Fishing on the Mississippi River - New Year (2007)

Discussion in 'LOUISIANA RIVERS TALK' started by mullyden, Jan 2, 2007.

  1. mullyden

    mullyden New Member

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    Well folks, we completed 2006 without injury or major equipment damage and with lots of fish, all being good things. Decided to start a new year with new thread. Last year on Jan 7 (2006) the river level was 5.7 ft in Baton Rouge. The forecast for Jan 7, 2007 is 25.6 ft! Looks like the new year will bring in changes from the start and will continue to challenge our fishing ability. It will have gone up 11 ft in 1 week. There will probably be lots of debris floating around this weekend, but hopefully we can get Brad back on the water before he has to start hitting the books hard again. Weather on Sat is supposed to be mid 70's but a reasonable probability of rain. We'll need to watch the forecast and see what develops. Hope you all had a great set of Holidays and are continuing to get your fill of football. What a game yesterday with Boise State and Oklahoma. The Sugar Bowl should be pretty good tomorrow also. Take care.
     
  2. redfishman

    redfishman New Member

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    Appreciate the tidbit on the rise of the River. Fishing in the main channel when there is a sudden rise is quite dangerous.Fishing well south of Baton Rouge , We used the N.O. gauge and prefer the level to be around 3.5 for a while.The water clears remarkably where you can see 3-4' below.When the level has been steady awhile ,a saltwater wedge forms and pushes up River.Here you can find freshwater species like bass and cat in great #'s move a tad and wear out reds/flounder/drum/white trout.
     

  3. mullyden

    mullyden New Member

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    Redfisherman et al,
    I went over to the river yesterday and there are floating logs scooting down the river almost everywhere. I could see at least 10 looking straight out without turning my head. I think I'm going to wait a week or so until a lot of the crap goes downstream. The long term forecast shows water at about the current level for the remainder of the month. The forecast does not include additional runoff, so if the midwest is getting any additional rain or runoff, we may have a fairly high spring flood. Last year, the highest it got was about where it is now. In 2005, it got well above that. I'm sure the 2250 miles times 2 banks of leaves will also remain a challenge until mother nature takes care of things.
    Red, do you fish Lake M and Ponch any? Things are probably pretty mixed up there now, but a fellow at work said he had done well along the I10 bridge @ Slidell.
    Everybody hang in there, better days are on the horizon.:big_smile_2:
     
  4. redfishman

    redfishman New Member

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    Mull: Never have tackled the "the lake" but often will launch at the St. James boat club(Hwy 61 south) and run Blind River to Lake M.---They have to many party boats for me to mess with. A good scenic ride is to take Blind river and cut over to the petit amite- run up the Diversion canal to Kevin's by hwy 22 and have the best soft shell crabs around.(good place to run jugs)

    Marsh fishing: I run out of Lafitte into Barataria or I'll go out of Buras(plaquemines parish) and fish both sides of the River to quarantine bay. Fishing "down River" I'll launch out of Riverside and run north to the Narin turn to the best catfish/red hole by the old locks(point-la-hache) in the river. Winter time I run out of hopedale/shell beach(St Bernard parish) down the MRGO and sometimes go into lake Borne.


    Have you ever launched in BR east bank by the casinos and new bridge? or have you ever launched west bank around Port allen? I've always wanted to run the River using extra fuel from Baton Rouge to St Francisville-Tunica and maybe camp on profit island when the River is low and hunting season is closed.
     
  5. mullyden

    mullyden New Member

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    I've launched a number of times at the casino (landing underneath new bridge). It is fairly easy to get in and out normally. I went upstream as far as the second bend (12 miles). It's after the barge canal bend just past southern. Never did very well fishing however. You can put in at St Francisville just south of the ferry landing. Their landing runs out at about 6.5ft (BR). The ramp goes pretty much parallel to the river. From there you can go up a couple of miles, if that, to Cat Island.
    Believe it or not, my dental hygienist (the gal that cleans my teeth) has her own boat. She says she puts in at the BR ramp and goes upstream, probably where you are suggesting. She says there are great sand bars to land on and the water is pretty clear. She said it is really great. She doesn't fish, just plays. She claims when she was little her dad would put life jackets on all the kids of her family and make them swim across the river. He would follow in a boat, and she said they would end up well downstream of where they start. Maybe that's why she is how she is today...:roll_eyes: I have not done very well fishing in BR. We had one reasonable day at the elevator across the river, but that's about it other than an occasional one here and there. I have seen folks leaving the ramp with a boatload of fish, claiming to be around the elevator. (Went back several days in a row to spy on them, but they didn't show back up). At the elevator and other BR areas you really get hassled by businesses. Cargill threatens to call the coast guard if you are anywhere near the facility. I talked to a coast guardsman and he said they get calls all the time, but there is nothing illegal as long as you are not a menace to commerce. If you want to play chicken with a barge you need your head examined anyway!!
    I've never launched from the west side. When going by, I've seen a spot or two where one could, if you had access. I talked to a cop by the casino and he recommended pulling vehicle up by the levee road while boating since there are regular patrols near the casino. I've brought my car up and left it near the water, neither of which has caused any problems.
    Have you done much jugging? I made up about a dozen earlier in the year and the still fishing has been so good, I haven't thrown one out. I've never done it all other than a little amount on a lake. I think I'd just lose them in the current on the Miss.
     
  6. redfishman

    redfishman New Member

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    Have jugged in the main channel of the River.(point-a-la-hache) Finding a large sandbar we dropped jugs on the lee side where eddies brought the current toward the bank. We used approx 20' of line with about 4 oz weight to drop the line to the bottom . We used a 3-hook drop off the main line with frozen shad. We had 2 jugs completely go under water never to surface again. Several others had the bait"robbed". Didn't catch anything that day but my Dad who had come down from Ft. Worth made us search for those safety orange painted jugs for a long time. I personally suspected a large alligator gar got them-but my Dad who had jugged for years in Lake Texoma was convinced they were cats.

    Jugging locally out of Baton Rouge - I usually go to Colyell and launch from Bayside (off hwy22-Livingston parish) but only go there AFTER deer season. There is very little current in the bayou and you can easily drop and work 20-25jugs using a 6'pole and open hook to snag the lines.
     
  7. mullyden

    mullyden New Member

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    We took our first 2007 trip to the river on Saturday and had a great time. We ended up with 56 fish weighing a total of 153 pounds. We went to a first spot that in the past we had done well and caught lots of tiny ones. (Mary won the $1 bet on who caught the first fish of the year.) We moved a couple of hundred yards and did very well. Fish were biting on worms, liver, crawfish, slicker, but not on shrimp?? The largest was 5 lb and most were 3+. We had a great time and left 'em biting. Water was 25.9 ft at Baton Rouge, but the water was surprisingly clean. We had no problems with leaves, logs etc. A great time was had by all participants, Jimmy, Mary and I. Attached are some pics to remember the trip.
     

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  8. Denny H

    Denny H New Member

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    Looks like you all had a GREAT time. Wish I could get out. Thanks for sharing.
     
  9. mullyden

    mullyden New Member

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    Denny,
    Welcome to the BOC. I'm sure the ice that's coming our way is probably putting a cramp on your fishing. It'll be spring in no time. We did have a great trip to kickoff the year. It was really fun.:lol:
     
  10. redfishman

    redfishman New Member

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    Nice pic's and nice mess of fish. Wish We'd gone out instead of going to the New Orleans boat show. They have some serious issues when you get away from the dome....I won't go back....
     
  11. CrawDaddy

    CrawDaddy New Member

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    Denny, Mary sure has been going alot lately. I am beginning to think she likes Jimmy more than she liked me. Or did she even like me at all?? hehe

    Nice pics, especially the CatDaddy special you were holding there! :)
     
  12. bself

    bself New Member

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    nice pics ya'll, It took me a little while to figure out that you had started a new thread. Shows how smart i am.
     
  13. mullyden

    mullyden New Member

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    Brad, I think that hat, itself says it all!:waaaht:
    We had a fine trip. Hopefully you'll get a break from school in the not too distant future.
     
  14. bself

    bself New Member

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    Alright guys, I haven't heard anything from ya'll in a while. Whats been going on. Doing any fishing. Denny the open house is this weekend at the vet school. Its Sat from 9-4, you should take the grand kids!!
     
  15. mullyden

    mullyden New Member

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    That sounds like a great idea. Where will you be working so we can for sure see you?
     
  16. mullyden

    mullyden New Member

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    We've only had the one trip so far this year. River remains up there and is expected to stay there for the next week or so. The last comfortable day I recall weather-wise was the day we went fishing. It has been either cold or rainy or both. Hopefully we'll get a little help there also. Hope school is going good for you and Mike. I guess I'll know if we go to the open house and see you catching "samples".
     
  17. bself

    bself New Member

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    I will be at the petting zoo!!! :big_smile: Mike will be roaming around somewhere. Hope to see ya'll there.
     
  18. CrawDaddy

    CrawDaddy New Member

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    Brad, Just remember, no heavy petting sir!!! And I guess Mike isn't a one-goat kinda guy?? :)

    Denny, thought I'd rub this in. It' going to be 77 and sunny here tomorrow :) I am taking Leyla to the reservoir down the road to give it a try. If nothing else, get out of the house a little bit :) Sunday a cold front hits and we only get to a high of 65 !!
     
  19. mullyden

    mullyden New Member

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    We went out a second time this year and pretty much tore 'em up again. We ended up with 33 fish, weighing a total of 130 lb. They averaged just shy of 4 lb. Largest was a nine pounder. The bite was fairly steady all day. We did have one big one that we had on a very light pole. After about 20 minutes, we got it to the point you could see the sinker, but the fish apparently wound the line around an anchor rope. The pole didn't have quite enough backbone in the current to keep him from having his way. We never saw the fish, but as soon as we touched the anchor rope, he broke the line. Weather was great and water was at 24.9ft in Baton Rouge. Attached are a few pics to remember the trip.
     

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  20. StuBone278

    StuBone278 New Member

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    Looks like yall had a great time and great catfish! Went through Baton Rouge today and saw a few boats coming over the bridge combined with going across Henderson, made me want to go catch a few real bad!