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FLOAT TUBE FISHING FORUM » Float Tubes, Pontoons and Related Equipment Discussions » Fishing Related Discussions » Report from Great Alma Fishing Float on the Mississippi River

Report from Great Alma Fishing Float on the Mississippi River

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SP Dan

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That sounds like the "good life" with time well spent Watertooner!

Heck ... catching fish would just be a bonus to me!
I know that you and your buddy's will have a great 3-day float! Thumbs Up
Post some pic's please.

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7th annual report! The weather was absolutely beautiful at 75º and the fishing was great - however, the catching was lousy.

This year's edition included the largest crew yet - nine guys on a common mission to fish our feet off, drink beer, and tell fish stories. As I suspected from my pre-trip report, catching fish was a challenge since the river flow was above "action stage" in which the Army Corp of Engineers opens all but one of the gates on the dam. We had a very large, very late season blizzard in April that sent melt waters through the Mississippi system right when we were fishing (May 4-5). By next week, the river level will have dropped from 12' to 8' which is about normal for springtime levels.

Nine guys fishing hard from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for 2 days netted 40 perch, 1 bluegill, 1 walleye, and 9 northerns as keepers to eat. We also caught a small sturgeon, several redhorse suckers, a bullhead, several sheepshead, and a crappie for release. We usually catch that many in one good morning! This year it worked out to about $145 per fish fry - but the annual outing is priceless for relaxation, fishing with friends, and shaking off the winter cold.

I broke out my Japanese keiyru rod to try to change my bad luck with a spinning reel, but it didn't work. I'll have another chance for keiyru fishing on Memorial Day weekend in a canoe. The bite was so slow on Saturday, I took some time to practice making muffins with a small campstove system. They turned out extra yummy since we were out in the open air and ready for calories of any kind.

On to some pics:
Best shirt...
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The gates are open!
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Water everywhere...
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Dry-baking kit using a campstove
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Tastes great!
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Getting ready for filets
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Until next year...go fishing this year!

jeffcpr

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Ha Ha Ha I love that Shirt "Its a Bad day to be a Fish" very cool and thanks again for your reports.


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Looks like a good time out there.
Thanks for sharing.


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Ornery Bob

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Great report! Thanks!

SP Dan

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A very enjoyable read to say the least Watertooner.

I felt like I was almost there fishing with you as I scrolled down through all of your great pic's
with titled descriptions.
Thanx for sharing this year's gathering with all of us and I will definitely look forward to
reading about your next year's gathering as well! Thumbs Up

Thanx for your report with pic's,

SP Dan     <"))><


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