Can blue catfish be found in the upper Mississippi River?

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by little_fiddler, Feb 7, 2006.

  1. little_fiddler

    little_fiddler New Member

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    Otter Creek, Iowa
    How far north can blue cats be found in the Mississippi river. I was told the other day that Blues do not live live North of the Southern half of Iowa in the Mississippi River. Is this true?
     
  2. catwacker

    catwacker New Member

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    illinois
    I fish the northern illinois part of the mississippi, blues are few and far between . mostly flats and channels. don't even recall anyone catching one of any size. i've seen them up to about #3, but very rarely.
     

  3. QuincyFisher

    QuincyFisher New Member

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    Quincy,Illinois
    I live in the western part of Illinois and we catch a few down by the dams. Not to many big ones though
     
  4. little_fiddler

    little_fiddler New Member

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    Otter Creek, Iowa
    Thanks for the replies guys. Good thing I asked cause I had planned to do some blue fishing this summer in the deepwater tailrace behind Dam number 12 at Bellvue Iowa. It seems I would of been wasting my time.
     
  5. Lngbo

    Lngbo New Member

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    Marion Ark
    Just come on down south for awhile and we'll find some.
     
  6. Willy

    Willy New Member

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    Missouri
    The next dam below Ft.Madison Ia is about as far north on the Mississippi that I have seen blues caught consistantly in the last year or so. The KingKat tournament was won mostly with blues taken below the dam and downstream off the tips of dykes.