Fishing Report

 

March 22nd and 23rd, 2017

Weather remains cool and wet but fishing conditions are great. We have been catching bigger walleye and perch over the past 2 days and if you are prepared to deal with the elements you could catch some nice fish. Hair jigs from 1/2 ounce to 3/4 ounce are doing best on the walleye and worms are the bait of choice for the perch. Put on your rain gear and get on out to the float. Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!!

March 20th and 21st, 2017

Cooler temperatures are prevailing but the perch and walleye bite is getting better every day. Some nice stringers of perch were caught over the last 2 days. Worms and minnows are working best. Also, the walleye bite is turning on and we are seeing some big pre spawn females being caught and released. Try one of Captain Tom’s custom hair jigs in purple and chartreuse and you are almost guaranteed a full stringer. Check out the hydrologic forecast in the pictures and see that the steady water height is making this a great spring. Captain Tom, Tony and Eric are looking forward to seeing all of our old friends so get on out to the float for some great fishing and a best dam burger. Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!!!

Opening Weekend 2017

Opening weekend’s fishing cooled off as temperatures dropped but some of our hearty customers braved the weather and caught some nice spring perch and walleye.
Fishing will only get better as the water temperatures rise and we expect this will be one of our best spring fishing seasons ever.
Bring minnows and walleye jigs if you want to get in on the action.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!

 

Opening Day 2017  (Friday March 17th, 2017)

Friday’s opener was a great day!! Medium size perch and a few jumbos were biting all day. Also, the sauger and walleye bite was good to very good. Jigs and minnows are working best on the walleye and worms and minnows are the baits of choice for perch.
Plan on being prepared for cooler temperatures but the fishing in the spring will make you forget about the spring weather.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!

October 17th thru 24th, 2016

Walleye continue to provide the most action on the float. Willow cats and minnows have been working best but also jigs work very good this time of year. We are also catching a few perch. Captain Tom says we will be open thru October 31st and then the float will be closed for the 2016 season. Come on out and get in on the last weekend of fall fishing.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!

October 10th thru 16th, 2016

Walleye continue to be providing the best consistent action on the float. Willow cats and minnows are the best baits. However, we have been catching a good mix of catfish, sturgeon and perch. As the weather continues to get colder we expect the walleye action will only get better and the fall perch should show up in good numbers. Water conditions are looking very good and we are hoping to extend the float’s season into November if the weather allows. We only have a short time before we are fishing through an 8 inch hole through the ice so get on out to the float and enjoy some fall fishing.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!

October 3rd thru 9th, 2016

Walleye continue to be the main attraction on the float. Willow cats and minnows are working great so stock up on bait before coming to the float. We are also catching some cats and white bass. Bluegill and perch have not show up yet but with cooler weather ahead that action should get better soon.
Fall colors are beautiful this time of year so come on out and enjoy the fall season change.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!!

October 1st & 2nd, 2016

We had a very small number of customers on the reopening weeekend but some nice fish were caught. A good number of eater size walleye were caught on willow cats and minnows. Also, some 20 pound class flathead cats were caught and we have seen some of the first fall perch. The water levels are coming done and the water clarity will only continue to improve. We expect some good fall action with higher than normal water conditions so come on out and get in on the fun. Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!!

September 30th, 2016

REOPENING SATURDAY OCTOBER 1ST, 2016

Captain Tom just called and said the gates have been lowered and the water is clear and we will be reopening.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!!

September 22nd, 2016

The river is coming up faster than expected and we will be closed beginning Friday September 23rd.
We will keep everyone posted for the reopening.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!

September 21st, 2016

Huge rainfalls in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin are going to cause the float to close
beginning Saturday September 24th, 2016.
We will keep you informed on reopening.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!!

September 6th thru 20th, 2016

The last 2 weeks we have had plenty of rain and high water. With the high water can come some frustruating weeds, however for the most part fishing conditions have been fair to good. The walleye bite has been the best and willowcats and minnows have both been working. Also, crawlers continue to catch everything in the river. The bluegill bite has dissappeared with the high water but we hope the panfish action picks up when the water goes down. Please watch the next postings as heavy rain in northern Minnesota looks like it will bring on flood waters by the weekend and we may have to close again.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!

August 27th thru September 2nd, 2016

The river conditions improved all week and so did the fishing. We are catching good stringers of bluegill, quality walleye and plenty of monster cats not to mention all the other types of fish that are in the mighty Mississippi. Labor Day Weekend looks very good and we expect the fishing to be good to very good.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!

August 22nd thru 26th, 2016

Recent heavy rainfall has again pushed the river up to around 9 1/2 feet. However the water clarity is very good and the overall fishing is good. We continue to catch good numbers of monster cats on cut bait, walleye on willow cats or leeches and put a crawler on and you don’t know what you will catch.
River conditions are looking very good for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!

August 15th thru 21st, 2016

Despite heavy rain and rising waters, the river clarity has remained very good. The walleye bite was exceptional throughout the week and willow cats and leeches remain the best baits. The bluegill have shown up again although not in as great of numbers as the week before. We are also still catching a good number of monster cats. Crowds are smaller this time of year so come on out and enjoy the float.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!

August 6th thru 14th, 2016

The fishing has been good to very good with a nice mixed bag of bluegill, cats, walleye, white bass, sturgeon and sheephead. Cutbait and crawlers are the baits of choice but bring some willow cats or leeches if you want to try and catch some walleye. We had some flash flood waters come thru over the weekend and slow the fishing down but the water clarity is good again an we expect great fishing in the weeks ahead. As fall approaches, we get some cooler weather and really nice days on the float some come on out and enjoy last of summer 2016.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!

August 1st thru 5th, 2016

The river conditions have been good over the past 5 days. The bluegill bite has been awesome. Redworms are working best for the bluegill. We are also catching good numbers of walleye on willow cats and leeches. The bass bite by the wall and rocks has been very good and we are still catching some monster cats. Get on out to the float and enjoy this nice summer fishing and weather.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!

July 27th thru 31st, 2016

The fishing over the past 5 days was fair to good. As the water levels continue to drop the fishing improves daily. The bluegill bite keeps getting better each day and we are catching a good number of cats. The walleye prefer willow cats but leeches are working good also. Captain Tom and PT say the best of the year is yet to come so come on out to the float and enjoy yourself.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!

WE ARE REOPENING ON WEDNESDAY JULY 27TH, 2016.

We were a little optimistic and thought we could be open on Monday but recent rains have delayed the reopening date by two days. As you can see on the chart the water should recede fairly quickly and many times after a summer flood the fishing gets really good. Lets hope the bite is on when we reopen this week.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!

July 19th, 2016

Do to the high water and unsafe water predictions for the coming days, the float will be closed until further notice. We hope the water quickly recedes and we can reopen by Monday of next week. Please watch the Facebook page for the reopening.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!

July 11th thru 17th, 2016
Despite the river getting a little murky from the recent heavy rains, the fishing ramains good. The same pattern, walleyes on willow cats and leeches, bluegill on worms, and everything loves a big night crawler. It’s time to get in on some of this hot summer weather and come on out to the float.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!
July 5th the 10th, 2016
It was a good week on the float. We continue to catch a nice mixed bag with bluegill getting a lot of attention. However, we coninue to catch a good number of walleye and some monster cats. Break out the sun screen and get on out to the float.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!
July 1st thru 4th, 2016
The July 4th weekend provided plenty of fishing action and lots of family fun. We continue to have very good water conditions and the overall fishing has been fair to good with lots of variety. The bluegill bite is great on red worms and provides for steady action to keep the kids busy. Monster catfish are caught every day for patient anglers using fresh cut bait. The walleye continue to prefer willow cats but leeches are working good also. And if you just want to catch anything that is hungry just put on a night crawler. Summer is going by quickly so get on out and enjoy the river.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!!
June 20th thru 24th, 2016
The walleye bite on willow cats and leeches has been great this week. We also continue to catch monster cats on fresh cut bait and lots of bluegill on worms or crawlers. For everyone that likes to fish the wall, the white bass bite has been good as well.
The river is in good condition and we expect good to very good fishing for the week heading up to the forth of July weekend.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!
Fathers Day weekend 2016
Father’s day weekend was good to very good fishing on the float. Catfish continue to bite good on fresh cut bait. Walleye are doing best on willow cats. The bluegill of all sizes are biting best on leaf worms and the white bass are hitting light colored jigs and minnows.
No matter what you like to fish for now is a good time to get out to the float.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!
June 13th thru 17th, 2016
The monster cats stole the show again this week. The cats prefer fresh cut bait and Captain Tom or PT can show you how to rig your pole. Also, the walleye bite on willow cats has been very good, white bass are in good numbers from the wall and bluegill are biting all around the float. Great water and weather conditions continue and we expect very good fishing over the Father’s Day weekend.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!
June 11th and 12th, 2016
The weekend provided plenty of action and variety. Everything is biting. Just put on a crawler or some cut bait and you never know what you could catch. The higher water has provided good fishing conditons. It looks like another good week is coming up. Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!
June 6th thru 10th, 2016
Monster cats have dominated the fishing this week. Great river and weather conditions are providing excellent fishing conditons and we expect good to very good fishing for the weekend and next week. The bluegill, bass and walleye bite remain good as well. The weekend is calling for record high temps so bring some sun screen and keep hydrated.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!
June 2nd thru 5th, 2016
The weather and river conditions have been really great and the fishing has been good to very good over the past 4 days. Monster cats are biting good on cut bait. White bass are hitting jigs and minnows from the wall. Bluegill are biting best on leaf worms or crawlers and walleye are being caught with leeches and willow cats. Fishing conditions look good for the next week and we expect good to very good fishing in the coming week.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!
June 1st, 2016
More monsters plus great walleye and white bass action. Come on out and catch some with Captain Tom, Ray and PT. Hope to see you on the float soon!!!
May 31st, 2016
Captain Tom says the monster flathead cats are starting to move in by the float. The river has come back up to eight feet providing optimal conditions. If you have never caught one of these monsters now is a good time to give it a try.
Hope to see you on the float soon.
Memorial Day Weekend
The holiday weekend was full of sunshine and a little rain. Overall, it was a great weekend to be on the river. The catfish bite is excellent on fresh cut bait or crawlers. We also continue to have a good bluegill, walleye and bass bite. Some big sturgeon were also caught and released. The river is in excellent shape and we expect good to very good fishing next week. We hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!
May 23rd thru 27th, 2016
The last 5 days we had a good bluegill, walleye and white bass bite. But the catfish took the show. We are catching some really nice cats on fresh cut bait and crawlers. River conditons are excellent and fishing should continue to be good to very good for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Come on out and enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend. Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!
May 19th thru 22nd, 2016
The past four days have been some great weather and good to very good fishing. We continue to catch a mixed bag of walleye, bluegill, catfish, sturgeon, and bass. The white bass have been a great bite. Water conditions remain very good and the forecast looks promising. Hope to see you on the float soon!!!
May 16th thru 18th, 2016
Beautiful weather has been the norm over the past 3 days and with the change in weather the fishing has been good. I sent a text to PT and asked what was biting and he sent me a list of every fish specie in the Mississippi river. Kind of funny but he wasn’t kidding. We are catching everything right now and that makes for some fun fishing. The weather forcast looks good so come on out. Hope to see you on the float soon!!!
May 14th and 15th, 2016
The weekend weather was cold and windy but the perch, bluegill, and walleye bite was still fair to good. We also continue to catch good numbers of white bass from the wall. The weather forecast looks much better for the upcoming week. Hope to see you on the float soon!!!
May 9th thru 13th, 2016
It has been a cold, wet rainy week on the float. While the weather has been bad the fishing is actually good to very good. We continue to catch a wide variety of fish with white bass, bluegill and walleye topping the list. Bundle up and come on out for the weekend and catch some dinner.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!
Mother’s Day Weekend 2016
Mother’s Day weekend was full of sunshine, beautiful weather and great all around fishing. Big walleye, slab bluegill, trophy size white bass, huge sturgeon and even some nice sized cats were caught. The pictures really tell the story. You just never know what is going to be caught on the “Best Dam Fishing Float” Come on out and enjoy the river with Captain Tom, Ray and PT.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!
May 4th thru 6th, 2016
The great fishing action continues on the float. The past 3 days were warm and sunny and the overall fishing was good to very good. We continue to catch a great mixed bag of walleye, bluegill, crappie, bass and sturgeon. The white bass bite has been exceptionally good from the wall. Bait fishing with crawlers, leeches and minnows have been the preferred method but jigs continue to work also. The upcoming weekend looks very good with water levels receeding slightly and water clarity getting better. Come on out and get in on the fun.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!
May 2nd and 3rd, 2016
It has been just beautiful weather on the float over the past 2 days. We continue to catch a wide variety of fish with many of our customers concentrating on the white bass. Crawlers, minnows and leeches are all producing and the jig bite is good also. The weather is warming and we expect the bite to get even better as the water temps come up. Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!
April 27th thru May 1st, 2016
April showers bring May flowers. We have had our share of rain over the past 5 days but fishing remains fair to good. We continue to catch a nice mixed bag with the white bass being the the hottest bite. Worms, minnows and leeches are all working and jigs continue to produce as well. The water clarity is not as good as the week before but the forecast looks better and the warmer weather of May should get the fishing back into high gear. Come on out and give Captain Tom, PT and Ray a visit. Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!!
April 25th and 26th, 2016
The weather has cooled off but not the fishing. We continue to catch a mixed bag of crappie, bluegill, walleye, perch and bass. Most of our customers are using worms or minnows but jigs are producing also. Water clarity and levels are excellent and we expect more fun days ahead. Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!
April 23rd and 24th, 2016
The weekend was again a nice mixed bag of bluegill, walleye, perch, and all bass specie. The white bass have especially been really good. Also, some catfish showed up over the weekend to add to the great fishing action. We expect good water conditions over the next week so the fishing should remain good to very good. Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!
April 21st and 22nd, 2016
We caught a nice mixed bag over the past 2 days. The perch, bluegill, crappie, bass and walleye fishing have all been very good. Lots of eater size fish being caught on worms, small minnows and hair jigs. There is nothing better than a good fish fry. Also, the white bass bite continues to be excellent. It looks like we will have good weather for the weekend so come on out and enjoy the fishing, weather and good company.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!
April 18th thru 20th, 2016
The last three days we have seen the white bass, smallmouth and largemouth bass bite to be excellent. Water conditions are clear and warming producing some excellent spring fishing. We are also catching some really big crappie and bluegill in smaller numbers. The perch and walleye bite have slowed a bit but it is still a good bite. The next three days look like excellent weather with Sunday maybe raining. Get on out and enjoy the great fishing and good weather.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!
April 16th and 17th, 2016
The weekend provided warm weather, clear water and great all around fishing. The walleye and perch bite remain good. The white bass bite was at times more like catching than fishing. We also are seeing the first signs of summer fishing with blig bluegill and nice sized crappie showing up this weekend.
Crawlers and worms continue to be the bait of choice but minnows produced lots of crappie and white bass. Also, we continue to do well for both walleye and white bass on a variety of jigs sizes and colors. We expect good fishing to continue with projected good water conditions. This is the best spring we have had on the float so come on out and get in on the fun.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!!!

 

April 14th and 15th, 2016

The fishing was very good over the last 2 days. Warmer weather and good water clarity have combined to make some good fishing conditions. Baskets of walleye and perch were taken off the float and the white bass have shown up in good numbers. This weekend is shaping up to be a good one. Hope to see you on the float soon!!!

April 13th, 2016

The weather has improved and the water clarity is very good. This makes for very good conditons for walleye and perch fishing.
Now is the time to get on out to the float and get in on the action.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!!

April 11th and 12th, 2016

The weather is improving and so is the fishing. We are catching more nice size perch on worms and small minnows and the walleye bite for eater size and trophy size continues to be good. The walleye bite has mostly been on jigs but don’t rule out slow dragging a minnow or leach. We have some really good weather in the forecast so the fishing should get better.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!!

April 9th and 10th, 2016

Cooler weather was the norm over the weekend but the fishing for trophy walleye and jumbo perch continues to be good. The bite really improved Sunday afternoon and with warmer weather on the way we expect a good week and weekend coming. The walleye bite is on jigs and the perch bite is on worms or minnows. It is time to get off the couch and enjoy the warmer spring weather coming up. Hope to see you on the float soon!!!!

April 7th and 8th, 2016

Thursday and Friday brought more windy and cold weather but the walleye bite continues to be good although spotty. If you put in some hours a trophy of a lifetime is out there. The perch action continues to be slow but warmer weather is coming. Lets hope the warmer weather isn’t too late for the perch spawn. Hope to see you on the float soon!!!

April 4th thru 6th,2016

The weather has been really tough the last 3 days with high winds and cold days. However, the walleye bite continues to be very good especially in the morning. We have not had any customers even try to catch the perch so we have nothing to report but if the walleye are biting the perch must be here also.
Put on some cold weather gear and get on out to the float and take advantage of the spring fishing and all the room to fish.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!

April 2nd and 3rd, 2016

The weekend provided slower fishing action. High winds, a cold front and bad water clarity made the fishing difficult. The bright spot on the weekend was from 3pm to 5pm Sunday night the walleye bite really turned on. Lets hope this is a good sign for the upcoming week. The walleye bite was on jigs. Also, the perch still have not shown up in great numbers. Cooler temps are in the forecast so dress for cooler weather. Hope to see you on the float soon!!!

April 1, 2016
Despite the recent heavy rain, the river conditions remain very good for spring walleye and perch fishing. The morning walleye bite has been the best and we continue to catch some perch. The weather forecast looks less than perfect but our customers are a resilient bunch. The water temps are coming up slowly so lets hope the fishing really turns on over the weekend.
Hope to see you on the float soon!!!

March 28th thru 30th, 2016

The last three days have been very good walleye fishing and the perch are just getting going. The walleye bite has been on jigs and minnows. The perch have been a little slower with small males showing up but the water temps are moving up quickly so the bigger females should be here soon. Leaf worms and crawlers have been the bait of choice but small minnows are working also. The forecast looks like the river will come up again but hopefully not enough to close us down. Get on out to the float and enjoy the fishing. Hope to see you on the float soon!!!

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