent out an email yesterday about the
fishing and my concern about the amount of weeds in the river. It
has been explained to me that I should clarify my statement, and they
are right. The weeds that we see coming down, won't last, in fact they
are already clearing up. What
we see is the "by-product" of what the FWS is trying to create for
The food they want for ducks isn't the
problem, its what comes with it that is. The river does need the weed
growth for fish, that has always been here. It creates a lot of micro
organisms and places for small fry to feed and hide. The problem is that
there is just now too much of it and it is clogging up areas for fish to
grow, feed and for winter habitat. This has been discussed many times
the last several years.
There needs to be more discussion
about fishing. Fish habitat in particular. Deeper
areas for fish to go in the winter and around the islands they are
building. This is what we want to see and hear. More discussion about
fishing. If you do contact the Fish and Wildlife Service, please do it
in a polite manner expressing your desire to see more done for fishing
on the river.
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