Bank fishing Missouri side of Melvin Price Dam

Discussion in 'MISSOURI RIVERS TALK' started by Seth, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. Seth

    Seth Active Member

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    Is there a good spot to fish from the bank there ? Am I going to get mugged bank fishing from there?

    Also, is there a certain distance that you have to be away from the dam when fishing like they have at Bagnell and Truman Dam? I've read a lot about how this is a good big cat spot, but I don't have a boat atm to fish from so bank fishing is the only option.
     
  2. bearcat

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    Hey Seth. You can fish the dam at Melvin Price from the MO side with ease. On getting mugged I am not sure. We have put in boat there several times and taken it out at all hours of the nite and have had no problems. Wouldnt gaurrentee anything. From what I seen you could get nearly up against the dam wall. Close enough to cast to it if nothing else. Good luck and stay safe.
     

  3. Terry Day

    Terry Day New Member

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    Where is the Melvin Price Dam? Just curious!
     
  4. micus

    micus New Member

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    Dam 26 @ Alton.
     
  5. Seth

    Seth Active Member

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    It's the first lock and dam up river from where the Missouri and Mississippi meet.

    I'm glad to hear that it is a safer area. Does anybody else fish from the bank their and catch anything? I figured if you could fish right up by the dam, you could catch tons of fish, atleast thats how it is at Bagnell when I see people go over the line to fish.

    Has anybody snagged that area before and caught any spoonbill? From what I have read, its infested with bigheads, and I love to snag those things since they fight so much.
     
  6. ravenloft420

    ravenloft420 New Member

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    that is pretty much where I go snagging. it is infested with bighead like you said but I know it has a few spoonbill and blue cat bacuase I have seen someone get a couple with a big net. but it gets old snagging big carp on almost every cast when you going for spoonbill. but it is still fun to reel in them lunkers. and at night you can see all the lights of the bridge and the casino and all that in alton. as for getting mugged, I have never had a problem and iv been going there for a looooong time. but I always carry some kind of protection just to be safe. now across the river, thats a different story.

    I will be there myself either tommorow or sunday. maybe Ill see ya.
     
  7. Seth

    Seth Active Member

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    Would a person do any good snagging from the bank their? I use surf tackle and can cast darn near 100 yards.
     
  8. loanwizard

    loanwizard Well-Known Member

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    When Jack, Tony and I were there earlier this month there were lots of people fishing. With nothing but the bird sanctuary nearby, I don't see crime as a problem but always be careful. You can fish, with or without a boat right up to the Dam.

    Good Luck
     
  9. Kutter

    Kutter New Member

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    Hmmm! Sure doesn't sound like the Melvin Price Dam I gave up going to a few years back. For one, I suppose you could take your boat right up to the dam and you could walk up alongside it, however, you will get either a ticket or carted off to jail. The operator of the lock will call the wardens in an instant for either violation. If I recall correctly the area is marked with signs prohibiting getting closer than 200 ft, not sure 100% on the footage.
    The reason I quit going up there at night was the bad element that would steal your trailer or anything they could get away with. The day time seemed ok as there were the regulars mostly that fish there every day. The guy I used to fish with up in that area, nearly lost his life there, due to a baseball bat alongside the head one night while he was fishing alone. If I was to go up there to fish from a boat, I would put in at the Confluence and motor up to the dam.
    This time of year, most boaters will drift from the dam to about a quarter mile downstream and then motor back and do it over and over.
     
  10. loanwizard

    loanwizard Well-Known Member

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    Well I reckon you would know better than I since I have only been there once.
    When we were there there were boats might close to the face of the spillway. Is it too early in the year for buoys to be out? When we talk about not being able to go up close oftentimes the buoys are 1000 feet from the dam. Heck we weren't a thousand feet below let alone the guys in front of us.

    I'd like to learn how y'all drift that. Heck we couldn't keep 16 oz's down and I'd think it would be a mighty fast drift.

    It was fun and looked fishy. :lol:
     
  11. ravenloft420

    ravenloft420 New Member

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    I always fish from the bank and you dont even need to cast 100 yards. I havnt caught any cats yet this year but I snagged alot of carp there.
     
  12. bearcat

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    Kutter is correct on fishing near the dam from a boat. It is 600 ft. It is marked on the side of the lock wall.

    Tom ,Scott and I have both parked there a couple of times the last couple of years with no problem. Maybe we have been lucky. Last year One of the brothers here said that his truck was broken ito at the columbia river bottoms ramp. So it is all over. Just depends on when where and who. I agree with others about saftey . Always be on the look out. Never trust nothing. JMHO
     
  13. Seth

    Seth Active Member

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    Well that is good to hear about bank snagging their. I don't know if I will go though, I'm kind of chicken hearing about all of the bad stuff that happens when you fish along the banks of the Mississippi. Maybe if I can get a group of people to go with me I'll try it.
     
  14. ravenloft420

    ravenloft420 New Member

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    I would definately not advise going alone. and having your bait knifes next to you for everyone to see is never a bad thing either. heck bring a bat and if anyone asks say you use it for killing the catfish before you clean them,because you know your not that cold hearted to skin something that is still alive:wink: Im not condoning violence or anything but you DO have the right to defend yourself.
     
  15. micus

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    I was there this afternoon just checking what was going on. A lot of people, safe crowd, women, kids, people chatting, boats using the ramp. Not a whole lot being brought in that I could see. They have all but one gate pretty much wide open trying to dump as much water as they can because of whats coming downstream. Its funny, on the upstream side the lagoons are almost empty its so low. Hundreds of pelicans though. Worked my way harbor by harbor upstream, by the time I got up to Southshore it was bank full with a lot of trees floating.
     
  16. bearcat

    bearcat Member

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    Hey Micus thanks for the report.
     
  17. Cuz

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    Kutters correct about the boats. The cut off line is very clearly marked on the lock walls. As for bankfisherman, I regularly see fisherman scattered up and down the rock revetments, even fishing up next to the dam. The conversation police dont seem to mind the bank fisherman, neither does the lockmaster. As for it being a rule, that I'm not sure about. As far as safety goes, I'd feel safe fishing out there during the day all the time. Night time, just use good common sense. Fishing with a partner would be best, but as someone else suggested, its not against the law to defend yourself either. I like the catfish bat idea. :smile2:
     
  18. RIVER-RAT

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    Melvin Price Dam is generally a safe place to go...during the summer months the hookers from Alton bring the "jons" over there to conduct their "business" but they usually avoid the areas where other people are bound to be... I have been going there since '02 and have only encountered a couple of guys that have been drinking a bit that's all...I have never had a problem there...course I used to put in over there off of Riverview BLVD...that's a different story altogether

    Just a little side note...the parking lot is actually the state of Illinois!! You can trust me on that...as I have been "patroling" that area for a few years
     
  19. ravenloft420

    ravenloft420 New Member

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    well we went there the other night with a few old friends. st louis county came and told us that it is federal land and noone is allowed there after dark and that our little bonfire was illegal. he was very cool about it and told us to put the fire out and bring in our poles,no hassle. we did what he said and left. the only thing I dont understand is why they dont have signs. we were about 200yards away from the alton bridge on a sand bar
     
  20. RIVER-RAT

    RIVER-RAT New Member

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    ravenloft...that is St Charles County venue...he also gave you false information...as long as you are fishing, you can be there after dark...The Corp of Engineers adopted a "curfew" if you will to help eliminate all the "rif-raf" that goes on after dark...they do however encourage that people use the property for recreational use, which includes fishing...so...as long as you have a pole in the water...you're using the "land" for it's intended use...you can also get a copy of the Rules and Regs. from the main office, its the building on your left as you're going to the dam