Fishing the Mississippi River - south of St. Louis, Missouri

Discussion in 'MISSOURI RIVERS TALK' started by Fastman, Jun 26, 2006.

  1. Fastman

    Fastman New Member

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    Can you guys recommend a good spot to bank fish on the Mississippi? I would like to be south of downtown St. Louis, maybe Festus area. I have never fished the Mississippi before. Am I crazy for trying to do it by myself? Safety?
    I cant go to the LOZ this weekend so im lookin for ideas. I sure would like to tie into some of the fish I keep hearing about.
     
  2. Kutter

    Kutter New Member

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    I've never fished it, but I heard tell that one can catch catfish from the bank down by Sulpher Springs. If you don't know where that is, your not alone. It's a bit off the beaten path. Take the Barnhart exit, go east to 61/67, turn left. At the end of the big flea market, turn right on Sulpher Springs road. Follow it out to the river. There is a very nice peacefull little country village back there, hidden from the view of the hustle of the St. Louis area. You should be able to park along the railroad tracks and walk down the bank to the river.
    Again, I have never fished there, so I can't attest that it is a good spot to fish. I can guarantee a quiet place to get away.

    Hard to believe, but Jefferson County almost allowed a casino to build there!

    Hoppies Marina in Kimswick might be able to tell you of more places around the area you are looking at.
     

  3. Cuz

    Cuz New Member

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    Kutter is correct Don. In fact, one of my favorite spots is real close to there. There is a couple of wing dykes in that area that will produce some nice fish. Try In and around the paddle wheel boat which used to be a restaurant (closed last year) is a good spot to try also. Good Luck.
     
  4. Fastman

    Fastman New Member

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    I didnt know there was a marina in Kimswick. I suppose Kimswick is so small if I go looking for the marina, I will eventually fall over it.
    Also, I just thought of the Robert E Lee boat. I wonder if I could fish near there?
    Im just dying to land a trophy. And, I got a new Ugly Stick to break in.
     
  5. Cuz

    Cuz New Member

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    Yeah, there is a wing dyke just in front of the Robert E Lee. Try fishing the wing dyke tip. I caught some flatheads there last week. Only thing I dont know is if they allow bank fishing there, or if you can get in to park. You shouldnt have any problems finding it. I think all the signs are still there. Good Luck.
     
  6. Fastman

    Fastman New Member

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    Cuz-
    Where do you put in down there? Is there bank fishing there?
     
  7. Cuz

    Cuz New Member

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    I put in at Plattin Rock Boat Club which is private. Club rules dont allow bank fishing but I can tell you lots of people fish the wing dyke just below the boat docks and they dont ever get run off. hint hint. Dont fish the docks or you will surely get tossed. Good Luck.
     
  8. Fastman

    Fastman New Member

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    First stop was Kimmswick. The area near the Robert E Lee is now closed. Had a gate across the road.

    Next stop was Hoppies. Hoppies son-in-law told me Hoppie wasnt in at that time and I would have to come back later.

    On to Sulpher Springs. Easy to find, nowhere to fish. At the railroad tracks there were 2 signs clearly stating to not trespass. So looking over the tracks, the appeared to be a pretty steep ravine down to the water. That was out.

    Next stop was that lake next to I-55 Raceway. Its is actually named Big Bass Lake in Garmin Mapsource. Didnt look welcoming to the fisherman. No parking, no signs, nothing.

    So I went over into Herculaneum, looking again for Mississippi access. I went down what turned out to be a dead end road. Turned around and had a police officer waiting for me at the top of the road. (I thought oh-boy, here we go.) I rolled up to him and told him I was looking for someplace to fish. He said "You cant fish here." Thats was just about the response I was waiting for. But then he asked if I had been to "the creek?" I said no what creek? He then asked if I had been to the pay lake? I said no, I dont know either one of those. He said "follow me." He then took me to the creek and the pay lake. Turns out he was a nice guy. He told me they get some pretty good catfish out of the pay lake. It is called Artesian Fishing Lake. He told me its $10 for 4 catfish. My wife has an ad out of the paper that just says $10. I found the creek is Joachim Creek. It is directly connected to the Mississippi about 1-1.5 miles from where I was. It looked like it has some possibilities as fas as fishing goes. I did see a few fish jump and some turtles surface. I didnt fish the creek or the lake.
    I left there and went to Dunns. Lady there said there was good catfishing in that creek. But she said a dam blew out last year and now the water level isnt as high as it used to be. She didnt know of anyone fishing it since.
    Sorry for the long winded post, but I hope I can save someone from all the recon I just did.
     
  9. Cuz

    Cuz New Member

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    You had quite the adventure Don. Sorry for all of your troubles. You are correct about the Joachim. Matter of fact, up until two weeks ago, thats the creek I ran up to get my shad. I can usually make quick work of the shad in there, but the river is too low now and i cant get my boat in there. I hate to tell you this, but you were only about a mile away from some prime Mississippi River fishing areas. If you had kept going past the artesian lake, there is a rocky area that parallels the river for some 2 miles. Its only a block north of the Doe Run Power Plant. Just cross over the railroad tracks and you have it made. Its not a road per se, but its easily drivable. You are literally right on the river. Folks stay out there and build bon fires all the time. If you go all the way down you can fish a couple rock walls which are great spots. Most folks dont go down that far. As well, you can even launch a small boat up and down the ledge there. I've caught some nice fish up and down that ledge. Just find your way to the Doe Run Power Plant, and stop and ask. I dont know the street names, but the access is right beside Doe Run, on the north side. Joachim Creek runs right beside the power plant also. Also, try fishing the barge tie up docks that are on that path as soon as you pull in. A fellow can catch sum hog Blues out of there. Theres a hole there about 45 foot deep. good Luck to you. Cuz
     
  10. Fastman

    Fastman New Member

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    !!!!!!????!??!??!?!???!!!
    OK, I have now calmed down... :)
    I saw exactly where you are talking about. That 'road' almost looks like a driveway. I sat at the top of it for 1-2min deciding if I should go down it. I wussed out. Looked like I shouldnt be there. I wished I would have gone down there. argh...!!???!!!
     
  11. Cuz

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    yeah, it does look a little like a driveway. It goes down a hill, crosses the tracks, and veers left right along the river. The road will run out and you will be on that rock ledge I was telling you about. Good Luck. I've caught some nice fish down through there. Fish the barge pillars, and the wing dyke way down at the other end. You might have to walk a ways, but just keep driving as far you can. Good Luck. Oh, dont neglect fishing a balloon rig right along the ledge. Flatheads like to sit under that rock ledge right next to the shore. Fish about 3 feet deep. Hope I've helped a little.
     
  12. Kutter

    Kutter New Member

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    Forget the Artisian Pay lake. But, should you go, bring plenty of $1 bills for that Artisian Bar right next to it. LOL

    I have fished down that road where Cuz was talking about, but it's been a long time ago and I don't remember if I caught anything or not. Since I got my first boat, I've forgotten most of the places I bankfished.
    Then again, this ol man has pretty much forgotten everything. What were we talkin about?
     
  13. Fastman

    Fastman New Member

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    Do you guys think its safe down there? I dont like to go looking for trouble.
     
  14. Kutter

    Kutter New Member

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    I've never heard of any reason for you to worry about being down there. Now Alton Dam or Chain of Rocks, thats a far different story.
     
  15. Cuz

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    I think you should be okay there. I do know people like to party down there, and i'm sure theres a few who like to do there drugs and such. Take a buddy along to be on the safe side, but just like Kutter, I use to fish down there before I got a boat and I never had any problems. Just be aware of your surroundings. Listen to the little man in your gut, and if things dont seem kosher, there prob not. If u go during the week its not very crowded. Its never crowded really, but the partyers are out on Fri and Sat nights. As well, when I get back in town I'll drop you a line and you can go out on the boat with me. Kutter, we need to wet a line too. Anybody that needs a good fishin partner give Ol Kutter a call. Hes got some great stories from over the years. But beware, he will probably catch all the fish, and he has been know to conspire in such unlawful activities as bananna smuggling. :eek:oooh:
     
  16. Fastman

    Fastman New Member

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    Sounds good to me. I can learn from both of you.
    I did go down there today. The river seems low. I talked to a few people down there that were leaving and they also said its usually a good spot, but not today. Seems everyone left empty handed.
     
  17. Cuz

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    With the exception of one day Don, I havnt been catching nothing but Malaria. Its been super slow thats for sure. This time of year is usually pretty spotty and hit or miss. Theres some nice spots along that section of river, but I think your best bet is probaby all the way up to the north end and out on the dyke. I'll drop u a line when I get back in town.
     
  18. Kutter

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    I think I've just got a slurr throwed right on the pitch top of my head!
    Surely not. Now didn't I tell you I would not bring any fruit that grows on trees? I would not lie. Well, I didn't about that at least.

    Guy's, I smell another vacation coming up in exactly a week from this moment. You know what that means. Time to find bait.

    Cuz, we missed the first Wednesday of the month again. I'm beginning to think you want to keep that exclusive little club to yourself. LOL

    Fastman, you up to any fishing next week? I got most of the day friday tied up with putting up corn, but other than that I should be free. I need to get my boat out and run it a bit. It's starting to get lazy. AND CLEAN! We can't have that! Need slime, need slime all over it. LOL
     
  19. Fastman

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    Kutter:
    I have monday (07/17) off of work. I would love to tag along.
     
  20. loop

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    I work for LOWE'S,my boss here in Oklahoma is transfering to St.Louis. Him an his boy love to fish and hunt was just wondering if someone in that area might lend him a helping hand so he can do some fishing after he gets settled in?
    Loop