Walleye/Sauger below St. Louis?

Discussion in 'MISSOURI RIVERS TALK' started by Scaley Cat, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. Scaley Cat

    Scaley Cat Member

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    Hi guys and gals. Has anyone tried fishing for sauger/walleye south of St. Louis? I travel from DeSoto to Winfield, Clarksville or Carlyle in search of these tasty critters and do very well. But this year Ive been catching quite a few young ones in my castnet when i throw for shad near Truman(rush island) and the mouth of the Meremac. I think Im gonna give it a try and could use some tips from anyone that may fish this far south for them. Thanks
     
  2. joer

    joer New Member

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    ralph...i am interested in knowing more. i would love to get on some of these fish but never tried.....keep us posted!
     

  3. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    Wouldn't know why they would not be there, They are all along the Kaskaskia...... I would think the rock wings would hold them rather well myself, and as far as fishing them, sounds to me like you already have that down, depending on the current at some of the spots about the only thing would be heavier jigs, or maybe some lead core on crank baits if you can't keep them down, let us know what ya come up with, I would still bet you get into them even further down.
     
  4. Scaley Cat

    Scaley Cat Member

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    Thanks guys for the quick response. I can catch them if they are there. I'm gonna try below the Kaskakia lock and dam sometime this week. I'll keep you all posted and post pics if i catch any.
     
  5. RIVER-RAT

    RIVER-RAT New Member

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    I have caught several in the 3-5 pound range near Alton dam in my throw net while catching bait...never went after them with rod n reel but would like to try sometime... Keep us all posted on how you do!
     
  6. TN Greg

    TN Greg Member

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    I've been asking this question off and on for the past couple of years. I would love to be able balance out the kitty's with some walleye fishing. I can get 'em in the lakes, but I've never tried the river. Something about fishing 1/2oz jigs and 8lb test frightens me. I suspect completely different tactics are in order.

    I bet if the walleye trail came to St. Louis we would all be surprised. You'd probably see several 5 fish 30-40lb stringers. I read where they did just that some time ago on a section of the mississippi (not sure which) and just whacked them. The locals didn't think there was a substantial population.

    Not unlike the rat, I've caught more walleye in my castnet than bluecat -- so they are out there. I haven't managed a five pounder though.

    I may have to dedicate a day or two to the pursuit. Keep us posted.
     
  7. Scaley Cat

    Scaley Cat Member

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    I've found that fishing for them in the river is a little tougher. The bite is usually better in Jan., Feb. and into the spring. I'm usually to busy chasing cats during the summer months. They really stack up below the dams including Alton in the winter, the pressure can be pretty heavy at times. Unfortunately we dont have a dam on my stretch of the mississippi so I must travel a couple hour to fish for them. I know they're here also, was just hoping I could find someone that fishes for them down my way that could help me out.
     
  8. Scaley Cat

    Scaley Cat Member

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    Well guys, heres the skinny and I do mean skinny. I went out the past two weekends in search of sauger in my area and got nothing. The catfish didnt do much better. But thats ok, just makes me want to go more, I will find them. I have a question though, is there a Mississippi River access in or near St. Mary, Mo? I was told of one and my navigation map shows one but I couldnt find it.
     
  9. Kutter

    Kutter New Member

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    I once caught a walleye below the Chain-of-Rocks low water dam, one spring a few years back. It was an accident, I was fishing for skipjack. Anyway, it was 6 lb 2 oz, which I heard was rather large for this part of the country. Tasted right fine!
     
  10. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    That would be a nice eye from any where Mr. Kutter, LOL, yep I'll bet it was rather tasty.....
     
  11. Scaley Cat

    Scaley Cat Member

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    My biggest is 6 pound also caught in the spillway at Carlyle about 2 years ago.
     
  12. TN Greg

    TN Greg Member

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    Yesterday, I caught a walleye in a cast net where the casino queen used to be parked. He was in about 8 feet of water right behind some structure that still remains. No rocks, just mud -- I believe.

    He was a little feller, but I suppose there could be more.